The Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities at George Mason University, is pleased to announce the launch of new Web site dedicated to providing comprehensive information on special education issues, practices and services to families who have children with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The new Web site is entitled “Virginia Family Special Education Connection” and can be located at: http://vafamilysped.org/

The Web site was designed in consultation with advocacy organizations, families, and special educators to provide easy access to special education information in a family friendly format.  The site contains significant resources on local, state and national topics related to special education, education planning, academic and family support, as well as federal and state regulations.  A section of the Web site is also dedicated to providing families with online training that can be completed on demand.

We hope you find this resource helpful. Should you have questions or want to discuss any of the information you find on the site, please contact our Department of Student Services at (804)556-5601.

There will be a senior parent meeting next Tuesday, September 10th at 6:30 PM in the Goochland High School library.  In addition to discussing how parents can be involved in the All-Night Graduation Event, there will also be critical information regarding Senior Projects and information from the Guidance Department about college applications and financial aid.

Please make plans to attend this important event.

After months of work by a talented team of teachers, the division’s revised Balanced Literacy Plan (rev 2013) was released last week. The document provides for an updated, streamlined guide for the division’s elementary literacy program.

The resource was augmented by a series of implementation workshops at each of our elementary schools led by Mrs. Kimberly Warburton (below), instructor for the University of Virginia, as well as at August’s New Teacher Academy.

Families may access GCPS’s Balanced Literacy Plan at the link above or through the division’s elementary curriculum site.