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Description: The Governor of Virginia, Ralph S. Northam, the Virginia Board of Education and the Virginia Department of Education recognize November 2018 as Family Engagement In Education Month in the Commonwealth and encourage local school officials to develop plans and policies to enhance parental engagement in their children’s schools, lives, and in the education community. The attachments listed below include: The Governor's Certificate of Recognition (November 2018 as Family Involvment in...
Description: Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - October 2018
Description: Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - October 2018
Description: Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - October 2018
Description: Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - October 2018
Description: Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation. Additional Resource: Engage families for anywhere, anytime learning, Heather B. Weiss and M. Elena Lopez Phi Delta Kappan, April 2015 96: 14-19. Abstract: As society expects children and youth today to explore content-area topics in depth and to develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills,...
Description: Can I receive the credit if I adopted a child from another country? Yes, once the adoption is legally finalized, either in your child’s home country or in the US, you can claim your qualified adoption expenses, up to the maximum. Is the adoption tax credit for all adoptions or just special needs? Can I receive the credit if I adopted a healthy child? What kinds of adoptions benefit from the tax credit? The adoption tax credit is for all adoptions (international, domestic private, and...
Description: The aim of a trauma-informed classroom is to infuse an understanding of the impact of trauma and adverse life experiences on students into the classroom culture and promote a physically and psychologically safe  environment to foster student growth. More specifically, psychological safety refers to individuals’ inner sense that they are safe because of their ability to feel capable of managing stressors or connecting with someone else who can help the individual manage stressors that...
Description: Project Lifesaver is a 501 (C)(3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization that provides law enforcement, fire/rescue, and caregivers with a program designed to protect, and when necessary, quickly locate individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering. The necessity of this program was determined through the correlation between cognitive conditions and the act of wandering.  With the dramatic increase of cognitive conditions...
Description: To support early childhood education in Virginia’s preschool classrooms, the 2018 Virginia General Assembly appropriated funds to support well-prepared teachers for children served through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the VPI Provisionally Licensed Teacher Incentive Program. This program provides funding of no more than $30,000 each for local school divisions for the sole purpose of providing financial...
Description: Beginning at age 14, or sooner if the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team determines that it is appropriate, transition planning becomes the foundation for the development of the IEP. Transition planning begins with exploring interests and preferences to identify the student’s goals for postsecondary training, employment, and independent living. The IEP team needs to design transition services and activities that allow students to explore careers as part of their educational...
Description: The goal of this site is to provide information and resources for teaching and working with children who have complex learning challenges. Specifically, the site is designed for individual state deaf-blind projects, teachers, family members and related services providers interested in beginning or enhancing literacy instruction for children who have combined vision and hearing loss. Contributors reviewed literacy development literature, as well as literature related to literacy learning for:...
Description: The purpose of the Guidelines for Working with Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired in Virginia Public Schools is to provide information for the provision of services to students who are blind or visually impaired to support their educational goals. These Guidelines provide a resource of suggestions for implementing services; they are not regulatory. They are written for any individual interested in serving the educational needs of students who are blind or visually impaired or...
Description: A number of school divisions have asked for clarification regarding the testing requirements under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the 2017 revision to the Standards of Accreditation (SOA). Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Under ESSA, students must be tested in reading and mathematics annually in grades 3-8 and once in high school (grades 9-12). In science, students must be tested once in elementary school, once in middle school, and once in high school. Students may meet the...
Description: This guide aims to help parents like you understand the flexibility provided to States and school districts in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which amended the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a landmark Federal education law. We know that parents are the most important advocates for their children. Because States and school districts have significant flexibility in how they meet the requirements of the law, you have an opportunity to influence how they use that flexibility to...
Description: Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing. From birth to age 5, your child should reach milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child easy...
Description: Position Statement: Facilitated Communication It is the position of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) that Facilitated Communication (FC) is a discredited technique that should not be used. There is no scientific evidence of the validity of FC, and there is extensive scientific evidence—produced over several decades and across several countries—that messages are authored by the "facilitator" rather than the person with a disability. Furthermore, there is...
Description: Legislation enacted July 1, 2018, directed the Virginia Department of Education to define “aggravating circumstances” concerning suspension of students. The Virginia Department of Education staff and multiple stakeholder groups collaborated to create the following definition: For the purposes of §22.1-277 and §22.1-277.05 of the Code of Virginia, “aggravating circumstances” shall mean:        ...
Description: Bus drivers and transportation staff work directly with students with autism and are responsible for their and others' safety during the routes. Drivers and assistants are the first faces students see in the morning and the last ones in the afternoon. They are critical liaisons between home and school and often have more interaction with parents than other school staff. Beyond simply driving, transportation staff are in charge of managing behavior, implementing accommodations, and collaborating...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education in collaboration with the Partnership for People with Disabilities supports the Inclusion Project, a youth led initiative to increase disability awareness in schools. This year, the Inclusion Project is pleased to announce it is offering up to 10 mini grants (max: $2,000) to support schools interested in planning an Inclusion Project event. This application has two sections: 1) is for contact and event information and 2) is for the budget proposal. All...
Description: Giving your child with ADHD a cell phone can be risky. Kids with ADHD can be impulsive or distractible. They may have trouble with time management. Having a cell phone contract is a good way to manage some of the challenges these issues may create. It can also help you make sure you and your child both know your responsibilities for the phone. What Is a Cell Phone Contract? A cell phone contract is an agreement that outlines what you and your child will do to make sure she takes care...
Description: Virginia’s on-time graduation rate improved by a half point as more than nine out of ten students who entered the ninth grade in 2014 earned a diploma within four years, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported today. Fifty-two percent of the students in the class or 2018 graduated with advanced diplomas. Of the 97,961 students in the class of 2018, 91.6 percent earned a Board of Education-approved diploma, compared with 91.1 percent of the 2017 cohort. The increase equates to...
Description: The Department of Medical Assistance Services plays a critical role in providing health care coverage to low-income children, older adults, individuals with disabilities and pregnant women. There are nearly 400,000 uninsured Virginians eligible for new cost-effective health care options through the same modern and efficient management that is serving the Commonwealth well today.
Description: Schools play a significant role in supporting the health and well-being of children and youth, including those affected by traumatic experiences. In a trauma-sensitive school, all aspects of the educational environment—from workforce training to engagement with students and families to procedures and policies—are grounded in an understanding of trauma and its impact and are designed to promote resilience for all.  The Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Package offers...
Description: This Formed Families Resource Directory provides information about programs and services offered in Northern Virginia to support families formed by adoption, foster care and kinship care who are raising children and youth with disabilities and other special needs. This directory is provided as a free service to individuals and other organizations and agencies. It covers the areas of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County. Some entries are listed...
Description: The revisions to the Standards of Accreditation (SOA) express the Board of Education’s vision of continuous improvement for all schools and for student outcomes aligned with the expectations of higher education and employers. Impact on Schools School Accountability The revised SOA provides a more comprehensive view of school quality and expands accountability beyond pass rates on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and high school graduation and completion. Under the revised standards:...
Description: Virginia’s revised graduation requirements maintain high expectations for learning in English, math, science and history/social science while reducing the number of Standards of Learning (SOL) tests students must pass to earn a high school diploma. The new standards also implement the “Profile of a Virginia Graduate,” which describes the knowledge, skills, attributes and experiences identified by employers, higher education and the state Board of Education as critical for...
Description: The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce free, online non-credit courses being offered by the University of Virginia (UVA) in the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019 for teachers teaching Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) students during the 2018-2019 school year.  The Virginia Preschool Initiative teachers in school divisions that have not received federal VPI+ grant funds will have first priority for enrollment in these online courses.  Both courses are...
Description: Parents of children with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities are accustomed to paying close attention to their child's physical, cognitive, and emotional development. This proactive approach should also include their child's sexual development, which for many parents may not seem as obvious or urgent, especially to those with young children. Drawing on her unique background as both a sexual educator and mother of a child with Down syndrome, the author blends factual...
Description: As part of a broader statewide effort to unify early childhood – including pre-K, Head Start, and child care – Virginia is focusing on measuring and strengthening classroom interactions in 2018-2019. Young learners who benefit from high quality classroom interactions and instruction are more likely to enter kindergarten ready, putting them on track for success in school and beyond. To support pre-K classrooms, the 2018 Virginia General Assembly appropriated funds through the Virginia...
Description: ImPACT Applications, Inc. is the maker of ImPACT, ImPACT Pediatric, and ImPACT Quick Test, all FDA cleared medical devices that assist in the assessment and management of concussion.
Description: Abstract OBJECTIVES: To focus attention on building statewide capacity to support students with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)/concussion. METHOD: Consensus-building process with a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, researchers, policy makers, and state Department of Education personnel. RESULTS: The white paper presents the group's consensus on the essential components of a statewide educational infrastructure to support the management of students with mTBI. The nature and recovery...
Description: Abstract School learning and performance is arguably the critical centerpiece of child and adolescent development, and there can be significant temporary upset in cognitive processing after a mild traumatic brain injury, also called a concussion. This injury results in a cascade of neurochemical abnormalities, and, in the wake of this dysfunction, both physical and cognitive activities become sources of additional neurometabolic demand on the brain and may cause symptoms to reemerge or worsen....
Description: Dr. Mike Evans discusses concussion management and return to learn. Dr. Mike Evans is helping lead health innovation at Apple Inc. He is a Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto, was a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, Lead of Digital Preventive Medicine at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, as well as the first international recipient of an endowed university chair in Patient Engagement. Dr. Evans will be on faculty and do part time clinic at Stanford.
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Description: Sports Safety Posters Basketball Girls Boys Cheerleading Field hockey Football Brain Safety Tackling Safety Ice hockey Girls Fact Sheet for High School Athletes Fact Sheet for Middle School Athletes Concussion Information Sheet
Description: The Teaching Channel now offers a large collection of professional development videos for pre-K through 12th grade teachers to discover new approaches for working with students. Some of the video topics include: Assessment, Behavior, Celebrating Teachers, Class Culture, Coaching, Differentiation, Digital Literacy, Engagement, English Language Learners and more.  
Description: The UDL Guidelines are a tool used in the implementation of Universal Design for Learning, a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.  The UDL Guidelines can be used by educators, curriculum developers, researchers, parents, and anyone else who wants to implement the UDL framework in a learning environment. These guidelines offer a set of concrete suggestions that can be applied to any discipline or domain to...
Description: This is a place to browse and build resources, lessons and collections. You can use and share these materials to support instruction guided by the UDL principles. UDL Studio ™ UDL Exchange ™ UDL Book Builder ™ UDL Guidelines ™ iSolveIt ™ Math Puzzles UDL Curriculum Toolkit ™ CAST Science Writer ™ UDL Curriculum Self-Check ™ UDL Editions ™
Description: This includes: Recorded presentation Downloadable PPT Materials (PDF) Tips for Teachers Teacher's Checklist Supervisor's Checklist Research Brief Helpful Resources
Description: Internet Safety Squad is a digital activity book for parents and their kids to learn about internet safety using games, puzzles, and quizzes. Kids will even have an option to design a badge upon their completion of the educational workbook.
Description: When a child is using your computer, normal safeguards and security practices may not be sufficient. Children present additional challenges because of their natural characteristics: innocence, curiosity, desire for independence, and fear of punishment. You need to consider these characteristics when determining how to protect your data and the child. You may think that because the child is only playing a game, or researching a term paper, or typing a homework assignment, he or she can't cause...
Description: All travelers will get more out of their trip by being able to speak a few words of the local language, but for people with a disability it’s often vital to be able to explain your particular needs. Since standard phrasebooks are unlikely to contain the language you need to talk about needs around disability we’ve gathered together some disability-specific words and phrases and translated them into as many different languages as we practically could. Although things are slowly...
Description: Sign It! is an innovative new online curriculum for learning American Sign Language (ASL). The instruction is done by professional actors (both deaf and hearing) who are fluent in ASL and is highly interactive, entertaining, and engaging. You can complete the lessons at your own pace. Built-in quizzes provide feedback about how well you are learning the material, and there is ample opportunity for practice. You'll see video vignettes showing conversational ASL, interviews with deaf celebrities,...
Description: The American Academy of Pediatrics released Info-graphics on the Opioid Crisis and its impact on children nationwide. Virginia's info-graphic includes: A GROWING CRISIS A DEVASTATING TOLL ON CHILDREN A NEED FOR FAMILY-CENTERED POLICIES WHAT YOU CAN DO
Description: This module introduces family support professionals and other service providers to federal and state requirements for developing Plans of Safe Care for substance-exposed infants (SEI), trains them to work with mothers, families and other providers to create a POSC during and after pregnancy, and supports mothers and families in implementing the POSC.Learning Objectives: Understand Federal and State laws regarding Maternal Substance Use Identify service needs specific to this population of women...
Description: This module introduces family support professionals and other service providers to basic information about the importance of medication compliance, and provides an understanding of how pregnant and parenting women being treated for behavioral health or medical conditions may be non-compliant or misuse medications. It prepares service providers to recognize women who may be at risk for noncompliance or misuse of medications, develop a plan for referral and support women with behavioral health...
Description: This module teaches family support professionals and other service providers how a pregnant mother's use of commonly abused substances can impact her fetus, and the signs, symptoms and effects of withdrawal, neonatal abstinence syndrome and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders on an infant and growing child. It prepares service providers to recognize pregnant mothers and infants at risk for SEI issues, develop a plan for referral, and support families in providing an optimal environment for their...
Description: Resources for Parents & Other Caring Adults Video Resources The Underage Drinking "Talk" Saves Lives "No Drinks for You” - Anti-Social Hosting Law Enforcement: Social Hosting  Don’t be a Party to Teenage Drinking There are Costs to Being the Life of the Party Parents are the Key to Preventing Underage Drinking Virginia teens say they ride in cars with impaired drivers and that their parents don’t talk to them about underage drinking*. It is a fact that parents are the...