Virginia Department of Education's

Training & Technical Assistance Center

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TTAC Services

The Virginia Department of Education’s state-wide Training & Technical Assistance Centers (TTACs) provide professional development and support designed to assist schools in addressing accountability and improvement goals for students with disabilities.

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The VDOE's TTAC at Radford University serves public schools, teachers, students, and parents of Southwest Virginia through assistance that brings about systematic change in the way schools serve children and youth. TTAC services are provided primarily through embedded professional development.

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Inclusive Practices

Visit each of the following Focus Areas and Projects to learn more about inclusive practices we support.

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Resources and Information Links

Community of Practice for High Leverage Practices

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This community of practice, offered by TTAC at Radford University through Zoom, will utilize videos from the High Leverage Practices for Students with Disabilities website to engage participants in active discussion and reflection around their teaching practices. During our time together we will watch short videos focusing on a specific high leverage practice (HLP), have a brief discussion about the practice, and then consider how it can be effectively implemented
in the classroom.
 
Over the course of the four meetings, participants will examine and discuss how to use scaffolded supports (HLP 15), explicit instruction (HLP 16), flexible groupings (HLP 17) and strategies to promote active student engagement (HLP 18). Participants will receive a certificate of four contact hours after completing all sessions.

Session Schedule

February 16, 10:30am – 11:15am or 1:30pm - 2:15pm
March 2, 10:30am – 11:15am or 1:30pm - 2:15pm
March 16, 10:30am – 11:15am or 1:30pm - 2:15pm
March 30, 10:30am – 11:15am or 1:30pm - 2:15pm
(a Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants)

Questions? Contact:

Suzanne Graham at s-graham@radford.edu or 
Keli Bradbury at ktbradbury@radford.edu .

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TTAC Online: A community sharing resources to educate students with disabilities.
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Family Engagement Network

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The Family Engagement Network (FEN) is proud to introduce a new 5-minute video defining three key components of Compassionate Family Engagement:

  • Compassionate Communication
  • Compassionate Empowerment
  • Compassionate Reflection

Click here to view the video. We hope you will take the time to watch the video and reach out if you woud like to request any assistance or have any questions. Visit our Family Enagement page to access resources and learn more about the FEN.

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TTAC Online: A community sharing resources to educate students with disabilities.

The TTAC Online website was created by VDOE to be a resource for professionals and family members of children and youth with disabilities (birth to 22). The website offers a wide range of Resources, Events (training, conferences, and webinars/webcasts) and Online Training opportunities in the form of Webshops and www.Workshops.

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Virginia Assistive Technology Network

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The Assistive Technology Network of Virginia addresses priorities of VDOE with coordination, implementation, and dissemination of information about the laws which define AT devices and services, the process of AT Consideration by Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams, AT assessment, Augmentative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), and AT resources.

In support of these priorities, the network has several initiatives which include:

Developing resources and documents for AT Considerations and Assessment

Developing and supporting local and regional AT teams with information, resources and training, including the annual Virtual TechKnowledgy Conference

Integrating AT solutions across the curriculum

TTACx: Come With a Challenge, Leave With a Change

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The Radford TTAC in collaboration with the Virginia Tech TTAC would like to invite you to participate in a professional learning event designed to help educators plan, do, study and act (PDSA) on a current challenge in their school or classroom.

TTACx is a professional development opportunity that will bring together outstanding educators from all over southwest Virginia to reflect communally on challenges, exchange ideas, and seek inspiration from the people who know the students of SWVA the best - other educators.

The event will take place:

March 22, 2023

9am - 3pm

Wytheville Meeting Center

Registration for participants will open on February 13th, 2023.

Questions?
Contact us at:
Radford TTAC
540-831-5333
tkwock@radford.edu

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Recorded Webinar and Participant Resources for Virginia's Inclusive Practices Action Planning Tool

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Virginia Department of Education, VDOE, and Stetson & Associates, Inc.

A recently recorded webinar, Inclusive Practices Action Planning Tool, presented by Dr. Frances Stetson and participant resources have been added to the Inclusive Practices in Successful Schools: Virginia Action Planning Guide Module.

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High Leverage Practices for Students with Disabilities

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In partnership with the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has developed and published a set of high-leverage practices (HLPs) for special educators and teacher candidates. The HLPs are organized around four aspects of practice:

  1. Collaboration
  2. Assessment
  3. Social/emotional/behavioral
  4. Instruction

From these four aspects of practice, there are 22 practices intended to address the most critical practices that every K–12 special education teacher should master and be able to demonstrate. The selected practices are used frequently in classrooms and have been shown to improve student outcomes if successfully implemented.

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School Divisions Served by Radford University TTAC

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VDOE's Regional TTACS

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The TTAC at Radford University works collaboratively with other centers and organizations across the state of Virginia. The TTACs at Virginia Tech and Radford University share a special partnership, working together to serve the needs of Superintendents’ Regions 6 and 7.

TTAC Website Links:

Regional TTAC Map: Regions 1 & 8, Virginia Commonwealth University; Regions 2 & 3, Old Dominion University and the College of William and Mary; Region 4, George Mason University; Region 5, James Madison University; Regions 6 & 7, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and Radford University.