ttac green          Link Lines

Virginia Department of Education
Training & Technical Assistance Center 

William & Mary Logo
Join Our Mailing List

An Overview of Secondary Transition Requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act of 2004
November 11, 2009 &
February 10, 2010
Planning for a Brighter Future Regional Institute
November 19,
December 1, & 16, 2009
Skill Building Institutes
December 2, 2009
March 3, 2010
From Indifference to Empowerment: Preparing Students to Lead Self-Determined Lives
February 17
Leadership Series for Administrators: Preparing Leaders for Effective Special Education
December 16, 2009
January 20, 2010
February 24, 2010
Mission Possible:
Proven Practices for Successful Inclusion
January 8, 2010
Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities Symposium
March 27, 2010
Click here for more details
VDOE Updates
October is Virginia Disability History & Awareness Month
click here for details

Inclusive School Week is December 7-11, 2009
Click here for celebration awareness materials

VDOE Webinars

Click here for details

Quick Links
Link Lines
Useful Links
William & Mary Logo
School of Education
Interested in a graduate program or a course?
Contact Sharon deFur

WM Logo

Funded by:
Visit Our Sponsor Website


Keep Running Successfully in the Learning Marathon: Evidence-Based Practices
Can Make the Difference

By Denyse Doerries, Ph.D., and Lori Korinek, Ph.D.
Whether we want improved outcomes in running, health care, or special educatiMarathonon we need to find and apply interventions that have the greatest likelihood of positive results. Evidence-based and promising practices identified by various professional organizations give educators a head start in their race to help students succeed. Read this article to increase your chances of instructional success.
Click to read full article
Beyond Co-Teaching:  Considering
Supplementary Aids and Services

By Cathy Buyrn, M.S. Ed.
Co-taught classrooms are great options for students with disabilities but they aren't appropriate for every student.  Many students with disabilities can access general education settings with a variety of supplementary aids and services.  Learn how to maximize options by exploring resources focused on the creative use of a full range of supplementary aids and services. (Firefox is the recommended browser for viewing article)
A "Ning," a "Gaggle," and November
By Mary Murray Stowe, M.Ed.
Create a Ningfree, by-invitation-only site where your students can explore information of your choosing and interact with only you and their classmates.   With the Ning, possibilities abound for communication between you, your students, and their parents.  Web-based accommodations are more easily accessible for your students as well.  This article presents clear information for setting up your unit within the Ning and locating web resources.
Click here for full article
Transition Time
Creating Powerful Partnerships Between Schools and Community Services Boards (CSBs)
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 posed describe how schools may create powerful partnerships with these agencies to facilitate the smooth transition of students with disabilities from school to adult life. Mary Ann Bergeron, executive director of the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards (CSBs), was interviewed for this article.
Click here for full article
Family Partnerships:
Creating Powerful Partnerships Between Families and the   Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center

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 individuals with disabilities. In this issue, Cherie Takemoto, executive director of the Virginia Parent Educational Advocacy Center (PEATC), describes how families can create powerful partnerships with her agency to support education and community involvement for youth with disabilities.
Click here for full article
Continuing the Partnership: Building on Your Good Day Plan Through a Scaffolded Writing Strategy
By Elaine Gould, M.Ed., and Butler Knight, Ed.S.
This is the second in a series of four articles about teaching students to (a) be more self-determined, (b) become more engaged in learning, and (c) eliminate the need to resort to negative behavior. This article highlights an instructional strategy that educators can use to teach the writing process while imbedding instruction of self-determination skills that students need to be successful in school.
Click here for full article
Frontloading Vocabulary in Core Content Classes: Instructional Strategies
Mary Murray Stowe, M.Ed.

"Frontloading" or preteaching vocabulary is an excellent before-reading instructional strategy to facilitate student comprehension.  Several evidence-based instructional strategies are available to frontload targeted vocabulary, thereby enhancing opportunities for student success in core content.  This article highlights some of those strategies.
Click here for full article
Check it Out!

The following materials are available to individuals in Superintendents Regions 2 and 3 on loan from the T/TAC College of 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.


Power Tools for Adolescent Literacy: Strategies for Learning

By Jan Rozzelle and Carol Scearce

RTI in Middle and High School: Strategies and Structures for Literacy Success

By Denise P. Gibbs

Towards Inclusive Schools

By Catherine Clark, Alan Dyson, and Alan Millward

Differentiating Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities

By William N. Bender

Including Students with Special Needs: A Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers

By Marilyn Friend and William D. Bursuck

The T/TAC Library Announces
Blackberry and iPhone  Access
iphoneTo search the T/TAC Library on your phone, follow a few easy steps.
  1. Enter on your phone browser. This will bring up the login page.
  2. Enter the name of our library TACLIB . Do not enter an optional password. Then press the Sign-in button.
You are now in the main search page of the T/TAC Library. You may now find the call reference number and book title for the item you wish to borrow. Please email your request and contact information to our librarian at
Using Lexiles to Improve Reading and Literacy
Parents and teachers can learn how to help students select books that match their reading level by using Lexile measures.  Detailed information, a user-friendly calculator, and conversion tables are now available from the Virginia Department of Education.
William & Mary Logo
Coming Soon!
Building Partnerships for Learning: A Conversation with Jim Knight
Click here for podcasts