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Date(s): 11/19/2020 12:00 PM - 11/19/2020 1:00 PM
Description: Implementing evidence-based practices such as core vocabulary and aided language stimulation are essential in teaching students to use their communication devices effectively. But, how do we incorporate these practices in virtual learning? This webinar will focus on supporting users of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) through a virtual platform. Suggestions and demonstrations of activities will be shared, as well as a number of resources for both therapists and parents. Please...
Date(s): 11/17/2020 3:30 PM
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is offering 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 families and...
Date(s): 11/9/2020 8:00 PM - 12/18/2020 12:00 PM
Description: Being informed about the parts of literacy, how children learn to read, and why they might struggle can help you make better decisions about your child’s education. Research shows that when schools, teachers, and families are well-informed, children make greater gains in reading and writing. This free self-paced online workshop provides parents with the foundations, tips, and tools on helping their child learn to read. This series is divided into four sessions and will take approximately 4...
Date(s): 10/28/2020 2:00 PM - 10/28/2020 3:00 PM
Description: VDOE is excited to announce that the work on the uniform quality measurement and improvement system is beginning this fall, with opportunities for input and feedback occurring throughout the year. The first webinar on the new system will take place on October 28th at 2:00 PM. During this webinar, VDOE will be providing an overview of the timeline and process for developing Virginia's new unified quality measurement and improvement system, which is a key component of the 2020 Early Childhood...
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:...
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): 9/30/2020 8:30 AM - 9/30/2020 9:00 AM, 9/30/2020 1:30 PM - 9/30/2020 2:00 PM
Description: Does your staff need more training support on functional assessment? Join us to chat about how you can use the NEW Functional Assessment Learning Paths and additional resources for staff development. We’ll highlight the following resources and talk about creative ways you can use them with your staff: Learning Paths: Functional Assessment Additional Resources: Assessment for Service Planning Tip Sheet Functional Assessment: Examples of Questions to Ask Families Healthy Beginnings:...
Date(s): 9/18/2020 11:00 AM - 9/18/2020 12:00 PM
Description: What is assistive technology (AT)? “Low-tech”? “High-tech”? What does it all mean and how can it help my child? In this introduction to AT, we’ll help connect the dots and answer your questions on how AT supports your child’s development. Presenter: Sharon C. Jones, M.Ed.Statewide Distance Education and Assistive Technology Coordinator, VDOE T/TAC
Date(s): 9/11/2020 4:30 PM - 9/11/2020 6:00 PM
Description: The Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities and the Virginia Council for Exceptional Children, two state organizations supporting students with learning disabilities and learning differences, are joining forces to provide free quality professional development to educators throughout Virginia. The four part webinar series, offered on the first Friday of each month, will address current issues in the field of education. An expert, or panel of experts, will present practical suggestions for...
Date(s): 8/31/2020 - 9/3/2020
Description: Better Together: The Importance of Partnership The National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute is one of the premier educational opportunities for anyone involved in the care and education of young children with special needs in inclusive settings. Dozens of world-class experts, dozens of groundbreaking sessions, free courses for CEUs—and an enduring impact. For over 15 years, the Inclusion Institute has drawn people from across the country and around the globe to Chapel Hill to...
Date(s): 8/17/2020 - 9/21/2020
Description: This course is designed to provide educators with skills and knowledge to instruct students with ASD in the educational setting. The course provides an overview of the importance of good instruction, appropriate skill selection, and evidence-based practices. A focus of the course will surround the "foundational five" evidence-based practices. The "foundational five" include: antecedent-based interventions, visual supports, systematic instruction, and interventions to promote social and...
Date(s): 8/11/2020 10:00 AM - 8/11/2020 12:00 PM
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will offer the Fundamentals of Early Childhood Special Education Administration webinar. The purpose is 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 others serving in this capacity. The webinar is specifically designed for ECSE...
Date(s): 8/4/2020 2:00 PM - 8/4/2020 3:30 PM
Description: OSEP is hosting the third and final installment of its webinar series on Continuity of Learning during COVID-19 on August 4, 2020 from 2:00-3:30 PM ET.  This series is showcasing ready-to-use resources, tools, and practices from OSEP partners to support the educational, developmental, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities through remote and distance learning. This third webinar in the series will present strategies and...
Date(s): 7/22/2020 12:00 PM - 7/22/2020 1:00 PM
Description: Presented by: Holly Nester and Shelley Jewell This lunch hour discussion will be full of interactive ideas that will hold student's attention in order to increase engagement and participation. We will highlight the favorite activities from SLPs, OTs, and PTs currently providing virtual therapies and invite participants to share their own favorite ideas as well. Let's pack our virtual toolkit full of new ideas!  
Date(s): 7/21/2020 8:00 AM - 7/22/2020 4:00 PM
Description: Prerequisite: PECS Level 1 Training This two-day training focuses on creating lessons and activities to promote communication throughout the day. Beginning with a review of the Pyramid Approach to Education as it relates to PECS, we guide you in refining your PECS implementation and discuss current challenges you have experienced within the six phases. As you acquire teaching strategies on expanding vocabulary and syntax combined with new ideas for materials, we will discuss how to increase...
Date(s): 7/15/2020 12:00 PM - 7/15/2020 1:00 PM
Description: Presented by: Holly Nester and Shelley Jewell Buy-in and knowledge of the facilitator is just as important as engagement of the student for a successful virtual therapy session. Whether it is a parent, other family member, child care provider, etc., these individuals are instrumental in assisting the therapist during sessions. During this hour, we will discuss coaching strategies to support the facilitator and help them feel empowered to assist the student achieve therapy goals.
Date(s): 7/8/2020 12:00 PM - 7/8/2020 1:00 PM
Description: Presented by: Holly Nester and Shelley Jewell In this lunch hour discussion, we are going to explore a few of the most widely used platforms that meet Virginia's recommended guidelines for providing virtual therapies. We will share interactive features of each platform and tips and tricks for maximizing your sessions.
Date(s): 7/7/2020 2:00 PM
Description: This webinar will explore strategies for supporting young children with identified disabilities or suspected delays and their families during these challenging times. Consider how to develop a plan that will ensure a review of each child’s Individual Educational Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) in partnership with special education and early intervention partners in order to maintain high quality service delivery from a distance or through summer programming....
Date(s): 6/24/2020 - 6/25/2020
Description:  Opening Doors-Unlocking Potential 2020 Instruction for Successful Transition, Preparing All Learners for the Future  June 24-25, 2020, Richmond-Midlothian, Virginia (Specific location is being confirmed) Save these dates for the 14th annual ODUP Institute, Virginia’s Go-To event designed to increase the knowledge and skills of teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing and other educators who work directly with students who are d/hh! ODUP 2020 will continue its strong...
Date(s): 6/5/2020 2:00 PM - 6/5/2020 3:00 PM
Description: OSEP is hosting the first in a series of webinars focused on ready-to-use resources, tools, and practices from OSEP-funded grantees to support the educational, developmental, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities through remote and distance learning. With the extended school closures occurring across the country, many states, districts, and schools are now delivering instruction remotely while parents, families, and students are having...
Date(s): 5/27/2020 12:00 PM - 5/27/2020 1:00 PM
Description: The VDOE will host an updates webinar on May 27 at 12:00. This webinar will provide updates from the 2020 Legislative Session, and discuss plans and key initiatives for the 2020-2021 year. Jenna Conway will walk stakeholders through important next steps and timelines. Time for question and answer will be provided.  Who: All interested parties including program leaders, teachers, and other key stakeholders. 
Date(s): 5/14/2020 12:45 PM - 5/14/2020 4:45 PM
Description: Attachment & Disorders of Attachment in Young Children (Registration) Thursday, May 14, 2020, 12:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. For Professionals Working With Or Supporting Children Ages Birth To Five And Their Families Sponsored by Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Presenter: Charles Zeanah, MD ( Chair of Psychiatry, Tulane University Director, Institute of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Dr. Zeanah...
Date(s): 5/13/2020 3:00 PM - 5/13/2020 4:00 PM, 6/2/2020 3:00 PM - 6/2/2020 4:00 PM
Description: The VDOE is pleased to offer a three-part webinar series titled Best Practices for Assessment of Young Children. This series will deliver targeted technical assistance in determining eligibility for special education and related services for children ages two through five. The webinars will be delivered by Marie Ireland, Eligibility and Speech Language Impairment Specialist. During these three webinars, participants will learn about best practices in assessing young children to ensure informed...
Date(s): 5/6/2020 - 5/12/2020
Description: The topic is challenging behavior from many angles. The focus will be on prevention and looking at how to support children using innovative strategies and what to do in those moments when a child is in a full blown tantrum or aggressing towards others. Bigger picture societal trends and what those have to do with moment-to-moment classroom struggles will be considered. Conference Topics: Getting to the Root of Difficult Behavior Conscious Discipline  Outdoor Play and Challenging Behavior...
Date(s): 4/30/2020 12:00 PM - 4/30/2020 1:00 PM
Description: Are you an educator, related service provider, or parent with a student at home who needs some additional support creating your own low-tech assistive technology (AT)? DIY AT is here to help! This webinar will explore how to make several low-tech AT tools through easy steps with common items and materials that can found around the house. We will demonstrate the steps to assemble low tech tools during the webinar, identify the simple tools you will need, and share the materials lists and...
Date(s): 4/30/2020 9:00 AM - 4/30/2020 3:00 PM
Description: Receive updates about Early Childhood in Virginia to include Legislative Updates & Governor's Budget, Advocacy through VA Voices for Children, Seamless transition from Community College to GMU B.A. program, VA Quality, Early Childhood Mental Health, and the PDG B-5 Renewal Grant Invited Speakers include: Mary Beth Testa, Voices for Virginia's Children Julie Kidd, George Mason University Christine Schull, Northern Virginia Community College Kris Myers, Virginia Quality Bonnie Grifa, Virginia...
Date(s): 4/29/2020 1:00 PM - 4/29/2020 2:30 PM
Description: PRESENTERS: Wanda Council, Virginia Department of Education, Ira Padhye, VA Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness, and Debbie Pfeiffer, VSDB Outreach Services OBJECTIVES: To share information and resources that may be useful during this extraordinary time when educators are working from home and serving children and families who are in their homes. 1.5 contact hours of participation TARGET AUDIENCE: Educators and related service providers working with children, ages birth...
Date(s): 4/28/2020 8:00 AM - 4/28/2020 4:00 PM, 4/29/2020 8:00 AM - 4/29/2020 4:00 PM
Description: Information & Registration The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), in partnership with the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety (VCSCS) at the Department of Criminal Justice Services(DCJS), is announcing the Safe and Supportive Schools Conference to be held April 28-29, 2020, in Charlottesville, Virginia. The theme for the Conference is “Navigating the Landscape of School Safety.” Attendees will learn about data-informed and impactful practices that advance school...
Date(s): 4/16/2020 3:00 PM - 4/16/2020 4:30 PM
Description: Register PRESENTERS:        Wanda Council, Virginia Department of Education; Kim Avila, VI Consortium, GMU; Caren Phipps, Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired; and Debbie Pfeiffer, VSDB Outreach Services OBJECTIVES: To share information and resources that may be useful during this extraordinary time when teachers are working from home and serving children and families who are in their homes. 1.5 hours of participation CEUs TARGET AUDIENCE: Educators...
Date(s): 4/16/2020 1:00 PM - 4/16/2020 2:00 PM
Description: What You'll Learn Strategies for helping your students' families Ways to stay connected, predictable, and engaged An open Q&A session with our CLASS Specialists
Date(s): 4/15/2020 5:00 PM - 4/15/2020 6:00 PM
Description: Please join us to share your experiences providing during COVID-19. We will discuss strengths, challenges, and solutions from the field, for the field. If you serve young children with disabilities and their families, this session is for you. Sharon Walsh, DEC's Governmental Relations Consultant will be on hand share to share information about current federal resources as aligned with the crisis. Please be ready with questions and resources to share.  ***Reminder: This...
Date(s): 4/15/2020 9:00 AM - 4/15/2020 4:00 PM, 4/16/2020 9:00 AM - 4/16/2020 4:00 PM, 4/23/2020 9:00 AM - 4/23/2020 4:00 PM, 4/24/2020 9:00 AM - 4/24/2020 4:00 PM, 4/30/2020 9:00 AM - 4/30/2020 4:00 PM
Description: Evidence-based practices are a wide set of interventions that have established effectiveness in improving outcomes for children, families, and communities. School personnel that coordinate and support interventions as well as schools that participate in Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) may already be familiar with EBP. Community agencies (i.e., juvenile detention, community services boards, and social services) are beginning to put these practices in place as well. As the use of EBP...
Date(s): 4/6/2020 2:00 PM - 4/6/2020 3:00 PM
Description: As education moves online to support social distancing, early childhood educators are facing a unique challenge: early education is an entirely social experience! In this webinar specifically for teachers of young children, educators and advocates Kisha Reid and Nancy Carlsson-Paige will answer your questions and offer strategies to help maintain connections to students and families, encourage play-based learning, and support children’s – and your own – wellbeing in this...
Date(s): 3/24/2020 11:00 AM - 3/24/2020 12:30 PM
Description: Professionals working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are likely to encounter challenging behavior.  This webinar reviews the ABCs of  behavior (antecedent, behavior, consequence) and helps professionals  identify the function of behavior.  Dr. Hardy explains the ways in which multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) can be utilized to manage  challenging behavior for all children, but especially children with disabilities or who have experienced trauma.  The...
Date(s): 3/18/2020 4:00 PM - 3/18/2020 5:00 PM
Description: Registration BACKGROUND: Serve and Return interactions shape the development of a child’s brain. This session examines the research base underlying “serve and return” interactions, and is aimed at improving participants’ understanding of the impact of environment on development. Participants will learn strategies for “serve and return” to coach parents, help teachers, and use themselves in making interactions more meaningful and engaging for children with...
Date(s): 4/17/2020 11:00 AM - 4/17/2020 12:00 PM, 5/1/2020 11:00 AM - 5/1/2020 12:00 PM
Description: Registration is required The proposed expansions and enhancements to VPI include several strategies to increase the number of children served in both public and private settings and the amount of funding provided. To assist early childhood leaders with understanding VPI expansion opportunities and to encourage leaders to take immediate action for implementation, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), Office of Early Childhood, has established an ongoing series of VPI Expansions &...
Description: In celebration, OSEP's Early Childhood Assistive Technology Model Demonstration grantees and Center on Technology and Disability is partnering with the Office of Head Start's Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative to join the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in celebrating this year's theme "Communication: The Key to Connection." Throughout the month of May, ASHA partners with national and local stakeholders to engage in a multifaceted public education campaign to...
Description: The Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP), authored by Dr. Elena Soukakou, is a structured observation rating scale designed to assess the quality of classroom practices that support the developmental needs of children 2½ - 5 years of age with disabilities in early childhood settings. Ratings on the ICP items indicate the extent to which program staff intentionally adapt the classroom’s environment, activities, and instructional support in ways that encourage children’s active...
Description: Outreach Services, VSDB has purchased access to four online short courses (30 - 60 minutes each), and is making them available to professionals in Virginia who want to learn more about working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The courses were developed at the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID). Those who register before the given deadline will be sent a code that will allow access for one month (March 20-April 19, 2017) to take that course at their convenience, 24/7. At the end...