As the school year begins and we consider how to contribute to students’ success, this issue of the T-TAC Network News provides a reminder that relationships matter. Build positive and supportive relationships from the start of this school year with the following six resources. Read more about the research linking positive relationships with student achievement… [Read more…] First Things First: Positive Relationships are linked to Student Engagement and Achievement
Co-teachers can create a collaborative atmosphere and set the stage for a positive relationship by following some suggestions featured in the Virginia Department of Education publication, Stepping Stones to Success II; Collaboration: Working Together for All Students. Suggestions in the section entitled, Culture of Collaboration: What it Looks Like and How We Do It include; remain… [Read more…] Building Co-Teaching Relationships Together
The Division for Early Childhood’s Recommended Practices (revised 2014) were developed to provide guidance to practitioners and families about the most effective ways to improve the learning outcomes and promote the development of young children, birth through age 5, who have or are at-risk for developmental delays or disabilities. New resources are now available to promote… [Read more…] New DEC Recommended Practices Resources
Often students with autism are not able to indicate their preferences and dislikes. Things that are reinforcing or rewarding for one student may be really unpleasant for another student. As teachers, we cannot assume that our favorite things and activities would also be preferred by others. Conducting a preference assessment is important and critical to… [Read more…] Evidence Based Instructional Practice-Why Conduct a Preference Assessment with My Students?
The I’m Determined (IMD) Project, which promotes self-determination skills for students with disabilities, is a successful program with far-reaching influence. Currently, IMD’s tools and strategies are being implemented in 7 countries, 30 states, and over 70 school divisions in Virginia. Successful teachers are able to incorporate core components of IMD such as decision making, goal setting, self-regulation, and self-advocacy… [Read more…] Virginia’s I’m Determined Project
Resources Available for the NEW 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning During the spring of 2017, the Virginia Department of Education held several Math SOL Institutes across the state to support the implementation of the new 2016 Math Standards of Learning. During these sessions, participants deepened their understanding of the 2016 Math SOL Standards by reviewing… [Read more…] 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning Resources