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Virginia Tech President, Dr. Timothy Sands,

gets a lesson from T/TAC on using a head control device for computer access.


President Sands and Royce Jacomen Virginia Tech President, gets a lesson from T/TAC on using a head control device for computer access.

Dana McCaleb:

Improving instruction for all students using the Content Literacy Continuum.


Dana McCaleb

Patty Bickley:

Encouraging ongoing, embedded professional learning opportunities for all educators.


Patty Bickley

Margaret Vaughan:

Assuring resources are available to early childhood educators and families.


Margaret and Holly

Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC)

LAMP Intermediate Training: Thoughtful Planning for Implementation

Description: LAMP is an augmentative alternative communication (AAC) approach designed to give students a method of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves through a speech-generating device. This intermediate training is intended for teams currently implementing or planning to implement the LAMP approach. Read More...

Date: March 19, 2015
Location: Virginia Tech T/TAC AT Lab
Time: 9:00am–12:00pm (Registration and coffee 8:30am–9:00am)
Registration: Click Here to register for March 19, 2015

Date: March 20, 2015
Bristol Virginia School Board Office, 220 Lee Street, Bristol, VA 24201
Time: 9:00am–12:00pm (Registration and coffee 8:30am–9:00am)
Registration: Click Here to register for March 20, 2015

Professional Learning Day: Using Data to Search for Instructional Opportunities — Part 1
How do your middle and high school teams use data to drive instructional decisions for students with disabilities?

Information: Come with your data and scheduling teams to learn how to navigate, analyze, and interpret Pearson SOL reports, and plan for Tier 2 and Tier 3 instructional opportunities and interventions for students with disabilities. Download PLD flyer for additional information.

Region 7: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: SWVA Higher Education Center, Abingdon, VA
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm, Registration 9:00am
Registration: Register here for April 14, 2015

Region 6: Friday, April 17, 2015
Location: The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke, VA
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm, Registration 9:00am
Registration: Register Here for April 17, 2015

Sponsor: The Virginia Department of Education's T/TAC at Virginia Tech

Part 2 of this Professional Learning Day will be announced at the end of this session.

Co-Teaching Demonstration Sites in Regions 6 & 7


Co-teaching team Melissa Honaker & Virginia Justus, Math 7 co-teaching team, Richlands Middle School

The Virginia Department of Education has identified model demonstration sites that showcase general and special education teachers sharing responsibility for the achievement of all students in the general education setting. These sites provide an opportunity for visiting educational teams to see "hands-on" co-teaching, collaboration, and implementation of inclusive and research-based practices.

Contact the VT or RU T/TAC (information below) to determine which sites are open for visitation. Priority will be given to schools that did not meet their Annual Measurable Objectives for students with disabilities. T/TAC staff, in collaboration with the requesting school's building level administration, will determine the professional development needs and service options available. If a site visit is determined to be an appropriate professional development activity for an individual school, the site visit will be coordinated and pre-scheduled by T/TAC. 


VT T/TAC Sites:
RU T/TAC Sites:
Franklin County
- Ben Franklin Middle School – English 7
Carroll County
- Carroll County High School – Algebra 1 Pt. 1 and 2
Roanoke County
- Hidden Valley Middle School –
Math 8
- Hidden Valley Middle School – English 6
Roanoke County
- Hidden Valley High School – English 9 and 11
- Northside Middle School – Math 6
Tazewell County
- Richlands Middle School – Math 7
Galax City
- Galax Middle School – English 7
Wise County
- East Side High School – Algebra 1
Montgomery County
- Christiansburg Middle School – Math 7

Upcoming Events

March 6, 2015

See-the-Sound Visual Phonics Workshop

Description: For information, please contact Tracey Nielsen at or call the DHH office at 540-831-7179.

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March 11–12, 2015

Autism: An Optimistic Perspective

Description: This is Commonwealth Autism's 14th Annual Conference. The keynote is "An Optimistic Approach to Helping Students with Challenging Behaviors" by V. Mark Durand, Ph.D. The closing keynote is "Facilitating Future Success Now: What Parents Can Do From an Insider's Perspective" by Zosia Zaks, M.Ed., C.R.C. 

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March 13–14, 2015

VA Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA) 22nd Annual School Symposium: Innovative Intervention to Support Student Participation

Description: Clink link for a Brochure of Event

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March 21, 2015

Engaging Classrooms for All Learners

Description: The keynote speaker will be Dr. John Almarode. John has worked with all age groups in education from kindergartners to graduate students. He spent his K–12 career in Augusta County teaching all grade levels of science and mathematics. As a staff developer, John has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on the role of brain research in education and the creation of engaging classroom environments.

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T/TAC Mission

The mission of the Training & Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) is to improve educational opportunities and contribute to the success of children and youth with disabilities (birth–22 years). This mission is two-fold; first, to increase the... Read More


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