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Date(s): 9/14/2022 6:30 PM - 9/14/2022
Description: Register for The Big Step: Early Intervention to Preschool If your little one is currently receiving Early Intervention (EI) services, now is the time to start preparing for the transition to preschool and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services. Changing from a “family focus” to a “student focus” requires planning. This webinar discusses the importance of transition planning, what to expect, tips for success, and the roles of parents, service coordinators, and...
Date(s): 8/17/2022 12:00 PM
Description: The purpose of Unified Virginia Quality Birth to Five System (VQB5) is to strengthen the quality of teaching and learning experiences in early childhood programs, through the requirements of Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) observations, use of a vetted curriculum, and participation in Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP). All publicly funded programs will be required to participate in VQB5 by school year 2023-2024, making the 2022-2023 school year the last opportunity to...
Date(s): 8/16/2022 2:00 PM - 8/16/2022 3:00 PM
Description: On August 16, VDOE will host a webinar for early childhood program leaders.  Any individuals who act as administrators or coordinators for Head Start, VPI, ECSE, and Mixed Delivery programs are invited to attend.  The purpose is to share local options and strategies for coordinated preschool enrollment across all early childhood education programs to expand access and enrollment.
Date(s): 8/12/2022 8:30 AM - 8/12/2022 2:30 PM
Description: This training event is for families of students with disabilities and the training will be provided by Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) staff members. Registration will be limited to 100 participants. A limited number of hotel rooms will be available at no charge to participants who live more than fifty miles from the training location. If your circumstances change and you are unable to attend this event, please notify Chiquita Seaborne at Chiquita.Seaborne@doe.virginia.gov or...
Date(s): 8/9/2022 11:00 AM - 8/9/2022 1:00 PM, 8/11/2022 11:00 AM - 8/11/2022 1:00 PM
Description: This two-part webinar series intended for new ECSE administrators or those who would like a refresh on topics related to ECSE administration. The series will cover important topics, including an overview of Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education programs, VDOE guidance regarding inclusive practices, an overview of ECSE indicator data (indicators 6, 7, and 12), and VQB5. Participants are to attend both sessions. 
Date(s): 8/6/2022 - 9/10/2022
Description: You are your child’s first and most important teacher. Your involvement in the early years is essential to setting a strong foundation for their lifelong learning and success. In this FREE 5-week online program, families of children with disabilities learn about supporting their child’s early learning and development – from developmental milestones to tips on our most frequently asked questions including information on making the transition from early intervention to school...
Date(s): 7/19/2022 - 7/21/2022
Description: Registration Creating Connections to Shining Stars (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. Conference Dates: July 19-21, 2022 Keynote: 5 Things You Need to Know About Kids by Jim Harris, MSW, Ed.D Get...
Date(s): 7/14/2022 11:00 AM - 7/14/2022 12:00 PM
Description: Join Jenna Conway, Deputy Superintendent of Early Childhood Care and Education, for a webinar presentation on key updates for early childhood in Virginia. This presentation will review the key accomplishments and successes of the past year, as well as preview the exciting work that is on the horizon. The webinar will be recorded and will be shared in future Readiness Connection Updates.
Date(s): 7/6/2022 6:30 PM - 7/6/2022
Description: Registration for Special Education Workshop Series PEATC presents this virtual workshop series for parents and professionals who want to learn more about special education in Virginia. You can attend one, some, or all of these informative workshops! July 6th: Dispute Resolution Options in Virginia   All of these workshops will be held at 6:30 pm via zoom.
Date(s): 6/22/2022 9:00 AM - 6/24/2022 1:00 PM
Description: More Information and Registration - Opening Doors Unlocking Potential, ODUP 2022, Practices in Perseverence to Inspire Possibilities, is Virginia's Go-To event in public school deaf and hard of hearing education. It is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of professionals and parents working directly with students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. ODUP 2022 will focus on effective strategies to positively impact academic outcomes for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This...
Date(s): 5/25/2022 12:00 PM
Description: Join us for a panel discussion to hear how early childhood program leaders in Virginia are using CLASS to support their teachers and improve children’s early learning experiences.  Leaders from public and private settings, including child care, family day homes, Head Start and VPI will be represented on the panel. 
Date(s): 5/14/2022 - 6/18/2022
Description: You are your child’s first and most important teacher. Your involvement in the early years is essential to setting a strong foundation for their lifelong learning and success. In this FREE 5-week online program, families of children with disabilities learn about supporting their child’s early learning and development – from developmental milestones to tips on our most frequently asked questions including information on making the transition from early intervention to school...
Date(s): 5/10/2022 6:30 PM - 5/10/2022 7:45 PM
Description: Want to learn more about how a student in Virginia becomes eligible for special education and related services? Join us as we talk about what state regulations require, share the differences between educational and medical evaluations and discuss how schools must document the steps they take for determining eligibility for special education. You will also hear about VDOE’s most recent guidance on eligibility including local data requirements. After the presentation there will time for Q...
Date(s): 5/4/2022 3:00 PM - 5/4/2022 4:00 PM
Description: While many students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) learn effective verbal communication skills, there are still those learners who require Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) techniques and devices to communicate. In this session, the presenters will discuss and model evidence-based practices to embed AAC device use across the school day to increase communication. In addition, they will also review ways to ensure families participate in the implementation of AAC. Finally, the...
Date(s): 4/19/2022 3:00 PM - 4/19/2022
Description: Join Virginia Secretary of Education, Aimee Guidera and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jillian Balow for a Town Hall style virtual meeting to discuss topics related to birth-to-five early childhood care and education in Virginia. Jenna Conway, Deputy Superintendent of Early Childhood Care and Education, will be facilitating the conversation. Registration is required, and the event will be recorded for future viewing. You are invited to submit questions on your registration for...
Date(s): 4/7/2022 1:00 PM - 4/7/2022 4:00 PM, 4/8/2022 9:00 AM - 4/8/2022 1:00 PM
Description: Come together with other Professionals for a unique experience filled with learning and sharing! Day 1: April 7 1:00pm-4:00pm, Empathy: The Emotional Journey of Families, Dr. Johnnie Sexton, Au.D. Day 2: April 8 9:00am-11:00am, Children who are Deaf and Autistic: Strategies for ProfessionalsKristen Porcelli, MS CCC/SLP, Director of Service for Find the Piece11:00am-12:00pm, Audiology: Strategies for Professionals, Dr. Jack Roush & Dr. Jean Mankowski12:00pm-1:00pm, A Parent's Personal...
Date(s): 4/5/2022 12:00 PM - 4/5/2022 1:00 PM
Description: Join this webinar to learn about the importance of access to durable medical equipment for families in early intervention. We will highlight the Children's Assistive Technology Service (C.A.T.S.), which is a free service that makes recycled equipment available to support movement, adaptive play, and communication. We will also discuss types of equipment and their uses, then host a Q&A session to invite questions from participants. PLEASE NOTE: Registration slots for our ToTs frequently...
Date(s): 3/17/2022 - 3/19/2022, 3/20/2022 - 3/31/2022
Description: Information & Registration, including the COVID-19 policy for 2022 Registration is now open for the 66th VAAEYC Annual Conference,  March 17-19 in Hampton, VA.  The conference will offer both in-person and  virtual events, providing countless ways to learn, connect, share, and explore new horizons. This conference will provide training & resources for all preschool, child care and family child care providers.  March 17-19, 2022 - Hampton, VA March 20-31, 2022 - Online...
Date(s): 3/9/2022 6:00 PM - 3/9/2022 7:30 PM
Description: In the ever changing landscape of Deaf education, the newest statistics tell us that approximately 40% of children identified with hearing loss also have other disabilities. In this free training, you will receive practical, hands on instructional strategies to use with students who have a hearing loss as well as additional disabilities. The focus will be on early language and literacy skills. This training is intended for teachers and professionals working with students in Virginia ages 2-21....
Date(s): 2/22/2022 3:00 PM - 2/22/2022 4:00 PM
Description: Register for Individualizing Instruction for Children with Disabilities Who Are Also Dual Language Learners,  High-quality language and literacy practices are vital to support the development of children who are dual language learners (DLL) with disabilities or suspected delays. The Inclusion Webinar Series uncovers ways to create culturally and linguistically responsive environments to support language and literacy development. Explore what current research says about strategies staff can...
Date(s): 2/16/2022 11:30 AM - 2/16/2022 1:00 PM
Description: Outreach Services at VSDB is excited to bring you Amy Campbell, Learning Management System Administrator at American Printing House for the Blind (APH), who will join us to explain "The Hive" and how you can use it to benefit your practice! In the past twenty years, e-learning increased globally by 900%. Its self-paced, student-centered, and quick delivery of instruction makes it appealing for many who want to learn more. Now professionals in the field of Visual Impairment have access to a new...
Date(s): 2/4/2022 8:00 PM - 3/12/2022 5:00 PM
Description: This FREE self-paced online course is an innovative parent-friendly resource focused on providing information parents with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers need to know -- the importance of parents as 1st teachers, early childhood services, special education, resources available to parents of young children with disabilities, and more! Learn practical information to help set the foundation for your child’s lifelong learning and to make the transition to preschool and kindergarten less...
Date(s): 2/4/2022 11:00 AM - 2/4/2022 12:30 PM, 2/18/2022 11:00 AM - 2/18/2022 12:30 PM, 3/4/2022 11:00 AM - 3/4/2022 12:30 PM
Description: The next sessions in the Act Early ECHO series are: Friday 2/4/22 (11:00-12:30 ET). The topic is "Culturally Responsive Self-Care Practices for Early Childhood Educators" and will be presented by Dr. Julie Nicholson, Mary Anne Doan, and Valentina Torres.  Friday 2/18/22 (11:00-12:30 ET) Dr. Bettina Stevens will be presenting on "Racial Advocacy and Mentorship Program (RAMP) - Cultural Considerations for Transracial Foster/Adoptive Families." Friday 3/4/22 (11:00-12:30 ET)...
Date(s): 1/31/2022 - 6/15/2022
Description: Registration for Virtual CLASS Observation Trainings To help build local CLASS® Observer capacity in support of the new Unified Virginia Quality Birth to Five System (VQB5), the Virginia Department of Education is offering FREE training opportunities during Practice Year 1 (2021-2022).    During this 3-day virtual training led by experienced Teachstone facilitators, participants will build an in-depth understanding of the CLASS® methodology and prepare to reliably assess...
Date(s): 10/25/2021 - 10/28/2021
Description: The International Early Childhood Inclusion Institute has become one of the premier educational opportunities for anyone involved in the care and education of young children with special needs in inclusive settings. For 20 years, the Institute has drawn people from across the nation and around the world to Chapel Hill to learn about the latest research findings, models, and resources that guide inclusive policy, professional development, and practice; to develop collaborative...
Date(s): 10/20/2021 12:00 PM - 10/20/2021 1:00 PM
Description: Service coordination starts at the beginning, during those very first contacts with families, including first visits! Join this web discussion to hear from JoShirlon Capeheart, an experienced service coordinator from the Infant & Toddler Connection of Norfolk, as she shares her insights, strategies, and ideas for helping families understand how early intervention works, how she builds rapport and gathers information from families during first visits, how she has adapted her practices during...
Description: The overview will include a summary of the supplemental guidance and information on regulations, policy, procedures and guidance.  VDOE staff will review specific sections of the guidance and discuss opportunities for local decision making. Visit the online event page after registration for materials, handouts, and zoom connection information. Qualified professionals who can assist the LEA in developing local guidance about data quality and quantity, identifying theory and methods, and...
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...