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Accommodations and Modifications PD
This presentation will focus on defining and practicing the four types of accommodations. Identify the differences between accommodations and modifications. As well as, participants will experience practical applications in providing accommodations for students with disabilities.
Instructional Scaffolding
Scaffolding is an instructional technique, associated with the zone of proximal development, in which a teacher provides individualized support by incrementally improving a learner’s ability to build on prior knowledge. Scaffolding is a learning process designed to promote a deeper level of learning. It is the support given during the learning process which is tailored to the needs of the student with the intention of helping the student achieve his/her learning goals. Instructional scaffolding is the provision of sufficient support to promote learning when concepts and skills are being first introduced to students.
Practical Strategies for Special Education Paraprofessionals in Inclusive and Self-Contained Classrooms PD
This presentation will define the role of a paraprofessional and demystify the myths of their previous and current roles. Participants will actively engage in strategies for use within Inclusion and Self-Contained classrooms.
English Language Learners and the role of WIDA to Support Struggling Students
This training will provide teachers with research based strategies to identify and differentiate between academic discrepancies that are a result of boundaries in language acquisition and those that are a result of a learning disability, making it easier for teachers to identify whether a child’s situation is appropriate to be referred to problem solving, or if language proficiency based instructional strategies should be incorporated into lessons. The strategies that can be used to increase academic performance of English Language Learners in the general education and special education classroom along with explanation of how WIDA standards should be applied to planning and instructional practices within the classroom will also be provided and demonstrated.
Writing Attending Goals
At this workshop teachers will be given ideas and suggestions on how to collect the data needed for an attending goal along. Teachers will also walk through the steps of writing and maintaining an attending goal. During this workshop teachers will also be given time to practice and get feedback on writing their own attending goals.
SRA – Corrective Reading Training
A workshop to provide an overview of the three strands address Reading, Language Arts, and Literature through a common instructional design that helps students learn more efficiently. The training will also outline the development of skills in the comprehension component progresses from comprehending oral language to comprehending written material. Skills are first taught in structured exercises that are controlled by the teacher. Later, students are shown how to apply the skills independently to complex written materials.
Supervising Paraeducators in School Settings: A Team Approach
When a teacher and paraeducator work in the same classroom, they share responsibilities,workloads, successes, and challenges.  Although there are many benefits to teaming, sharinginstructional space creates some level of anxiety in both parties. This workshop wouldidentify some tasks or issues that, if discussed prior to working together in the   same classroom, can ease the tension and create a climate of mutual respect among teachers andparaeducators.
Writing Defensible IEPs
IEPs are the blueprint of specially designed instruction. Full day workshop: This training explains the common difficulties teachers and districts encounter in the development of IEPs and Special Education Programs. The session cites court cases and explains the relevance to the Case Conference and IEP process. In part, the session will address common procedural steps in Embrace.
Equitable Discipline & Alternatives to Suspension
The development of effective systems for school discipline requires a broad set of resources. The intent of this session is to support schools in their movement towards more effective, evidence-based methods of behavior management and school discipline for all students. These considerations are offered for staff at the classroom level as well as administrators at the school and district level.

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