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June 7 - July 20, 2020  

Transition University

Location: Self-paced online course

Time: Self-paced

Target Audience: Parents/caregivers of elementary, middle, or high school students who receive special education services

Event Information: Life is full of transitions. For families of children with disabilities thinking about the future can bring mixed emotions. Some families are just trying to make it through day-to-day challenges and might not feel they have the energy to think about what happens after high school. Others may want to plan for that transition, but are confused by unfamiliar language, complex steps, and the many agencies that may be involved in adult services.

Join us for this FREE 5-week SELF-PACED online course that focuses on providing parent-friendly transition information to help make transition planning easier. This course is designed for parents/caregivers of elementary, middle, or high school students who receive special education services. The goal is to share factual information on transition services and to help make the transition from school services to the adult services world less confusing.

Registration: Click here to register for the Summer 2020 Transition University. 

Sponsored By: PEATC in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education

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July 7 - July 28, 2020

"Techknowledgy" Summer Webinar Series: Providing Therapies Virtually & Improving Digital Accessibility

Location: Webinar

Time: Varies

Event Information: The VDOE's State Assistive Technology Network will be presenting a series of webinars during the month of July focusing on strategies for providing therapy in virtual environments and document and instructional material accessibility. The topic schedule for these webinars will be:

  • Tuesday, July 7 at 11:00am - Microsoft Word and Google Document Accessibility
  • Wednesday, July 8 at 12:00pm - Exploring Platform Options for Virtual Therapies
  • Wednesday, July 15 at 12:00pm - Coaching Facilitators to Maximize Virtual Therapy Sessions
  • Tuesday, July 21 at 11:00am - Powerpoint and Google Slides Presentation Accessibility
  • Wednesday, July 22 at 12:00pm - Interactive Activities to Keep Students Engaged During Virtual Therapy Sessions
  • Tuesday, July 28 at 11:00am - PDF Accessibility

Registration: Please visit the Techknowledgy Homepage to register for these free events.

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Coming Soon - Early July

Keep Covered, Keep Clean, Keep Apart, and Keep Learning! Coming Back to School with a Plan

Location: Webinar

Target Audience: This presentation is designed for teachers of students who may require explicit instruction to be successful. This may include preschool-aged children or children with significant disabilities.

Event Information: We’re going back to school! Things are going to be different and it’s time to think about how classrooms can be set up with health and safety in mind. In this presentation, a framework to support students coming back to school will be described. Additionally, resources and strategies to plan, prepare and promote healthy practices in the classroom will be offered. This presentation is designed for teachers of students who may require explicit instruction to be successful. This may include preschool-aged children or children with significant disabilities.

Check back here in early July to view this resource or email Diann Eaton (dweaton@vt.edu) or Mickey VanDerwerker (mvande04@vt.edu) for more information.

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Coming Soon - Mid July

Returning to School: Tier 1 Classroom Management Gearned to K-2 Classrooms - 4 Part Series

Location: Webinar

Event Information: This series will focus on creating a positive, safe, and healthy classroom through connection and community building. Attendees will learn about how important environment, expectations, and routines are during this challenging return to school, while also focusing on self-care.

Check back here in Mid-July to view this resource or email Margo Vaughan (mvaug74@vt.edu) or Jennifer Baldwin (jebaldw3@vt.edu) for more information.

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July 13 - August 14, 2020

T/TAC at Virginia Tech's "BE READY" for the Challenges of the 2020-21 School Year Series

Location: Webinar

Event Information: Through a combination of asynchronous recorded videos, online learning activities, and follow up coaching opportunities, the "BE READY" series is designed to provide resources and strategies to address many of the common questions educators in our regions have about working with students virtually during the 2020-21 school year. Content included in this series will specifically address:

  • Google Classroom/Learning Management System Accessibility
  • Parent Coaching
  • Providing Virtual Therapy
  • Engaging Students with Complex Disabilities Virtually
  • Virtual Learning in Early Childhood
  • Formative Assessment

These modules will be posted and available here beginning July 13th. If you have any questions about this series, please email ttac@vt.edu.

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July 16, 2020

Improving Student Outcomes Using High Leverage Practices: Explicit Instruction with a Focus on Distance Learning with Michael Kennedy 

Location: Live virtual event

Event Information: This is part one of a three-part series. Parts two and three will be one hour, recorded sessions, released in August and September.

What will the day look like?

Morning Session: 9:00am-11:30am

Lunch Break: 11:30am-12:30pm

Afternoon Session: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Registration: Click here to register for Improving Student Outcomes Using High Leverage Practices: Explicit Instruction with a Focus on Distance Learning with Michael Kennedy.

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October 11 - November 23, 2020

Transition University

Location: Self-paced online course

Time: Self-paced

Target Audience: Parents/caregivers of elementary, middle, or high school students who receive special education services

Event Information: Life is full of transitions. For families of children with disabilities thinking about the future can bring mixed emotions. Some families are just trying to make it through day-to-day challenges and might not feel they have the energy to think about what happens after high school. Others may want to plan for that transition, but are confused by unfamiliar language, complex steps, and the many agencies that may be involved in adult services.

Join us for this FREE 5-week SELF-PACED online course that focuses on providing parent-friendly transition information to help make transition planning easier. This course is designed for parents/caregivers of elementary, middle, or high school students who receive special education services. The goal is to share factual information on transition services and to help make the transition from school services to the adult services world less confusing.

Registration: Click here to register for the Fall 2020 Transition University. 

Sponsored By: PEATC in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education

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July 8-10, 2020

Map Your Future

Location: Online interactive format

Target Audience: Are you ready to explore “life beyond high school?” Are you a student who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing? Are you 14-21 years old? This program is for you!

Event Information: This DARS sponsored summer program, Map Your Future, is designed for transition-age students who are deaf and hard of hearing.  

Topics Include:

-Job Exploration
-Workplace Readiness
-Self Advocacy
-Education and Training Options

Registration: Contact Traci Branch, Statewide DHH Consultant Pre Employment Transition Services, Email: Traci.Branch@dars.virginia.gov, Cell:804-389-5509 or VP:804-616-4838     

Sponsored By: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

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July 12-26, 2020

Capacity Building for IEP Teams

Location: Virtual

Time: The training will take approximately three hours and can be accessed anytime during the two-week periods indicated.

Target Audience: Parents and professionals

Event Information: The IEP process can be daunting for everyone, including educators. School personnel report that they often find IEP meetings difficult and stressful. Parents report the same feelings. This workshop is designed to help IEP Teams build capacity around collaboration. Discussion will include a view from both sides of the table, as well as information on the seven elements of highly effective IEP Teams. We will provide practical strategies aimed at helping teams be more positive, productive, and collaborative.

Registration: Click here to register for Capacity Building for IEP Teams (July 12-26).

Sponsored By: The Parent Educational Advocacy and Training Center (PEATC), in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)

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August 5-7, 2020

2020 Parents as Collaborative Leaders Advanced Training (PACL Advanced)

Location: Tide's Inn, 480 Kings Charter Drive, Irvington, Virginia

Time: Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 9:00 am – Friday, August 7, 2020, 12:30 pm

Target Audience: 2014-2019 PACL graduates

Event Information: Participants will build upon the Leadership and Collaboration skills acquired in the Parents as Collaborative Leaders Training. We will further explore ways to communicate our stories and demonstrate how effective leadership skills can lead to systemic change.

There are a limited number of spots available for this training so please register early. Lodging and meals included for accepted applicants!

You must receive a confirmation from the PEATC office (not just Eventbrite) and commit to participating in the entire day of training to attend this event. Contact PEATC at 800-869-6782 or partners@peatc.org with any questions or cancellations; please do not contact the hotel venue directly.

Registration: Click here to register for 2020 Parents as Collaborative Leaders Advanced Training (PACL Advaced)

Sponsored By: PEATC

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August 9-23, 2020

Capacity Building for IEP Teams

Location: Virtual

Time: The training will take approximately three hours and can be accessed anytime during the two-week periods indicated.

Target Audience: Parents and professionals

Event Information: The IEP process can be daunting for everyone, including educators. School personnel report that they often find IEP meetings difficult and stressful. Parents report the same feelings. This workshop is designed to help IEP Teams build capacity around collaboration. Discussion will include a view from both sides of the table, as well as information on the seven elements of highly effective IEP Teams. We will provide practical strategies aimed at helping teams be more positive, productive, and collaborative.

Registration: Click here to register for Capacity Building for IEP Teams (August 9-23).

Sponsored By: The Parent Educational Advocacy and Training Center (PEATC), in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)

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August 20-21, 2020

Parent Institute

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 1793 Richmond Road, Charlottesville, Virginia

Time: 9:00 am, Thursday, August 20 - 5:00 pm Friday, August 21

Target Audience: Parents and professionals

Event Information: An exciting opportunity for parents new to the world of Special Education. PEATC's Parent Institute is a great opportunity for Virginia parents to gather, collaborate, grow, and learn together.

This event is free, but more importantly, this 2 day training opportunity gives participants a chance to engage directly with the presenters who are leaders in their fields.

Registration: There are a limited number of spots available, so register early. Click here to register for the Parent Institute. 

Sponsored By: PEATC

Additional Information: Lodging and meals are included for accepted applicants. There is NO childcare for this event.

You must receive a confirmation from the PEATC office (not just Eventbrite) and commit to participating in the entire training to attend this event.

Contact PEATC at 800-869-6782 or partners@peatc.org with any questions or cancellations; please do not contact the hotel venue directly.