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Working Smarter,
Not Harder

Syms Middle School Collaborative Team Hampton City Schools 



 Teacher Collaboration for Effective Instruction
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Upcoming Events

 IEP Development and Progress Monitoring:  Translating Goal Setting, Social Skills' Assessment, and Targeted Interventions into Practice

Feb. 2, 2011


Imagine the Possibilities: Policies and Practices that
Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Billy K. Cannaday, Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Virginia
February 10, 2011

Save the Date
Say Yes to College
May 24-26, 2011


Old Dominion University, Norfolk


Registration will be available soon

on the T/TAC W&M professional development webisite


State-Wide Projects with the Training/Technical Assistance Centers (TTACs) 2010-11

Click here to see a complete list of state-wide projects with TTACs. Each project focuses on practices (e.g., instruction, behavior, transition) that assist students with disabilities in accessing and making progress in the general education curriculum within the least restrictive environment.


Click here to see the newly-released Standards-Based Individualized Education Program (IEP) guidance document

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February/March 2011                                            Facebook        

 Enhancing and Improving: Getting Even Better!
By Sue Land, M.Ed.

    Can you believe we have now entered a new year and you are beginning a long stretch of uninterrupted instructional time? Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your students' learning experiences with ideas highlighted in the February/March Link Lines. This issue of the newsletter is full of effective teaching strategies and helpful resources to keep you going through the long winter. Read more

  Spicing up Your Instructional Repertoire:
Working Smarter, Not Harder

By Denyse Doerries, Ph.D., and Butler Knight, Ed.S.

     The ability to behave appropriately, communicate effectively, and make good decisions has a significant positive relationship with academic success. Spice up your instructional repertoire by adding prompting and praise to your routines and procedures. Read more to find out how to incorporate these strategies into your social skill instruction.  Read more

Do One Thing Today to Unleash the

Leadership Potential in Your School

By Lee Anne Sulzberger, M.Ed.


    The list is long. Showing knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment; serving as a change agent; and evaluating the effectiveness of school practices are just some of the tasks school leaders must carry out (Cotton, 2003; Marzano, Waters, & McNulty, 2005). Click here to learn how "enabling others to act" (Kouzes & Posner, 2007) can help your school accomplish extraordinary things by unleashing the leadership potential of others. 

Reading + Writing = Stronger Literacy Skills

By Mary Murray Stowe, M.Ed.

    Writing can be an excellent instructional strategy to improve reading comprehension.  Writing to Read (Graham & Herbert, 2010), a report from the Carnegie Corporation of America, provides insight into the types of writing activities that have the strongest effect. Read more
Building Instructional Math Muscles: Balancing the
Content and Process Standards
By Cathy Buyrn, M.Ed.

     While exercising your instructional math muscles around specific content standards, remember to give equal workout time to the process standards. Strategic use of instructional activities designed to address the process standards provides students with the stamina needed to run mathematical marathons. Read more

Doing One Thing (DOT) to Step up Student Engagement:

Increasing Opportunities to Respond 

By Elaine Gould, M.Ed. 

    How can teachers decrease the rate of negative interactions with students who exhibit challenging behaviors in the classroom? How can teachers promote active student engagement in instruction? By increasing the rate of student opportunities to respond to instructional tasks, educators support the development of positive academic and social behaviors in the classroom. Read more to learn strategies to implement this effective practice in your classroom. 

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 indepth coverage on the topics in the newsletter. Click here and read more on page 16


Life After High School

By Susan Yellin and Christina Cacioppo Bertsch


Including Samuel

A Documentary by Dan Habib


Writing in Math Class: A Resource for Grades 2-8

By Marilyn Burns


The Co-Teaching Manual: How General Education and Special Education Teachers Work Together to Educate
Students in an Inclusive Classroom

By Dianne Basso and Natalie McCoy



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