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Virginia Department of Education's Training & Technical Assistance Center at Virginia Commonwealth University

How can we help?

VDOE TTAC at VCU is here to support you in finding new ways to meet the needs of students with disabilities and their families during this challenging time.  



Virginia Commonwealth University has provided guidelines for University staff, students and employees, in response to the COVID-19 virus. The restrictions include a moratorium on all university-sponsored travel, domestic or foreign, until further notice. 


Due to the corona virus our office has gone to a reduced office schedule with most employees working from home. During this time, continue to check our website for updates and resources. You can also schedule a virtual office hour session with VDOE T/TAC at VCU staff by completing the request form in the link below.


We look forward to continuing our work together and hope to see you soon. Feel free to contact either Co-Director if you need assistance.

Phyllis Haynes at plhaynes@vcu.edu or call (804) 827-9993

Sandy Wilberger at slwilber@vcu.edu or call (804) 837-1373


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In response, T/TAC program specialists will not be visiting school sites and we have canceled or postponed our spring events.  If you were registered for any of these events you should be getting an email about these changes as well as opportunities to interact virtually and have access to online resources.  Our staff continue to be available for virtual coaching, meetings and professional development addressing critical topics such as teaching remotely, maintaining relationships with students, and partnering with families.  


Virtual Learning Resources

With all the uncertainty and school closures, the educational communities from across the country have come together to provide resources for teachers, students, and families.  In an attempt to help organize some of the resources being shared the Virginia Department of Education's Training and Technical Assistance Center at Virginia Commonwealth University (VDOE T/TAC at VCU) has compiled a document that can be found at Virtual Learning Resources.

Below are archived webinars:

May 5, 2020 Sandbox Conversations 

May 11, 2020 Sandbox Conversations

May 12, 2020 Sandbox Conversations

June 30, 2020 Sandbox Conversations

July 7, 2020 Sandbox Conversations

August 25th, 2020 Sandbox Conversations

October 27th, 2020 Sandbox Conversations

November 24th, 2020 Sandbox Conversations

December 15th, 2020 Sandbox Conversations Part 1

December 15th, 2020 Sandbox Conversations Part 2

January 26th, 2021 Sandbox Conversations Part 1

February 23rd, 2021 Sandbox Conversations Part 2 



July 15, 2020 "Reconnecting After the Doors Closed"


Virtual Platform Tutorials


Mathematics Resources

Instructional Resources Supporting Students with Disabilities

Inclusive Practices Resources

Inclusive Practices Resources - Electronic Presentations






Support for teachers of students with disabilities 

VDOE's T/TAC at VCU links people and resources to improve educational opportunities and contribute to the success of children and youth with disabilities.

Learn more about VDOE's T/TAC at VCU


Find information by topic

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Assistive technology

Support for the development and ongoing growth of assistive technology teams 

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Autism spectrum disorder

Tools for educators, administrators and parents working to improve services for students with ASD

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Support for school personnel and service providers to meet the behavioral needs of children and youth with disabilities

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Early childhood

Evidence-based practices used in the field of early intervention, early childhood education and early childhood special education

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Inclusive practice

Ways in which students with disabilities may access the general education curriculum in their school

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Intellectual disabilities

Strategies for promoting meaningful instruction and post-school outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities

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The Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Center at Virginia Commonwealth University offers a variety of services tailored to assist personnel in schools, interagency coordinating councils and state-operated programs in superintendent’s regions 1 and 8. The VDOE T/TAC is a part of the statewide network of T/TACs across Virginia and a participating member of the online community T/TAC Online. VDOE's T/TAC at VCU is also a part of the Partnership for People with Disabilities, a member of the national University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the VCU School of Education.


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