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.


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

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.

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.

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