Superintendent’s Memo #299-13

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

November 8, 2013

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Effective Strategies for Students with Learning and Behavior Problems

The Virginia Department of Education in collaboration with Old Dominion University has created a series of evidence-based online modules for use by school divisions.

This twenty-five module series provides information in the area of specific behavior strategies at both the elementary and secondary level, along with a summary of the supporting research.

The modules can be found at T/TAC Online at

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact Ellen J. Harrison, educational specialist, Office of Special Education Instructional Services, via e-mail at or telephone (804) 225-2709.

The list of the modules covered is as follows:

Clear Rules and Expectations Module 1
Behavior Contracts Module 2
Precorrection Module 3
Choice Making Opportunities for Students Module 4
Self-Monitoring of Student Academic Performance Module 5
Self-Monitoring of Non-Academic Behavior Module 6
Conflict Resolution Module 7
Anger Management Module 8
Cooperative Learning Module 9
Establishing a Positive Teaching and Learning Environment Module 10
Developing a Function Based Intervention Module 11
A Behavior Support Plan Module 12
Strategies that are Respectful of Gender, Cultural and Linguistic Differences Module 13
A System of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Module 14
Crisis Management Module 15
Academic Supports and Curricular/Instructional Modifications Module 16
Specialized Instruction to Promote Learning and Study Skills Module 17
Social Skills as Part of Class Instruction Module 18
Peer Reinforcement to Promote Appropriate Student Behavior Module 19
Peer-Mediated Intervention to Promote Positive Behavior Skills Module 20
Peer Instructional Supports Module 21
Group-Oriented Contingency Management Module 22
Developing a Transition Plan Module 23
Data Collection, Graphing, and Analysis for Intervention Plans Module 24
Mental Health Services as Student Support Module 25