Superintendent's Memo #047-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

February 27, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Application for Technical Support for 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.

Interested division/community teams need to complete the attached application and return it to their respective T/TAC for consideration. Applications are due by May 29, 2009. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by early August.

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
VDOE T/TAC at VCU
Sue Palko
Sandy Wilberger
Mary Tobin
800-426-1595
804-828-6947
TDD: 800-828-1120

Regions 2 & 3
VDOE T/TAC at ODU
Linda Ingleson
888-249-5529
757-451-3027
TDD: 757-683-5963

Region 4
VDOE T/TAC at GMU
Kris Ganley
Sheryl Fahey
Lynn Wiley
800-333-7958
703-993-4496

Region 5
VDOE T/TAC at JMU
Dianne Koontz Lowman
Cheryl Henderson
888-205-4824
540-568-6746
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

PIW / pm

Attachments:

a. Initial Application for Inclusive Placement Opportunities for Preschoolers 2009-2010 (Word)
b. Reviewer’s Scoring Guide for Inclusive Placement Opportunities for Preschoolers LTTA Planning Proposals (Word)
c. Virginia’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (PDF)
d. Roles and Responsibilities of IPOP Team Lead/Coach (PDF)