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Family Engagement through Coaching

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November is Family Engagement in Education Month in Virginia. In this video, coordinators Diann Eaton and Kathleen Wright discuss how educators can develop partnerships with families through coaching, improving student outcomes during remote learning and in the classroom.


New Video Resources

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Michael Kennedy’s Part 5 Discussions on the Communication HLPs #1-3. The anticipated last edition!  These interactive videos include discussion questions embedded throughout so you can use these with your staff as a professional learning opportunity:

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Using a Green Screen in Virtual Learning.  Looking to increase engagement in your virtual classroom or therapy session?  T/TAC's Holly Love takes you through setting up and creatively using green screen technology with Zoom or Google Meet in this step-by-step tutorial playlist.  Appropriate for beginners and experienced users!


Strengthening Your Capacity to Support Webinar Series

Throughout the month of November the VDOE Office of Student Services will be releasing weekly webinars to encourage you to pause and focus on your own emotional well-being and a challenge that aligns with the theme of the week.  Register for the OSS email newsletter to receive these in your inbox as they are released or check back here for updates!

Week Three Materials


Regions 6 & 7 School Division Spotlights

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Botetourt County Public Schools' Special Education Director Mrs. Julie Baker was recognized at the October 8 School Board meeting as the VCASE Education Leader of the Year and received the James T. Micklem Award of Oustanding Excellence.

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Becky Haas, national trauma-informed care trainer with Dr. Dennis Carter, Smyth County Schools Superintendent.

Smyth County School's Superintendent Dr. Dennis Carter was recently interviewed by the ACEs Connection blog regarding their division-wide efforts to become trauma-sensitive.

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Anthony Swann, a fifth-grade teacher at Rocky Mount Elementary, was named the 2021 Virginia Teacher of the Year. Swann was recognized for his commitment to his students by creating an inclusive environment and supporting his students' social and emotional health.

T/TAC Mission

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

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Heart, Virginia is for Learners
Virginia is for Learners keeps parents, educators and all Virginians informed about and involved in changes to Virginia’s public education system that produce better-prepared students, a stronger workforce, and a healthier economy in every corner of the state.
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The VDOE Office of Student Services has partnered with CIEES at ODU to develop a one-stop professional development and resource collection for school leaders and specialized instructional support personnel (SISP) such as school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, school nurses, and administrators.