Early Childhood Special Education Program Administrator Spring Institute 2019


Register for April 11, 2019 LEADS-ECSE Program Administrator Spring Institute

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will offer the Leadership in Effective and Developmentally-appropriate Services (LEADS) Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Program Administrator Spring 2019 Institute. This one-day Institute will be held April 11, 2019, in Charlottesville, Virginia from 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.  The purpose is to deliver targeted technical assistance to school division leaders who act as the program administrator for ECSE programs for preschool children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Since each division is different, this may include directors, coordinators, specialists, lead teachers, or others serving in this capacity.

The LEADS-ECSE Program Administrator Spring Institute will provide an update on statewide early childhood initiatives and will provide information and resources related to the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) and implications for children with IEPs. In November 2018, A Plan to Ensure High-Quality Instruction in All Virginia Preschool Initiative Classrooms was submitted to the General Assembly by the VDOE. A primary component of the plan emphasizes teacher-child interactions and requires classroom observations using the CLASS. Many VPI classrooms include children with IEPs. Further, the plan may later serve as a model for strengthening early childhood across other care and education settings. This includes all settings where a preschool-aged child with an IEP may be placed. During this session, an overview of the CLASS, considerations for classrooms with children with IEPs, and implications for improving early childhood programs for children with disabilities will be provided.

The VDOE will assume the cost of registration, breakfast, and lunch. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Lodging is provided by VDOE for one night (April 10, 2019) for those who live 50 miles or more from the conference center.  Those who need a hotel room must register by March 13, 2019.

Space is limited and school divisions are to register only one participant. Depending on the availability of space, it may be possible for additional participants to attend. Two people from a division may register if the division has more than one person serving in the role of administrator for ECSE programs. Please designate one individual as your guaranteed participant and have him/her complete the online registration form. Provide the name, email address, and phone number of any additional participant to be placed on the wait-list.  Registration for available additional participants will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis until all participant spaces are filled.

Divisions are strongly encouraged to identify the individual(s) who have primary responsibility for ECSE programs to attend this and future LEADS events.


4/11/2019 9:00 AM - 4/11/2019 4:30 PM


DoubleTree by Hilton
990 Hilton Heights Road
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901


Candis Middlebrook-Event Coordinator
Dawn Hendricks-Content and Workshop Information
(804) 225-2675


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