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October 3 or November 9, 2018

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Location: Region 6 - November 9, 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.

Sponsored by: T/TAC at Virginia Tech


For more information: For more information, please contact Helen Barrier ( or Patty Bickley (, 800-848-2714.


October 2, 2018

Reframing Discipline: Alternatives to Suspension Conference

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

Description: The Reframing Discipline: Alternatives to Suspension Conference provides an opportunity for school leaders, school hearing officers, and student support personnel to learn from other Virginia practitioners’ efforts to reduce suspensions/expulsions and improve school climate.   This year’s conference will feature a keynote presentation from Dr. William T. Noel, Sr., Director of Student Support and Disciplinary Review in Henrico County Public Schools.  In breakout sessions, practitioners will share programs to provide alternatives to suspension, which have been implemented with positive results in Virginia schools.  The registration fee is $30 per person.

Breakout session topics include the following:

·      Restorative Practices

·      Juvenile Justice Intersections

·      Beginning the Conversation on Implicit Bias

·      Addressing Truancy

·      Cottage Schools: An alternative to suspension of young children

·      School Resource Officers Working with Students in Community Service

·      Conducting Threat Assessments and Following Up

·      Profile of a Virginia Graduate in Alternative Settings

·      Re-thinking In-school Suspension

·      Addressing Social Emotional Learning

·      Revising Codes of Student Conduct  

Sponsored by: The Virginia Department of Education.

Registration: This training is open to employees of Virginia school divisions only.  On-site registration is not available.  All registrants must present an identification card at the check-in desk upon arrival. Substitutes are not permitted without prior approval.  Audio or videotaping of the opening session or the breakout sessions is not allowed.  The Virginia Department of Education reserves the right to cancel the registration of any person who does not meet the registration criteria.  Register now for the Reframing Discipline: Alternatives to Suspension Conference.

For more information: Contact Rebecca Kahila, School Safety and Discipline Specialist, at (804) 225-4654 or or Bobby Kipper, School Safety and  Discipline Specialist, at (804) 225-4653 or


October 15 or 16, 2018

Equity in Education Workshop

Location: October 15th in Martinsville, VA (New College Institute) or October 16th in Abingdon, VA (Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center).

Time: Registration and breakfast 8:30am; Training from 9:00am - 3:00pm.

Description: The TTAC at Radford University invites participants from superintendent’s regions 6 and 7 to join us for a one-day workshop led by Paul Gorski. The purpose of this workshop is to strengthen educators’ understandings of educational inequities and outcome disparities in order to explore meaningful, sustainable strategies for eliminating them. Through interactive activities, discussion, and reflection we will learn the basic principles of the equity literacy framework—a framework founded on the premise that we must be literate in educational equity across a variety of identities and issues. The framework is designed to improve equity practices in individual classrooms as well as schools and districts.

Sponsored by: T/TAC at Radford University.

Registration:  Please register for the Equity in Education Workshop by September 21st.  We encourage you to attend with a “learning buddy” or team from your school/division who will help to extend the equity conversation beyond the workshop.  Continental breakfast & lunch will be provided.  Priority will be given to Virginia public school division personnel.

For more information: Contact Lauren Catherwood-Ginn at 540-831-8647 or


October 17 or 18, 2018

Free Training for Parents: Critical Decision Points for Families of Children in Special Education

Location: Hilton Garden, 121 Village Circle, Bristol, VA 24201 (October 17)

                   Hilton Garden Inn, 4500 South Peak Boulevard, Roanoke, VA 24018 (October 18)

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm. (both days)

Description: The purpose of this training is to assist parents in understanding: 

  • -Keys to your child's academic success
  • -Decisions you need to make regarding your child's educational path
  • -Critical decision points and when they should be made
  • -Information needed to make well informed decisions for your child

Intended Audience: Parents, families, foster parents, guardians of children with disabilities

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

Registration:  Register now: Critical Decision Points, October 17 Bristol, VA

                                                       Critical Decision Points, October 18, Roanoke, VA

Additional information: A limited number of hotel rooms are avaiable for parents who live more than 60 miles from the training location. Please check the registration links for more information on rooms and mileage reimbursement.

Download the 2018 Critical Decision Points October 17 event flyer.

Download the 2018 Critical Decision Points October 18 event flyer.


October 23, 2018

2018 Region 6 & 7 Assistive Technology Symposium

Location: The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center

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

Description: The 2018 Assistive Technology Symposium is the premier assistive technology event for public school educators in Southwest Virginia. It will be a full day (6 PD hour) event focusing on the integration of assistive technology as part of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for students with disabilities and to support quality inclusion. The morning keynote address will be followed by break-out sessions, opportunities to explore assistive technology vendors highlighting new products and resources, and time for division assistive technology teams and special educators, administrators, and therapists to plan and ask questions of assistive technology professionals.

Intended Audience: Region 6 & 7 school-based division assistive technology team members and any educators, administrators, or related service providers with an interest in using assistive technology to support students with disabilities.  Individuals who register that are not currently working with a Virginia public school in Superintendent's Regions 6 or 7 will automatically be placed on the waiting list and admitted if space is available.

Sponsored by:  T/TAC at Virginia Tech.

Registration:  There is no charge to register for the 2018 AT Symposium and participation is limited.  So register early!

For more information: Please contact Matt Newton (, Holly Nester (, or call 800-848-2714.  Download the 2018 Assistive Technology Symposium event flyer.


November 8 or 15, 2018

Designing Instruction with Proven Practices


  • Region 7 - November 8, 2018 at the Southwest Higher Education Center in Abingdon.
  • Region 6 - November 15, 2018 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke.

Time:  8:30am - 4:00pm.  (Registration begins at 8:00am).  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 weblink: 

This is a free event, and the newly published book titled High Leverage Practices for Inclusive Classrooms 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: Register for Designing Instruction with Proven Practices.

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

Sponsored by:  The T/TAC at Virginia Tech.


November 12-13, 2018

Preparing Middle and High School Students to be Life Ready

Location: The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

Description: Sessions will focus on Profile of a Virginia Graduate and methods to incorporate self-determination into content knowledge, workplace skills, community engagement and civic responsibility, and career exploration.

Target Audience:  This is a team training (3 - 8 people per team).  Mandatory Team Members: Special Education Teacher, General Education Teacher, and Building Level Administrator.  Additional Team Members May Include: Co-teaching pair (if applicable), School Counselor, Related Services Personnel, or Central Office Designee.

Registration: Registration for Preparing Middle and High School Students to be Life Ready is limited and the deadline is September 7th.  There is no cost to attend.  Meals and lodging are provided; transportation will be reimbursed (personal vehicles only). Substitute pay available upon request.  Once you have gathered your team you can start the registration process.  Upon completing team registration, the primary team contact will receive important hotel reservation information to be shared with team members. Team members will be sent an email with a link to complete their individual registration.

Sponsored by:  The Virginia Department of Education.