Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Service Delivery Model Community of Learning


The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to offer the Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Service Delivery Model Community of Learning. The purpose of the Community of Learning (CoL) is to deliver targeted technical assistance and professional development to teachers endorsed in early childhood special education (ECSE) who provide special education services using the itinerant model.

In an itinerant model, also commonly referred to as a resource model, an ECSE endorsed teacher travels between classrooms or programs to consult with general education teachers and/or to provide direct services to individual children as needed. While the general education teacher serves as the primary teacher, the ECSE itinerant teacher designs supplemental and specialized learning opportunities to address each child’s goals, as indicated in the Individual Education Program (IEP). Together, the general education teacher and the itinerant teacher determine how to embed learning opportunities throughout the day and how to monitor the child’s progress to ensure learning.

The CoL will focus on building the necessary competencies to implement high-quality itinerant services to ensure the active and meaningful participation of young children with disabilities within the general education environment. Participants will be provided copies of A Guide to Itinerant ECSE Services and other critical resources and will complete activities between sessions designed to enhance understanding of the model. The online CoL will focus on:
− research behind the itinerant model and rationale for its use in early childhood;
− the role of the itinerant ECSE and the general education early childhood teacher;
− strategies and tools to develop a collaborative partnership;
− the components of the itinerant model;
− distributed instruction versus massed instruction;
− identifying target skills and IEP goals;
− providing intentional and planned instruction, embedded into the daily classroom routines and activities;
− improving interactions between teachers and all children in the classroom as defined by the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS); and
− monitoring progress of children with IEPs

Dates: The CoL will be virtual and will be held on Monday afternoons from 3:00-4:30 on the following dates:

  • January 11, 2021
  • February 1, 2021
  • February 22, 2021
  • March 15, 2021
  • April 12, 2021
  • May 3, 2021

Requirements: The participant is to attend all sessions and must currently be providing services using the itinerant model. The participant will need Internet access and a computer to access Zoom during all sessions. The participant must have the support of his or her supervisor and is to indicate support on the application. It is recommended for the supervisor to attend the first and last CoL session with the participant so there is a shared understanding of the itinerant teaching model and its components.

Application: Teachers who wish to apply are to complete the Itinerant ECSE Delivery Model Community of Learning Application (see link below) by December 8, 2020. Consideration for acceptance will be based on meeting all requirements, date of application submission, and representation across the state.

Questions should be directed to Dawn Hendricks, Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator, by email at, or by phone at (804) 225-2675.


1/11/2021 3:00 PM,
2/1/2021 3:00 PM,
2/22/2021 3:00 PM,
3/15/2021 3:00 PM,
4/12/2021 3:00 PM,
5/3/2021 3:00 PM