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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: Registration The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is supporting school divisions in building capacity to use the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) in all PreK classrooms. School divisions must be building capacity for local, trained, reliable observers to conduct CLASS™ observations, which are required twice a year in all Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) classrooms beginning in 2020-2021. This includes VPI classrooms serving children with Individualized Education...
Description: The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) is sponsoring several summer training opportunities related to CLASS: Register by 6/30/2020Limited Spaces! Courses start week of 7/6/2020! CLASS Primer for Leaders (2 hours coursework, plus 2 hours of LC’s over 4 weeks)• Understand how CLASS works and why it is important• Identify the value CLASS brings to your organization in the areas of improved teacher effectiveness and student outcomes• Communicate how the functions of...
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...
Description: Discuss best-practices in the field of adult learning and discover a range of resources available through the Early Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) and the Head Start Center for Inclusion (HSCI) websites. Identify how to use these resources for professional development and training with Head Start education, disability services, and mental health staff as some programs continue to face social distancing and others prepare to return to in-person programming. The session will include...
Date(s): 9/22/2020 3:30 PM, 10/20/2020 3:30 PM, 11/17/2020 3:30 PM
Description: Registration The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will offer a three-part learning series titled, Providing Remote Instruction for Preschoolers with Disabilities: Coaching Parents and Building Partnerships. The series is intended for early childhood educators who support a child with a disability. It is targeted to early childhood and early childhood special education teachers, but is also appropriate for administrators, related service personnel, and anyone else who may partner with...
Date(s): 9/30/2020 12:00 PM
Description: Registration This webinar presented jointly by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) and the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) will explore how inclusive practices can be implemented by providers delivering services being delivered remotely, in a hybrid manner (with some in-person learning and some remote), or in person but with health and social distancing restrictions. Examples from sites as well as guiding questions to support innovation will be shared.
Date(s): 9/30/2020 1:00 PM
Description: Registration During this time of the COVID crisis, educators face not only the stress of changes in their own lives and in their families, but also their deep concerns about the well-being of their students and families.  What can we do to support ourselves, our colleagues, and students?  Led by Christa Turksma, the co-developer of the CARE (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education), this webinar will be practice-based. She will provide helpful tools and experiences that...
Date(s): 10/7/2020 3:30 PM, 11/4/2020 3:30 PM, 12/2/2020 3:30 PM, 1/6/2021 3:30 PM, 2/3/2021 3:30 PM, 3/3/2021 3:30 PM
Description: Registration is required to participate. Cups and Conversations has served as a time for colleagues from across the Commonwealth to informally talk about how they are supporting families and young children through the COVID-19 crisis. Now that most or all schools have reopened for the 2020-2021 school year, VDOE will be shifting to a monthly/afternoon format. The new series will begin on October 7 and continue on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m.   
Date(s): 10/13/2020 4:00 PM - 10/13/2020 5:00 PM
Description: In this new educational climate, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have more students and families in need of support through a trauma-informed lens. Join us for an edWebinar to explore the topic of trauma, the brain, and effective strategies to help teachers, students, and their families reach positive outcomes in school and at home. You will be excited about the opportunity to engage in this very important, relevant topic that will change the way you think about learning and the brain....
Date(s): 10/20/2020 9:00 AM - 10/20/2020 12:00 PM
Description: The 2020 Virginia Early Literacy Summit is a half-day virtual summit for educators and superintendents to dive into the science behind early literacy, learn from fellow practitioners about best practices, and reflect on changes required of division leaders to implement high quality early literacy programs. The summit is free, but space is limited and registration is required online in advance. Partners The 2020 Virginia Early Literacy Summit is presented by the following partners:...