The Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities (KIHd) serves teachers, parents, therapists, and community service providers by providing a variety of continuing learning experiences via annual workshops, conferences, and project activities. In many cases, KIHd uses distance education to provide teacher training and professional development across the state.
This annual conference focuses on postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities and provides an opportunity for colleges and universities, researchers, program staff, parents and self-advocates to discuss the current state of policies, research, and practice in the field.
Panels including staff from PSE initiatives, parents, students and other experts share effective practices during breakout sessions with an opportunity for group discussion. The 5th annual conference is now being planned for 2016.
The Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) at GMU is one of eight centers in a coordinated state-wide system funded by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The TTAC provides services to school personnel to increase expertise and knowledge in evidence-based, effective instructional and behavioral practices. Services include: providing professional development and technical assistance; consulting with school-based teams; facilitating long-term technical assistance to schools; managing the web site — http://www.ttaconline.org; managing a lending library of multi-media resources and assistive technology; writing and publishing a newsletter; facilitating communities of learning, etc.
EduTools4U is an online community that features interactive learning modules. It enables participants to connect with experts and colleagues to support their learning. Its mission is to provide professional development learning experiences to all teachers, parents, therapists, community and service providers who work to improve the educational outcomes for all. For professionals who need to earn points or credits towards licensure renewal, EduTools4U provides a certificate of completion at the end of each module that could be used to request points from the employer.