Family Engagement

What is the Family Engagement Network?

The purpose of Virginia’s Family Engagement Network is to foster family engagement in education, especially for children with disabilities. The network assists in developing and implementing activities that:

  • Encourage schools and families to recognize the importance of family engagement,
  • Foster family engagement in the education process, and
  • Facilitate and promote collaboration among the Virginia Department of Educations, TTACs and Parent Resource Centers, as well as other agencies and organizations interested in promoting family engagement.

How do we provide support for families and family engagement?

The TTAC at Radford University is actively involved with the Family Engagement Network and regional efforts to support family engagement, including through collaboration with regional Parent Resource Centers and other partners.

The TTAC at Virginia Tech houses an extensive lending library, with books, videos, computer software, assistive technology and augmentative communication devices available for loan.

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The COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of several scheduled Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities in-person training events. While the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is eager to get these rescheduled, they recognize that it could be some time before that happens. In the meantime, the VDOE's Coordinator of Family Engagement, Tracy Lee, has recorded five video modules for families to access at home.

View Critical Decision Points Videos

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What is an Ombudsman?

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has developed a one page, easy-to-understand, comprehensive summary of the role and responsibilities of the Parent Ombudsman for Special Education that addresses the specific supports the Parent Ombudsman can provide to parents. This Ombudsman for Special Education flyer is housed on our newly created Parent Ombudsman for Special Education webpage.

For more information on the role of the  Parent Ombudsman at the VDOE, please refer to Superintendent's Memo 040-21: Parent Ombudsman for Special Education.

You may also contact our Special Education Parent Ombudsman, Gloria Dalton, directly at Gloria.Dalton@doe.virginia.gov or toll free, by phone, at (800) 422-2083.

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