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September 22, October 20, November 17, 2020


This is an online event. 



Vivian Indorf 

Providing Remote Instruction for Preschoolers with Disabilities: Coaching Parents and Building Partnerships 

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will offer a three-part learning series titled, Providing Remote Instruction for Preschoolers with Disabilities:  Coaching Parents and Building Partnerships. The series is for early childhood educators who support a child with a disability. It is targeted to early childhood and early childhood special education teachers, but is also appropriate for administrators, related service personnel, and anyone else who may partner with families and implement coaching strategies to support learning.  Teams are encouraged to participate together to enhance learning and apply content as a group. The learning series will be held September 22, October 20, and November 17 from 3:30-5:00.

This school year, many early childhood teachers will provide remote instruction for preschool children. To do so effectively, remote instruction will require teachers to partner with and support family members of the child. This learning series will explore how educators can utilize a parent coaching model to meet individual child needs, promote learning, and build the family’s capacity. 

The series will be led by Dana Childress, Ph.D., Early Intervention Professional Development Consultant. It will focus on the Dathan Rush and M'Lisa Shelden coaching model. The goals are for participants to 1) gain an understanding of the purpose and value of coaching parents, 2) increase knowledge of the Rush and Shelden coaching model, and 3) implement the key characteristics of the coaching model. Participants will be encouraged to complete readings and activities throughout the series that are designed to enhance learning and improve implementation.


Participants are to participate in all three sessions. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email including the secure link and password to join the session. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, be sure to check your spam folder/junk mail. The sessions will be recorded and sent to all who are registered. 

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Date and Time 

September 22, 2020, October 20, 2020, and November 17, 2020     Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Registration questions should be directed to Vivian Indorf, by email at 

Content questions should be directed to Dawn Hendricks, Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator, by email at