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The Best Practice for Inclusive Education Academy is a three-day academy designed to provide teams from selected Virginia Schools with strategies, tools, active discussion and resources needed to create and implement a successful plan of action for including students with moderate to severe disabilities in the general education classroom and increase their access to the general curriculum. Registration for this academy is by invitation only.
The Virginia Department of Education will assume the cost of registration, On-Campus DOUBLE lodging (if you select single occupancy housing you will have to pay the difference of $45), and meals for all Virginia public school participants accepted into the program. Upon successful completion of this academy, teachers will receive a $300.00 stipend (Administrators are not eligible for the stipend).
The 2018 Content Teaching Academy sessions begin at 8:30 am Monday, June 25 and conclude at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, June 28. The daily schedule is set up much like a high school 4x4 block schedule, with two 1.5 hour sessions in the morning and two 1.5 hour sessions in the afternoon. Breaks with snacks and beverages are provided between sessions in both the mornings and afternoons.
This training is designed for school based teams comprised only of persons who are currently employed by local public schools and authorized by the superintendent to represent the school division. Therefore, registration for the training is limited to current public school employees only. No onsite registration will be accommodated. All registrants will be required to present a school-issued identification card at the check in desk upon arrival. Individuals registered will not be permitted to send a substitute if they are unable to attend. No audio or video taping of the training sessions will be allowed. The Virginia Department of Education reserves the right to cancel the registration of any person who does not meet the registration criteria.
Joy Stover, M.Ed., has 23 years teaching experience in the area of Special Education. She is currently a special education teacher in a cross categorical program at River Bend Elementary School with Rockingham County Public Schools. Joy received her Bachelors of Arts in History and Teaching Certification from Mary Washington College. She received her Masters of Education and Special Education Teaching Certification in the area of Specific Learning Disabilities from James Madison University. Joy is involved in many leadership roles in her school and school division including chairing her school’s Student Study Committee, serving as a Cooperating Teacher to Student Teachers from James Madison University, serving as a new teacher mentor, and training other teachers division wide on the pilot program of the new statewide VA IEP. Joy has completed extensive training in the Orton Gillingham Reading Approach through the Virginia Department of Education’s Multisensory Structured Language Instruction (MSLI) Training Program. Joy is currently working with her school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team to implement a school wide Trauma Informed Services based program.