Inclusion/High-Leverage Practices (HLPs)

The TTAC staff is focused on inclusive practices as a VDOE priority initiative and implementing a more integrated approach by embedding effective practices, such as co-teaching strategies, High-Leverage Practices (HLPs), evidence-based practices for students with autism spectrum disorders and/or intellectual disabilities and tools used in I’m Determined, in the work we are doing with school divisions. Strategies and tools of inclusive practices, proven effective in promoting positive student outcomes, are included in professional learning (PL) sessions offered to school divisions in Region 4, particularly those school divisions participating in VTSS. VTSS systems coaches collaborate with division leadership staff to direct this work through the professional learning community (PLC) structure in a systematic way.  The integrated PL model is designed to affect sustainable, inclusive practices in our schools. Likewise, Family Engagement work is integrated throughout all initiatives to promote success for students by involving families in the process in meaningful ways.

The TTAC at GMU also hosts a Region 4 Community of Leaders in Autism (COLA), in collaboration with the Virginia Commonwealth University Autism Center for Excellence (VCU-ACE). This network of autism specialists meets face-to-face for professional learning in the fall and spring and monthly for "Coffee Chats," remote discussions for networking and virtual resource sharing on topics relevant to stakeholders.  As needed, Region 4 work groups or PLCs are offered to support understanding and implementation of VDOE revisions to the Aligned Standards of Learning 2020-2021, Alternative Assessment or Applied Studies Diploma.

Inclusion/High Leverage Practices
Contact
Catherine Creighton Martin

Coordinator
cmarti82@gmu.edu
703-993-4496

Autism
Contact
Karen Berlin, M.Ed.

Coordinator
kberlin@gmu.edu
703-993-4496

All of the following areas are considered an integral part of Inclusive Practices since resources noted involve effective use of specific strategies, practices and models that promote successful inclusion in schools and communities.

HLP #1

Collaboration 101

  • Session for teachers, school leaders to learn about HLP #1 & access pre-created materials from VDOE and CEEDAR Center
  • Supporting Session for school leaders, instructional coaches, mentor teachers to access pre-created materials from VDOE, CEEDAR Center and TTAC Region 4 to support teachers’ implementation of HLP #1, and teachers’ professional growth.

HLP #7

Establish a Consistent, Organized & Respectful Learning Environment

  • Session for teachers, school leaders to learn about HLP #7 & access pre-created materials from VDOE and CEEDAR Center
  • Supporting Session for school leaders, instructional coaches, mentor teachers to access pre-created materials from VDOE, CEEDAR Center and TTAC Region 4 to support teachers’ implementation of HLP #7, and teachers’ professional growth.

HLP #16, #8 & 22

Explicit Instruction (HLP #16) & Positive and Constructive Feedback that Motivates (HLP #8 & 22)

  • Session for teachers, school leaders to learn about HLP #16, #8 & 22 & access pre-created materials from VDOE and CEEDAR Center
  • Supporting Session for school leaders, instructional coaches, mentor teachers to access pre-created materials from VDOE, CEEDAR Center and TTAC Region 4 to support teachers’ implementation of HLP #16, #8 & 22, and teachers’ professional growth.

HLP #18

Active Engagement Strategies

  • Session for teachers, school leaders to learn about HLP #18 & access pre-created materials from VDOE and CEEDAR Center
  • Supporting Session for school leaders, instructional coaches, mentor teachers to access pre-created materials from VDOE, CEEDAR Center and TTAC Region 4 to support teachers’ implementation of HLP #18, and teachers’ professional growth.

HLP #17

Differentiate with Flexible Grouping

  • Session for teachers, school leaders to learn about HLP #17 & access pre-created materials from VDOE and CEEDAR Center
  • Supporting Session for school leaders, instructional coaches, mentor teachers to access pre-created materials from VDOE, CEEDAR Center and TTAC Region 4 to support teachers’ implementation of HLP #17, and teachers’ professional growth.

School Leaders

Strategies for Teacher Retention & Professional Growth with HLPs

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