COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
April 22, 2016
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
I am pleased to announce that the Virginia Department of Education Office of Special Education Instructional Services, in collaboration with James Madison University (JMU), will offer the Early Childhood Special Education Curriculum Framework Content Teaching Academy (CTA). This Academy will provide teachers with knowledge and skills to plan and deliver effective instruction that will enable all students to progress towards positive outcomes. Participants will learn how assessment and curriculum are linked in a continuous cycle that informs instructional decisions and monitors student progress. Strategies will be provided to help teachers implement the preschool curriculum framework into classroom practices.
The Early Childhood Special Education Curriculum Framework Academy is for all early childhood special education teachers serving young children ages two-five. It is also appropriate for early childhood teachers serving students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Early childhood special education and/or early childhood teachers who are a team, teach in the same school, or teach in the same division are encouraged to attend together.
Topics will include:
The CTA will run from June 27 – June 29, 2016, at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis with space limited to 50 educators. The Virginia Department of Education will assume the cost of registration, lodging, and meals.
To register and for more detailed information regarding this professional development opportunity, please visit the CTA Web site at http://www.jmu.edu/contentacademy/. If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Dawn Hendricks, early childhood special education coordinator, Office of Special Education Instructional Services, by e-mail at Dawn.Hendricks@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2675.