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20th Annual W&M Symposium
"Powerful Partnerships: Connecting for Student Success"
October 27, 2009
Skill Building Institutes
September 23, 2009
December 2, 2009
March 3, 2010
Evidence-Based Strategies to Increase the Graduation Rate
September 25, 2009
Transition Practitioners' Council (TPC)
October 15, 2009
Evidence-Based Reading Strategies to Support Inclusive Practices
November 18, 2009
Mission Impossible: Proven Practices for Successful Inclusion
January 8, 2010
Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities Symposium
March 27, 2010
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September/October 2009

Are YOU Well Connected?
By Lori Korinek, Ph.D., and Sue Land, M.Ed.
Would others describe you as "well connected"? Do you know why, to whom, how, and when to connect? Can you use your connections to accomplish great things? This article will help you assess your "connections quotient" and provide tips to make the most of your collaborative support networks. 
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Teaching Plane Figures: The Geometry Strategies
 for Middle School T/TAC Considerations Packet
By Donni Davis-Perry, M.Ed. 
This article highlights research-based strategies for teaching plane figures from the T/TAC W&M Consideration Packet Geometry Strategies for Middle School. The geometry strategies in the complete packet address teaching perimeter and area, geometric solids, and transformations. Directions for how to access the complete Considerations Packet as well as packets on additional topics are provided in the article.
Family Partnerships:
Creating Powerful Partnerships Between Families and the Partnership for People with Disabilities
By Debbie Grosser, M.Ed., and Dale Pennell, C.A.S.
This is the first in a four-part series of interviews with leaders of agencies that serve individuals with disabilities. In this issue Fred Orelove, Ph.D., executive director of the Virginia Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University, describes how families can create powerful partnerships with his agency to support education and community involvement for youth with disabilities.
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Transition Time: Creating Powerful Partnerships Between Schools and the
Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS)

By Debbie Grosser, M.Ed., and Dale Pennell, C.A.S.
This is the second in a four-part series of interviews with leaders of agencies that serve persons with disabilities. Responses to the questions describe how schools may create powerful partnerships with these agencies to facilitate smooth transitions from school to adult life for students with disabilities. James Rothrock, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, was interviewed for this article.
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Partnering to Build "Good Day Plans" for Students
By Eliane Gould, M.Ed., and Butler Knight, Ed.S.
If you have ever wondered what your students need in order to have a good day, try asking them. This article explores how students and teachers can partner to develop a student's Good Day Plan, which includes strategies that will maximize a student's potential for being successful in school.
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The Planning Meeting Process
An Excerpt from the Considerations Packet,
Co-Planning for Student Success
By Tina Spencer, M.S.
Planning time with your co-teacher is valuable. Don't waste that valuable time! Explore a process for efficient and effective planning. This excerpt from the Considerations Packet entitled "Co-Planning for Student Success" informs co- teaching partners of their roles and responsibilities before planning, during planning, and after co-teaching lessons. 
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It's a Wiki Wonderland!
By Fritz Geissler
Finding time to collaborate and plan with colleagues is like looking for that proverbial needle in the haystack. Once you find the time, staying on task can be equally difficult.  What if you could collaborate at a time that works best for you?  For both of you?  Welcome to wiki.   
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Check it Out!
The following materials are available to individuals in Regions 2 and 3 on loan from the T/TAC William and Mary lending library. These resources are companions to the articles in this issue of Link Lines, providing more in-depth coverage on the topics in the newsletter.

Web 2.0, New Tools, New School
By Lynne Schrum and Gwen Soloman

Self-Determination Instructional and Assessment Strategies
By Michael Wehmeyer and Sharon Field
Adult Agencies: Linkages for Adolescents in Transition
By Gary Cozzens, Carol Dowdy, and Tom E.C. Smith 

Collaborative Teaming
By Martha E. Snell and Rachel Janney
Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics
By John Van de Walle and Lou Ann Lovin

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