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Description: The Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) program seeks to empower young people with developmental and other disabilities to further develop their leadership skills. Students, serving as Delegates from communities throughout Virginia, participate in a wide range of activities and learning experiences during this summer program set on a university campus. Delegates will learn directly from peer mentors and successful adult role models while they work on their own personal leadership plans, improve their...
Description: On behalf of the Department of Education, I am pleased to announce that nominations for the 2018 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards are now being accepted.  The awards recognize the outstanding efforts of Virginia’s volunteers.  Nominations are open to small businesses, corporations, community groups, individuals and families that exemplify extraordinary volunteerism and community service. I encourage you to consider nominating an individual, student,...
Description: The Governor of Virginia, Terence R. McAuliffe, the Virginia Board of Education and the Virginia Department of Education recognize November 2017 as Family Engagement In Education Month and encourage local school officials to develop plans and policies to enhance parental engagement in their children’s schools, lives, and in the education community. The attachments listed below include: The Governor's Certificate of Recognition (November 2017 as Family Involvment in Education Month) The...
Description: Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation. Additional Resource: Engage families for anywhere, anytime learning, Heather B. Weiss and M. Elena Lopez Phi Delta Kappan, April 2015 96: 14-19. Abstract: As society expects children and youth today to explore content-area topics in depth and to develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills,...
Description: Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - September 2017
Description: Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - September 2017
Description: Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - September 2017
Description: Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - September 2017
Description: Welcoming all families into the school community—Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class.  (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 are posted separately.) *Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - September 2017
Description: Background and Purpose The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires states to report state-level and division-level data on the performance of students with disabilities on several indicators. The IDEA also requires reports on progress toward meeting state targets, as described in the state’s Special Education State Performance Plan.  Virginia did not meet the targets set for Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) placement.  Review of school divisions’ LRE...
Description: Vision SADD envisions a world in which young people make positive decisions that advance their health and safety. Mission SADD’s mission is to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives.We accomplish this by creating, equipping, and sustaining a network of student-run chapters in schools and communities focused on peer-to-peer education. SADD fosters a sense of belonging and promotes resiliency,...
Description: Do you have a child with special needs?  Precious Time is a pediatric respite care program that provides caregivers a break. Precious Time is a program coordinated by the James Madison University Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services. The success of Precious Time depends on community support and student service. Whether you are a family caregiver, a community member, or a student, you can be part of the Claude Moore Precious Time Program. Precious Time provides the families...
Description: Learn how to get the most from a parent-teacher conference attending the meeting with your partner, emailing any concerns to the teacher in advance, bringing an action plan, and, of course, thanking the teacher. Parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should do more than listen, nod, and smile during a parent-teacher conference. We are an equal and essential part of the equation, and we should actively participate, especially when the conversation turns to school...
Description: The Code of Virginia at § 22.1-217.01 was amended and requires school boards to annually post information on school division websites and to inform the parents of students who are identified as hearing or visually impaired of its availability as follows: “The Department of Education shall annually prepare and distribute to local school boards packets of information describing the educational and other services available through the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, the...
Description: This is a new program in the Culpeper/Orange area that provides therapeutic riding.
Description: Table of Contents Aiming to Reduce Time-In-Cell Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities Prison Project (AVID Prison Project) ASERT Collaborative Assessing the Use of Law Enforcement by Youth Residential Service Providers Assisting Victims & Witnesses with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System: A Curriculum for Law Enforcement Officers (with Trainer's Guide) Autism Awareness Training for New Mexico Firefighters, Paramedics, EMTs, Police Officers and other First Responders Autism...
Description: Autism Speaks provides a list of safety products, including: Safety Teaching Stories from Twigtale Life Journey through Autism: A Guide to Safety from the Organization for Autism Research Alert Me Bands AMBER Alert GPS Angel Guard AngelSense Autism ID Card Autism Safety Initiative AWAARE: Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education Collaboration BE SAFE The Movie (BSTM) And many more...
Description: This section provides information on assessment and eligibility determination guidelines to special education professionals who work with English Learners. These guidelines can be used where traditional evaluation procedures may not be appropriate and are based on specific aspects of diversity such as race, culture, the acculturation process, high mobility among families and poverty rates. This includes “Effective Communication with English Learner Parents through an...
Description: The Department of Defense, in collaboration with the National Center for Interstate Compacts and the Council of State Governments has developed an interstate compact that addresses the educational transition issues of children of military families. Currently all 50 States and the District of Columbia participate in the interstate compact that provide a uniform policy platform for resolving the challenges experienced by military children. It is estimated that the average military family moves...
Description: These standards offer a framework for how families, schools, and communities should work together to support student success. (Potential Resources for National PTA Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 are posted separately.)
Description: Being a parent is the most wonderful—and hardest—job in the world. If you have a child with special needs, your job is no less wonderful, but it can be more complicated. Your child’s education is most likely an area of great interest to you. As a child with a disability, he or she may be eligible for special education services in school. If so, then it will be important for you to learn: more about special education; how special education services can support your child; and...
Description: Let’s work together to make this school year a little less stressful for parents and teachers alike. These free resources are designed to help parents make the most of conversations with their child’s teacher this year, and every year.
Description: Launched in February 2003, Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement. Ready asks individuals to do four key things: (1) stay informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) build...
Description: The DEA and Discovery Education have joined forces to combat a growing epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use nationwide. Operation Prevention's mission is to educate students about the true impacts of opioids and kick-start lifesaving conversations in the home and classroom. Operation Prevention's classroom resources provide educators with engaging tools that are aligned to national health and science standards and integrate seamlessly into classroom instruction. Through a series...
Description: This is a post by Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty, mother to two sons on the autism spectrum and an Autism Family Partner at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Summer vacation is ending all too fast, and before we know it those bright yellow school busses will be darting through our neighborhoods and a new school year will commence. Moving to a different classroom, grade, or school can be stressful for any child; for those on the autism spectrum, handling anxiety about the...
Description: The end-of-summer countdown has begun, and while most kids aren't thrilled with the prospect of going back to school, the transition can be especially tough for those with autism. Three experts share their best tips for making the process smoother—for children of all ages. If your child is in elementary school … If your child is in middle school … If your child is in high school …
Description: Fourteen invaluable tools — checklists, charts, worksheets, letters, parent-teacher conversation starters, and more — to help you and your child team up with teachers for a successful school year. Dear Teacher, Please Meet My Child: A Sample Letter for Parents What I Wish My Teachers Knew About Me: A Free Template for Kids What Every Teacher Should Know About ADHD: A Free Handout Help Your Child’s Peers ‘Get’ ADHD: A Free Guide for Parents 7 Parent-Teacher...
Description: The road to adulthood for youth with disabilities is filled with opportunity, and parents play a key role. PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment is ready with the information families want, presented in a way families can use. Founded in 2014, PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment builds on PACER’s decades of experience providing high quality assistance and support to parents, youth, and professionals on transition topics. This...
Description: They say home is where the heart is… but an inaccessible home can easily break your heart. This month we’re focusing on ways to help you fall back in love with your home by improving access. From the techie overhaul, to the classic remodel to the DIY home hacker, there’s more than one way to modernize the home of your dreams. The Bathroom Conundrum To remodel or not to remodel? That is the question, and Richard Holicky has an answer. The Historic Remodel Mark Smith...
Description: My Parent Journey blog post by Jon Morin Apr 27, 2017 Because of our older son’s high test scores and big vocabulary, his teachers have often suggested that he be placed in gifted and talented (GT) classes. But since he also has issues with executive functioning, social skills and learning, it’s not that simple. Back when he was 8, my son got his first IEP. The school recommended that he be placed in a self-contained class to help with his meltdowns and difficult behavior. Although...
Description: This web app provides online resources to help famililies raising children and youth in foster care and kinship care, where children and youth are brought up by non-birth parent relatives. The following topics are covered: Trying to Enroll a Child in School? Concerned about Learning or School? Concerned about Mental Health or Behaviors? Need Public Benefits? Concerned about Transitions Through School and After? Concerned about Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs? Involved in the Court...
Description: Student-directed IEPs are quickly gaining momentum in schools across the country—the proven benefits include higher academic achievement, enhanced student motivation, and increased communication and self-advocacy skills for students with disabilities. Now for the first time, there's a book that gives elementary and high school educators in-depth how-to guidance on making student-directed IEPs work for students with a range of special needs. Packed with practical advice, helpful examples,...
Description: Guardian ad litem (GAL) literally means “guardian for the suit.” A guardian ad litem in Virginia is an attorney appointed by a judge to assist the court in determining the circumstances of a matter before the court. It is the fundamental responsibility of the guardian ad litem to provide independent recommendations to the court about the client’s best interests, which can be different from advocating for what the client wants, and to bring balance to the decision-making...
Description: This manual is a resource book that contains basic information, guidelines, and recommendations for establishing and enhancing a school health program. It reflects a growing emphasis on the role of school health in prevention of disease and health promotion and wellness for students. The purpose of this manual is to provide guidelines for local school divisions to develop or strengthen their school health program at the individual, school program, or community level. These guidelines are...
Description: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Youth Program provides services to disconnected youth, ages 14-21, who face barriers to employment. Youth gain access to WIOA services through local youth WIOA program providers throughout the state. By bringing together local youth WIOA program providers, public service agencies, community organizations, businesses and others; our approach ensures coordination of youth funds and services in the community, and creates a youth services...
Description: As you get older, you’re able to start making your own decisions about a lot of things that matter most to you. You may choose your own clothes, music, and friends. You also may be ready to make decisions about your body and health. Making healthy decisions about what you eat and drink, how active you are, and how much sleep you get is a great place to start. Here you’ll learn how your body works—how your body uses the food and drinks you consume and how being active may help...
Description: Project LIFE (Living Independently, Focusing on Empowerment) helps youth in Virginia succeed when they age out of foster care. We do that by helping youth directly and by supporting the professionals who work with them. Our services help youth in foster care avoid homelessness, helplessness and hopelessness. Instead, they have the knowledge and support they need to get jobs, continue school, live decently and give back to their communities. While youth are in foster care, decisions are often...
Description: Virginia's Medicaid Managed Care program is here to help you choose the best health plans and providers for you and your family. Contact our Managed Care HelpLine.  We can help! Toll-free number: 1-800-643-2273TTY: 1-800-817-6608Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. We can speak with you in other languages.
Description: This includes: LONG-TERM CARE RESOURCES & GUIDEBOOKS LTC DIVISION MEDICAID FACT SHEETS AND RELATED DOCUMENTS PHONE NUMBERS FOR MEDICAID RECIPIENTS: PURPOSE OF THE DIVISION OF LONG-TERM CARE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE DIVISION OF LONG TERM CARE AGING AND MEDICAL SERVICES DISABILITY AND SUPPORT SERVICES (at DBHDS for program operational management) DATA AND QUALITY MANAGEMENT REVIEW WAIVER OPERATIONS & CONTRACTS REGULATORY FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES LTC RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE...
Description: Great Expectations is a nationally recognized program that helps Virginia’s foster youth earn the postsecondary credentials they need to achieve an independent and successful life. Great Expectations is currently available at 18 of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Great Expectations was created in 2008 as a partnership between Virginia’s Community Colleges and philanthropists supporting the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. The program launched at five Virginia...
Description: CASA is the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program. CASA is a child advocacy organization that seeks to provide trained volunteers to speak for abused and neglected children who are the subjects of juvenile court proceedings. CASA volunteers advocate for safe, permanent homes for children. CASA began in 1977 in Seattle, Washington by Judge David Soukup who saw the need for more information on cases involving children in his court. The social services and legal systems were overburdened and...
Description: This includes: About Services for Older Youth & Independent Living Overview Eligibility, Services, Guidance & Procedures Educational Opportunities Community College Tuition Grant Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) Great Expectations Video Modules- Module 1: What is a Transition Plan and why should I do one? Module 2: Who is involved in Transition Planning? Module 3: How do I develop a Transition Plan? Module 4: What do I need to know to effectively plan for myself? Module 5: What...
Description: The Department of Juvenile Justice operates and is responsible for the vast majority of local Court Service Units (often known as juvenile probation offices) across the Commonwealth, as well as the two state-operated Juvenile Correctional Centers, Beaumont and Bon Air. On any given day, the Department has somewhere between 4,500 and 5,000 youth under some kind of supervision, with more than 90 percent of those youth being supervised in their communities through diversion, probation or parole....
Description: There is a juvenile and domestic relations district court in each Virginia city and county. In Virginia, a juvenile is any person under 18 years of age. The juvenile and domestic relations district court hears all matters involving juveniles such as criminal or traffic matters. Juvenile delinquency cases are cases involving a minor under the age of 18 who has been accused of committing an offense that would be considered criminal if committed by an adult. Other juvenile offenses may be referred...
Description: VaLegalAid.org is a Virginia Partnership for Equal Justice Website Project. It is an ambitious attempt by Virginia legal aid offices and their partners to provide complete, accurate, up-to-date information on poverty law issues in an interactive and easily accessible format. The intent is to allow access to this information by legal aid attorneys, probono attorneys, clients, advocates and providers of services to legal aid's traditional client base. Pro Bono Net Pro Bono Net is a unique...
Description: The power to Elevate Virginia is rooted in the Commonwealth’s people and its businesses.  Whether it is the businesses that already call Virginia home or new companies considering a new location, the strength of the workforce is their primary concern.  Virginia’s future economic strength and global competitiveness depend on the readiness of a highly skilled and well-trained workforce to fill the increasingly complex jobs that mark the 21st century economy. Virginia’s...
Description: This is an alphabetical listed of Virginia School Divisions which includes contact information for the division and its staff.
Description: The mission of Virginia's public education system is to educate students in the fundamental knowledge and academic subjects that they need to become capable, responsible, and self-reliant citizens. Therefore, the mission of the Virginia Board of Education and the superintendent of public instruction, in cooperation with local school boards, is to increase student learning and academic achievement.
Description: This joint guidance document represents collaboration between the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) to implement the provisions of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Fostering Connections) to ensure school stability for children in foster care. This guidance applies to initial and subsequent residence placements while children are in foster care. Residence refers to foster care placement.
Description: The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act is a federal mandate that ensures school stability for children in out-of-home care. The act requires child welfare agencies (i.e., department of social services, child-placing agencies, etc.) to coordinate with local educational agencies (Iocal school divisions) to ensure educational stability for every child in foster care.  The Code of Virginia was amended in 2011 to mirror the educational stability component of the...