Special Populations / Special Education

In-Person, On-Site Professional Development Workshops

Special Populations/Special Education Workshops

Instructional Strategies and Assessment Practices for Teaching ALL Learners

This workshop will emphasize how ALL students can achieve through the use of multiple modes of instruction and assessment. Whether your students have IEPs/504s, are engaged in the I&RS process, are ELL, or are considered at-risk, this workshop will focus on providing access to the curriculum through the lens of Universal Design for Learning. Participants will take a deep dive into specific learning strategies, including evidence-based modifications and accommodations. Participants will engage in hands-on activities that will help them redesign lessons and assessments considering the needs of all learners. Moreover, because grading is often a common concern, we will explore testing modifications that ensure equity. Finally, participants will create an action plan to implement “best practices” for all students.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Supporting English Language Learners in the General Education Classroom

This workshop aims to improve teachers’ competence and confidence in working with ELL students. Focus is placed on establishing high standards for ELL students, as well as implementing strategies that simultaneously integrate language development, and academic achievement. Teachers will learn methods that ensure classroom instruction is meaningful and comprehensible. This interactive workshop will focus on the need for multiple instructional approaches to support all learners, based on assessment results. Teachers will walk away with a “strategies toolkit” that can be implemented immediately.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Effective Strategies for Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS)

Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) provide assistance to students with various academic, behavioral, and health-related needs. This workshop will address the purpose and function of I&RS with a strong focus on procedures and best practices. Participants will explore new strategies that can be implemented immediately upon their return to their buildings, returning with a variety of new ideas to utilize when working with struggling students.

Intended Audience:
Intervention and Referral Services team members, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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