State Superintendent Statement

Steven R. Staples, Ed.D.

State Superintendent

All of us at the Virginia Department of Education want to be sure that students have what they need for productive, rewarding careers and to become capable, and self-reliant citizens. Building a bridge for our students with disabilities; beginning to help them prepare for that independent life while still in school, is an important aspect of meeting that commitment for all students. It’s why we created the Center on Transition Innovations at Virginia Commonwealth University, and continue to work hand in hand with other agencies and community organizations. We believe that successful transitions enhance the quality of life for our students with disabilities.