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Select a month below to view dates and times of training sessions. Please note:  For T/TAC sponsored events, payment MUST be received with registration form. CHECKS only, made payable to JMU (NOT T/TAC). No cash or purchase orders. Registration will be processed when payment is received. After registration deadline we cannot refund money, but substitutions are acceptable.

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January 2014

Webinar: Inclusion: Making the Marriage Work (Part 1- Academics)
Date: January 14, 2014, 3:30 p.m. EST
Presenter:  Barbara Webb, Ed.D.

Offered by VCU Autism Center for Excellence

Our goal in education must be to create a rich educational setting for all children. Special Education was originally designed as a "resource" to educational programs, not as a separate placement. Research indicates that removing children from their typical peers, undermines their capacity to learn the skills that will enable them to belong. Statistics from the CDC show a dramatic rise in Autism; therefore we must prepare our inclusive classrooms to create the educational setting to address the needs of these children. This presentation will discuss the learning differences of children with autism and how to embed specific teaching strategies into the curriculum.

   For more information and to register visit http://vcuautismcenter.org/training/webcasts/upcoming.cfm

Book Study:  Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs
Date: January 31, 2014 & May 2, 2014  (with online discussion February, March and April)
Location:  Panera's, Waynesboro, VA

Region 5 T/TAC Event

Join colleagues from early childhood special education and early intervention in an interactive community of practice book study focused on the work of Ellen Galinsky exploring the seven essential life skills every child needs. Click here to read about the author. The book study will feature a January 31, 2014 face-to-face meeting affectionately called “Chat and Chew.” The online discussion forums in February March and April will be independent and self-paced with ongoing opportunities to interact with other book club members. The book study will conclude on May 2, 2014 with another “Chat and Chew” to wrap up our journey of young minds “in the making.”  Click here to for a flyer (pdf) with more information and a registration link.


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February 2014


Listening and Spoken Language: Effective Listening and Spoken  Language Building Strategies for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Dates: February 21 & March 28, 2014   
Locations:  Manassas, Norfolk, Richmond and Radford

Sponsored by: Virginia Department of Education and the Technical Assistance Center for Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing at the Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU.

The latest in a series of professional development sessions for Virginia teachers and speech-language pathologists who serve children who are deaf or hard of hearing and communicate through listening and spoken language.   This year's two separate  distance learning opportunities, each available in four locations, are designed for professionals who already have foundational knowledge of the Cottage Acquisition Scales for Listening, Language and Speech (CASLLS) to use CASLLS more effectively.   
Locations: Manassas, Norfolk, Richmond and Radford.  Details, On-Line Registration and Brochure will be available soon.   Immediate questions about this upcoming event may be sent to Ann Hughes at awhughes@vcu.edu

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March 2014

Smart Beginnings Early Childhood Leadership Summit
Date: March 4, 2014
Location:  Festival Conference and Student Center, JMU, Harrisonburg VA

Offered by Valley Smart Beginnings - Contact http://www.valleysmartbeginnings.org/

Webinar: My Journey to Self-Determination
Date: March 11, 2014, 3:30 p.m. EST
Presenter:  Tori Saylor

Offered by VCU Autism Center for Excellence

In this webcast, Tori illustrates her struggles, triumphs, and tools used to survive each day. This allows for an opportunity to walk a mile in her shoes as she journeys through life from childhood to adulthood. Tori's message will leave you curious, motivated, and with a heightened awareness of ASD. Just when you think you know all about ASD, Tori's story may surprise you!

   For more information and to register visit http://vcuautismcenter.org/training/webcasts/upcoming.cfm

Listening and Spoken Language: Effective Listening and Spoken  Language Building Strategies for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Dates: February 21 & March 28, 2014    
Locations:  Manassas, Norfolk, Richmond and Radford

Sponsored by: Virginia Department of Education and the Technical Assistance Center for Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing at the Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU.

The latest in a series of professional development sessions for Virginia teachers and speech-language pathologists who serve children who are deaf or hard of hearing and communicate through listening and spoken language.   This year's two separate  distance learning opportunities, each available in four locations, are designed for professionals who already have foundational knowledge of the Cottage Acquisition Scales for Listening, Language and Speech (CASLLS) to use CASLLS more effectively.   
Locations: Manassas, Norfolk, Richmond and Radford.  Details, On-Line Registration and Brochure will be available soon.   Immediate questions about this upcoming event may be sent to Ann Hughes at awhughes@vcu.edu


Determined from the Start: Exploring Self Determination Skills for Elementary School Students
Date: March 31 - April 1, 2014
Location:  Stonewell Jackson Hotel & Conference Center, Staunton, VA

T/TAC Event

Elementary School Leadership Teams composed of:

  • One GeneralEducation Teacher
  • One Special Education Teacher
  • One Administrator
  • One School Counselor 
Registration closed for this event

 

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April 2014

Webinar: Understanding Challenging Behaviors and the Need for Social Skills Training
Date: April 8, 2014, 3:30 p.m. EST
Presenter:  Jed Baker, Ph.D.

Offered by VCU Autism Center for Excellence

In order to implement any strategy to help students on the autism spectrum, we first need to understand the reasons behind some of their challenging behaviors and understand the feelings those behaviors provoke in their caretakers. This session helps caregivers manage their own emotions so they can help manage those of their children or clients.

   For more information and to register visit http://vcuautismcenter.org/training/webcasts/upcoming.cfm

AT, UDL, and You: Assistive Technology and Universal Design for All Students
Date: April 8, 2014
Location: Best Western In & Conference Center, Waynesboro, VA  REGISTRATION CLOSED

School Improvement Institute
Date: April 30, 2014
Location:  Festival Conference and Student Center, JMU, Harrisonburg VA

   General Registration for this event to open soon.  Please check back.

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May 2014

Book Study:  Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs
Date: January 31, 2014 & May 2, 2014  (with online discussion February, March and April)
Location:  Panera's, Waynesboro, VA

Region 5 T/TAC Event

Join colleagues from early childhood special education and early intervention in an interactive community of practice book study focused on the work of Ellen Galinsky exploring the seven essential life skills every child needs. Click here to read about the author. The book study will feature a January 31, 2014 face-to-face meeting affectionately called “Chat and Chew.” The online discussion forums in February March and April will be independent and self-paced with ongoing opportunities to interact with other book club members. The book study will conclude on May 2, 2014 with another “Chat and Chew” to wrap up our journey of young minds “in the making.”  Click here to for a flyer (pdf) with more information and a registration link.

Webinar: No More Meltdowns: Managing and Preventing Challenging Behaviors
Date: May 13, 2014, 3:30 p.m. EST
Presenter:  Jed Baker, Ph.D.

Offered by VCU Autism Center for Excellence

All of us can have meltdowns when we lose control and seem immune to reasoning. Having consistent rules and consequences for such behavior is important, yet there are times when such traditional discipline seems ineffective. When consistent discipline is not enough, we need to understand why these difficult moments continue. This presentation is designed to (1) learn ways to de-escalate a meltdown in the moment, (2) understand 7 common triggers to repeat problems and (3) create effective prevention plans for each triggering situation.

   For more information and to register visit http://vcuautismcenter.org/training/webcasts/upcoming.cfm

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June 2014

Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) Institute 
Date: June 23, 24, 25, 2014  (June 23rd will be open for attendees statewide, all other dates are for Region 5 T/TAC only)
Location:  Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, Waynesboro, VA

Region 5 T/TAC Event 

Presenters June 23rd:
Lissa Power-deFur, Ph.D.“Core Content and Therapy”
Stacey Pavelko, Ph.D. “EBP in Assessment”

Additional Presenters June 24th & 25th:
Marie Ireland; LaVae Hoffman, Ph.D.; Mary Wilds, Mona Pruett; Amber Handon

SAVE THE DATE - Registration to open April 28 , 2014

Click for Save the Date Flyer for T/TAC Region 5 Service Area Attendees

Click for Save the Date Flyer for Statewide Attendees

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Communities of Learning in Autism (CoLAs) 2013 Summer Institute
Dates: June 25-26, 2014             ***   HOLD THE DATE   ***
Location:  Richmond, VA

Hosted by: VCU-Autism Center for Excellence (VCU-ACE) and Virginia Department of Education T/TACs

WHO Should Attend?
Regional CoLA participants, identified autism specialists, and autism leaders in divisions.
Educators knowledgeable in autism who can actively participate with the goal of bringing the information learned back to their division through trainings and resource sharing.
WHAT Can You Expect?
This 2-day event is an exciting opportunity to deepen and further your knowledge and skills for working with students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Some of the highlights of the Institute will include:

  • a poster session and networking reception
  • numerous breakout and discussion sessions
  • time for regional reflection and strategic planning.

More information available soon!

July 2014

Opening Doors-Unlocking Potential 2014- Building Skills for Success with Students Who are D/HH
Date: July 29-30, 2014
Charlottesville, VA

This 8th annual professional development event is designed to increase the knowledge and skills primarily of teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing (TODHH) and educators working directly with students who are deaf or hard of hearing especially in Virginia.  

Presenters include Karen Anderson, Director of Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss (Success for kids) and Lynne Price, author of Steps to Success.

Karen and Lynne will guide attendees through Building Skills for Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom  and Steps to Success,  two comprehensive resources which TODHH are likely to find indispensable in working to effectively address student needs and improve outcomes.

In addition, ODUP will offer a variety of exhibits, networking opportunities and, for a fourth year, the option to obtain graduate credit for attendance!   Visit:  ODUP 2014! for up to date information. Click here for save the date flyer.  Registration will open in late April!


 

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