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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

Summer 2015
Deadline 3/20/2015
Mark your Calendar!
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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March 2015
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.
To view the complete article, click HERE (PDF)
News and Noteworthy
Ability Olympics is a multi-sport Olympic-style event for individuals with ANY disability ages 2 to adult. The mission is to empower individuals by giving them the chance to showcase their skills in a challenging yet successful athletic environment as well as learn about other sports opportunities for people with disabilities.  this event is being held on April 17 & 18 At James Madison University.  To learn more about this event, and to register, click on the title above.
Recent VDOE Superintendents Memos
• MEMO 039-15

• MEMO 052-15

• MEMO 051-15
Upcoming Professional Development Events:  Click titles for more details
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.
April 15 - 17, 2015
39th Annual Williamsburg Conference
April 24, 2015
presented by PESI Rehab
Children who have trouble self regulating throughout the day are missing out on typical childhood experiences in school, on the playground and with their families. This workshop looks at the underlying factors of poor self-regulation and how they affect the child.
Save the Date!  Registration opens Spring 2015
June 23-25, 2015
Opening Doors - Unlocking Potential 2015
T-TAC Old Dominion University  •  860 W 44th Street  •  Norfolk, VA 23508
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