The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) began to develop model Instructional Consultation Team (ICT) sites in 1999. Instructional Consultation Teams are designed to enhance, improve, and increase student and staff performance through professional development and a collaborative problem-solving process that includes a case management model. An integral part of the problem-solving process is the instructional assessment. This assessment identifies students' instructional levels by determining what students know, what they can do, and how they approach new material. Teachers learn to match the assessment results to appropriate evidence-based instructional strategies, to set instructional goals and to monitor student progress.
Schools participating in the ICT initiative receive intensive professional development from regional (VDOE) Training and Technical Assistance Centers (T/TAC) beginning with a three-day overview of initial implementation. Continued professional development includes a series of workshops and monthly on-site consults that consist of modeling, coaching and team consultation.
Schools interested in additional information about the ICT initiative in this area should contact [[dagro2, Debbie Grosser]].