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Wishing Kim Yanek All The Best
It is with mixed emotions that we announce the departure of Kim Yanek from T-TAC ODU. Kim recently took a position with Sheppard Pratt, which is an implementation partner with the OSEP PBIS Technical Assistance Center located in Oregon. Kim will be working with Susan Barrett (from Sheppard Pratt) who has been consulting for several years in Virginia as an implementation partner. Consequently, Kim will still be able to serve Virginia, for which we are very happy! Kim’s work will include supporting the leadership in VA for Virginia Tiered Systems of Support (VTSS), much like she has been doing recently while in her position with T-TAC ODU.  Now, however, she will be employed by Sheppard Pratt and serving other states as well. Congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Kim Yanek!
May 2015
Algebra for All: Resources for Providing Students Access to Algebra Instruction Pre-K to Grade 12
Tamara Smith-Moyler, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics promotes access to algebra for all students in Pre-K-12th grade (NCTM, 2014). As noted by Flores (2009), “Providing students with greater access to algebra provides students with disabilities the tools to complete high school exit exams and so obtain a high school diploma, as well as advance to higher levels of education” (p. 196).

Virginia’s Guidelines for Educating Students with Specific Learning Disabilities highlights an effective strategy for teaching abstract algebraic concepts known as the concrete-representational-abstract (C-R-A) approach. In a research study (Witzel, 2005) found that students who were taught to solve algebraic equations using manipulatives and representations outperformed peers and scored higher on post-assessments (despite scoring significantly lower on pre-assessments) than those who received instruction only at the abstract level. Witzel (2005) further notes that while the C-R-A approach may be thought of as remedial, all students benefit including high math achievers.
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News and Noteworthy
Math Co- teaching Academies: Algebraic Thinking and Reasoning in the Co-taught Secondary Mathematics Class  
The Virginia Department of Education Office of Special Education Instructional Services in consultation with the Office of Mathematics and Governor’s Schools is sponsoring two Math Co-teaching Academies.  The academies are designed for school teams of mathematics and special education teachers working together to enhance all student outcomes, especially students with disabilities.    See Superintendent's Memo #109-15 for additional information
English Co-teaching Academy: Addressing Non-fiction and Writing in the Co-taught Classroom
The Virginia Department of Education’s Offices of Special Education Instructional Services and Humanities and Early Childhood are sponsoring an English Co-teaching Academy: Addressing Non-fiction and Writing in the Co-taught Classroom.  The Academy is designed for school teams of English and special education teachers working together to enhance all student outcomes, especially students with disabilities.  The focus will be on improving content understanding, pedagogical strategies, collaboration/co-teaching strategies, and networking.  See Superintendent's Memo #107-15 for additional information.

Upcoming Professional Development Events:  Click titles for more details
May 21, 2015
This event will present a variety of infant and early childhood mental health topics from experts in the field and is intended for providers of children from birth to age 8.  Glenn Allen Cultural Arts Center.
June 22 - 25, 2015
The Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Science and Health Education and Office of Special Education Instructional Services, in partnership with James Madison University, will again sponsor a collaborative science-inclusion special education institute at the University’s summer 2015 Content Teaching Academy (CTA).
June 23-25, 2015
Dual Language and Transition Challenges
Charlottesville, VA
This year's two-day ODUP Institute will address the challenges of working with students whose family's primary language is other than English. An additional focus of ODUP 2015 is the continuing need to provide strong self-determination skill development to ensure transition programming for students results in positive outcomes.
July 8 - 10, 2015
Virginia Beach Oceanfront Wyndham Hotel
Creating Connections to Shining Stars is a collaborative effort between many state agencies and early childhood programs in Virginia. The conference will focus on promoting and supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices in inclusive settings for young children, both with and without disabilities. July 8, 2015: Pre-conference & July 9-10: Full conference.
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