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Description: The Call for Proposals is open for CEC's 2025 Special Education and Expo! This is your opportunity to participate in the programming at CEC's 2025 Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. If you have groundbreaking ideas, innovative research or inspiring insights to share, submit your proposal today. Proposals are due by June 10 at 5 PM ET.
Description: Anne Beninghof presented two training sessions on Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) for the T/TAC at William and Mary on February 22, 2024 and March 6, 2024. (These recordings will be available for one year.)
Description: Presented by: Geoffrey Weber Learn about ways to make coding instruction differentiated and accessible to students by selecting or adapting materials that can work with screen readers or AAC supports, incorporate visual block based coding, robots, or gamification, and utilize multi-sensory learning with tactile / manipulative activities so that coding instruction is inclusive!
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) sponsored a 3-Part Turn-Around Training Series on Specially Designed Instruction by Anne Beninghof. 
Description: Presented by: Geoffrey Weber and Matthew Newton The authors explore ways in which AI can be leveraged to empower students with disabilities and foster inclusive learning environments. You will gain insights into cutting-edge AI applications, best practices, and examples that demonstrate the impact of AI on student success. The authors also consider the ethics and responsibilities of educators using AI regarding fairness, transparency, privacy and data security.
Description: Presented by: Lorna Bell Frizzelle, Meghan Hyatt, Hunter Matusevich & Lauren Whitlock Hey Kids! Did you know that Dragons Love Tacos? In this recorded webinar, we explore assistive technology via thematic units. You will have the opportunity to learn how to develop lessons that include hands-on learning for our youngest and most complex learners across all content areas. To conclude the session, you will be guided through making their very own adapted book, Dragons...
Date(s): 5/20/2024, 6/24/2024 - 6/27/2024
Description: 2024 Content Teaching Academy Schedule Register for the 2024 Content Academy at JMU  The Content Teaching Academy (CTA) is a professional development program for in-service teachers hosted on the campus of JMU each summer. The CTA offers targeted and sustained professional learning on a variety of topics. The Academies offer high-quality professional development that includes in-depth studies across a range of content areas. In addition, each component of the CTA is designed to engage...
Description: This series of webshops showcases products created by real co-teachers of Virginia, whose classrooms have been selected as demonstration sites for the Virginia Department of Education’s Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative. The teams have received professional development in a number of instructional practices designed to engage students in the learning process. They have found these techniques critical to their students’ success.  In webshops 1 through 4, in videos and/or...
Description: Presented by: Holly Love, Kristy Hill and Melanie Derry This session explores the new AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) Tab on the VDOE Assistive Technology Network website. The presenters take participants through the process from consideration to implementation of AAC systems to support students with communication needs.
Description: Each self-paced professional learning session is offered at no cost to Virginia public school educators and provides 3-5 hours of professional learning. These sessions guide educators in learning about specific HLPs through videos that model exemplar teacher behaviors. Educators may enroll in any of the following professional learning sessions described below: Enroll in School Leaders, Administrators, and Instructional Coaches: Strategies for Teacher Retention & Support...
Webshop Title: Transition Taxonomy Videos
Description: These videos were created by the Virginia NTACT:C Interagency State Team. The Taxonomy for Transition Programming provides teachers and school personnel with a framework for organizing the five components of secondary transition planning: Student-focused planning Family involvement Student development Program structure Interagency collaboration Kohler, P. D., Gothberg, J. E., Fowler, C., and Coyle, J. (2016). Taxonomy for transition programming 2.0: A model for planning, organizing, and...
Date(s): 7/16/2024 - 7/18/2024
Description: Registration Open! Creating Connections to Shining Stars 2024: Creating Connections to Shining Stars is a collaborative effort between Virginia's Part C, Early Intervention and Part B, Early Childhood Special Education programs. The conference will focus on promoting and supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices in inclusive settings for infants, toddlers, and young children, both with and without disabilities. Keynote Speaker: Eric Litwin Happiness Simplified! Eric has been...
Description: VDOE's Assistive Technology Network has a newly updated Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) section of their website. What is AAC? When to consider? Assessment Information Gathering Current Communication Skills Access Direct Selection Indirect Selection Decision Making Trials Develop a Plan Prompting Data Collection Tool Selection and Funding Implementation Planning and Support Training Device Set-up Customization Vocabulary Selection And more!
Description: The T/TAC at Virginia Tech and the Virginia Assistive Technology Network hosted a hybrid panel discussion around the transition process for students with disabilities that use assistive technology from secondary to employment and community-based settings. Attendees had the opportunity to submit questions for panelists to respond to. Panelists included institutional representatives from: The Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services (DARS) The Virginia Department for the...
Description: Based on the work of the CEEDAR Center and Council for Exceptional Children, the GMU TTAC Team has created High Leverage Practice Crosswalks in the areas of Math, Literacy and Transition to support stakeholders in developing personalized professional learning and targeted support, with the goal of bridging research into “practical” classroom practice to improve performance outcomes. The HLP Crosswalks are dynamic documents that will be periodically updated with the most current...
Date(s): 6/15/2022 - 6/30/2029
Description: Registration for Effective & High-Leverage Practices for Paraeducators - In collaboration with the Paraprofessional Resource & Research Center and the CEEDAR Center, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is excited to provide paraeducators with a learning program focused on your unique role as a paraeducator and how that aligns with specific HLPs. In this FREE on-demand, eLearning program designed for paraeducators, you will be introduced to four areas...
Description: Hosted by the T/TAC at Virginia Tech & TechKnowledgy (VDOE's AT Network), this recording is from a hybrid panel discussion around the transition process for students with disabilities that use assistive technology from secondary to post-secondary institutions (primarily 2 and 4-year colleges). Attendees had the opportunity to submit questions for panelists to respond to. Panelists included institutional representatives from: Virginia Tech (including a current student that uses AT)...
Description: The 2022 Virginia Assistive Technology, Tools, and Strategies (VATTS) Resources will guide the IEP team through the consideration and documentation process. These resources replace the previous versions of the AT Consideration and Resource Guide. VATTS: Consideration and Assessment Guidance Document (PDF) - Guidance for school divisions in the consideration and assessment of AT, including planning and implementing those services for students with disabilities. VATTS: Consideration...
Description: VDOE's Virginia Literacy Act (VLA) webpage - With the passage of the Virginia Literacy Act (VLA) in the 2022 General Assembly, Virginia is taking the lead nationwide to improve early literacy outcomes for Virginia’s young learners. Through the VLA, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will support school divisions through a multi-year effort with tools, resources, technical assistance and funding. Updates from VDOE **NEW May 2024** Virginia Literacy Updates Division...
Description: Collaboration HLP Pillars: Rubric - HLP 1 Collaborate with Professionals to Increase Student Success, Rubric - HLP 3 Collaborate with Families to Support Student Learning and Secure Needed Services Embedded HLPs Rubric - HLP 2 Lead Effective Meetings with Professionals & Families DATA-Driven Planning HLP Pillar: Rubric - HLP 6 Use Assessment Data, Analyze Instructional Practices and Make Necessary, Adjustments that Improve Student Outcomes Embedded HLPs: Rubric - HLP 4: Use Multiple Sources...
Description: Collaboration HLP Pillars: HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 1: Collaborate with Professionals to Increase Student Success, HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 3: Collaborate with Families to Support Student Learning and Secure Needed Services Embedded HLPs HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 2: Organize and Facilitate Effective Meetings with Professionals and Families Data-Driven Planning HLP Pillar: HLP Highlight Tool - HLP 6: Use Student Assessment Data, Analyze Instructional Practices, and Make Necessary Adjustments that...
Description: This guide designed to support professionals and families in understanding assistive technology (AT) and identifying possible AT tools for students from preschool through high school. (Updated 9/2023) “I have severe dyslexia and it's hard for me to read and write. In the eighth grade, I could not write down a single word. The first time I used a program with voice recognition, I wrote a whole short story. Using AT means I can do things myself and I don't have to depend on someone else to...
Date(s): 5/23/2024 5:15 PM ET - 5/23/2024 6:30 PM ET
Description: Register for Pathways for Parents: Preventing and Managing Meltdowns - Meltdowns can be scary and emotional for all involved! During this webinar we’ll discuss strategies and offer helpful suggestions for preventing and managing meltdowns. This webinar is intended for caregivers of autistic children. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Allie Rader, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA-D Clinical Director, May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Wilmington, Mass. Contact May Institute
Description: Nomination for Yes I Can Awards - CEC is proud to recognize children and youth with exceptionalities who have demonstrated their determination and achievements in multiple ways. Presented each year at the CEC Convention & Expo, the Yes I Can Awards recognize 12 outstanding students with exceptionalities in six categories: Academics, Arts, School & Community Activities, Self-Advocacy, Technology, and Transition.   Deadline: September 27, 2024
Date(s): 3/12/2025 - 3/15/2025
Description: CEC 2025 will take place in Baltimore, Maryland on March 12-15, 2025.
Description: Legislation passed during the 2020 Virginia General Assembly session requires Individualized Education Program (IEP) Teams to consider the need for age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate instruction related to sexual health, self-restraint, self-protection, respect for personal privacy, and personal boundaries of others (§22.1-217.03). Under this legislation, the VDOE has developed guidelines to support IEP Teams in considering the need for this instruction when developing IEPs for...
Date(s): 7/9/2024 9:00 AM ET - 7/9/2024 3:30 PM ET, 7/10/2024 9:00 AM ET - 7/10/2024 3:30 PM ET, 7/11/2024 9:00 AM ET - 7/11/2024 3:30 PM ET, 7/24/2024 9:00 AM ET - 7/24/2024 3:30 PM ET, 7/25/2024 9:00 AM ET - 7/25/2024 3:30 PM ET, 7/30/2024 9:00 AM ET - 7/30/2024 3:30 PM ET, 7/31/2024 9:00 AM ET - 7/31/2024 3:30 PM ET, 8/1/2024 9:00 AM ET - 8/1/2024 3:30 PM ET
Description: Still feeling unsure about how to incorporate Augmetative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in your classroom? Do you wish you were more confident in your ability to model and teach AAC, but haven’t had the time, tools, or training needed to learn these skills? Join us for this FREE, interactive workshop where educators will gain hands-on experience using high-tech AAC to implement evidence-based communication strategies for students with ASD! We will discuss and practice using AAC to...
Date(s): 5/22/2024 2:00 PM ET - 5/22/2024 2:45 PM ET
Description: Register for Mental Health Considerations for Transitioning to the Postsecondary World - Presented by Staci Carr, Ph.D. - Paying attention to the behavior and mental health of students with disabilities is crucial for their overall well-being and success, especially as they transition to post-secondary environments. These students often face unique challenges that can exacerbate stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Recognizing and addressing these early can prevent more severe...
Date(s): 6/25/2024 9:00 AM ET - 6/25/2024 12:00 PM ET, 6/27/2024 9:00 AM ET - 6/27/2024 12:00 PM ET
Description: This two-part webinar series grounds participants in the philosophy and values that underpin best-practices in community employment. Designed for all disability service professionals - including educators, case managers, employment service organization staff, and vocational rehabilitation staff - the series challenges participants to think differently about employment possibilities and how they can support better employment outcomes.
Date(s): 6/28/2024 - 7/26/2024, 7/26/2024 - 8/23/2024
Description: This powerful, 4-module online course builds on the webinars by providing a framework for person-centered planning and implementation with employment. The self-paced course includes short, interactive lessons and activities that support growth in the person-centered thinking and actions required to provide truly individualized services that lead to quality employment outcomes for all.
Date(s): 9/24/2024 3:00 PM ET - 10/30/2024 4:30 PM ET
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is offering the Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Service Delivery Model Community of Learning beginning September 2024. The purpose of the Community of Learning (CoL) is to deliver targeted technical assistance and professional development to teachers endorsed in early childhood special education (ECSE) who provide special education services using the itinerant model. In an itinerant model, an ECSE-endorsed teacher travels between classrooms...
Description: Recorded Webinar: The Writing Rope – A Framework for Explicit Writing Instruction - In this 2022 webinar hosted by EdWeb and Brookes Publishing, Joan Sedita (creator of the The Writing Rope framework and author of the book, the Writing Rope: A Framework for Explicit Writing Instruction in All Subjects) summarizes the writing skills and strategies that student writers must integrate in order to successfully write.
Description: For two decades, Speech to Print has been a bestselling, widely adopted textbook on explicit, high-quality literacy instruction. Now the anticipated third edition is here, fully updated with ten years of new research, a complete package of supporting materials, and expanded guidance on the how of assessment and instruction in today’s classrooms.
Description: 19 Essential Science of Reading PD Books for Teachers - Teachers of all grades need to know about the science of reading. From making sense of phonics and how the English language really works to figuring out what research says about how to best build kids’ background knowledge and comprehension skills, there’s lots to learn. Luckily there are tons of great science of reading PD books available to help you. Of course, you’re beyond busy, so we vetted both classic and new titles...
Description: Teaching, Reading, and Learning: The Reading League Podcast elevates important contributions to the educational community, with the goal of inspiring teachers, informing practice, and celebrating people in the community who have influenced teaching and literacy to the betterment of children. The podcast features people whose life stories are compelling and rich in ways that are instructive to us all. The podcast will focus on literacy as we know it (reading and writing) but will also connect to...
Description: Triple R Teaching provides simple strategies and practical tips for educators in grades PreK-3. Anna Geiger, M.Ed., author of Reach All Readers, will show you how to make small changes to improve how you teach literacy concepts.  
Description: Gleans Research to Practice- Reading Fluency and Instruction Podcasts - All the best reading research hot off the presses, brought to you by some of the best reading researchers in the country. Weekly topics and researchers provide variety and interest to all listeners. 
Description: The Top Literacy Podcasts of 2024 - Player FM chooses the best literacy podcasts they feel are worth listening to. Read each summary and choose the podcast that best suits your needs and interests. 
Date(s): 6/8/2024 2:00 PM ET - 6/8/2024 4:00 PM ET
Description: Register for the In Person Workshop: Ten Things You Need to Know about IEPs - Children with disabilities have had the right to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) which is outlined in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Equal responsibility is shared with everyone on the IEP team in the development of a document that allows the student to access the education they are entitled to. If you’re just starting the special education process, changing schools, or simply need...
Description: Connecting the Dots - Planning Your Child's Move from Early Intervention (EI) to Preschool - PEATC's new resource document will help you "Connect the Dots" and plan your child's move from Early Intervention (EI) to Preschool (Early Childhood Special Education, or ECSE).
Description: Call PEATC (703-923-0010) for free and confidential help with your special education / disability questions. Their help is now available in over 300 languages!  
Date(s): 5/22/2024 6:00 PM ET - 5/22/2024 7:00 PM ET
Description: Register for Navigating the Summer Slide: Tools for Special Needs Families - In this 60-minute session, Dr. Zipporah Levi-Shackleford - PEATC Board Member and Founder of the Creative Approach Development Center, - will delve into the reasons behind the summer slide phenomenon and provide practical solutions to prevent it. Discover affordable, fun, and creative ways to keep your child engaged and learning during summer.   Don't miss this opportunity to equip yourself with valuable strategies...
Date(s): 6/5/2024 6:30 PM ET - 6/5/2024 7:30 PM ET
Description: VAAP Decision-Making Tool Informational Session for Families - Join the Virginia Department of Education Office of Instructional Services and the Office of Special Education Family Support and Special Facilities for a live, virtual training event providing an overview of the new Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) Participation Decision-Making Tool. The overview will include background information regarding changes in the VAAP Participation Criteria Form, as well as information on the...
Date(s): 9/26/2024
Description: Learn from the experts! Collaborate with mental health professionals, peers, and family members at the NAMI Virginia 2024 Mental Health Conference and Youth Summit! Tickets for this event are free. The one-day conference features networking, workshops, panel discussions, keynote speakers, and activities to promote mental health wellness. NAMI Virginia will host the annual statewide Mental Health Conference and Youth Summit at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on September...
Date(s): 7/9/2024 9:00 AM ET - 7/10/2024 4:00 PM ET
Description: The Strategic Instruction Model™ (SIM™) Content Enhancement Routines (CERs) are designed to help teachers think about, adapt, and present their critical content in a learner-friendly fashion. CERs use powerful teaching devices to organize and present course information so that all students can understand, remember, and apply their learning. The Framing Routine: July 9, 9:00-11:00am The Vocabulary LINCing Routine: July 9, 1:00-3:00pm The Concept Mastery Routine July 10, 9:00-11:00am...
Description: Take the Virginia High-Leverage Practices Priority Survey - It aims to collect information from relevant stakeholders, such as principals, general and special education teachers, paraprofessionals, central-office administrators, and other service providers, about statewide needs regarding supporting struggling learners, including students with disabilities, across Virginia. The information from this survey will be used to support a state leadership team comprised of members from the Virginia...
Date(s): 5/13/2024, 6/18/2024 9:30 AM ET - 6/18/2024 3:00 PM ET
Description: Information and Registration for Summer 2024 Bridge to the Future Youth & Young Adult Workshop - Calling all youth and young adults 14-24 years of age! Formed Families Forward (FFF) and the A Life Like Yours (ALLY) Advocacy Center at The Arc of Loudoun are hosting a one-day Bridge to the Future Workshop for youth and young adults who have disabilities or other specialized needs. When: Tuesday, June 18, 2024 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM  Where: The Arc of Loudoun: 601 Catoctin Circle NE, ALLY...
Description: HLP 22 Highlight Tool 2024.docx - The High Leverage Practices (HLP) Highlight Tools were developed to acquaint educators with the key components of each HLP in order to begin implementation into their instruction and strengthen inclusive practices with students. Each Highlight Tool contains a brief description, video clips, suggested activities and a Plan of Action activity teachers can implement with students to help get them started. As teachers become more acquainted with HLPs, additional...
Description: VCU-RRTC Autism Center for Education (ACE) is conducting a brief Statewide Needs Assessment of people who live or work in Virginia AND educate or support autistic individuals. The purpose of the survey is to learn more about your learning and informational needs, such as specific topics you are interested in and the ways you prefer to get information about autism. The information gathered will help us design training and technical assistance for Virginians who educate and support autistic...
Description: Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits: Volume 18 Overview - The Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits (ATOB) journal was launched by the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) in 2004 in effort to advance the assistive technology (AT) field and highlight new information on the outcomes and benefits of AT for persons with disabilities. ATOB is a leading, open access, peer-reviewed journal in the field of AT. Volume 18 includes all three categories of articles published by...