Supported Employment in High School Course

Please widely share this free opportunity with your middle and high school special education teachers and other professionals who may be interested in supporting students with disabilities.

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ACT Streamlines Accommodations Eligibility Requirements for Students with IEPs, 504 Plans

Family Engagement Initiatives

Department of Special Education and Student Services Upcoming Family Engagement Initiatives

Openings for Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) Coach

The Partnership for People with Disabilities (School of Education) at Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia’s university center for excellence in developmental disabilities, is seeking a dynamic candidate for the role of Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) Coach, funded by the Virginia Department of Education.

Parent Ombudsman for Special Education

In response to the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission’s (JLARC’s) December 2020 study K–12 Special Education in Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has developed a one page, easy-to-understand, comprehensive summary of the role and responsibilities of the Parent Ombudsman for Special Education,

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

While suicide prevention is important to address year round, September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is a national health problem that currently ranks as the second leading cause of death for ages 10 – 24.

Youth Leadership Academy

The application period for the 2020 Class of the Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is now open!

Supporting Homeless Students on the Path to College

An increasing proportion of homeless students have been graduating high school on time, thanks to the proactive work of Project HOPE-VA and local school divisions to inform school staff and families about the rights of students experiencing homelessness.

Pilot Program Supports First-Year Special Education Teachers

Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane and Secretary of Education Atif Qarni today announced a pilot program to provide resources and professional development opportunities for first-year special education teachers.