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Nov. 11-15, 2013  

VDOE released

 web-based professional development modules on the topic of behavior management covering 25 evidence-based practices for elementary and secondary age levels. The modules are available at

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Using Formative Assessment to Inform

the Use of Evidence-Based Strategies

By Debbie Grosser, M.Ed. 

Evidence-based strategies are needed to support the progress of students with disabilities in the general education curriculum.  The selection of these strategies must be based upon assessment data.  Formative assessment is ongoing and provides up-to-the-moment data that enhance teaching and learning.  Read more to learn about formative assessment and how assessment data can be used to inform teaching and learning.  

Remove the Barriers of Time and Space:

Strategies for Effective Co-Planning 

By Butler Knight, Ed.S. and Lee Anne Sulzberger, M.Ed. 

A search for the term "collaboration" in the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) database reveals nearly 25,000 articles.  More than 5,000 of them were published since 2009.  If collaboration is so important, how can we make the most of planning opportunities? Click here to discover efficient strategies that break the barriers of time and space and enhance precious co-planning time.

 The Data Key: Unlocking Evidence-Based Instruction

By Denyse Doerries, Ph.D. and Fritz Geissler, M.Ed. 

Accurate and efficient data analysis is critical to instructional decision-making that increases student achievement. A team approach to analyzing data provides an opportunity for teachers to share their skills and expertise to ensure selection of appropriate instructional strategies for students. This article provides the basis for this important collaboration.  Read more

Instructional Match as an Effective Behavioral Intervention

By Elaine Gould, M.Ed.

Are there students in your class who frequently engage in off-task behavior? Do they attempt to disengage or require intensive support during instruction or while completing academic tasks? Off-task behaviors can interrupt individual student learning as well as cause disruptions to the learning of others. This article describes ways in which teachers can adjust the difficulty of academic assignments to build students' confidence and increase the likelihood that they will be successful and on task. Read more

Making the Most of Questioning Techniques:

Moving Students Forward to Deeper Learning
By Mary Murray Stowe, M.Ed.

Strategic questioning techniques may be one of the most effective and powerful tools for assisting students in deeply comprehending text and developing critical metacognitive skills.  Development of questioning skills is a critical component within the Virginia English Standards of Learning endorsing this.  Read more

Win/Win When Writing: Grade Less to Learn More

By Donni Davis-Perry, M.Ed.

Interested in learning how to focus writing lessons to increase skill?  Learn a new approach that involves grading 20% of student work to concentrate student learning on specific writing dimensions. Read more

VDOE Update 

Dr. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) released a memorandum to the Division of Superintendents explaining the Federal Guidance Regarding Bullying of Students with Disabilities.  Click the links below for more information: 

- Superintendent's Memo

- "Dear Colleague" letter from the US Department of Education

- Effective Evidence-based Practices for Preventing and Addressing Bullying 


The VDOE webisite provides resources on Prevention Strategies and Programs for Bullying Prevention. Youth Summit (2013) Leaders and participants discuss bullying and harassment in the I'm Determined Project's new film (also featured on this webpage). The film can be shown to students and used to begin important conversations around bullying.