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January 2020 - February 2020

Comprehensive Literacy Webinar Series

Location: Online webinar series

Time: Varies

Target Audience: Educators interested in best practices in literacy instruction

Event Information: The Comprehensive Literacy Webinar Series focuses on best practices in literacy instruction and resources available to school divisions. Through the diverse expertise of our partners and presenters, the Virginia Department of Education's goal is to offer timely, research-based, and instructionally sound sessions to Virginia educators. 

Registration: Register now for this comprehensive literacy webinar series.

Additional Information: All webinars are recorded and may be viewed at a later date. 

Sponsored By: Virginia Department of Education


February 12-13, 2020

PECS Level 1 Training

Location: Eastern Mennonite University, Campus Center, Strite Conference Room, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm (both days)

Target Audience: Anyone interested in this topic

Event Information: This intensive two-day interactive training is designed to teach educational teams and parents the theory and protocol for the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), an evidence-based practice. We begin with identifying key components to designing effective educational environments that foster communication. Through presenter demonstrations, video examples, and role-play, you will learn the six phases of PECS, including how to teach spontaneous requests, attributes for expanding language, responding to questions and commenting. The workshop concludes with discussions about the relation between PECS and speech as well as criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities, such as speech generating devices (SGD).

What You Will Learn:

  • Identify key components to designing an enriched learning environment using the Pyramid Approach to Education.
  • Identify strategies for creating opportunities for communication across the day.
  • Implement the six phases of the PECS protocol.
  • Discuss the evidence about PECS and its relationship to speech.
  • Examine the criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication.

Registration: Register now for PECS Level 1 training.

Additional Information: Cost is $80.00. Registration and breakfast are at 7:00am to 8:00am. Tuition includes the 2nd edition PECS Training Manual with Data Forms CD, detailed handouts with space for notetaking, Certificate of Attendance, breakfast and lunch on both days, ASHA and/or BACB CEUs are available. CEUs: 1.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area) and/or 13.0 Type 2 BACB CEUs. 

For More Information: Please contact Amanda Randall at

Sponsored By:  VDOE's T/TAC at James Madison University, Spectrum, Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership, and Compass


March 11-14, 2020

SHAV (Speech-Language-Hearing Association of VA) Conference

Location: Hyatt Regency Dulles in Herndon, Virginia

Time: Varies

Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, and students in these fields

Event Information: The conference's mission is to promote awareness, diversity, and collaboration in the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.

Registration: Registration for this event will open in winter of 2020.  For more information, please visit the SHAV Homepage

Sponsored By: SHAV


March 13-14, 2020

Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (VCTM) 2020 Annual Conference

Location: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

Time: Starts 7:00am on 3/13/20 and goes to 1:00pm on 3/14/20

Target Audience: Education professionals interested in mathematics

Event Information: 
    2020: Focusing on Mathematics for the Future

  • Productive Struggle with Engaging Tasks
  • Math Identity and Student Agency
  • Making Connections
  • Technology to Enhance Learning
  • Leveraging the Mathematics Teaching Practices

Registration: Register now for the VCTM 2020 Conference.

Additional Information: Early registration is open until February 1, 2020. After February 1, the registration rate increases by $25.00. Early registration (through February 1) is $125.00. Regular registration rate (including walk-in registration) is $150.00. Please note that this rate may not include the conference t-shirt. Primary speaker registration is $75.00. One speaker from each session may register at this rate. Pre-service teacher registration is $65.00. Pre-service teachers only may register at this rate. 

Sponsored By: Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics