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Helping Young Children Decide What To Be When They Grow Up Starts Early

John Almarode, Ph.D.

At first glance, the connection between the experiences in an early childhood center or classroom and the eventual career or occupational choice of an adult seems like a bit of a stretch. It is hard to imagine that what happens during circle time, a read aloud, or playtime likely has a strong influence on what children decide to be when they grow up.

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What Happens in Preschool to Make Children College and Career Ready?

Cathy Cook, M.Ed., Coordinator, VDOE Region 5 TTAC @ James Madison University

A preschool year “graduation” ceremony is the cutest thing ever to see! Little mortarboards and gowns on a four-year-old makes for an adorable celebration but, as any preschool teacher will tell you, the work that goes into preparing a child for kindergarten is more than pomp and circumstance. The majority of preschool children in the Commonwealth are in public preschool classrooms because of factors in their lives which put them at risk for failure in school. The risk factors that qualify a child for placement in public preschool vary depending on the funding sources, but these are our children who need early intervention and instruction the most.

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Reading and the 21st Century Student

Kandy Grant, M.Ed., Coordinator, VDOE Region 5 TTAC @ James Madison University

As we consider the demands on the 21st Century student, we recognize the necessity for effective reading skills. Students often make the assumption that reading is an automatic activity and that understanding will take place at the same time as the reading process (Peverly, Brobst, & Morris, 2002). However, the demand to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize written material makes the development of metacognitive skills imperative to student success. In order for information to be effectively ordered and processed, students have to be aware that a knowledge-gaining activity is occurring as they read.

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Mathematics: Helping Students Become Career and College Ready

Linda Hickey, M.Ed., Coordinator, VDOE Region 5 TTAC @ James Madison University

Whether students choose to pursue a college-based career or a vocational career, they will need to master the content of core academic subjects as well as develop life skills. The life skills of thinking critically, problem solving, and effective communication all evolve around a solid understanding of core content academics.

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Determining Individual Abilities of Students with Intellectual Disabilities to Assist Them to be College and Career Ready

Teresa Cogar, M.Ed., Coordinator, VDOE Region 5 TTAC @ James Madison University

The “buzz” lately has been, “How do we help our students with intellectual disabilities in Virginia close the achievement gap and assist them to be college and career ready?” Aligned Standards of Learning, evidence-based assessments, learning inventories, transition plans, and quality differentiated instruction are just a few pieces of the larger puzzle.

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Will Your Students Win the Race? How Being an Inclusive School May Help!

Lisa W. Norris, M.Ed., Coordinator, VDOE Region 5 TTAC @ James Madison University

As a 20-year veteran of middle level education, I've always believed that the middle school years are a pivotal point in any child's school success. It is a time when students need to feel like they belong, that their contributions are important, and that they can be successful. The following two research studies identify red flag indicators, as well as support strategies that can be put in place during these critical years, to make sure that our students will not only finish but actually win the race toward graduation and beyond.

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Today's Keys to Success

Judy Bland, M.A., Coordinator, VDOE Region 5 TTAC @ James Madison University

According to recent studies on the readiness of new entrants to the workforce, the following skills are the most needed in today's newest employees...

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