Virtual Learning Communities in Autism

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What is a Virtual Learning Community?

A learning community is a place for individuals to learn new knowledge and skills through collaboration. This community will meet online to share experiences supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other related disabilities. Participants will meet regularly, share expertise, and work collaboratively specifically to promote positive behaviors for students with ASD.

Who should register to participate?

This Community is for professionals and paraprofessionals who support students with ASD in Virginia. Participants specifically interested in promoting positive behaviors in students with ASD are the target audience. This includes teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, special education directors, transition coordinators, and any other interested school personnel. Topics will include the following:

  • Providing a structured and visual environment,
  • Promoting routines, and
  • Implementing visual supports.

Where and when will the participants meet?

Weekly sessions will alternate between live virtual meetings (Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm, via Zoom video conference) and online activities and discussions (self-paced through the week via Blackboard). Participants are expected to participate each week, share resources and reflections, and evaluate their own implementation.

Can I earn recertification points for participation?

Points for educators working towards licensure renewal (recertification) may be awarded for completion of this activity. Each month, you should expect to participate in 10 hours of time to complete all of the activities. At the end of the three month period, the participant will have completed 30 contact hours. Certificates of completion will be sent to all individuals who successful complete these hours documenting participation and successful participation.

Is there a cost to participate?

There is no cost to participate for professionals and paraprofessionals in Virginia. At this time, we cannot accept registrations from individuals who do not work in the Commonwealth of Virginia's School Systems.

Who do I contact for more information?

Learning Community Leader: Josh Taylor
Email: jtaylor66@vcu.edu
Phone: (855) 711-6987 - Toll Free

Mailing address:

VCU-ACE
PO Box 842011
Richmond, VA 23284-2011