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February 2015
Instructional Routines Support Differentiation and Enhance Student Engagement

Reprinted with permission from the VDOE T-TAC at Radford University

All educators know routines and procedures are the cornerstones of effective classroom management, but research suggests routines should be used across the instructional day to support student learning. Instructional routines are step-by-step processes that:

  • begin and end with a clear signal
  • follow the same sequence of steps each time they are used
  • require minimal teacher talk once they have been taught
  • are used with a brisk pace, and
  • slowly transfer the responsibility of the task from the teacher to the student. 
When properly planned and effectively taught, instructional routines make learning a new skill easier. Watch and listen to Dr. Anita Archer’s explanation of Instructional Routines.
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News and Noteworthy
The new Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) resource page on the VDOE Assistive Technology Network website is now open and ready for viewing.  Click on the AAC tab on the home screen. 
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas.  The information on this site includes How to get started, the AAC Assessment Process, Implementation and Use, Research, Resources and Professional Development. Professionals and families now have access to all of this information in one location to help in planning for those students needing communication goals and strategies.
AIM-VA Resources for Students with Print Disabilities
A Superintendent’s Memo, dated Jan 9, 2015, provides additional information to further clarify the eligibility requirements for students who are identified with a reading disability due to an organic dysfunction to receive free accessible instructional materials through AIM-VA. Examples of an organic dysfunction may include conditions such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and aphasia.  The requirement for a physician’s certification as indicated in a previous Superintendent’s Memo (#174-13) could include the physician’s review of a student’s educational record that provides documentation from assessments that show characteristics of the above conditions, such as dyslexia.
The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team should consider the student’s need for accessible instructional materials in alternate formats when considering a student’s need for accommodations and/or assistive technology (AT).  The IEP team may refer to the VDOE Assistive Technology: A Framework for Consideration and Assessment and the Virginia Assistive Technology Resource Guide to facilitate the discussions about goals and objectives, areas of difficulty, and whether AT devices or services are needed.
Upcoming Professional Development Events:  Click titles for more details
 February 19 & 26, 2015
February 19 - Making Math and Science Accessible for All - Differentiating Instruction with Low Cost Tools

February 26 - Interactive Whiteboards in the Special Education Classroom?  Definitely a Hands-on Approach
 *Sessions are from 12-1 pm and 3-4 pm on the dates shown.  To register, click on the title above.  Archived versions of the November sessions are still available!
March 4 - 5, 2014
AEP Connections Two-day Autism Conference featuring Rebecca Moyes and Brenda Smith Myles in Richmond, VA.
March 6 - 7, 2015
Making Math Meaningful: Inquiry Learning Through Process Goals
Virginia Beach
March 10, 2015
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. 
March 11 & 12, 2015
Commonwealth Autism's 14th Annual Autism Conference
Richmond, Virginia
March 13 & 14, 2015
The Virginia Occupational Therapy Association presents:
Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia
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)

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