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February 4, 2019 - March 10, 2019

Transition 2019: Changing the Outcomes

Location:  This is an online course offered through VCU's Center on Transition Innovations. Please note that this is NOT a self-paced course. You will have assignments and due dates that must be adhered to. The course consists of five lessons. You will work your way through one lesson at a time completing course activities which include:

  • Video presentations
  • Interactive learning activities
  • Group discussion boards facilitated by a professional in transition
  • Assignments


Description: This five-week interactive course includes a variety of class activities to examine the strategies and use of evidence-based transition practices for transition planning to promote positive student outcomes, increase knowledge of transition assessments, and explore options to prepare students for postsecondary education and/or training, competitive employment and living, and participating in communities. 

Target Audience: This course is targeted for middle and high school special educators in Virginia who are interested in learning more about transition for youth with disabilities. However, any individual who has an interest in learning more about evidence-based transition practices for transition planning are still encouraged to participate in this course. Registration is open to the first 100 who enroll. 

Registration: You may register at This course is graded on a pass/fail basis and the only final grades available are P (pass) or F (fail). If the course is passed, you will receive a Certificate of Completion with 45 points that can be used for recertification if approved by your building administrator. You are expected to complete the entire course in order to receive a certificate. The school district will be responsible for designating the actual number of points that a teacher can earn for participating in this online course. 

Sponsored by: Center on Transition Innovations at VCU


February 19, 2019

Designing Instruction with Proven Practices

Location:  The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

Time:  9:00am - 4:00pm.  (Registration begins at 8:30am).  Lunch will be provided.

Description:  This professional learning day will focus on specially designed instruction and the recently released High Leverage Practices for Inclusive Classrooms (2018). High leverage practices are effective and efficient ways to provide instruction for students with disabilities.  To learn more about HLPs, click on the following web link:

This is a free event, and the newly published book titled High Leverage Practices for Inclusive Practices will be provided to each participant. Participants can expect to be actively engaged in designing instruction for their students.

Target Audience:  This professional learning day is intended for special education teachers, coordinators, and administrators. General education teachers and administrators are also welcome to attend.

This event will be limited to 75 participants. A waiting list will be maintained once this number has been reached.

Registration:  This event was rescheduled from November 15th, 2018 due to inclement weather.  Individuals who had registered for this event in November will have the first opportunity to attend on this date.  If space becomes available, we will reopen registration to others.

For More Information:  Please contact Matthew Newton at or call 800-848-2714.

Sponsored by:  The T/TAC at Virginia Tech


March 5, 2019

Critical Decision Points for Families with Disabilities Train the Trainer

Location:  Holiday Inn Roanoke Valley View, 3315 Ordway Drive, Roanoke, Virginia 

Time:  10:00am - 2:00pm

Description: The purpose of this training program is to assist you in training families in understanding four things:

  • What are some of the keys to a child's academic success?
  • What decisions will families need to make regarding a child's educational path?
  • At what point will families be making these decisions? In this training program, we refer to these as critical decision points.
  • What information will families need so that they can make the most well informed decisions possible for their child?


Target Audience: In order to be eligible to attend this training, a participant must be an employee of one of the following:

  • Any Virginia school division
  • Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)
  • Any Virginia Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC)
  • Parent Education and Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)
  • Center for Family Involvement at the Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU (CFI)
  • Formed Families Forward (FFF)
  • Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD)

Special education directors throughout the Commonwealth will be receiving a memo alerting them to this opportunity.

Registration: You may register at Each session will be convened between 10am - 2:00pm. The VDOE will be providing hotel accommodations the night before each session for those who live 100 miles or more from the training location. There are a limited number of rooms available and, as such, will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The VDOE will also provide lunch during the training and mileage reimbursement for those who request it.

Other dates and locations to choose from outside of Regions 6 and 7:

February 7, 2019, Virginia Beach
Holiday Inn Virginia Beach Norfolk
5655 Greenwich Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Register here:

March 7, 2019, Manassas
Wyndham Garden Manassas
10800 Vandor Lane
Manassas, Virginia 
Register here:


April 8-9, 2019

2019 "Techknowledgy" Statewide Assistive Technology Conference

Location:  Doubletree Hilton Hotel Richmond-Midlothian.

Description:  This 2-day conference will feature local and national presenters highlighting assistive technology (AT) solutions for young children through high-school-aged students. Learn ways to infuse new and familiar AT into daily instruction to increase student participation and strengthen learning opportunities. Explore the exhibits, share resources and network with others.  Certificates of attendance will be available.

Target Audience:  This conference is designed for general and special educators, related services personnel, assistive technology teams, instructional technology specialists, administrators, family members and others interested in helping students with disabilities achieve success and independence using assistive technology.

Registration:  Watch for more information to come in early 2019 on the T/TAC at Virginia Tech's homepage, as well as the Virginia Department of Education's Assistive Technology Network Homepage.

For More Information:  Please contact Matthew Newton (, Holly Nester (, or visit the Virginia Department of Education's Assistive Technology Network Homepage.

Sponsored by:  The Virginia Department of Education's Assistive Technology Network