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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 2019 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 2019 as Family Involvment in...
Description: Welcoming all families into the school community—Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class.  (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 are posted separately.) *Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - October 2019
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 2019
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 2019
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 2019
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 2019
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: Preschool refers to the time before a child is old enough to go to kindergarten or elementary school.  In Virginia, preschoolers who are eligible for special education and related services are entitled to placement in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) alongside their peers without disabilities with supplementary aids and services.  Inclusion in early childhood programs is supported through years of research and reinforced by a strong legal foundation and can set a trajectory for...
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 to support schools, Local Education Agency (LEA), or Parent Resource Center interested in planning an Inclusion Project event. This application has two sections: 1) is for contact and event information...
Description: Executive function and self-regulation skills are like an air traffic control system in the brain—they help us manage information, make decisions, and plan ahead. We need these skills at every stage of life, and while no one is born with them, we are all born with the potential to develop them. But, how do we do that? The Center on the Developing Child created this Guide to Executive Function to walk you through everything you need to know about these skills and how to develop and practice...
Description: Every October, a nationwide campaign is hosted to celebrate the skills and talents that people with disabilities bring to America's workplaces. This year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme is The Right Talent, Right Now, which underscores the essential role that workers with disabilities play in America's economic success, especially in an era when historically low unemployment and global competition are creating a high demand for skilled talent.
Description: This section of the Social Security website includes Audio, PDF and Other Language versions of the following information: What You Need to Know About Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) When You Turn 18 Disability Benefits How We Decide if You Still Have a Qualifying Disability Your Right To Question The Decision Made On Your Claim Benefits For Children With Disabilities Disability Benefits For Wounded Warriors If You Are Blind Or Have Low Vision - How We Can Help Your Ticket To Work: What...
Description: 6 Essential Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners 5 Free Video Games That Support English Language Learners 5 Improving Math Curriculum for English Language Learners
Description: Making friends requires skills that don’t come naturally to children with ADHD. Learn how teaching conversation courtesy at home and working with teachers to develop small group experiences can help. Soutions in the Classroom Keep in mind that a child with ADHD may lag in social maturity.  Post rules for proper behavior and guidelines for respecting each person’s space, words, and ideas. Hold class meetings that focus on social skills.  Arrange positive small-group...
Description: To support high-quality instruction, improve teacher-child interactions, and improve kindergarten readiness in Virginia’s preschool classrooms, the 2019 Virginia General Assembly appropriated funds to support well-prepared teachers for children served through the Virginia Preschool Initiative. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) Provisionally Licensed Teacher Incentive Program. This program provides funding up to...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education is offering a grant opportunity to encourage school divisions to purchase robotic devices to aid in the academic and social-emotional learning of students on the autism spectrum. The 2019 General Assembly passed an appropriation that provides funding to explore the use of robotic devices in aiding in the academic and social emotional learning of students on the autism spectrum. Selected applicants will be awarded up to $20,000 to purchase robotic devices to...
Description: Schools can play a key role in suicide prevention. The task of all professionals involved in and dedicated to the education of children is to help prevent death by suicide whenever possible. When school personnel, families, and communities take an active role in suicide prevention lives can be saved. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has partnered with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to raise awareness about the Suicide Prevention Month Educational Campaign in September. In...
Description: This website is designed to provide easy access to information from research to practice initiatives funded by OSEP that address the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act. This website includes resources, links, and other important information relevant to OSEP’s research to practice efforts. What is in included in the Federal Resources for...
Description: CADRE's major emphasis is on encouraging the use of mediation, facilitation, and other collaborative processes as strategies for resolving disagreements between parents and schools about children's educational programs and support services. CADRE supports parents, educators, administrators, attorneys and advocates to benefit from the full continuum of dispute resolution options that can prevent and resolve conflict and ultimately lead to informed partnerships that focus on results for children...
Description: Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma (SBS/AHT) is a term used to describe the constellation of signs and symptoms resulting from violent shaking or shaking and impacting of the head of an infant or small child. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) describes SBS as a subset of AHT with injuries having the potential to result in death or permanent neurologic disability. Can Tossing My Baby in the Air or Rough Play Cause SBS? SBS is a form of child abuse that happens when an infant or small...
Description: The film clips on this DVD were designed to introduce or review specific techniques or concepts on the following topics: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Little Room Adaptations, Materials for Active Learning, and Literacy and Deaf-Blindness ("effective practices").
Description: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. CDC is committed to continuing to provide essential data on ASD, search for factors that put children at risk for ASD and possible causes, and develop resources that help identify children with ASD as early as possible. What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Screening  & Diagnosis Treatments Materials & Multimedia Research & Tracking Data &...
Description: What does the research indicate concerning specific teaching techniques that will help adolescent students develop necessary writing skills? This report responds to the need for information on how to improve adolescent writing skills. The study builds upon previously published Reading Next results and highlights a number of key elements essential to improving the oftenneglected component of literacy—writing. Graham and Perin believe that writing in general—and teaching writing skills...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), in collaboration with The Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on the Educational Opportunity of Military Children (The Council), is calling for applications from schools interested in receiving the Purple Star Designation. The Virginia Purple Star Designation is awarded to military-friendly schools that have demonstrated a major commitment to military-connected students and their families. Schools that earn the award will receive a special...
Description: This manual was developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the state system of Training and Technical Assistance Centers to help local school divisions meet federal and state mandates that children with disabilities be educated in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The manual contains 8 modules and extensive resources which provide critical information for understanding, building, supporting, and sustaining inclusive placement opportunities for young children with...
Description: Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) is pleased to partner with the Virginia Department of Education in implementing the $9.9 million federal Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five awarded to Virginia earlier this year. Through this grant, Virginia seeks to understand the current state of early care and education and what it will take to provide children with quality care, support, and a strong start in life.   Today, critical first steps in this process - a statewide Needs...
Description: Parents and caregivers have certain goals in mind when their children go to school. Regardless of whether children have disabilities or not, all parents want them to learn, explore, and experience as much as they possibly can. Parents strive for their children to complete their public education, obtain a diploma, and be fully prepared to move on toward their chosen path, whether that is immediate employment, higher education, or something else. In order for your child to achieve these goals,...
Description: This series of videos features six key elements to engage families in Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS). Designed for use by educators and families, the three videos highlight specific strategies for school teams to consider as they build momentum around family-school partnerships and strengthen skills to meaningfully engage families in multi-tiered systems. Produced by Formed Families Forward, family partner to the VTSS project, in conjunction with Atom Stream Communications, LLC.
Description: What is it? This guide is for special education teachers and transition planners who serve students with EBD. For the purposes of this guide, EBD includes: students that are formally identified as having an EBD, students identified as having Other Health Impairment (OHI); students with IEPs who have behavioral goals; and/ or students with 504 plans for whom teachers are providing extra behavioral and emotional support. This is a guide for involving adult community agencies during the critical...
Description: What is it? This is a guide on how to aid students with emotional or behavioral disturbances (EBD) to lead their Individualized Educational Program (IEP) meetings during high school. For the purposes of this manual, a student-led IEP is an IEP where a student with an EBD holds a leadership role during the IEP meeting, and actively participates in the writing, creation, and implementation of the IEP, including its transition component. This guide will outline steps and activities needed to...
Description: What is it? This is a guide about how to include Career and Technical Education (CTE) into the transition plans of high school students with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders (EBD). It can be used as a roadmap and reference for steps to take and activities to engage in when planning for and incorporating CTE courses into the transition component of Individualized Education Plans (IEP). This document brings together existing tools and creates a continuum for how to braid them together into a...
Description: This module, a DEC-recommended resource, includes information on how to create developmentally appropriate behavior rules for early childhood classrooms so that they link to a given school's behavior expectations. The importance of communication with families about rules and expected behaviors is also stressed (est. completion time: 1.5 hours).
Description: NAFSCE is the first membership association focused solely on advancing family, school, and community engagement (FSCE). NAFSCE endorses the family engagement definition developed in 2010 by the National Family, School and Community Engagement Working Group (now the NAFSCE Policy Council). Family engagement is a shared responsibility in which schools and other community agencies and organizations are committed to reaching out to engage families in meaningful ways and in which families are...
Description: Aging, Fatigue and Brain Injury: Living with Head (Brain Injury) (My Story and An Open Book) TBI is a much more manageable injury today than it has been in the past, but it remains a major health problem. As people with TBI continue to live longer and face the challenges of aging with TBI, it will be our duty to provide better education and long-term programs and services. We all have brains; let’s continue to use them — injured or not — to support TBI prevention, research, and...
Description: ADHD can affect how kids use technology. See how common problems like too much screen time or too little sleep can affect kids with ADHD—and get practical tips on how you can help. Common Trouble Spots: Time Management, Impulse Control, Sleep, Inattention, Distractability and Social Skills
Description: A parent-child behavior contract can be helpful for kids with learning and attention issues who have trouble with things like frustration, self-control and lying. The best contracts include steps you and your child will take to help replace an inappropriate behavior with a more appropriate one. The contracts can also help you have an ongoing conversation about behavior. The key to building a successful behavior contract is getting your child’s input. Helping shape the...
Description: For some kids, summer means having more time to stick their noses in a good book and read. For other kids, summer reading is a chore. This is especially true for kids who struggle with reading and are reluctant to pick up a book. Still, reading over the summer is important. It allows kids to practice their reading skills and learn about new topics. Kids can experience the “summer slide” if they don’t do anything academic over the long break. They may spend the beginning of the...
Description: Across the United States, educators are changing the way they teach STEM courses. Students collaborate to investigate local phenomena in science class and work out intriguing problems in mathematics class. Across STEM courses, students attempt explanations, justify their positions, question and challenge one another’s ideas, and build new understanding together. This focus on students’ meaning-making represents an important shift. Rather than focusing on memorizing formulas and...
Description: Launched in February 2003, Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement. Ready asks individuals to do four key things: (1) stay informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) build...
Description: RICHMOND (Released June 3, 2019)—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), in consultation with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), will award four grants to local communities that have proposed innovative approaches to expand access to high-quality preschool for at-risk children through partnerships with community-based early childhood programs. This is the fourth cohort of mixed-delivery grantees since 2016. This year, VECF and...
Description: STARTALK has identified a variety of activities designed to keep learners engaged as they process and produce language. All of the activities include a short overview description, step-by-step directions, as well as helpful tips and suggestions for differentiation. Some of the activities also include video examples, strategy guides, graphic organizers or sample materials, as well as links to additional resources. STARTALK thanks Helena Curtain and Rosanne Zeppieri who inspired this work and...
Description: Ready to learn the ins and outs of Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) early intervention? Hearing First just launched the Fundamentals of LSL Learning Series, a new 12-course learning program that will give professionals and parents a solid foundation of knowledge to help children with hearing loss learn to listen and talk. If you're new to LSL or just seeking to up level your learning, this program is for you! The first learning experience of the series starts in July, but you can learn...
Description: In January of 2019, the Board approved the newly revised Model Guidance for Positive, Preventive Code of Student Conduct Policy and Alternatives to Suspension, which is now available on the Virginia Department of Education, Student Support and Conduct webpage. The document is a blueprint for local school boards and provides multiple resources to assist school divisions in the revision of local policies regarding student discipline. The Model Guidance document represents a significant shift in...
Description: Governor Ralph Northam and the state Board of Education today announced that 270 schools and nine school divisions earned 2019 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced student learning and achievement. The VIP program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the Governor and the Board of Education. The schools and school divisions earning 2019 VIP awards — which are based on student...
Description: Mathematics vocabulary word wall cards provide a display of mathematics content words and associated visual cues to assist in vocabulary development. The cards should be used as an instructional tool for teachers and then as a reference for all students, particularly English learners and students with disabilities. Suggested uses as a formative instructional tool: Integrate the use of cards into daily instruction and then post on the classroom wall for student reference. Include an...
Description: The Mathematics Standards of Learning identify essential academic content at each grade level for sequential learning. The content of the mathematics standards supports the following five goals for students: becoming mathematical problem solvers, communicating mathematically, reasoning mathematically, making mathematical connections and using mathematical representations to model and interpret practical situations. Page Contents: Professional Resources Standards of Learning Institutes...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education has certified Virginia Commonwealth University to offer a career switcher program for professionals seeking second careers as classroom teachers. The department also approved the expansion of Regent University’s established online career switcher program to include elementary education. “Career switcher programs offer professionals an accelerated route to begin rewarding second careers as classroom teachers,” Superintendent of Public...
Description: At University Headquarters we are an industry-leading, independent educational organization. We have compiled a comprehensive set of information for students who wish to pursue higher education. We are your all-in-one source for information on colleges, entrance requirements, and career paths. We provide career guides that will help you navigate all of the requirements to gain entry to programs, become certified, or move up the career ladder in your chosen field. If you are unsure about your...
Description: The Parent and Educator Guide to School Climate Resources (Guide) is intended to provide parents, teachers, administrators, and other interested parties with a general understanding of school climate, school climate improvement activities, and the availability of additional resources. It should serve as a starting point from which the reader may choose to do further research; ultimately, it may result in the identification of practices or strategies a school, district or State may wish to...
Description: "Instead of intervention in children with disabilities, let’s do some intervention in the way we teach math.My vision is to create classrooms in which all kids are able to become mini mathematicians, modeling their world through mathematics. This requires that we design an intervention into how we currently teach mathematics to children. This website is a place to learn about innovative approaches to disability (neurodiversity, Universal Design for Learning, and Disability Studies in...