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November is Family Involvement Month
For family resources visit:
Center for Family Involvement
Parent Educational Advocay Training Center (PEATC)
 Creating Connections to Shining Stars is back!
July 8 - 10, 2015 in 
Virginia Beach
click for the
 Call for Proposals
For more information
about our events,
please see our
Professional Development webpage 
November/December 2014
Creating Meaning in Mathematics for ALL Learners

The Concrete-Representational-Abstract sequence of mathematics instruction allows students to move meaningfully through less complex math concepts and procedures to more abstract, complex ones.  Research indicates that the CRA sequence has been effective for students with and without disabilities.

Click for the full article and more resources to support math instruction
News and Noteworthy
Dr. Daisy Wood, executive director for the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Office of Programs for Exceptional Children (OPEC), has received the 2014 Kuhn-Barnett Award from the Virginia Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). This award is the highest honor bestowed by the council, which recognizes one nominee for his/her exemplary leadership or meritorious service on behalf of exceptional children.
Recommendations for Addressing Discipline Disproportionality in Education

Disproportionality represents one of the most significant problems in education today.  Click HERE to read the entire article that describes a 5-point approach to reduce disproportionality in schools.

Parent's Guide to Special Education Dispute Resolution

available at the App Store on iTunes - click HERE to download
This App renders the “Parent's Guide to Special Education Dispute Resolution” by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), for mobile devices. It covers “Mediation,” “Formal Complaint,” and “Due Process” and includes a section that defines relevant “Acronyms” and a “Glossary.” The application offers an easy to use question and answer format. Many answers include a direct link to the Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia. It is designed to help parents and educators better understand their rights and responsibilities during the dispute resolution process.
Upcoming Professional Development Events:  Click titles for more details
November 13, 2014
Keeping Up With Your Professional Development Portfolio Using Google Forms, Spreadsheets
December 2, 2014
Making Math Count in Preschool
A make-n-take learning opportunity.
A Quick Snapshot of Apps to Support Literacy Instruction
January 14 - 27, 2015
Common Core ELA Standards: Instructional Strategies to Support Students with Complex Needs
An online conference for special educators and instructional teams.
July 8 - 10, 2015
Creating Connections to Shining Stars:  Virginia’s Collaborative Early Childhood Conference
The Call for Proposals is now available for the July 2015 conference taking place in Virginia Beach.  Submit a proposal to present and share your expertise and experience with your colleagues!  Click HERE for more information.
February 2015
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