English Co-Teaching Academy: Addressing Non-Fiction and Writing in the Co-Taught Classroom
The Virginia Department of Education’s Offices of Special Education Instructional Services and Humanities and Early Childhood are sponsoring an English Co-Teaching Academy: Addressing Non-Fiction and Writing in the Co-Taught Classroom. The Academy is designed for school teams of English and special education teachers working together to enhance all student outcomes, especially students with disabilities. The focus will be on improving content understanding, pedagogical strategies, collaboration/co-teaching strategies, and networking. The Academy will be held July 14–15, 2015 in Glen Allen, Virginia.
Math Co-Teaching Academies: Algebraic Thinking and Reasoning in the Co-Taught Secondary Mathematics Class
The Virginia Department of Education Office of Special Education Instructional Services in consultation with the Office of Mathematics and Governor’s Schools is sponsoring two Math Co-Teaching Academies. The academies are designed for school teams of mathematics and special education teachers working together to enhance all student outcomes, especially students with disabilities. The focus will be utilizing co-teaching approaches to deliver specially designed instruction that includes the evidence-based practices of vocabulary instruction and the Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) sequence. Participants will also learn how to integrate formative assessment in their classrooms to develop data-driven tiered systems of support and design instruction to meet individual student needs. The Academies will be held June 17–18, 2015 in Roanoke, Virginia and July 21–22, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. Download Academy Flyer
An estimated 40 million Americans have some type of communication disorder. Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of the professionals who treat them. For 2015, our theme is "Early Intervention Counts." Early detection and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders contributes to better quality of life, shorter treatment periods, and reduced costs for individuals and society. For additional resources on how you can celebrate all month long visit the American Speech and Hearing Association. Join us this May to help educate others on how to identify the signs of communication disorders!
Looking for a Summer Camp?
What child would not benefit from the fun and structured freedom that summer camps provide? Children with disabilities are no exception. Checkout this listing of local summer camps that are available to families living in Regions 6 and 7 as well as other camps across Virginia.
June 11, 2015
Professional Learning...without spending a dime
Description: Exploring the latest ideas for redefining and strategically designing professional learning that empowers teachers to direct their own collaboration and continued growth.
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June 17–19, 2015
I'm Determined Youth Summit
Description: The Virginia Department of Education's I'm Determined project, in conjunction with the Partnership for People with Disabilities, invites applications for sponsorship to the 9th Annual I'm Determined Youth Summit at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
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June 23, 2015
SAVE THE DATE!!!
Opening Doors to Life Beyond High School
Description: Students, parents, and professionals will next have the opportunity to attend separate sessions to explore current self-determination/self-advocacy resources designed for use by/with transition-age students of all communication modalities to promote successful post-secondary outcomes. Exhibits from a variety of organizations will also be on site to share valuable information on related resources.
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