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Regional Communities of Learning

Regions will receive technical assistance through the development and facilitation of Communities of Learning in Autism (CoLAs). Communities of Learning provide communities the opportunity to share information and experiences. This allows members to learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop personally and professionally.

What happens in a CoLA?

VCU-ACE will develop and facilitate Communities of Learning in Autism within each Superintendent's Region. A VCU-ACE Technical Assistance Associate will work with regional representatives from the VA Department of Education (VDOE) TTAC's and school division based leaders within each region to build such learning communities. Communities of Learning will be tailored to the needs of the region based upon the areas targeted for growth by the members of the group. The members of the Communities of Learning will be comprised of the region's leaders in service delivery for students with autism. This includes autism specialists, instructional specialists, master teachers and individuals in administrative or quasi-administrative roles who provide in-division consultation and support to teachers with caseloads and/or classrooms.

Calling all school divisions! If you are interested in learning more about the Community of Learning in Autism (CoLA) in your region, please determine your region below and contact the Technical Assistance Associate listed.

Find Your Region

Option 1: Click on the portion of the map below that contains your city or county to receive information about your VDOE region.

Map of Virginia divided into VDOE regions

Option 2: Choose your city or county from the following dropdown list. Then click the link that appears for information about your region.

Select your city/county:


Region 7 Region 6 Region 5 Region 4 Region 3 Region 8 Region 1 Region 2 Region 2

2013 CoLA Summer Institute a Huge Success!

VCU-ACE was proud to collaborate with the VDOE T/TACs to host the 2013 Communities of Learning in Autism (CoLAs) Summer Institute in Richmond on June 26th and 27th. Over 110 autism specialists and school division autism leaders from across VA gathered to learn more about communication, inclusion, coaching, pragmatics, assistive technology, supporting administrators, social skills, teaming with paraprofessionals, and more! This year's Poster Session and Networking Reception included 23 poster presentations highlighting the exciting work being done across VA to support students with autism. CoLAs meet regionally throughout the year and come together for this time of statewide networking and training at the Summer Institute. For more information on CoLAs, please contact Becky Boswell at

Discussion of Integration and Communication   Two CoLA Summer Institute attendees at a booth

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