Service Learning at the Virginia Children’s Book Festival

This year was the fifth anniversary of the Virginia Children’s Book Festival! On October 19, 2018, Longwood Speech, Hearing, and Learning Services (SHLS) hosted students from neighboring counties to participate in this event. The students started the day by engaging with each other and Longwood undergraduate and graduate students during activities such as cornhole, origami, and reading corners.

After some fun, the student attended a session with Tim Tingle to discuss his book How I Became a Ghost. Tim Tingle provided a signed copy of his book for each student.





The students then traveled to the Longwood Center for Visual Arts to contribute to a mural. They returned to SHLS to enjoy lunch and participate in the Literacy Fair hosted by Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate students. At the end of the day, students had the opportunity to sing and create their own songs with Paul Reister. The Virginia Children’s Book Festival utilized literacy to help students explore their potential and creativity.



OSERS new Framework

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Assistant Secretary Johnny Collett has released a framework that communicates the way OSERS will focus its work to advance the Secretary of Education’s priorities and continue to make progress toward achieving its mission to improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes and raise expectations for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the nation.

“Rethink” is the focus of this framework – and it makes me think about the focus of our grant – developing scholars to be change agents and to build the capacity of others. I think throughout this program we need to consider how each of  us can address, question, confront, change, and challenge.

Here is a link to the osers-framework-9-20-2018

Here is a link to Johnny Collett’s blog that describes this a bit more – Johnny Collett’s blog on Rethinking Special Education