Virginia Department of Education's

Training & Technical Assistance Center

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TTAC Services

The Virginia Department of Education’s state-wide Training & Technical Assistance Centers (TTACs) provide professional development and support designed to assist schools in addressing accountability and improvement goals for students with disabilities.


The VDOE's TTAC at Radford University serves public schools, teachers, students, and parents of Southwest Virginia through assistance that brings about systematic change in the way schools serve children and youth. TTAC services are provided primarily through embedded professional development.

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Inclusive Practices

Visit each of the following Focus Areas and Projects to learn more about inclusive practices we support.

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Resources and Information Links

Family Engagement Network


The Family Engagement Network (FEN) is proud to introduce a new 5-minute video defining three key components of Compassionate Family Engagement:

  • Compassionate Communication
  • Compassionate Empowerment
  • Compassionate Reflection

Click here to view the video. We hope you will take the time to watch the video and reach out if you woud like to request any assistance or have any questions. Visit our Family Enagement page to access resources and learn more about the FEN.

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TTAC Online: A community sharing resources to educate students with disabilities.

The TTAC Online website was created by VDOE to be a resource for professionals and family members of children and youth with disabilities (birth to 22). The website offers a wide range of Resources, Events (training, conferences, and webinars/webcasts) and Online Training opportunities in the form of Webshops and www.Workshops.

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Recorded Webinar and Participant Resources for Virginia's Inclusive Practices Action Planning Tool


Virginia Department of Education, VDOE, and Stetson & Associates, Inc.

A recently recorded webinar, Inclusive Practices Action Planning Tool, presented by Dr. Frances Stetson and participant resources have been added to the Inclusive Practices in Successful Schools: Virginia Action Planning Guide Module.

The Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education

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This new state guide was developed by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) in order to help those involved in special education, whether as parents (as defined in this document), teachers or school administrators, advocates, or students. Meeting the needs of children with disabilities requires an understanding of rights and responsibilities which include the child’s rights, and the school’s responsibilities to meet their needs. This guide includes a description of the special education process and what is required during each step of that process.

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Virginia Assistive Technology Network


The Assistive Technology Network of Virginia addresses priorities of VDOE with coordination, implementation, and dissemination of information about the laws which define AT devices and services, the process of AT Consideration by Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams, AT assessment, Augmentative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), and AT resources.

In support of these priorities, the network has several initiatives which include:

Developing resources and documents for AT Considerations and Assessment

Developing and supporting local and regional AT teams with information, resources and training, including the annual Virtual TechKnowledgy Conference

Integrating AT solutions across the curriculum

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High Leverage Practices for Students with Disabilities

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In partnership with the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has developed and published a set of high-leverage practices (HLPs) for special educators and teacher candidates. The HLPs are organized around four aspects of practice:

  1. Collaboration
  2. Assessment
  3. Social/emotional/behavioral
  4. Instruction

From these four aspects of practice, there are 22 practices intended to address the most critical practices that every K–12 special education teacher should master and be able to demonstrate. The selected practices are used frequently in classrooms and have been shown to improve student outcomes if successfully implemented.

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School Divisions Served by Radford University TTAC

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VDOE's Regional TTACS


The TTAC at Radford University works collaboratively with other centers and organizations across the state of Virginia. The TTACs at Virginia Tech and Radford University share a special partnership, working together to serve the needs of Superintendents’ Regions 6 and 7.

TTAC Website Links:

Regional TTAC Map: Regions 1 & 8, Virginia Commonwealth University; Regions 2 & 3, Old Dominion University and the College of William and Mary; Region 4, George Mason University; Region 5, James Madison University; Regions 6 & 7, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and Radford University.