Special Populations / Special Education

In-Person, On-Site Professional Development Workshops

Special Populations/Special Education Workshops

Supporting English Language Learners in all Content Areas

This workshop will provide background knowledge and skills needed to support English Language Learners in intermediate, middle, and high school grades. Content area teachers will learn instructional methods that are rigorous, meaningful and attainable for all learners. This interactive workshop will focus on using a variety of instructional approaches to address the varying needs of English learners regardless of their English proficiency level. Participants will leave 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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The Inclusive Classroom: Moving Past Labels

In this workshop, general education teachers and school administrators will learn all about special education law and processes and related classroom implications. Educators will also learn about instructional practices that support an inclusive classroom. Additionally, teachers will learn how to plan for instruction that targets all learners, regardless of ability. Practical instructional strategies will be introduced throughout the workshop to ensure that educators have tools and resources to meet the needs of learners with exceptionalities. The overall goal of this workshop is to prepare and inform all educators about best practices to support all learners in an inclusive school environment.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 General Education Teachers, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Athletic Coaching: Keys to a Successful Program

This workshop begins with a discussion about the motivations for coaching youth sports, and then delves deeper into how "program planning" is crucial to high student-athlete achievement. We will differentiate between building a"team" and a "program." From this, coaches will immerse themselves in the key to student-athlete success: motivation.Participants will also examine the challenges to coaches that were not experienced by previous generations, such as HIB and social media, through hands-on activities and specific examples. Lastly, participants will begin planning how to apply strategies learned for immediate use in their programs.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 Athletic Coaches
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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The Mentoring Process: Best Practices for Mentors and Mentees

The most effective mentor-mentee pairs learn from each other. This workshop begins with opportunities for mentors and mentees to get to know each other via icebreakers and survey questions. From there, the needs of both new and mentor teachers will be explored and best practices for meeting those needs will be shared. Participants will learn strategies for effective reflective practice and reciprocal class visits.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 Novice Instructors and Their Mentors, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Differentiating the NJSLS Reading Standards

During this workshop, participants will briefly review the components of differentiation as well as some easy-to-use tools,before taking a deep dive into the Literature and Informational Text Standards.While examining each cluster of Standards considering their own students, participants will engage in activities that target differing levels of learners.  They will identify how the activities can support students on level and below level and what additional modifications may need to be made.  Scaffolding of activities will be discussed and teachers will begin to create lesson plans for on-going differentiation, including during direct and guided instruction as well as independent activities.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 Special Educators, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Deepening Comprehension during Reading for Special Educators

This workshop provides specific reading strategies that support learners at a variety of levels, and can be integrated into an existing reading program or series. Participants will explore before,during, and after reading strategies to assist students to become more proficient and engaged readers. Additionally, tools such as “fix up” strategies are highlighted to increase student independence.   Lastly,participants will engage in interactive activities with a focus on tapping into multiple learning styles.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 Special Educators, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Genre Writing and the Writing Process for Special Educators

The Writing Standards require the mastery of several writing genres:opinion/argument, informative, and narrative as well as the ability to conduct research.  Additionally, students are required to use technology resources to produce, publish, interact, and collaborate.  Special educators may experience many challenges when it comes to writing instruction.  Specifically, we will look at writing activities that help to build motivation and stamina, focusing on using a process that can support meeting the standards while “meeting students where they are.”  Participants will explore activities and resources to support instruction for students with special needs.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 Special Educators, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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The Foundations of Phonics for Special Educators

The ELA Standards pose many new requirements for teaching concepts of print, the alphabetic principle, and phonics which come together to support students’ abilities to decode.   For exceptional learners this can be particularly challenging. Participants will learn the importance of a solid phonemic awareness foundation along with best practices for phonics instructions.  Additionally, participants will explore strategies and routines to motivate struggling readers.  Instructors will receive many resources that they can use when applying the CCSS Reading Foundation Skills concepts in the classroom.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 Special Educators, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Writing Across the Curriculum for Special Educators

Students needs critical literacy skills in order to be successful in their academic endeavors and in life. This workshop aims to increase the confidence and competence of special education teachers supporting students as they learn to write and write to learn. Writing is an important way for students to demonstrate their thinking, and this workshop engages participants in hands-on experiences to help them develop their abilities to plan and implement writing activities. Participants will leave with strategies and lesson ideas to support students and make writing less cumbersome and more engaging.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 Special Educators, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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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.

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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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Strategies for Identifying and Creating Programs for the Gifted

Once your district has decided to create a gifted program, how do you begin to sift through the myriad identification tools and processes? What type of program best fits your students? Maybe your district already has a gifted program. How do you assess its effectiveness? The best programs offer a continuum of services. This workshop will outline and provide explanation of the testing and assessment mechanisms for identifying your most able students. Participants will begin the process of assessing students’ needs, including acceleration, pullout programming, and more.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, Gifted Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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Addressing the Needs of Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom

How can teachers develop lessons, programs, and activities that intrigue all learners, while providing challenges specific to our gifted students? What are traits that set gifted children apart from others?Even if students spend part of their school time in a gifted pullout program, they are gifted all of the time. This workshop will help teachers implement strategies in their classrooms, regardless of subject area, to better meet the needs of their gifted students.

Intended Audience:
Grades K-12 Instructors, Curriculum Specialists, Gifted Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop Length:
2-3 hours
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