The first issue of Readiness Connection, a newsletter for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) professionals from the Virginia Department of Education, has been released! As we move toward greater unification and shared ownership across agencies and funding streams, this newsletter will be issued monthly and will include statewide updates as well as program-specific information. To ensure you receive each issue, sign up here to receive monthly updates from VDOE on early childhood news and updates.
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The Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Early Childhood in collaboration with the Office of Special Education Instructional Services, is pleased to offer a three-part webinar series titled Best Practices for Assessment of Young Children. The purpose is to deliver targeted technical assistance to school division leaders who are engaged in determining eligibility for special education and related services for children ages two through five. The webinars will be delivered by Marie Ireland, Eligibility and Speech Language Impairment Specialist.
During the three webinars, participants will learn about these best practices in assessing young children to ensure informed decisions are made regarding eligibility for special education and related services. Topics include The Essentials of Eligibility and Evaluation of Young Children (2/19/2020), Identifying Learning Potential and Eliminating Bias when Evaluating Young Children (3/25/2020), and Making Dynamic Assessment Part of Your Evaluation Process (5/13/2020). Registration is required to participate. Resources needed for the webinar will be emailed to those registered. The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be available on request.
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The Virginia Department of Education will provide three collaborative regional meetings for VPI and ECSE Coordinators this spring. School division leaders who act as the program administrator for ECSE and VPI programs are strongly encouraged to attend one of the regional meetings together. Each school division is limited to sending two participants (e.g., VPI Coordinator, ECSE Coordinator). If a school division has more than two individuals serving as coordinators, please select only two individuals who will be responsible for attending the meeting and sharing information with others in the division. Click link for more informatin including tentative agenda items and dates!