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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: Register for Critical Decision Points. 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: Register for Virginia Beach Critical Decision Points Event.

March 7, 2019, Manassas
Wyndham Garden Manassas
10800 Vandor Lane
Manassas, Virginia 
Register here: Register for Manassas Critical Decision Points Event.

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March 8, 2019 (Applications Due)

2019 Youth & Parent Summit

Location:  James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Description: The Youth and Parent Summit is an event held each June sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. Youth with disabilities from across the Commonwealth meet to network and discuss issues of importance to youth and young adults with disabilities. During the Summit, participants work in groups facilitated by I'm Determined State Youth Leaders to discover how the core components of self-determination can be applied to their lives. Summit attendees are expected to return to their home schools and communities to share the self-determiniation message.

Target Audience: Virginia youth with disabilities ages 13-21 and parent(s).

Registration: Spread the Word! Applications are now being accepted. Please encourage youth 13-21 years old to apply. 

Sponsored by: Virginia Department of Education and the Partnership for People with Disabilities.

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March 13-14, 2019

VTSS Effective Classroom Systems Professional Learning Opportunity

Location:  Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Williamsburg, 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 Williamsburg 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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March 20 & 21, 2019

Spring 2019 Regional Assistive Technology Network Meetings

Locations:

Region 7 - Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA. (March 20, 9am-1pm).

Region 6 - Roanoke Higher Education Center in Roanoke, VA (March 21, 9am-1pm).

Description:   The Regions 6 & 7 Assistive Technology Network meetings are professional development and networking events for current and new members of school division-wide assistive technology teams.  This semester's learning boost will focus on quality indicators in the area of referral and how AT teams can find or improve the method which school personnel refers questions to them, as well as how teams can communicate with those in the classroom about the services and information they can provide.  Time will also be provided for supported AT team planning within divisions and networking with other teams from around the region.

Target Audience:  Teams of 3-4 people who are identified as leaders in assistive technology in their division.

Registration:

Region 7 AT Network Meeting Registration

Region 6 AT Network Meeting Registration

For More Information:  Please contact Matt Newton (matthewn@vt.edu), Holly Nester (hollyn@vt.edu), or call 800-848-2714.

Sporsored by:  The Virginia Department of Education's Training and Technical Assistance Center at Virginia Tech.

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March 28 & 29, 2019

Regions 6 & 7 Community of Leaders in Autism Spring Meetings

Dates and Locations:

Region 7 - March 28, 2019 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA.

Region 6 - March 29, 2019 at the Roanoke Higher Education Center in Roanoke, VA.

Time:  9:00am - 1:00pm (Registration beginning at 8:30am). 

Target Audience: Leadership teams of 3-4 people who are identified as leaders in autism in their division including general and special education teachers, paraprofessionals, related service providers, and/or administrators.

Spring Topic: Creating positive change through professional relationships.

Description:  Lynn Everett and Cyndi Pitonyak will present our learning boost on communicating effectively with co-workers in order to ensure better outcomes for students with autism. A team from Montgomery County and Radford University will share what they have learned through years of experience working together and with others on instructional teams. Holly Nester will review a terrific app based on visual scene display to support the communication of students with autism as our technology tip. Time will be provided for planning and networking with other teams throughout our regions.

Registration: Register now for the Region 6 or 7 Community of Leaders in Autism Spring Meeting.

For More Information:  Please contact Holly Nester (hollyn@vt.edu), Lynn Everett (elynn1@vt.edu), or call 800-848-2714.     

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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:  Registration for our statewide two-day assistive technology conference "Techknowledgy" is $125 and is now open.

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

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

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April 11, 2019

LEADS-ECSE Program Administrator 2019 Spring Institute

Location:  DoubleTree by Hilton - 990 Hilton Heights Road Charlottesville, Virginia 22901.

Time: 9:00am-4:30pm.

Description:  The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will offer the Leadership in Effective and Developmentally-appropriate Services (LEADS) Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Program Administrator Spring 2019 Institute. This one-day Institute will be held April 11, 2019, in Charlottesville, Virginia from 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.  The purpose is to deliver targeted technical assistance to school division leaders who act as the program administrator for ECSE programs for preschool children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Since each division is different, this may include directors, coordinators, specialists, lead teachers, or others serving in this capacity.

The LEADS-ECSE Program Administrator Spring Institute will provide an update on statewide early childhood initiatives and will provide information and resources related to the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) and implications for children with IEPs. In November 2018, A Plan to Ensure High-Quality Instruction in All Virginia Preschool Initiative Classrooms was submitted to the General Assembly by the VDOE. A primary component of the plan emphasizes teacher-child interactions and requires classroom observations using the CLASS. Many VPI classrooms include children with IEPs. Further, the plan may later serve as a model for strengthening early childhood across other care and education settings. This includes all settings where a preschool-aged child with an IEP may be placed. During this session, an overview of the CLASS, considerations for classrooms with children with IEPs, and implications for improving early childhood programs for children with disabilities will be provided.

The VDOE will assume the cost of registration, breakfast, and lunch. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Lodging is provided by VDOE for one night (April 10, 2019) for those who live 50 miles or more from the conference center.  Those who need a hotel room must register by March 13, 2019.

Space is limited and school divisions are to register only one participant. Depending on the availability of space, it may be possible for additional participants to attend. Two people from a division may register if the division has more than one person serving in the role of administrator for ECSE programs. Please designate one individual as your guaranteed participant and have him/her complete the online registration form. Provide the name, email address, and phone number of any additional participant to be placed on the wait-list.  Registration for available additional participants will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis until all participant spaces are filled.

Registration:  Register for the LEADS-ECSE Program Administrator 2019 Spring Institute.

For More Information:  Please email Candis Middlebrook or Dawn Hendricks, view the event on the LEADS Webpage, or download the Superintendent's Memo announcing the event.

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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 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.

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 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.