Early Childhood Education Leaders Communities of Learning for Inclusive Programs 2019
The Communities of Learning (CoL) will deliver targeted technical assistance and professional development to leaders in early childhood education programs. The online CoL will focus on building and maintaining high-quality early childhood inclusive programs. If you are one of the twelve school divisions participating in the CoL, please click here to access the CoL webpage and resources.
Creating Connections to Shining Stars- Registration Now Open! (July 17-19, 2019 in Roanoke, VA) CCSS is a collaborative effort between Virginia's Part C, Early Intervention and Part B, Preschool Special Education programs. The conference will focus on promoting and supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices in inclusive settings for infants, toddlers, and young children, both with and without disabilities.
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The LEADS Spring Institute, held in Charlottesville, VA on April 11th, had over 150 in attendance to hear about the State Department of Education's recommended quality improvements in early childhood and to learn more about the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). Participants heard from Erin Carroll (Office of Early Childhood Director, VDOE) and Dawn Hendricks (Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator, VDOE) about High Quality Childhood Education in Virginia. Andrea Sobel, an Early Childhood Consultant, presented an overview of the benefits and strengths of the CLASS assessment, as well as using this assessment as a cross-system professional development model, specifically in Alexandria City schools. Katie Romero, from Quality First in Arizona, shared positive data and the success of using the CLASS assessment in early childhood classrooms of children with special needs. Thank you to all that attended! If you are interested in learning more, please contact your Region's Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance Center. Our next LEADS Institute will be in Fall 2019!
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the development of Indicator 7 Technical Assistance documents, including a newly updated Technical Assistance Document. Indicator 7 measures early childhood outcomes in the areas of social-emotional skills, acquisition and use of knowledge and skills, and behavior to meet needs. In Virginia, school divisions are to use the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process to provide ratings and determine outcomes. Support documents include the COS Summary Form, COS Decision Tree, COS Summary Rating Guide, and COS Process Discussion Prompts.