The Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Center at Old Dominion University (T-TAC ODU) is part of a statewide network of assistance centers that are designed to improve educational opportunities and contribute to the success of children and youth with disabilities (birth-22 years).
The mission of the statewide network of assistance centers is two-fold:
- To increase the capacity of school personnel, service providers, and families to meet the needs of children and youth with disabilities; and,
- To foster the state improvement goals for personnel development, which address improving the performance of children and youth with disabilities, by enhancing the knowledge, skills, abilities, and performance of all personnel who work with students with disabilities.
The centers provide quality training and technical assistance in response to local, regional, and state needs in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Staff members participate on various statewide projects that contribute to the successful educational outcomes for all students across the Commonwealth. Further, T-TAC Online offers a web community for special educators in Virginia.
T-TAC ODU improves educational opportunities for children with developmental delays and disabilities including individuals with intellectual disabilities (through age 21). T-TAC ODU also provides training and support to teachers regarding assistive technology that will assist students with communication needs and provide access to the general education curriculum. Services at T-TAC ODU are generally free of charge and are designed to meet the needs of special education professionals in Regions 2 and 3.
A second center at the College of William & Mary also serves special educators residing in Regions 2 and 3. Visit T-TAC William & Mary for more information.
The guiding principles of the T-TAC system are to: develop products based on research; disseminate effective practices; consult with school personnel and build capacity at the local level; and conduct strategically planned training. T-TAC ODU responds to requests for services with an emphasis on collaboration in planning and providing services to teams. These teams might include general and special educators, administrators, related services personnel, students, family members, paraeducators, and community members.
Assistance is provided directly to teachers and other school personnel who serve individuals with disabilities and services are generally free of charge. Services include professional development workshops and strategically planned training events, consultative services that utilize a collaborative problem-solving process designed to contribute to student success, an electronic newsletter, T-TAC E-News, which is published quarterly, publications on current research topics and recommended educational practices called “TACtics”, and a lending library.
44th STREET LOCATION
Dr. Kerry S. Lambert757-683-4332 email@example.com
Curriculum & Instruction Specialist
Laura Beller757-451-6078 firstname.lastname@example.org
Intellectual Disabilities Specialist
Daniel Biegun757-451-3029 email@example.com
Jean Bondy757-683-5391 firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Childhood Specialist
Kristen Ingram757-451-3027 email@example.com
T-TAC Office Services
Dedie McCracken757-451-3028 firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism/ Behavior Specialist
Curriculum & Instruction Specialist
Tamara Smith-Moyler757-683-7191 email@example.com
Assistive Technology Specialist
Ynez Peterson757-451-3031 firstname.lastname@example.org
CHILD STUDY CENTER
Dr. Robert A. Gable757-683-3157 email@example.com
Dr. Steven Tonelson757-683-6295 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Royster757-683-6192 email@example.com
Administrative & Operations Director
Pat Pulliam757-683-5400 firstname.lastname@example.org
T-TAC ODU serves the following communities and State Operated Programs within the Commonwealth of Virginia:
- Accomack County
- Caroline County
- Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters
- Colonial Beach
- Eastern State Hospital
- Essex County
- Franklin City
- Gloucester County
- Isle of Wight County
- King & Queen County
- King George County
- King William County
- Lancaster County
- Mathews County
- Middlesex County