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Archived News: Upcoming Training Activities
May 2012

VDOE's TTAC at VCU presents

What Elementary Administrators Need to Know about Scheduling Students with Disabilities

The T/TAC at VCU is committed to improving educational opportunities and contributing to the success of students with disabilities. In view of the critical role of the building administrator and the importance of improving educational opportunities for students with disabilities, we extend an invitation to building principals and central office personnel to attend a workshop on the resource classroom setting.

The session will focus on four areas:
*What is the continuum of services for student with disabilities?
*How do you create a schedule that is reflective of students’ needs?
*What does it look like?
*What are the implications for your master schedule?

Who should attend?
*Building level principals/assistant principals
*Central office individuals who support building level administrators implementing the continuum of services for students with disabilities

Cost: $20.00 – limited to 20 participants. Includes continental breakfast & materials

Date and Location: Thursday, July 12, 2012; 9:00AM-12:00 PM
Virginia Department of Education’s T/TAC at VCU
10 East Franklin Street, Suite 200
Richmond, Virginia 23219

To register online, click here.
For content questions contact Phyllis Haynes at 804-827-1408 or or Chris Frawley at 804-824-1411 or
For registration questions contact Ann Moorehead at 804-828-6947 or


Creating Connections to Shining Stars: Virginia's Collaborative Early Childhood Birth through Five Conference, July 16-18, VA Beach

This statewide conference will focus on evidence-based practices that connect the dots to quality early childhood practices, birth through 5.

Sessions will include hot topics in the field of early intervention and early childhood/early childhood special education, such as:

• Assistive Technology
• Autism
• Behavior
• Primary Provider Model/Supports and Services
• Social-Emotional Development/Infant and Child Mental Health
• Accessing Funding Resources
• Inclusive Practices
• Curriculum and Assessment

• Early Childhood Educators
• Related Service Providers
• Early Childhood Special Educators
• Administrators/Supervisors
• Early Intervention Providers
• Administrators/Supervisors
• Paraprofessionals
• Parents and Family Member

Monday, July 16, 2012 - Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

The Cavalier Hotel
4201 Atlantic Ave
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

For more information and to register, click here.


Behavior Symposium: Practical Solutions for Supporting Positive Behaviors, hosted by VDOE TTAC @ VCU, October 5, 2012 in Richmond

Save the Date

Behavior Symposium:
Practical Solutions for Supporting Positive Behaviors

Hosted by:
Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Center at VCU

October 5, 2012

Richmond, VA

This symposium will provide practical techniques and ready-to-use tools for managing classroom behaviors and creating the positive environment that students and teachers need to promote learning.

More Information will be Available Soon!


Insight 2012 - Topics in Autism with Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., October 19 and 20, 2012, Richmond

Insight 2012 - Topics in Autism - will be held on October 19 and 20, 2012 in Richmond!

Insight 2012 is a collaborative effort between VDOE's TTAC at VCU, Autism Society Central VA, and the VCU-Autism Center for Excellence. We are very excited to be bringing in Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D. this year!!

Brenda Smith Myles Ph.D., international speaker and consultant for the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence, is the recipient of the Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Professional Award, the Princeton Fellowship Award, and the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. She has made over 500 presentations all over the world and written more than 150 articles and books on ASD. Dr. Myles will be speaking in depth regarding strategies for teaching the hidden curriculum as well as strategies for addressing difficult behavior moments.

Friday's workshop is open to ALL audiences, including psychologists, special educators, general educators, and family members. It will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Richmond Downtown. The morning session will address Strategies and Supports to Address the Hidden Curriculum. Brenda will follow in the afternoon with Strategies for Students with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome Who Experience Difficult Moments.

Friday evening and Saturday's session will be specifically geared towards parents and family members. These workshops will be at River Road United Methodist Church, Richmond, VA. At the Friday evening Family Support Group Meeting, Brenda will speak on Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns. At Saturday's Family Focus Session, the topic will be Preparing for Transitions to Middle School and High School.

Registration for Insight 2012 is now open!! Please click here for more information and to register for both Friday and Saturday sessions!


Building Bridges II - Developmental Disabilities in Racially, Culturally, and Linguistically Diverse Communities, September 28, 2012, Henrico, VA

Building Bridges II -- Developmental Disabilities in Racially, Culturally, and Linguistically Diverse Communities

Friday September 28, 2012

Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Avenue, Henrico, VA
Registration: $10.00

Building Bridges II is a one of a kind conference that explores issues relative to developmental disabilities in multicultural communities. Nationally recognized presenters will explore models and best practices for supporting diverse populations.


· Understand the role of culture and language in racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse individuals with developmental disabilities.

· Explore the unique challenges faced by immigrants and refugees and their perception and understanding of disabilities.

· Learn about resources available in Virginia to improve identification of appropriate supports to families of and individuals with developmental disabilities.

· Network with other professionals who are looking to address these issues in their organizations.

Sponsored by: Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services, VCU Partnership for People with Disabilities, Center for Family Involvement, and DBHDS.

For more information, including how to register, please click here.


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