The Virginia Department of Education has developed a new guide for military families with children in special education. (PDF)
Knowing for Sure that Students are Learning
Dr. Kerry Lambert
Dedicated teachers spend a significant amount of time preparing lessons that will engage students in the learning process. It is important to know that all the hard work is successful and that students are learning what is intended. An effective way for teachers to know what students are learning is to use short, informal assessments throughout the school day that check for student understanding.
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(PDF) available from the T-TAC ODU Lending Library about Formative Assessment.
If you missed the Virtual Tecknowledgy Conference in November, the archived versions of the three sessions are now available. View Kelly Forner's session, "Broaden Your Students Educational Horizons through Assistive Technologies", Jennifer Mitchell's session, "Technology Tools for Struggling Readers", and Joyce Sharp's session, "Free Electronic Books and Software for Struggling Readers". Each session is free, and one hour in length. A certificate that can be submitted for recertification points is available for each session you complete. The next conference session is scheduled for February.
2014 VDOE SOL Institute Resources Posted
Looking for professional development for your grade level team? Materials from the October Mathematics Institutes "Making Mathematical Connections and Using Representations" have been posted. The professional development modules focus on fostering students abilities to make connections and use effective and appropriate representations in mathematics. Also, all of the materials from each of the six VDOE English Institutes held in the fall of 2014 are now live on the VDOE English web page.
Upcoming Professional Development Events: Click titles for more details
January 14 - 27, 2015
An online conference for special educators and instructional teams.
March 10, 2015
Save the Date! The Erickson Early Math Collaborative
from Chicago is coming to T-TAC ODU on March 10, 2015! Through hands-on, minds-on exploration, early childhood educators will build their own understanding of important mathematical ideas and learning progressions for young children. Learn how teachers can scaffold children’s math thinking and engage in math talk that includes use of children’s books. Following the full-day event on March 10th, two webinars will provide follow-up on content and help participants share experiences and discuss new understandings in an online format. Look for more information and registration coming this month!
March 18 OR 25, 2015
This professional development opportunity will provide information to help support students with ASD and other developmental disabilities that are having difficulty with reading comprehension as a result of social communication deficits.
April 8-11, 2015
The event will be held in San Diego, CA this year. Opening General Session will feature keynote address by author Brad Cohen.
Save the Date! Registration opens Spring 2015
June 24-25, 2015
Dual Language and Transition Challenges (PDF)