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Description: Deaf 101 is a free online short course designed to provide basic knowledge and tools necessary to communicate effectively with deaf individuals, especially in educational and professional settings. The course is broken down into two modules: the first describes the spectrum of deaf identity and answers common questions about deaf people; the second provides participants with quick tips and strategies to communicate effectively with deaf people. You can take the course all at once or in...
Description: Fundamentals of Early Childhood Special Education Administration Webinar (Recorded) The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) provided the Fundamentals of Early Childhood Special Education Administration Webinar. The purpose was to deliver targeted technical assistance to school division leaders who act as the program administrator for early childhood special education (ECSE) programs. Since each division is different, this may include directors, coordinators, specialists, lead teachers, or...
Description: Many educators of young children with disabilities have asked, "How do I teach a 2 or 3-year-old virtually?”  Replicating classroom activities and materials for use in the home is not always feasible or functional. Instead, educators can shift to supporting new learners, the parents and family members of the child. This webinar will explore how educators can utilize a coaching interaction style to help families use daily routines and activities as learning opportunities. Join...
Date(s): 7/11/2022 - 8/11/2022, 8/25/2022 - 9/19/2022
Description: PEATC, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), invites families to join their newest online training course, Building Strong Parent Advocates. Families of children receiving special education services find themselves in a world filled with complicated policies, confusing acronyms and terms, and piles of paperwork. Often families find themselves looking for information and background knowledge to help them better support their children through the Individualized...
Date(s): 8/6/2022 - 9/10/2022
Description: You are your child’s first and most important teacher. Your involvement in the early years is essential to setting a strong foundation for their lifelong learning and success. In this FREE 5-week online program, families of children with disabilities learn about supporting their child’s early learning and development – from developmental milestones to tips on our most frequently asked questions including information on making the transition from early intervention to school...
Date(s): 8/9/2022 11:00 AM - 8/9/2022 1:00 PM, 8/11/2022 11:00 AM - 8/11/2022 1:00 PM
Description: This two-part webinar series intended for new ECSE administrators or those who would like a refresh on topics related to ECSE administration. The series will cover important topics, including an overview of Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education programs, VDOE guidance regarding inclusive practices, an overview of ECSE indicator data (indicators 6, 7, and 12), and VQB5. Participants are to attend both sessions. 
Date(s): 8/12/2022 8:30 AM - 8/12/2022 2:30 PM
Description: This training event is for families of students with disabilities and the training will be provided by Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) staff members. Registration will be limited to 100 participants. A limited number of hotel rooms will be available at no charge to participants who live more than fifty miles from the training location. If your circumstances change and you are unable to attend this event, please notify Chiquita Seaborne at or...
Date(s): 8/17/2022 12:00 PM
Description: The purpose of Unified Virginia Quality Birth to Five System (VQB5) is to strengthen the quality of teaching and learning experiences in early childhood programs, through the requirements of Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) observations, use of a vetted curriculum, and participation in Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP). All publicly funded programs will be required to participate in VQB5 by school year 2023-2024, making the 2022-2023 school year the last opportunity to...
Date(s): 9/14/2022 6:30 PM - 9/14/2022
Description: If your little one is currently receiving Early Intervention (EI) services, now is the time to start preparing for the transition to preschool and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services. Changing from a “family focus” to a “student focus” requires planning. This webinar discusses the importance of transition planning, what to expect, tips for success, and the roles of parents, service coordinators, and educators in ensuring a smooth transition for your child.
Date(s): 9/21/2022 4:00 PM - 9/21/2022 5:30 PM, 10/25/2022 4:00 PM - 10/25/2022 5:30 PM
Description: In collaboration with VDOE's only Pre-K Co-Teaching in Excellence team, the Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) at Old Dominion University will host a statewide book study for up to 25 preschool co-teaching teams. The study will utilize the book, 30 Days to the Co-Taught Classroom: How to Create an AMAZING, Nearly MIRACULOUS & Frankly EARTH-SHATTERING Partnership in One Month or Less by Paula Kluth and Julie Causton. There will be meetings on September 21 and October 25...
Date(s): 9/27/2022 - 11/2/2022
Description: Based on continuing need, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce that two Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Service Delivery Model Communities of Learning will be offered beginning in September 2022. The purpose of the Communities of Learning (CoLs) 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...
Date(s): 10/5/2022 12:00 PM - 10/5/2022 1:00 PM
Description: A webinar focused on making quality program improvements in ECSE will be provided on October 5, 12:00-1:00 pm. The webinar will provide information related to state-level early childhood updates, state-level data, measures to improve program quality, and professional development and technical assistance opportunities. The individual(s) who has primary responsibility for ECSE programs from each division is encouraged to attend this webinar.
Date(s): 10/17/2022 11:00 AM - 10/17/2022 12:00 PM
Description: The VDOE will offer a webinar focused on Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) data and making quality program improvements on October 17th, 11:00 am -12:00 pm. The webinar will provide information related to the most recent Child Count data and implications for Child Find; Indicator 6 (Early Childhood Placement) data and implications for improving inclusive practices; relevant changes to the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) Guidelines that impact young children with disabilities; and Head...
Description: There is a virtual webainr planned entitled, “High-Quality Inclusion in Early Childhood: Making it Happen! Webinar." More information and registration is forthcoming.
Date(s): 10/24/2022 11:00 AM - 10/24/2022 12:00 PM
Description: The Office of Early Childhood Quality and Workforce Development at the VDOE will offer a webinar focused on building, sustaining and improving early childhood inclusion of children with IEPs on October 24th, 11:00 am -12:00 pm The. The webinar will address system and program related factors that impact the Least Restrictive Environment and appropriate service provision for preschool aged children with IEPs. The webinar will advance participants’ knowledge of the benefits and legal...