T-TAC Professional Development Opportunities

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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.

Making Math Count in Preschool:  A make-and-take learning opportunity

November 6, 2014 or December 2, 2014

Preschool is the perfect time to provide opportunities for a child to count, compare, and measure as teachers make math an integral and active learning experience during centers and other play-based activities.  This session will highlight strategies for effective, developmentally appropriate math instruction and demonstrate how to embed math standards from Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning throughout the school day.  You will find treasures galore for your classroom and a few ideas to send home to families when you attend this interactive session.  Math for preschool is “hands on” and should be presented so children want to “stay and play” with the materials that you will make and add to your classroom.

Collect Meaningful Data on Student Progress

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

November 5, 2014

Once again, we are expanding this conference to honor your requests for more AT webinars to be offered throughout the school year.  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/ .


Common Core ELA Standards

January 14-27, 2015

Instructional Strategies to Support Students with Complex Needs.  Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Online Conference.

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