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New resources on AAC assessment and intervention

As a result of a recent statewide survey on the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in Virginia's public schools, we learned that more information is needed to help professionals and families better understand AAC.  Students who are unable to communicate orally and who use communication devices to help augment or clarify their messages are referred to as users of augmentative and alternative communication.  Participants in the survey identified several areas of training need including:

  • Forms of communication (e.g.., verbal and nonverbal forms such as facial expression, gestures, pointing and behaviors);
  • AAC assessment; and
  • How to implement the use of AAC (i.e.,low to high tech systems).

VDOE and the T/TACs recently launched an AAC section on the Assistive Technology Project's Website.  Click on the AAC tab to find valuable resources to support professionals and families in learning more about who benefits from AAC and how to assess and implement AAC systems.  

Online resource for educators

Teaching Channel is an online resource for educators. This website has hundreds of videos, blog posts, and discussion boards that provide opportunities for interactive collaboration with over 600,000 educators, researchers, administrators, instructional coaches and educational consultants.  Videos of classroom teachers implementing instructional strategies are featured.


The Teaching Channel provides resources for grades preK-12 in all subject areas. Registration is free!


Resources to improve reading

Looking for ways to improve the reading achievement of both beginning and older struggling readers?  Check out these resources from the Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE) available in our TTAC library!

  • Teaching Reading Sourcebook is a comprehensive reference about reading instruction. Organized according to the elements of explicit instruction, the book includes a research-informed knowledge base and sample lessons.
  • Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures contains a collection of formal and informal reading assessments for use in grades K-12.
  • The Vocabulary Handbook provides instructional approaches for successfully building vocabulary knowledge, essential for reading comprehension.

Stop by our library to check out these and other instructional resources. Our office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm. Can't make it into the office? Some library items can be placed in the mail or delivered to your school.  Call us for more information.

VDOE's Training and Technical Assistance Center at VCU
700 E Franklin Street, Suite 140
P.O. Box 843081
Richmond, VA 23284-3081