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April 26, 2019

Spring Assistive Technology Open House

Location:  T/TAC at Virginia Tech, 250 South Main Street Suite #326 Blacksburg, VA 24060.

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Description: The Spring Assistive Technology Open House will provide educators (both current and pre-service), parents, and related service providers (including pre-service OTs, PTs, and SLPs) an opportunity to tour our library, meet T/TAC staff, have hands-on interaction with assistive technology and augmentative communication, and learn more about T/TAC services. The T/TAC staff will be available to answer your questions and demonstrate the technology.  We plan to offer the open house each fall and spring semester to meet the needs of those university classes who normally request individual onsite visits.

Target Audience: Educators, preservice teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, families, and anyone else interested is using assistive technology to support students with disabilities.

Registration: This is a drop-in event registration is not required.  If you are a college instructor planning to send a large group of students, please contact us prior to the event date so that we may coordinate your visit.

For More Information: Please contact Matt Newton at matthewn@vt.edu, Holly Nester at hollyn@vt.edu, or Lora Beeken at lbeeken@vt.edu or call 800-848-2714.

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April 26, 2019

Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research (VTCAR) & Virginia Tech Autism Clinic (VTAC) Annual Autism Conference

Location:  The Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Description: This is the 7th annual Virginia Tech Autism Clinic and Center for Autism Research conference. Hear the latest developments and updates in autism research for educators, clinicians, researchers, and families. This year, workshops will be offered regarding Psychopharmacology, I'm Determined, and Financial Planning and research talks on early intervention, school-aged and adults. 

Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. 

Target Audience: Educators, clinicians, researchers, and families

Registration: Register now the the Virginia Tech Center of Autism Research and Virginia Tech Autism Clinic Annual Conference. 

For More Information: Contact vtautismcenter@gmail.com or 540-231-8747.

Sponsored by: Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research (VTCAR) and Virginia Tech Autism Clinic (VTAC)

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May 6-7, 2019

Brain Injury Association of Virginia and VCU: Heading Forward Together: A Brain Injury Conference for Professionals (Formerly known as the Williamsburg Conference)

Location:  The Westin, Richmond, Virginia

Time: (Monday) 7:30am - 6:30pm  (Tuesday) 7:45am - 4:30pm

Description: For more than a quarter century, service providers and clinical researchers have gathered together to learn about the problems facing persons with traumatic brain injury and their families. The annual conference was originally established by Virginia Commonwealth University at the Medical College of Virginia.

Each year, empirically-based, practical solutions to major injury-related problems in three core areas is emphasized: (1) community integration, life skills rehabilitation and long-term needs; (2) cognitive, behavioral, psychosocial and vocational rehabilitation; and (3) pediatric brain injury and academic re-entry.Target Audience: This event is designed for individuals with a brain injury, their caregivers, and professionals new to the field of brain injury.

Registration: Registration will be open on March 4, 2019. Information can be obtained from https://www.biav.net or by
e-mailing profconf@biav.net.

Sponsored by: Brain Injury Association of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

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May 23, 2019

United Way of Southwest Virginia: Rural Summit for Childhood Success

Location:  Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, One Partnership Circle, Abingdon, Virginia

Time: 7:30am - 4:45pm

Description: The Rural Summit for Childhood Success will convene leaders from across the Commonwealth of Virginia to learn 1) how systems to lead to childhood success have been adversely impacted by substance abuse and 2) best practices for professionals in rural settings to address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, resiliency in children, families and child-serving systems.

Target Audience: School superintendents, health districts, community action agencies, community services boards, department of social services, local government leaders, non-profit organization, health care systems, human resources professionals, and executive leadership

Registration: Visit http://unitedwayswva.org/rural-summit-for-childhood-success/. Registration opens April 1, 2019. Early bird registration is $49. Registration is non-refundable, but it is transferable. If you register and then are unable to attend, let the organizers know at your earliest convenience that you will be sending someone in your place.

If your agency/organization is sending more than one participant and would like to be invoiced, please contact Kristy Worley at kworley@unitedwayswva.org or at 276-525-4103 for further instructions. Please note, invoicing is only available for agencies/organizations and not individuals.

Sponsored by: Virginia State Office of Rural Health, Ballad Health, Highland Community Services, United Way of Southwest Virginia

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May 30-31, 2019

VTSS Effective Classroom Systems Professional Learning Opportunity

Location:  Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Charlottesville, VA.

Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Office of Student Services, in partnership with the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports Research and Implementation Center (VTSS-RIC), will offer VTSS Effective Classroom Systems, a two-day professional learning opportunity.  One event will be held on March 13-14, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia.  The event will be repeated on May 30-31, 2019, in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The intended audience for this event is school leadership teams, including building administrators, teacher leaders, and specialized instructional support personnel.  School divisions should also consider extending an invitation to central office staff charged with ongoing professional learning in classroom instructional and/or behavioral practices, such as instructional coaches, behavior specialists, and special education coordinators.  VTSS Effective Classrooms Systems is designed to facilitate team learning and planning for high impact evidence-based practices and the development of effective systems to support their implementation in the classroom.  Examples of effective classroom practices that support student academic and behavioral success include: effective feedback; managing the classroom environment; reinforcing appropriate behavior; active supervision; scaffolding; and opportunities to respond.  This opportunity is open to all Virginia educators.  Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis with priority consideration provided to educators from Title 1 schools.

Target Audience:  Division leadership teams and school leadership teams, including building principals, are invited to attend. Divisions may want to consider extending invitations to division level staff charged with ongoing professional learning in classroom instructional and/or behavioral practices.

Registration:  Registration for VTSS Effective Classroom Systems in Charlottesville is now open.

For More Information: Please visit the VTSS Effective Classroom Systems Homepage.

Sponsored by: The Virginia Department of Education Office of Student Services.

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June 17-18, 2019

Speech Language Pathologist Summer Institute

Location:  The Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in Waynesboro, VA.  A block of rooms has been reserved for this event at the state rate. If lodging is required, you are responsible for making your own reservations. The hotel's phone number is 540.942.1100 or use this link to book overnight accommodation online. Deadline for booking accommodation through the room block is May 24th.

Description:  Download schedule with full session descriptions.

RegistrationRegistration for the SLP Summer Institute is now open.  The cost is $50 for the two-day conference.

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

Sponsored by: The Virginia Department of Education and the Training and Technical Assistance Center at James Madison University.

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June 24-25, 2019

Communities of Leaders in Autism 2019 Summer Institute: Increasing Inclusion and Independence for School and Life

Location:  Delta Hotels by Marriott: Richmond Downtown.  555 E. Canal Street Richmond, VA 23219.

Description: Participants will receive cutting edge Autism strategies, resources and training materials to take back to division staff, updates from the Virginia Department of Education, and networking opportunities to strengthen collaboration.

Target Audience: Regional CoLA participants, Identified Autism specialists and leaders in divisions, and educators knowledgeable in Autism.

Registration: Registration for the 2019 CoLA Summer Institute is now open.

For More Information:  Please contact Holly Nester , Lynn Everett., or call 800-848-2714.

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

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June 24-25, 2019

Co-Teaching Elementary Reading and Mathematics Summer Academy

Location:  James Madison University

Time: Monday 8:30am - 4:45pm, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
           Tuesday 8:30am - 4:45pm

Description: The Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) Office of Special Education Instructional Services, in consultation with the Office of Humanities and the Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in partnership with the James Madison University Content Teaching Academy, will sponsor a Co-Teaching Elementary Reading and Mathematics (C-TERM) Academy. The Academy is designed for elementary school teams of general education and special education teachers who teach reading and mathematics together to enhance all student outcomes, especially students with disabilities in the general education classroom. This Academy’s focus will be on improving content understanding, pedagogical strategies, collaboration/co-teaching strategies, and specially designed instruction in mathematics and reading. The two-day Academy will be held on June 24-25, 2019, at James Madison University and will include an evening session on June 24 in addition to the daytime sessions.

The VDOE is seeking elementary teachers with their co-teaching partners who co-teach mathematics and reading to participate in the Academy. Priority will be given to teachers who teach in schools that have not met their state benchmarks in reading and/or mathematics. The VDOE will assume the cost of registration, lodging, and meals for all public school participants. A $200 stipend will be provided to each participant who attends all of the sessions. School divisions are strongly encouraged to cover travel expenses for participants as this cost is not assumed by VDOE; however, this is not a requirement of the Academy. 

Target Audience: Elementary teachers with their co-teaching partners who co-teach mathematics and reading

Registration: Please visit https://cta.jmu.edu/academy/coteaching-elementary-reading-and-math/ to register.

For More Information: For more detailed information regarding this Academy and how to register, please visit the CTA Website. If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Teresa Lee, Instructional Coordinator, Special Education and Instructional Services, at Teresa.Lee@doe.virginia.gov or at (804) 371-8283; or Ms. Kristin Williams, Mathematics and Special Education Specialist, Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, at Kristin.Williams@doe.virginia.gov or at (804) 225-2016.

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June 24-28, 2019

2019 Adapted Physical Education (PreK-12) VDOE Grant Funded

Location:  James Madison University

Time: Monday-Thursday 8:30am - 4:45pm, Friday 8:30am - 12:00pm

Description: The Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Instructional Services and Office of STEM, in collaboration with James Madison University, are sponsoring the 2019 Adapted Physical Education Content Teaching Academy (CTA). Requirements that are specific to this grant-funded CTA:

  • Health and Physical Education teachers may enroll for attendance only credit of 30 hours (local school divisions will convert the hours to recertification points) and will be awarded a stipend of $300. To receive the credit and stipend, registrants must attend all 18 Adapted PE CTA sessions during the week.
  • Teachers who enroll in this academy must hold a current teaching or supervisory position in Health and Physical Education.
  • During the academy, teachers will learn about the unique complexities of working with students with special needs and explore a variety of instructional strategies to ensure all students are successful, regardless of ability or disability. The academy aims to empower physical educators to adapt skillfully and modify health, PE, and FLE curriculum, instruction, tasks, equipment, and/or environment to address the individualized needs and abilities of each child so all students can successfully learn and participate.
  • The Virginia Department of Education will assume the cost of registration and on-campus DOUBLE lodging (if you select SINGLE lodging, you must pay the difference of $80), and meals for all Virginia public school participants accepted into the program.
  • The 2019 Content Teaching Academy sessions begin at 8:30 am Monday, June 24 and conclude at noon on Friday, June 28. On Monday through Thursday, the daily schedule is set up much like a high school 4×4 block schedule, with two 1.5 hour sessions in the morning and two 1.5 hour sessions in the afternoon. Breaks with snacks and beverages are provided between sessions in both the mornings and afternoons. The primary check-in period is from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Sunday, June 23. Late arrivals and commuters may check in early Monday, June 24th between 7:00am and 8:00 am.

Registration for the training is limited to current public school employees only. No onsite registration will be accommodated. All registrants will be required to present a school-issued identification card at the check-in desk upon arrival. Individuals registered will not be permitted to send a substitute if they are unable to attend. No audio or videotaping of the training sessions will be allowed. The Virginia Department of Education reserves the right to cancel the registration of any person who does not meet the registration criteria.

VDOE will assume the cost of registration, DOUBLE lodging, and meals for all public school participants accepted into the program.

Target Audience: Public school health and physical education teachers with a current teaching or supervisory position in health and physical education

Registration: Please visit https://cta.jmu.edu/academy/adapted-physical-education-prek-12/ to register.

Sponsored by: Virginia Department of Education 

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June 26-27, 2019

Augmenting Mathematics and Special Educator Teams (AMSET) VDOE Grant Funded

Location:  James Madison University

Time: Wednesday 8:30am - 4:45pm, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
           Thursday 8:30am - 4:45pm

Description: The Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) Office of Special Education Instructional Services, in consultation with the Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and in partnership with James Madison University Content Teaching Academy, is sponsoring the Augmenting Mathematics and Special Educator Teams (AMSET) Academy at the University’s summer 2019 Content Teaching Academy (CTA). The two-day Academy, June 26-27, 2019, is designed for mathematics and special educator school teams working together to enhance student outcomes, especially for students with disabilities, by focusing on improving content understanding, pedagogical strategies, co-teaching strategies, and specially designed instruction in mathematics. Daytime sessions and one evening session will also focus on enhancing practical experiences with high-quality teaching resources and implementing effective teaching practices promoted by the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics through the lens of the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning.

The VDOE is seeking middle school mathematics 6-8 and Algebra I co-teaching teams to participate in the Academy. The VDOE will assume the cost of registration, lodging, and meals for all public-school participants. A $200 stipend will be provided to each participant who attends all of the sessions. Teachers from schools not meeting the state benchmark for accreditation in mathematics will be given priority. School divisions are strongly encouraged to cover travel expenses for participants as this cost is not assumed by the Department; however, this is not a requirement of the Academy.

Target Audience: Middle school mathematics 6-8 and Algebra I co-teaching teams

Registration: Please visit https://cta.jmu.edu/academy/amset/

For More Information: For more detailed information regarding this Academy and how to register, please visit the CTA website.  If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Teresa Lee, Instructional Coordinator, Office of Special Education and Instructional Services, at Teresa.Lee@doe.virginia.gov or at (804) 371-8283; or Ms. Kristin Williams, Mathematics and Special Education Specialist, Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Kristin.Williams@doe.virginia.gov or at (804) 225-2016.

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June 26-28, 2019

Opening Doors - Unlocking Potential 2019: Building Foundations for Literacy Success

Location:  DoubleTree by Hilton, Richmond-Midlothian, Virginia

Description: ODUP is Virginia's Go-To event in public school d/hh education! It is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing (TODHH) and educators working directly with children and youth who are d/hh to positively impact outcomes for students who are d/hh during the school day and beyond. ODUP 2019 will have a significant focus on literacy skill building from preK through secondary school level.

Target Audience: Teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing, SLPs and educators who work directly with students who are D/HH

Registration: Registration for Opening Doors-Unlocking Potential opens March 1.

For More Information: Please contact Kristen Stahr (khstahr@vcu.edu) or Ann Hughes (awhughes@vcu.edu). 

Sponsored by: Virginia Department of Education and the Technical Assistance Center for Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing at the Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University 

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July 14-16, 2019

2019 Move Summit

Location: Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia

Description: Each July, the Virginia Department of Education welcomes African- American males with disabilities from across the Commonwealth to participate in a three-day summit.

Through utilizing state leadership and mentors, young men ages 13-21 engage in activity-based learning. Participants unlock their potential to overcome barriers, become self-determined, and graduate high school to be college and career ready.

Concurrent parent workshops offer resources and tools to promote self-determination in their sons and increase parent engagement in the education process.

The MOVE Summit is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education. All costs associated with lodging and meals are covered, as well as reimbursement for mileage to and from the event. Applications will be reviewed and acceptance letters will be emailed on or before May 20, 2019.

Target Audience: Virginia African American male youth with disabilities ages 13-21 and their parents

Application: Click on https://form.jotform.com/90433506805151 to apply.  Applications due April 1, 2019)

For More Information: Please contact Amanda Randall at Randalaa@jmu.edu.

Sponsored by: Virginia Department of Education 

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July 15-16, 2019

STEMability Camp - Exploring Science and Engineering

Location: Virginia Tech Campus in Blacksburg, VA.

Description:  STEMability is a college transition program for rising high school juniors and seniors with disabilities and their parents. While on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg students will participate in engineering, technology, and science learning activities designed to enhance success in the college and work environment:  - Explore career majors in engineering and sciences - Engage in STEM hands-on learning activities - Try out assistive and learning technologies - Use self-advocacy skills to plan for accommodations.

Target Audience:  Rising high school juniors and seniors with disabilities and their parents.

Registration:  Please visit the STEMability homepage to access the camp application.  All applications must be received by May 13, 2019.

For More Information: Please view the
STEMability event flyer
STEMability website, or email stemability@vt.edu.

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July 17-19, 2019

Creating Connections to Shining Stars

Location: The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center - 110 Shenandoah Avenue Roanoke, VA.

Description:  Creating Connections to Shining Stars is a collaborative effort between Virginia's Part C, Early Intervention and Part B, Preschool Special Education programs. The Conference will focus on promoting and supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices in inclusive settings for infant, toddler, and young children, both with and without disabilities.

Target Audience:  

  • Early Childhood Special Educators
  • Early Intervention Providers
  • Administrators / Supervisors
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Related Service Providers
  • Parents and Family Member

Registration: Registration for Creating Connections to Shining Stars is now open!

For More Information: Please contact Margaret Vaughan at mvaug74@vt.edu or call 800-848-2714.