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To support pre-K classrooms, the 2018 Virginia General Assembly appropriated funds through the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to the University of Virginia (UVA) to ensure that all Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) classrooms receive feedback as well as aligned professional development and training on the quality of their teacher-child interactions. The VDOE is now seeking volunteers to lead in implementation, working closely with the VDOE to inform policy and practice moving forward.
Six of Virginia's VPI+ divisions have graciously agreed to open their doors to visitors this school year.
Showcase PreK in VA, is a unique opportunity for selected VPI+ programs to share promising practices in a particular learning focus area and to foster collaborative learning networks across the Commonwealth. One of the programs, Giles County, will be showcasing "Building Systems for Collaboration and Inclusion of Children with Disabilities."
Showcase PreK in VA is not about “perfection,” it’s about reflection–creating the opportunity for educators and leaders to engage meaningfully around a promising practice in the same time and space. It’s about acknowledging that often, in getting educators together, “the answer is in the room.”