Application of evidenced-based practices and instructional strategies associated with specific disability characteristics results in measurable positive outcomes for students.
GMU TTAC coordinators provide resources, professional learning, technical assistance, and facilitate communities of practice associated with VDOE initiatives that increase the capacity of school division personnel to apply meaningful, relevant, and researched instructional supports that promote student success for students with specific disabilities and learning needs.
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
The Community of Leaders in Autism (CoLA) is made up of regional school personnel who provide leadership in ASD within their division. Region 4 and 5 TTAC coordinators, in partnership with VCU-ACE, host virtual coffee chats on topics relevant to stakeholders and provide professional learning sessions in the fall and spring. The CoLA offers a sustained regional professional network for leaders in the field of autism to share experiences and learn from each other.
The Virginia Public Schools Behavior Analyst Network (VAPSBAN) promotes the growth of behavior analysis and provides on-going support for behavior analysts who work in public schools. The network is a VDOE collaborative effort with the TTACs and VCU-ACE to provide resources, monthly continuing education events, research, and professional learning opportunities for BCBAs in public schools at the state and regional level.
Virginia Essentialized Standards of Learning (VESOL) Regional Community of Practice
The VESOL Virtual Community of Practice (CoP) is a series of regional events to support educators in VESOL instruction. Each session provides guidance, tips and strategies as well as an opportunity to learn from the implementation experiences of other Region 4 educators.
Traumatic Brain Injury
"Traumatic brain injury" means an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external physical force or by other medical conditions, including stroke, anoxia, infectious disease, aneurysm, brain tumors, and neurological insults resulting from medical or surgical treatments, resulting in total or partial functional disability or psychosocial impairment, or both, that adversely affects a child's educational performance.
GMU TTAC provides resources for TBI Teams in Region 4 school divisions and throughout the Commonwealth.
- 2/27/2024, 3:30pm - 4:30pm: Region 4 VESOL Virtual Community of Practice: Feb. 27, 2024 (3:30-4:30pm), VDOE TTAC at GMU
The Virginia Commonwealth University-Autism Center for Excellence (VCU-ACE) provides educator and para-professional, resources, training, toolkits, research briefs and “how to” videos to improve services and supports for individuals with ASD.
VCU-ACE offers a self-paced online course that describes the primary characteristics of ASD and instructional support strategies.
The AFRIM modules provide step by step instruction and a process for planning, implementing, and monitoring evidence-based practices for learners with ASD.
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) offers guidelines and resources for educators providing instruction for learners with ASD.
VDOE offers guidance for educators regarding use of effective strategies and practices to meet the multifaceted needs of students with ASD in the educational setting.
VESOL and VAAP
TTAC online provides a comprehensive compilation of VESOL instructional resources including educator videos, crosswalks, and sample activities.
The VDOE Virginia Alternative Assessment Program provides teacher and family resources, administrative materials, sample items, test blueprints, archived modules, and webinars.
The Virginia Essentialized Standards of Learning (VESOL) are the revised academic content standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities who are enrolled in grades 3-8 and high school in Virginia.
VDOE provides answers to frequently asked VAAP questions from families.
VDOE provides a video for families explaining changes to the Virginia Alternative Assessment Program (VAAP).
Traumatic Brain Injury
The Brain Injury Association of Virginia is a statewide source of information and personal support for individuals, families, and professionals whose lives have been impacted by brain injury.
TTAC Online hosts a variety of resources for professionals and families about concussions and traumatic brain injury.
The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) provides English and Spanish fact sheets and a booklet with TBI information and resources.
The Virginia Concussion Initiative aims to protect and support all young minds by sharing knowledge, tools, and practical guidance that promotes the tailored implementation of concussion best practices in homes, schools, and communities.