Initiatives

Training & Technical Assistance Center at Old Dominion University
Training & Technical Assistance at Old Dominion University
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Training & Technical Assistance at Old Dominion University

T-TAC ODU provides quality training and technical assistance to educators in response to local, regional, and state needs in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The center strives to improve educational opportunities for children with developmental delays and disabilities including individuals with intellectual disabilities (through age 21). T-TAC ODU also provides training and support to teachers regarding assistive technology that will assist students with communication needs and provide access to the general education curriculum. Services at T-TAC ODU are generally free of charge and are designed to meet the needs of special education professionals in Regions 2 and 3.

Center for Social Behavior Supports
Center for Social Behavior Supports (US DOE PBIS Center Grant)
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Center for Social Behavior Supports (US DOE PBIS Center Grant)

The Center for Social Behavior Support (CSBS) provides support for sustainable PBIS implementation through training, coaching, and technical assistance to education systems to include states agencies, school districts, Pre-K-12 schools, alternative education, juvenile justice, and other organizations. CSBS is a partner with the OSEP funded National PBIS Technical Assistance Center and aims to develop the capacity of schools to prevent problem behaviors, promote positive school culture, and to evaluate the impact on both social and academic success of all youth, including those with the highest level of need.

Virginia Tiered System of Supports
Virginia Tiered Systems of
Supports (Evaluation and Leadership)
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Virginia Tiered Systems of
Supports (Evaluation and Leadership)

CIEES faculty members serve as program evaluator for the VTSS initiative with faculty members actively participating in VTSS state leadership, evaluation, and implementation teams. The VTSS training curriculum first focuses on core curriculum and systems building for universal supports. Then, advanced tier supports are layered into implementation, aligning what LEAs already have in place and filling identified gaps. As part of the evaluation process, CIEES evaluations the high quality of VTSS professional development. The VTSS approach allows LEAs, schools, and communities to provide multiple levels of supports to students in a more effective and efficient, clearly defined process.

Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
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Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program

The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Programs (CSEEP) provide a readily accessible path to full licensure for provisionally licensed special education teachers and other qualified school personnel to ensure a high-quality education for Virginia's children with disabilities.

Office of Student Services Learning and Resource Center
Virginia Career and Learning Resource Center for School Mental Health Professionals
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Virginia Career and Learning Resource Center for School Mental Health Professionals

The VDOE Office of Student Services has developed a one-stop professional development and resource collection for specialized instructional support personnel such as school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, school nurses, and administrators. Learning modules include Mental Health in Schools, Chronic Absenteeism, Defusing Disruptive Behavior, and Refining Your Toolkit. Resources are available for school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, and school nurses.

Office of Dispute Resolution and Administrative Services
Understanding the Regulations Governing the Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Elementary and Secondary Schools in Virginia
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Understanding the Regulations Governing the Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Elementary and Secondary Schools in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Education's Office of Dispute Resolution and Administrative Services presents series of modules to inform Virginia school personnel on the Regulations Governing the Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools in Virginia. There are 5 modules and a cumulative quiz that will provide a certificate of completion.

Virginia Department of Education
Virginia is For Learners Virginia Department of Education
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Virginia is For Learners Virginia Department of Education

The Office of STEM and Innovation at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) partnered with the Center for Implementation and Evaluation of Education Systems (CIEES) at Old Dominion University to develop a series of asynchronous learning modules, videos, and resources to support the effective delivery of virtual instruction. This professional development website offers research-based guidance to support school leaders, educators, and key staff in navigating both blended and fully online environments.