Technical Assistance & Professional Development

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Professional Development

Academy for Aspiring Special Education Leaders - a yearlong program that includes a three-day workshop in August followed by monthly, two-day seminars, observations, assignments and field experiences. For more information, go to Special Education Leadership Academies.


These resources were developed to provide professional development and technical assistance to parents, school personnel and other consumers. All resources are intended to provide guidance for addressing the regulatory requirements and instructional elements needed for a student’s free appropriate public education (FAPE). VDOE Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Students with Disabilities (PDF) and other Virginia guidance documents should be used in conjunction with these resources.

Technical Assistance & Guidance

VDOE Special Education and Student Services Technical Assistance and Guidance documents listed by category. The following list provides examples of the types of information provided on this A-Z listing:

  • Accommodations
  • Assistive Technology
  • Behavior and Discipline
  • English Language Learners
  • Extended School Year Services
  • Health Guidance
  • Section 504 Resources
  • Secondary Transition Services


Information about the VDOE Training and Technical Assistance Centers (TTAC) and two national technical assistance providers.


VDOE’s Office of Special Education and Student Services e-learning modules provide an opportunity for individuals to increase knowledge and skills in a variety of areas.

  • Special Education Evaluation & Services
  • Prior Written Notice
  • Calculating & Reporting Placement & Services
  • Back to Basics

Leadership Academies

Leadership Academies prepare new directors of special education and potential leaders for future administrative positions in special education. Academies are year-long programs that will include a variety of experiences. Participants will have opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and experiences that will help them excel in positions of special education leadership. For more information or to apply, visit the Leadership Academies page.