T-TAC Professional Development Opportunities

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Interactive Whiteboards and the Special Education Classroom: Definitely a Hands-on Approach

March 12, 2015 – online webinar

Interactive White Boards are standard in most regular classrooms these days and should be standard in special educations classrooms as well. Coming to the board and physically interacting with the material presented can add another dimension to learning for special education students. Also, differentiating the material in one Interactive Whiteboard Activity is so easy to do and everyone in the class can participate. In this webinar, Suzanne Baur will show practical suggestions for helping your special education students become comfortable using the Interactive Whiteboard and demonstrate many activities that have been used successfully in special education classrooms that she serves as the ITRT.  Activities made in Smart Notebook, Active Inspire, and Interwrite Workspace will be demonstrated.


Drawing a Blank: Improving Comprehension for Students on the Autism Spectrum

March 18 OR 25, 2015 (please choose only one)

This professional development opportunity will provide information to help support students with ASD and other developmental disabilities that are having difficulty with reading comprehension as a result of social communication deficits. Based on the book Drawing a Blank: Improving Comprehension for Readers on the Autism Spectrum, presenters will address social communication issues, such as the inability to read the emotional states of others or to identify the intentions of others, and the subsequent impact on reading comprehension. Numerous comprehension strategies will be shared throughout the day along with evidenced based literacy strategies. Participants will leave with useful tools that will support students’ reading comprehension.


Collect Meaningful Data on Student Progress

Ongoing Online Professional Development Activity

The purpose of collecting data is to provide objective evidence of a program’s effectiveness and to guide instructional decisions. Educators can ensure that they provide meaningful instruction by collecting useful data on students’ progress and then use the data to make instructional decisions. In other words, with meaningful data, educators can adjust their instruction in response to students’ performance.



State and National Events

4th Annual Virtual Assistive Technology Conference – February sessions

Webinars will be presented during one week in November, February, April and September.  Each webinar will be offered from 12-1 pm and 3-4 pm. Webinar descriptions and registration information will be available on the conference website, http://vconf.gmu.edu/Conference/TechKnowledgy2014/ .


Insights Into Autism: Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan

February 6, 2014

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in collaboration with EVMS and SECEP.  Issues for specific populations with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be discussed including girls with ASD, common driving challenges, pharmacological treatments and resource options.  Topics are targeted to all who are interested in providing optimal and medical home care to patients with ASD along the pediatric, adolescent, and young adult continuum.


Strategies that Work!  Teaching Social, Behavior and Executive Functioning Skills to the Student/Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

March 4-5, 2015

AEP Connections Two-day Autism Conference featuring Rebecca Moyes and Brenda Smith Myles in Richmond, VA.


Council for Exceptional Children 2015 Convention and Expo

April 8 – 11, 2015

The event will be held in San Diego, CA this year.  Opening General Session will feature keynote address by author Brad Cohen.


Save the Date!  Registration opens Spring 2015

Opening Doors – Unlocking Potential 2015

June 24 – 25, 2015

Dual Language and Transition Challenges

Creating Connections to Shining Stars:  Virginia’s Collaborative Early Childhood Conference

July 8-10, 2015

The Call for Proposals is now available!Share the knowledge you have gained in working with children, birth to five, by submitting a proposal to present at this year’s conference. Accepted proposals will qualify for a registration discount! Click here for more information.  Submission Deadline: December 15, 2014.


I’m Determined Youth Summit

June 17 – 19, 2015

The Virginia Department of Education’s I’m Determined project, in conjunction with the Partnership for People with Disabilities, invites applications for sponsorship to the 9th Annual I’m Determined Youth Summit at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Deadline for submission of applications is March 20, 2015.