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 2011 W&M Symposium on Professional Collaboration and Inclusive Education

Oct.  27 & 28


The Student as Navigator: Empowering Students to Lead Self-Determined Lives

October 11, 2011


Leadership Series for Administrators:
 Preparing Effective Leaders for Special Education (PLESE)

Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 13 


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Brighter Future: Designing Transition IEPs for Secondary Students with Disabilities

Nov. 1, 9, and 16


Transition Practitioners' Council

Nov. 2 


Everyone Deserves a Bright Future: Designing Transition IEPs for Students with Severe Disabilities

Nov. 29, Dec. 7 & 15



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September/October 2011


 Ensuring a Successful School Year for All Students
By Sue Land, M.Ed.

"Happy new year!" In September, teachers and students alike begin the school year with high expectations for a successful year with positive outcomes. How can schools ensure a great start and maintain this tide of positive energy throughout the year? This September/October issue of T/TAC Link Lines includes articles and resources to help educators start the year off strong and keep the successes coming!  Read more  

Standards-based IEPs:
A New Opportunity for Collaboration

By Fritz Geissler, M. Ed.  

When it comes to appliances, the choice of calling for an expert makes much more sense (unless you know exactly what you are doing). But what happens in schools? When teachers aren't certain about something in their classrooms, do they collaborate to plan or problem solve?   

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A Look in the Mirror: "Polishing"  

Inclusive Practices with Self-Reflection

By Lee Anne Sulzberger, M.Ed.
Many people feel uncomfortable seeing themselves on video or hearing a recording of their voices; however, most of us don't think twice about glancing at our reflections in the mirror before walking out the door to make sure we look our best. How can teachers use the practice of "glancing in the mirror" to reflect upon and refine their inclusive practices? Click here to get a list of questions that you can use to help you reflect upon the inclusive practices that are in place in your classroom.  
Simplicity, Harmony, and Opportunity: Strategies
That Support Students' Mental Health  

By Elaine Gould, M.Ed. 
An increasing number of school-aged children are suffering from mental health difficulties. Teachers are in a unique position to promote the healthy development of their students' emotional wellbeing (Hornby & Atkinson, 2003). This article explores some strategies for creating classroom environments that support the mental health of all students.  Read more

The Role of Technology in the Education of Students

With Disabilities in the Least Restrictive Environment

  By Dale Pennell, C.A.S. 

This article explores the significant role that supplementary aids and services, especially technology, play in educating students in the least restrictive environments. Illustrations clarify the blurring lines between mainstream and assistive technologies that support students with disabilities in general education classrooms, other education-related settings, and in extracurricular and nonacademic settings. Read more

Designing Interventions: The Chicken or the Egg?

By Donni Davis-Perry, M.Ed.

The classic chicken-and-egg debate plays out in classrooms as teachers determine the academic areas in which their students require immediate support. In addition, teachers must establish the relationships among their students' multiple learning needs. So, which should come first - a student's difficulty with passage comprehension or the student's deficit in accurate decoding? What is the relationship between comprehension and decoding skills? The first skill on which the teacher chooses to focus is critical when designing effective interventions. Read more 

Featured Applications: Calendars and
Task Management Tools  

By Cathy Buyrn, M.Ed.

Check out our new Featured Applications section to discover technology tools you may already have at your fingertips but not are fully using to maximize your own productivity and build students' skills for a tech-savvy world. Start off the school year with calendar and task management applications to ensure an organized and productive year. Read more 

Teaching Morphology: Enhancing Vocabulary Development and Reading Comprehension

By Mary Murray Stowe, M.Ed.

Decoding and vocabulary development are pivotal to developing strong reading skills. Morphology, in turn, is a critical element of successful vocabulary development and accurate decoding. Awareness of morphology has been shown to be a strong indicator of and positive influence upon reading comprehension (Soifer, 2005). Nagy (2007) proposed that teaching morphological awareness and decoding in school may be the way to narrow the achievement gap for children whose families differ in education and income levels, as well as ethnic or racial backgrounds. Read More