SAVE THE DATE! A Plan to Ensure High Quality Instruction in All VPI Classrooms

Please join the Virginia Department of Education for one of the webinars (Wednesday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. OR Tuesday, January 8 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m). VDOE will be providing an overview of the newly created Plan to Ensure High-Quality Instruction in All Virginia Preschool Initiative Classrooms.  In response to the 2018 General Assembly, the VDOE created this plan to help ensure that the VPI, which serves nearly 18,000 at-risk children across 1,300 classrooms, provides a high-quality preschool experience that helps prepare each 4-year-old served for kindergarten. The plan aggregates lessons learned from the JLARC study, Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus implementation, and University of Virginia – Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). As requested by the General Assembly, the plan covers the areas of Curriculum, Teacher-Child Interactions, and Professional Development.  This plan includes additional requests for funding from the 2019 General Assembly for full implementation. (Click on the title above for the connection information.)

SAVE THE DATE! Creating Connections to Shining Stars (July 17-19, 2019 in Roanoke, VA) 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. Registration will open Feb. 1, 2019.

Call for Proposals are due by  Feb. 1, 2019.

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Early Childhood Education Leaders Communities of Learning for Inclusive Programs (Applications due by 4:00pm on January 9, 2019.) (Virginia Department of Education, Superintendent's Memo #320-18)

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will offer the Early Childhood Education Leaders Communities of Learning for Inclusive Programs. The purpose of the Communities of Learning (CoL) is to deliver targeted technical assistance and professional development to leaders in early childhood and will focus on building and maintaining high-quality early childhood inclusive programs. The online CoL will lead participants through The Preschool Inclusion Toolbox: How to Build and Lead a High-Quality Program. This comprehensive resource provides a structured process for addressing systems-level change and improving inclusive practices.



Showcase PreK in VA pilot program open for registration (Superintendent’s Memo 242-18)

Six of Virginia's VPI+ divisions have graciously agreed to open their doors to visitors this school year.  

Showcase PreK in VA, is a unique opportunity for selected VPI+ programs to share promising practices in a particular learning focus area and to foster collaborative learning networks across the Commonwealth.  One of the programs, Giles County, will be showcasing "Building Systems for Collaboration and Inclusion of Children with Disabilities."

Showcase PreK in VA is not about “perfection,” it’s about reflection–creating the opportunity for educators and leaders to engage meaningfully around a promising practice in the same time and space.  It’s about acknowledging that often, in getting educators together, “the answer is in the room.


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