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From our Lending Library
Executive Skills and Reading Comprehension: A Guide for Educators by Kelly B. Cartwright
Comprehension Does Not Just Happen: Using Non-Linguistic Representations for Helping Students Become Independent Readers
Theme-based Activity Kits
Learning from reading depends on engagement and interest, and for many students, shared interactions or communication around a book.  T-TAC ODU has 30+ Theme-based Activity Kits in our lending library that include books and activities that help get your students engaged and participating.
February/March 2018
Thinking About Executive Function—Why is it Important?
Do you have students in your classroom who can follow routines and manage their behavior while they regulate their thinking and emotions?  And, other students who cannot seem to control their behavior or stick to classroom routines?  They may fidget and have difficulty ignoring things that are irrelevant.  The contrasts in these students illustrate differences in executive skills.  Read more...
Save the Date:  Wednesday,  March 21, 2018
Thinking About Executive Skills and Reading Comprehension
Kelly Cartwright, author of Executive Skills and Reading Comprehension: A Guide for Educators (2015), consults regularly on this topic of with reading professionals around the country and is passionate about helping teachers differentiate instruction for children who struggle with reading comprehension. Plan to attend this professional learning event, where Dr. Cartwright will discuss the research, explain why executive skills are important, what the skills look like in real readers, and help you to apply this knowledge to classroom practice.  Click to register.
News and Noteworthy
Free Briefs to Help Support Development of Self- Regulation Skills
Now available from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC Chapel Hill, this new series of reader-friendly briefs offers guidance about how to promote the development of children's self-regulation skills across settings and age groups
Monitoring Chronic Absenteeism of Students with Disabilities
Since students with disabilities have a higher absentee rate than students without disabilities, there is an increased effort to monitor chronic absenteeism. To assist, there are resources on VDOE’s web site with training modules that address attendance and absenteeism.

Prevention Strategies and Programs: Attendance and Truency
Improving School Attendance: A Resource Guide for Virginia Schoo

Upcoming Professional Development Events
VOTA: 25th Annual School System Symposium:  Mission Possible
March 9-10, 2018   Midlothian, VA
VASCD Student-Centered Classroom Management
March 13, 2018 - Williamsburg, VA
Changing the Lens: Broadening Our Perspective to Support Young Children and Families
March 14, 2018 - Williamsburg, VA
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics:Annual Conference
April 25-28, 2018 - Washington, DC
I'm Determined Youth Summit
June 13-15, 2018 - Harrisonburg, VA
March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month
Information and resources, as well as an overview of Traumatic Brain Injury is available from the Brain Injury Association of Virginia website.
March is also Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) have come together to plan a campaign for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2018! The goal for this month is to create awareness about developmental disabilities, teach the importance of inclusion within every aspect of life, and to share the stories of individuals with a disability to show that a successful life is possible! They have made resources available to help plan activities and for you to share across social media.
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