Archived News: Across Virginia
August 2014

Cohort 2 Off to a Productive Start!

Since the six school divisions were selected earlier this year, our Technical Assistance and Training Associates have been busy working in each division completing baseline assessments to prepare for our recent Summer Academy. The Summer Academy for Cohort 2 consisted of two days, packed with intensive, division focused team facilitation. During this time, teams met in Richmond to review baseline data, develop vision, mission, and beliefs that address the unique aspects of the division, and conducted a gap analyses to ensure SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) goals.

Each division will have four to five goals in each of the following topic areas: Classroom Content, Classroom Evidence Based Practice, Policy and Procedure, and Division Coaching. While the goal areas are the same, the specific goals, initiatives, and action plans will vary by division.

Over this summer, school division Autism Service Improvement Teams (ASITs) have been meeting to continue their rigorous work on their goals, develop a list of training needs for their teams, and outline their plans for the upcoming year. Additionally, many ASITs have conducted meetings with division administrators to share their vision, mission, and beliefs, and to being to develop a partnership and collaboration to ultimately improve educational services for their students with Autism.

We would like to congratulate our Cohort 2 divisions (Alexandria City, Bedford, Chesapeake City, Franklin, Spotsylvania, and Warren) for their focused work at the Summer Academy and their “Hit the Ground Running” attitude that they have demonstrated over the spring and summer. We look forward to the 2014-2015 school year!