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Preschool refers to the time before a child is old enough to go to kindergarten or elementary school. In Virginia, preschoolers who are eligible for special education and related services are entitled to placement in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) alongside their peers without disabilities with supplementary aids and services. Inclusion in early childhood programs is supported through years of research and reinforced by a strong legal foundation and can set a trajectory for inclusion across the life course. These videos from Augusta County and Giles County demonstrate successful inclusion of preschoolers. For other projects depicting inclusion of preschoolers in a variety of contexts, see the VDOE website.
An eWorkshop has been created for team members who participate in the COS process. The eWorkshop is designed to ensure teams can complete the COS process correctly and with fidelity. The eWorkshop is a series of seven Webshops, totaling approximately 11 hours. Each Webshop can be taken separately. Users can choose which Webshops to complete based on their current knowledge and skills related to the COS process.
The Webshops can be used in a variety of ways to improve the accuracy of Indicator 7 data:
- They can be completed by individual team members who complete the COS ratings for indicator 7
- School divisions can require team members to complete the Webshops when initially learning the COS process and as refresher training
- School division leaders can use the Webshops to provide professional development to team members