COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 032

February 8, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Application for Technical Support for Special Education Directors/ECSE Coordinators/Preschool Program Directors-Coordinators on Promoting Inclusive Placement Opportunities for Preschoolers(IPOP)

 

The Virginia Department of Education's Training and Technical Assistance Centers (T/TACs) in each of the superintendents' eight regions are accepting applications for technical assistance for developing a division/community team to implement inclusive preschool opportunities. This is an ongoing statewide initiative to support a continuum of inclusive options for preschoolers with disabilities. The purpose of the initiative is to increase opportunities for children with disabilities to be included in settings with children without disabilities in the school divisions' preschool programs and in their community preschools.

 

The IPOP initiative continues to support community teams in obtaining long-term technical assistance from their regional T/TACs to support the initial development or the expansion of inclusive options. At least one division in each region will have the opportunity of participating in this initiative.

 

Interested division/community teams need to complete the attached application and return it to their superintendent's regional T/TAC for consideration. Applications are due by June 30, 2008. Applicants will be notified by early August of the application's acceptance.

 

This information is also being provided via a memorandum to special education directors and preschool program directors.

 

For further information, please contact Phyllis Mondak, educational specialist, Office of Special Education Instructional Services, at Phyllis.Mondak@doe.virginia.gov or at (804)225-2675. You may also contact your regional T/TAC. Contact person and phone numbers are listed below.

 

Regions 1 & 8 Regions 2 & 3

VDOE T/TAC at VCU VDOE T/TAC at JMU

Sandy Wilberger Linda Ingleson

Sue Palko 888-249-5529

800-426-1595 (757)683-4333

(804)828-6947 TDD: 757-683-5963

TDD: 800-828-1120

Region 5

Region 4 VDOE T/TAC at JMU

VDOE T/TAC at GMU Cheryl Henderson

Lynn Wiley Dianne Koontz-Lowman

Kris Ganley 888-205-4824

800-333-7958 540-568-3774
703-993-4496 TDD: 540-568-7839

Regions 6 & 7

VDOE T/TAC at VT

Selina Flores

Margaret Vaughan

800-848-2714

540-231-5167

TDD: 540-231-3315

 

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Attachment

 

a. Initial Application for Inclusive Placement Opportunities for Preschoolers (IPOP) 2008-2009 (PDF)

b. Reviewers' Scoring Guide for Inclusive Placement Opportunities for Preschoolers Long-Term Planning Proposals (PDF)