Teachers participating in professional development


May 23 - 25, 2018

Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education Spring Conference

Location: The Renaissance Hotel, 425 Water Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Description:  VCASE 2018 Spring Conference Agenda.

Target Audience: Special Education Administrators.

Registration/Cost:  $295 prior to May 7th.  VCASE registration form and directions.

For more information:  Please visit the VCASE Spring Conference homepage.


June 7 - 8, 2018

Virginia Division of Career Development and Transition 2018 Professional Development Conference

Location: Doubletree by Hilton Charlottesville, VA.

Description:  The VADCDT Transition Conference is a two-day event focused on providing best-practices that result in a smooth transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Conference attendees come from all over the state of Virginia and include educators, transition specialists, vocational coordinators, service agency representatives, and youth with disabilities and their families. This year's theme is "Transition: Back to Basics".  Detailed agendas will be sent to all who register.

Registration/Cost:  Register for the VADCDT Transition Conference now.  Cost is $75.  The registration deadline is May 15th.

For more information:  Questions about registration or sponsorship can be emailed to vadcdt@gmail.com.


June 18, 2018

Trauma-Sensitive Teaching Third Annual Pre-K/Kindergarten Conference on Age-Appropriate Classrooms

Location: JMU Festival Center, 1301 Carrier Drive, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Description: The keynote speakers are as follows:

  •  Sara Miller - Director of the Early Childhood Development Initiative and Associate Professor at Longwood University will present, "Trauma-Sensitive Practices for Classroom Teachers."
  • John Richardson-Lauve - Director of Mental Health and Lead Trauma and Resilience Educator at ChildSavers will present, "Understanding Childhood Trauma and Its Effects."

Target Audience: Pre-K and kindergarten teachers and leaders.

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.

Sponsored by: T/TAC at James Madison University and Virginia ASCD.

Registration/Cost: Register at the VASCD PreK/Kindergarten Conference Homepage. Cost is $145.00 and lunch is provided. 


June 18 - 19, 2018

Opening Doors - Unlocking Potential 2018: Language, Literacy, and the School-Home Connection

Location:  Double Tree by Hilton, Richmond-Midlothian, Virginia

Description: The annual statewide professional development ODUP Institute is Virginia's Go-To event designed to increase the knowledge and skills of Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TODHH) and all who work directly with children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and their families. ODUP 2018 recognizes that developing language and building literacy skills in children can happen more effectively when there is strong collaboration among professionals and parents thereby supporting positive outcomes for children and youth who are deaf/hard of hearing during the school day and beyond.

Keynote speaker, Janet DesGeorges, Executive Director of Hands & Voices, will address the importance of parents and educators working together as partners to ensure the best for each child. Janet is a nationally and internationally respected parent leader who believes "the battle isn't about which communication mode is best for all deaf and hard of hearing individuals, but how we ensure that each child is living in a communication-rich environment with the ability to communicate effectively in their own homes, in their education, and in their social lives."

Additional concurrent ODUP sessions will focus on innovative language and literacy resources to use with students across language and communication modalities and more. Along with professional exhibits, door prizes, and the opportunity to network with others invested in children and youth who are deaf/hard of hearing and their families from across Virginia and beyond, ODUP 2018 is the place to be in June!

Target Audience: Individuals who work with children who are deaf/hard of hearing and their families

Sponsored By: Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University

Registration/Cost: For more information and to register, please visit https://sites.google.com/vcu.edu/odup2018.

Additional information: In addition to a Professional Development Certificate for attendance at ODUP 2018, participants may obtain additional certificates for specific sessions to submit for ASHA and/or LSLS credits.

Eligible VA TODHH may receive lodging reimbursement for ODUP 2018. A separate email will be sent to Virginia TODHH with further information.

Have a transition-age student in your life?
Opening Doors to Life Beyond High School 2018 
Monday, June 18, 2018

Thanks to partnership with the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Division of the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, OD2LBHS sessions for transition age students who are deaf/hard of hearing (rising 8th grade through Class of 2018 grads) and their parents will be held for a 4th year, on Monday, June 18 (ODUP-Day 1)!

Please Note:
Registration for parents and students specifically for OD2LBHS is separate from ODUP. For information and to register for OD2LBHS, go to the Opening Doors to Life Beyond High School Homepage.

For questions about the ODUP Institute: Please contact Kristen Stahr (khstahr@vcu.edu) or Ann Hughes (awhughes@vcu.edu).


June 18 - 19, 2018

Speech Language Pathologist Summer Institute

Location:  Best Western Hotel & Conference Center Waynesboro, Virginia.

Description:  Download the full schedule and session descriptions.

Registration/Cost:  This year's institute is a two-day event.  There will be no partial registrations.  Cost of registration is $50.  Register for the SLP Summer Institute online now, the deadline is June 8th.

For more information:  Please contact Yvonne Skingley at skinglyx@jmu.edu or call 540-568-6746.

Sponsored by:  This event is sponsored by Region 5 T/TAC in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education and provides up to 11 contact hours of continuing learning activities.


June 18 - 19, 2018

Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) Professional Learning (Regions 6 and 7)

Location: Holiday Inn Tanglewood, 4468 Starkey Road, SW, Roanoke, Virginia (Ballroom AB)

Time: Check in and breakfast beverages from 8:30 - 9:00 am; Program is from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Description: Breakfast beverages, lunch, and training materials will be provided at no charge to participants

Target Audience: Educators, administrators, and interested staff from schools in Regions 6 and 7

Sponsored By: Virginia Department of Education

Registration: Registration deadline is Friday, June 8, 2018. Registration for the Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans Plans professional learning event is now open.

Additional Information: Registering for June 18 will automatically register you for June 19 for this two-day training series. All registrants will be required to present a school-issued identification card at the check-in desk upon arrival. Participants are responsible for travel and lodging expenses, if required. 


June 25 - 26, 2018

Communities of Leaders in Autism (CoLA) Summer Institute

Location:  Delta Hotels by Marriott - Richmond, Virginia.

Description: Participants will receive cutting-edge Autism strategies, resources, and training materials to take back to division staff.  Information about state improvement efforts and networking opportunities to strengthen collaboration.

Target Audience:  Regional CoLA participants, identified Autism specialists/leaders in divisions, educators knowledgeable in Autism.  Two representatives per division are invited and there will be a waiting list for additional attendees.

Registration:  Registration for the Communities of Leaders in Autism Summer Institute is now open!

Contact:  Email Holly Nester (hollyn@vt.edu) or Lynn Everett (elynn1@vt.edu) or call 800-848-2714.

Sponsored by:  VCU's Autism Center for Excellence, the Virginia Department of Education, and the VDOE's Training and Technical Assistance Centers.


July 16 or 18, 2018

Twice-Exceptional Learners:  Summer Institute for Teachers

Location:  Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, VA (July 16th);  Westin in Richmond, VA (July 18th).

Target audience:  Gifted and Special Education resource teachers who provide services to twice-exceptional students.  The VDOE is seeking two to four individuals per school division.  Attendees should only register for one conference.

Description: Both conferences will include a keynote speaker, Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska.  Dr. VanTassel-Baska is well known in the field of gifted education for her expertise in curriculum and instruction.  Her keynote address, “Interventions in Schools and Classrooms for Twice-Exceptional Students: A Focus on Strengths,” will provide insights into best practices to consider for twice-exceptional learners.  In addition, Dr. VanTassel-Baska will conduct two breakout sessions.

There will be a total of eight different breakout sessions.  Attendees will be able to attend four of the eight sessions.  Attendees will be able to select their sessions on a first come, first serve basis the day of the conference.  Topics will include:

  • Assistive Technologies for Twice-Exceptional Students;
  • The Role of Inquiry in Working with Special Needs Gifted Learners;
  • Behavior and Executive Functioning: Improving Organizational Skills;
  • Gifted and Autistic:  Understanding, Strategies, and Advocacy;
  • Using Art to Develop Cognitive and Affective Skills in Twice-Exceptional Students;
  • Accommodations for Using Project/Problem-based learning with 2e Students;
  • Supporting Social-Emotional Development; and
  • Differentiating Twice:  Using Special Education and Gifted Education Instructional Strategies.

The VDOE will assume the cost of registration and lunch the day of the conference.  Teachers will be provided $100 stipend for participation.  School divisions are strongly encouraged to cover travel expenses for division participants as this cost is not assumed by the Department; however, this is not a requirement of the program.  For those needing lodging, a block of rooms is being held at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center and the Westin Richmond at the government rate.  Please reference “VDOE Twice Exceptional” when making your reservation. *Cost of lodging will not be covered by the program, any lodging costs will be the responsibility of the participant.

Registration:  Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis with consideration given to achieving equity across school divisions until all participant spaces are filled.  Please complete the pre-registration survey to express interest in attending.  Once pre-registration surveys are reviewed, acceptance notifications will be sent via email no later than May 23, 2018.  Twice-Exceptional Learners Pre-Registration Survey.

Contact:  If you have additional questions about the program, please contact Dr. Teresa Lee, Instructional Specialist, Office of Special Education and Instructional Specialist, at Teresa.Lee@doe.virginia.gov  or at (804) 371-8283 or Dr. Donna Poland, Specialist, Governor’s Schools and Gifted Education, by e-mail at Donna.Poland@doe.virginia.gov  or at (804) 225-2884.


September 17 or October 3, 2018

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Location: Region 6 - September 17, 2018 at The Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia;  Region 7 - October 3, 2018 at Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, Virginia.

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Description: Dr. Allison Jackson will lead us through the why, what, and how of creating trauma-sensitive schools. She is a leader in the field of trauma-and-resilience informed practices right here in Virginia! Some questions addressed include:

• What are adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and what is the impact on the brain?
• Why should our school communities work together on this national public health crisis?
• How can we plan to respond to the needs, not just react to the behavior, to build resilience in our students?

Each school division in Regions 6 and 7 will be invited to register two school teams (up to six people) for this event. • Who should be on your team? - A decision maker (often a building administrator) - Special educator - School counselor, school psychologist, or teacher leader. This event will lay the groundwork to building a professional learning community in each region. These PLCs will continue the work of understanding the needs of school populations experiencing trauma and develop effective strategies and practices to build resiliency in our students and communities.

Registration: Look for registration information coming early this summer!

For more information: For more information, please contact Helen Barrier (hbarrier@vt.edu) or Patty Bickley (bickley@vt.edu), 800-848-2714.

Sponsored by: T/TAC at Virginia Tech.