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* Hank Millward Biography
* Parent Survey
* Has PEATC Helped You?

* June PEATC Press
 and Family Engagement Calendar 

Introducing Mr. Henry J. Millward, Jr.

“Hank” Millward is currently employed by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as the Coordinator of Complaints and Family Involvement.  His duties include providing technical assistance and training on the federal and state special education laws and regulations to the citizens and school divisions throughout the Commonwealth, with primary responsibility for the Northern Virginia and Shenandoah Valley regions.  As his title implies, Mr. Millward is also responsible for investigating complaints filed by parents alleging that their school division failed to comply with some aspect of these laws and regulations.  Additionally, Mr. Millward has been charged with the oversight of all of VDOE’s activities related to family involvement.


Retiring from the Army after 24 years of service to become a special education teacher, it was during his first year of teaching at the Hanover Juvenile Correctional Center that he reframed his whole philosophy on education.  Mr. Millward believes that it is not the environment in which a child is being taught that will ensure his/her academic success, but rather it is the ability of all of the individuals who are involved in that child’s education to understand what motivates that specific child and those individuals’ willingness to accept the student as they are and to develop and apply appropriate instructional practices to meet that child’s needs that will lead to academic success.  Mr. Millward agrees with the adage that it takes a village to raise a child; however, he is a firm believer that one person must be willing and able to bring that child to the village.  Mr. Millward also believes that, while parents are their child’s best advocate, the student must also be taught to effectively advocate for themselves.  It was also during his first year of teaching that Mr. Millward learned to speak of his students as those with “unique and untapped abilities” and not as having a disability. 


Prior to coming to the VDOE, Mr. Millward held various positions within the public school, private school, and correctional education settings: most notably as a special education teacher, special education director, Assistant Principal and Principal.  He is a sibling, a parent, and a grandparent of individuals with a disability.   Mr. Millward holds an advanced degree in School Administration and a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Special Education.  He most enjoys working with students who have emotional disabilities and/or behavioral disorders.  


Mr. Millward claims that, when not spending time with his wife and grandchildren, the thing he enjoys most is getting out into the community to conduct presentations regarding special education and its associated laws and to provide technical assistance to ensure that all children are provided the opportunity to access a free appropriate public education and, as a result, reach their full potential and become contributing members of their communities. 

Attention Parents! Does your child learn online? If so, complete this short survey so schools and online providers can learn what's working and not working.

If you would prefer to take the survey in Spanish, there is a tab in the top-left corner to select that option."

"¡Atención padres! ¿Su hijo aprende en línea? Si es así, complete esta breve encuesta para que las escuelas y los proveedores en línea puedan aprender lo que funciona y lo que no funciona.

Si prefiere tomar la encuesta en español, hay una pestaña en el extremo superior izquierdo para seleccionar esa opción."


Has PEATC Helped You?

Parent Recruitment is Under Way You could earn at $20 gift card for participating May 28, 2013 My name is David Blaiklock and I am working on my dissertation at George Mason University. My study is focused on how parent centers such as the Parent Education Advocacy Center (PEATC) help parents participate in IEP meetings. I am recruiting parents to participate in interviews.
Find out more here:


PEATC PRESS Newsletter and Parent Engagement Calendar

June Edition- This month's PEATC Press is devoted to Father's. In this issue we dive into the topic of Father's in Education, specifically. We touch on subjects like spending time with your child and how to balance it all we also found some special resources for special dad's. Did you know that there is a connection between better school grades and Involved Father's? Please click on the link to read more:
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