T-TAC Professional Development Opportunities

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Google Tools for Struggling Readers (for schools using Google Apps for Education – GAFE)

October 1, 2014

Although teachers are often told that only students with disabilities can use assistive technology, how can we help struggling students with or without disabilities access the general curriculum? This session will go beyond the myth and show you free and low cost tools that are available to ALL students using Google apps. This online webinar will show you how to harness the power of free technology tools for learning.

If your school division is migrating to Google Apps for Education (GAFE), you will soon have FREE or low cost technology built into your network.  For information on GAFE, you should register for the online session on October 1, 2014 at 12:00 or 3:30.

 

Google Tools for Struggling Readers (for schools not planning to migrate to Google Apps for Education)

October 2, 2014

Although teachers are often told that only students with disabilities can use assistive technology, how can we help struggling students with or without disabilities access the general curriculum? This session will go beyond the myth and show you free and low cost tools that are available to ALL students using Google apps. This online webinar will show you how to harness the power of free technology tools for learning.

If your school is not planning to go GAFE and you would like information on accessing Google apps for you and your students using a Gmail account, you should register for October 2, 2014 at 12:00 or 3:30.

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Every Child a Successful Reader: Reading Institute for Special Education Teachers and Educators Serving Students with Disabilities

Part 1: October 31 and December 12, 2014

Part 2 – January 16 and February 13, 2015

Note: Participants may register for Part One, Part Two, or both. There is a limit of 85 participants—Register early! Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Priority goes to the registrants for all four days.
Target Audience: Elementary Teachers and Reading Specialists who instruct students with disabilities. Teams welcome!

PART ONE: Learning to Read

October 31, 2014: Differentiation for Struggling Readers
In this session participants will learn strategies for assessing word knowledge and developing differentiated word study lessons for their students based on whether they are emergent, beginning, or transitional learners.
December 12, 2014: Differentiation for Struggling Readers
In this session you will explore typical errors made by readers in each stage, and learn specific teaching strategies to address the various needs of your students, including the use of appropriate text for the various stages. Small group learning plans for teaching reading at each stage will be provided.

PART TWO: Reading to Learn

January 16, 2015: Developing Comprehension Skills and Strategies for Understanding Fiction and Making the Reading/Writing Connection
It’s said that if learners struggle with READING they should do more WRITING! In the following two sessions, participants will learn how to develop appropriate, fun and engaging lessons using the models of instruction for comprehension skills and strategies.
February 13, 2015: Developing Comprehension Skills and Strategies for Understanding of Non-Fiction Text and Making the Reading/Writing Connection
In this session a variety of nonfiction texts appropriate for various reading levels will be shared.

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Keeping Up With Your Professional Development Portfolio Using Google Forms, Spreadsheets, and Sites

November 13, 2014

Since moving to more online learning to save costs, educators end up with tracking bits of time from attending virtual webinars, asynchronous modules, in addition to face-to-face events. Using Google forms, spreadsheets, and sites can help you control the information and retrieve it quickly.  Resources will include demonstrations and templates.

 

State and National Events

 

Introduction to Verbal Behavior: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities

September 19 & 20, 2014

Presenter: Dr. Vince Carbone

Location: George Mason University, Prince William Campus, Verizon Auditorium

Participants in this workshop will learn:

  • To conduct a Behavioral Language Assessment
  • To select the most appropriate form of communication for a child
  • To select the communication responses and supporting skills that should be taught first

The workshop includes the recommended teaching procedures for those children who have no formal communication skills to those that are near conversational speakers. Dr. Carbone will describe and demonstrate errorless teaching, specific quick-transfer procedures, and the use of both discrete trial training in the natural environment and during an intensive teaching session. Many video tape demonstrations are provided to illustrate the methods to increase spontaneous language and to develop conversational skills.

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Virginia Federation Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference

October 17-18, 2014

The Keynote Speaker is Rick Lavoie, Advocate for Children with Learning Differences and Special Needs. Location: Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center, 2800 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

 

VDOE K-12 English Language Arts Standards of Learning Institutes

October 22, 2014

Newport News Marriott at City Center

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the K-12 English Language Arts Standards of Learning (SOL) Institute. This professional development opportunity is provided by the state to support the implementation of 2010 English Standards of Learning.

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VDOE 2014 Mathematics Standards of Learning Institutes

October 29, 2014

Doubletree By Hilton Williamsburg

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce K-12 Mathematics Institutes to be held in October 2014 at four sites in the Commonwealth. These four Institutes are designed to provide teachers with professional development focused on fostering students’ abilities to make mathematical connections and use effective and appropriate representations in mathematics.

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