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The Writing Revolution & The Strategic Instruction Model™

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Writing is a complex skill that is often not given the attention needed for many students to become sophisticated, proficient writers. There are countless reasons teachers find writing difficult to teach. However, the reality is effective writing instruction requires explicit, scaffolded instruction with timely, descriptive feedback. Writing instruction must be an ongoing process and occur across all academic settings for students to learn and grow as writers. The Writing Revolution (TWR) and the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM™) are both instructional resources educators can use to help them address the writing needs of their students.  Read more to learn about how these resources are related or review a detailed comparison in table format.

September Professional Learning Event Highlights

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We have a full slate of professional learning events coming up this September to help you kick off the 2022-23 school year.  All of these events are FREE and registration is open now!

  • Fall Assistive Technology Open House (September 8) - T/TAC Office, Blacksburg: Our open house is an opportunity for teachers, students, community members, and organizations to explore what our lending library has to offer, chat with coordinators, and learn more about T/TAC's services. (No pre-registration is required, but please contact us if you plan to bring a class or group of 10 or more.)
  • VESOL Communities of Practice Regional Kick-Off Meetings (September 15, Abingdon/September 21, Roanoke):  These in-person kick-off meetings are for teachers wanting to participate in our 2022-23 school year community of practice around VESOL instruction.  Registration for these in-person meetings is open now.
  • Assistive Technology Vendor Expo (September 28) - Wytheville Meeting Center: Our assistive technology vendor expo is an opportunity for educators, administrators, related service providers, and families in our Southwest Virginia regions to meet and ask questions of more than a dozen of the premier assistive technology vendors from across the country. Expected vendors/exhibitors for this event include: Don Johnston/Texthelp, Tobii-Dynavox, School Health, and Ablenet.  Attending the 2022 AT Expo is FREE (with refreshments and lunch included), but registration is REQUIRED.

Virginia Literacy Partnerships

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This new website hosted by the University of Virginia's School of Education and Human Development supports collaboration with the community around reading and writing development, literacy screening for children, and providing evidence-based literacy instruction.  Resource centers for both educators and families are included on the page, as well as the latest news and updates regarding the science of reading and literacy instruction in Virginia.

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The mission of the Training & Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) is to improve educational opportunities and contribute to the success of children and youth with disabilities (birth–22 years). This mission is two-fold; first, to increase the... read more about our mission