March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
The theme for this year’s national public awareness campaign about traumatic brain injury is Not Alone. To support educators serving students with brain injury, VDOE has gathered a variety of resources that are accessible on their website at this LINK.
I'M Determined Youth Summit
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Registration for Creating Connections to Shining Stars, Virginia's Early Childhood Conference, opens on March 16th. Registration will be posted on VCPD.net. Space is limited, so act fast!
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Quality Writing Instruction for All Students
Daniel Biegun, Intellectual Disabilities Specialist
The benefits of writing instruction are numerous. Daily opportunities to compose ideas and feelings can increase students’ communication and reading comprehension skills (Jacobs, 2010). Writing can help children with disabilities learn to read, speak, and problem solve (Erickson & Koppenhaver, 2007). It also allows students to demonstrate otherwise hidden competencies and to communicate precisely what they are thinking (Koppenhaver & Yoder, 1993). While writing may be difficult for some students with intellectual disabilities, we know that all students benefit from the same types of instructional activities. Here are a few strategies to make your writing lessons effective and fun.
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