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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.

Rhonda Peyton

Helping educators and families access T/TAC services.


Rhonda Peyton

Sue Schulz:

Making use of instructional coaching and collaboration for early mathematics success.


Sue Schulz

Holly Nester:

Supporting evidence-based practices and communication needs of students with autism.


Holly Nester

Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC)

Specialized Instruction: Our Theme for 2015-2016

Each school year, the T/TAC at Virginia Tech chooses a theme to guide our work.  Last year we focused on co-teaching, and we observed co-teaching teams making great strides in their practices and outcomes.  Logically, the next step is to enhance the use of specialized instruction in the co-taught classroom or resource room to meet the needs of students with disabilities.  

Many of you attended our professional learning days focused on scheduling, co-teaching, and data analysis.  You participated in rich discussions around specialized instruction, interventions, remediation and the multi-tiered system of supports.  Our goal this year is to expand on those conversations by assisting educators in implementing targeted, specialized instruction and interventions which will result in successful outcomes for students with disabilities.  

Toward that goal we have planned several professional learning days throughout the fall with the focus of specialized instruction.  The professional learning opportunities will target early childhood, low-incidence populations, and the K-12 general education curriculum.  We will use these opportunities to springboard our follow-up activities throughout the year.   

Needless to say, we are excited to begin a new year and as always, look forward to our work together!  

Using Data to Search for Instructional Opportunities-Part 2
September 9, 2015 and September 10, 2015

Conversations about Social Emotional Learning in Early Childhood
September 16, 2015 and September 18, 2015 

Specially Designed Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom
October 14, 2015 

Discovering the Possibilities with Visual Strategies: Meeting the Communication, Behavior & Social Challenges of Students with Special Learning Needs
November 18, 2015 and November 19, 2015

Exploring Social Emotional Development: Practices to Meet the Diverse Needs of All Young Children
April 4-5, 2016

Concussions and Student Athletes

Fall is near with football season just around the corner. Concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury, is a common consequence of collisions, falls and other forms of contact in sports. Coaches and teachers are on the front line when this type of injury occurs and need to be acutely aware of the dangers of this particular traumatic brain injury. The Virginia Board of Education has developed and amended guidelines for school divisions that will be distributed by July 1, 2015. The full text can be found here: Virginia Board of Education Guidelines for Policies on Concussions in Student-Athletes.

T/TAC at Virginia Tech Welcomes Three New Coordinators


Three New Coordinators L to R: Wendy Phillips, Lynn Everett, and Jocelyn Washburn

Three coordinators joined the T/TAC staff this year, bringing with them a wealth of experience and expertise.  Wendy Phillips is a reading and literacy specialist and has a special interest and knowledge base in utilizing instructional technology for student success.  Lynn Everett has worked in all areas of special education and has many years of experience in supporting students in inclusive settings.  Jocelyn Washburn is a SIM Professional Developer, certified in both Content Enhancement Routines and Learning Strategies, and has supported adolescent literacy and math in middle and high schools.  Aside from their many talents, Wendy, Lynn, and Jocelyn are wonderfully collaborative colleagues who enjoy working shoulder-to-shoulder with school teams on behalf of students with disabilities.  Please join us in welcoming them to Regions 6 & 7!

Upcoming Events

July 9–10, 2015 (Pre-conference July 8, 2015)

Creating Connections to Shining Stars State Early Childhood Conference

Description: The statewide conference will focus on evidence-based, quality, early childhood practices (birth through five). Sessions will include hot topics in the field of early intervention, care, and early childhood/early childhood special education, such as:

  • Behavior
  • Coaching in Early Childhood
  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Inclusive Practices

Click here for more information

December 4, 2015


Spotlight on Dyslexia: Learning Ally's 2nd Annual Virtual Conference for Parents

Description: For the 2nd year in a row, Learning Ally is bringing dyslexia experts and the parent community directly to you! All you need is a computer or tablet with a high-speed internet connection, and we’ll do the rest. Participants can attend live or watch later.

Attend live on December 4, 2015 to:

  • Experience real-time presentations with nationally recognized experts
  • Interact via open conversations with other parents and speakers
  • Access all presentations, documents, and tools in the archive
  • Receive ongoing support through community discussions and access to exclusive content

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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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