T-TAC Professional Development Opportunities

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

  • Tuesday November 3, 2015
  • Workforce Development Center, Hampton


  • Thursday November 12, 2015
  • The Murray Center, Norfolk

(choose one)

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 – Archived sessions

Webinars will be presented during one week in 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/ .


The Power of One!  VA Council for Exceptional Children Annual Fall Conference

  • October 2, 2015
  • Hilton Garden Inn  Lynchburg, Virginia

This conference offers the special education community the opportunity to learn the latest in evidence-based practices and network with other professionals working with children.


33rd Annual Closing the Gap Conference – Changing Lives with Assistive Technology

  • October 14 – 16, 2015
  • Doubletree by Hilton, Bloomington, Minnesota

This year’s conference builds on a tradition of providing a comprehensive examination of the most current uses of technology by persons with disabilities and the professionals who work with them. Topics will cover a broad spectrum of technology as it is being applied to all disabilities and age groups in education, rehabilitation, vocation, and independent living. Come and learn, first-hand, about the products and best AT practices and strategies by and for teachers, therapists, clinicians, parents and end users alike. Preconference Workshops: Monday and Tuesday, October 12-13, 2015.


Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention Expo

  • April 13 – 16, 2016  Save the Date! Click on title for updates.
  • St. Louis, Missouri