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Virginia Department of Education's Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC)

Ready to Use Resources to Support Behavior Change

The T/TAC at Virginia Tech's Behavior Change Website features a number of opportunities for self-paced professional learning:

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Join author Cathleen Beachboard as she guides you through her book and resources. Cathleen is a Virginia public school teacher, author, and researcher who has been  on a mission to improve outcomes for those who experience trauma and anxiety.  Her research focuses on psychological tools schools can use to help students and staff increase psychological hope, resiliency, achievement, and happiness.

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Learning on Your Own & Together self-paced professional learning series.  This series is intended to help teams gain an understanding of how to create positive behavior support plans for students with challenging behavior.  Resources include learning modules, planning guides, and reflection questions.

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Join one or both of our Behavior Change email groups, ABC~123 or Wee-Ones ABC~123 : The purpose of ABC~123 is to share three ideas that teachers can use to support students with challenging behavior.  These three ideas will be delivered to your email box each week.  Wee-Ones ABC~123 offers three ideas for early childhood teachers to support their work in addressing the social emotional needs of early learners and is delivered monthly.

Sign up today to receive ABC~123 and/or Wee-Ones ABC~123

Assistive Technology Transition Summit

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On Tuesday, November 29th from 3:30-5:00pm, the T/TAC at Virginia Tech will be hosting a hybrid panel discussion around the transition process for students with disabilities that use assistive technology from secondary to post-secondary institutions (primarily 2 and 4-year colleges).  Panelists will include institutional representatives from:
 
-Virginia Tech (including a current student that uses AT)
-The University of Virginia
-George Mason University
-Southern Virginia University
-Tidewater Community College
-Loudoun County Public Schools
-The Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services (DARS)
 
Anyone interested in the topic of students with disabilities transitioning to a post-secondary institution with assistive technology (i.e., secondary students, educators, school administrators, related service providers, and families) are invited to register for this FREE event and will have an opportunity to submit questions for the panelists to respond to. 

A limited number of in-person seats will be available for individuals who would like to attend the panel discussion in person at the T/TAC at Virginia Tech's office.  All attendees statewide will have the option to join the event via Zoom as well. Registration for this event is open now and can be accessed using the form below.  Registration will close on Friday, November 18th.  Anyone with questions about the AT Transition Summit should contact Matt Newton at matthewn@vt.edu.

Assistive Technology Leadership

We are excited to announce that our Assistive and Instructional Technology Coordinator, Matt Newton, has been invited to join the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services (QIAT) Leadership Team.  The QIAT Leadership Team is a national group of individuals who volunteer their time to support implementation of the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology.  Matt's involvement with the QIAT Leadership Team will give schools in our regions access to some of the best professional learning resources in the field, while also highlighting the great work being done by our AT teams and leaders.

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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 about our mission