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Intensive interventions: A teacher's toolkit
Many classrooms have students who struggle to learn reading or math concepts and skills. Sometimes these students need tiered interventions that provide intensive support to help them master these concepts and skills. Intensive Interventions: A Teacher's Toolkit App is a useful resource to assist teachers with designing, delivering, and using evidence-based interventions to meet students' needs. The Toolkit app provides example lessons, strategies, planning worksheets, and supplemental resources for each phase of implementing an intensive intervention:
  • Learning how to intensify instructional delivery;
  • Considerations for intensifying interventions;
  • Implementing intensive interventions;
  • Reflecting on the delivery of intensive interventions; and
  • Learning more about intensive interventions.

Visit the Intensive Interventions: A Teacher's Toolkit App website to help differentiate your instruction to support student learning! 


Co-teaching demonstration sites

Are you interested in seeing how a quality co-taught classroom operates to support students?  If so, then come visit the co-taught classes that are participating in the VDOE's Co-Teaching Demonstration Site Project. You will see how two teachers plan together and use a variety of co-teaching models such as parallel teaching and station teaching to enhance learning for students of varying ability levels. 


There are two demonstration sites in Regions 1 and 8 that you can visit to see examples of quality co-teaching in action.


To visit a Region 1 demonstration site, email Susanne Croasdaile at


To visit a Region 8 demonstration site, email Cindi Jackson at


Resources for developing inclusive preschool environments

Are you considering ways to make your early childhood programs more inclusive of children with disabilities but are not sure where to begin? The TTAC at VCU has a plethora of new resources that can help you get started.  One new resource,
First steps to preschool inclusion: How to jumpstart your program-wide plan, 
by Sarika S. Gupta is an excellent source of information in the area of preschool inclusion. It will help you
  • Understand what inclusion is and what it looks like in practice;
  • Assess your program's readiness for inclusion;
  • Determine what your program needs to make inclusion work;
  • Learn which federal laws support inclusion in different early childhood settings;
  • Collaborate with staff and parents to develop and sustain key program changes; and
  • Break through the myths and misinformation that create resistance to inclusion.

Stop by our library to check out these and other instructional resources. If you would like more information on implementing inclusive practices in your early childhood program contact: Mary Swingle at or Marilyn Rice at


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