VCPD Institute for Higher Education Faculty



Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education


The Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development Team (VCPD) invites Virginia
university and community college faculty preparing early childhood and early childhood special education practitioners to a two-day Faculty Institute.  

On Thursday, the Institute will feature presentations on current state-level initiatives including the recommendations from the School Readiness Committee, proposed changes in teacher licensure impacting teachers of young children invited, and key indicators of child well-being from Voices for Virginia’s Children.

Thursday evening will feature the award-winning film, Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. Resilience is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress.

One of the first steps in this solution is to assure a trauma-informed foundation for all
teachers and other staff who touch the lives of children affected by trauma. Thus, as
preservice and inservice professional development providers, our goal for Friday is to
learn about Surviving and Thriving: Trauma and Resilience.

John Richardson-Lauve, Director of Mental Health and Lead Trauma and Resilience
Educator at ChildSavers, is our keynote presenter on Friday. John will lead us in
developing an understanding and skill base in trauma as the most basic public health
issue, trauma’s impact on the developing brain, and its impact on behavior. He will
share strategies to build resilience, including promoting self-regulation, positive self-
identity, and increased positive behaviors.

Throughout the Faculty Institute, there will be opportunities to explore the implications of the information presented on coursework and programs of study.

 Lodging on Thursday evening (for participants living more than 50 miles from the hotel) will be provided.  Please indicate during registration if you will need an overnight room.  Reservations will be made through our office and you will be sent a confirmation number a week before the conference.  Breakfast and lunch are also provided.  Participants and/or their employers are responsible for dinner on Thursday and mileage.

Hotel Reservations:  The Boar's Head Inn has extended our overnight guest room block only through August 15th; therefore, if you will need overnight lodging you must register for the Faculty Institute no later than August 15th.  

What to Bring:  
You may wish to bring a sweater for the meeting room.


  • When

  • Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Friday, September 29, 2017

  • Where

  • Boars Head Inn
    200 Ednam Drive
    Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

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