Beat the Heat 2019 is almost here! This summer conference is dedicated to providing professional development to educators, parents, and others who work with children ages 3-21 with significant intellectual and low incidence disabilities.
Don’t miss out y’all (and it’ll be hard to because we have so many user-friendly registration options). 2019 has another great line up of content from amazing national and statewide presenters! Here’s a peek:
Anne Meeker, Ph.D. will present “WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE:” Songs and Strategies to Support Young Children with Challenging Behaviors
Erin Sheldon, M.Ed. will present Inclusive Classroom Strategies, AT, and Peer Supports for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
Crystal Bell will present Charting the LifeCourse: Key Principles, Concepts, and Practices
Barb Hobbs, M.Ed. will present Let’s Open a Can of Worms: Sexuality, Safety, and Disabilities
Randy Foederer and Vicki Foederer, CAPE will present Getting to the Goals in Adapted Physical Education
Sara Kitchen and Scott Baltisberger, VI Outreach Specialists @ TSBVI will present Active Learning: Interactions
Do your students struggle to learn math facts? In this workshop you will learn effective and efficient strategies for students to use in order to build automaticity of the addition and subtraction and multiplication and division facts. Teaching of strategies to recall basic facts builds flexible thinking in a student. Students with flexible thinking are able to see a number in several forms and use the knowledge and skills they already possess to find a solution for an unknown fact. This workshop will also provide ideas for implementation of strategy instruction, progress monitoring tips, and engaging math practice ideas to build fluency.
FACTastic helps students build a solid mathematical foundation that is critical for their success. In this video, the teacher uses FACTastic cards to get students to think differently about multiplying and dividing with six. Check it out!
Date: November 12 & 13, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Go to Ecampus and search for the following course numbers.
Day 1, November 12, Addition and Subtraction, #FA1840432
Day 2, November 13, Multiplication and Division, #FA1840433
Including students with disabilities in the general education classroom is both a challenge and an opportunity. Educators need to collaborate to successfully meet the needs of diverse learners.
Power of Inclusion is a one-day workshop that offers general educators, special educators, and paraprofessionals an opportunity to develop relationships and expand their understanding of how to provide access to the general education curriculum for all students.
Topics covered include co-teaching approaches, paraprofessional support, specially designed instruction, Universal Design for Learning, roles and responsibilities, collaboration, and planning.
Date: October 23, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Register for Power of Inclusion in Ecampus by using course number FA1839170.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) offers all students a variety of ways to engage with the content. Today’s students enter classrooms with a wide range of skills, needs, and interests. At the same time, much of the curriculum available to teachers is narrowly focused, making it hard to meet the diverse needs of these students. Using the UDL framework can help you overcome curriculum barriers by focusing instruction on systematic learner variability rather than the mythical average student. Systematic learner variability is predictable, which means you can plan for it. Curriculum created using UDL is designed from the beginning to be flexible and customized, allowing teachers to meet students where they are.
Reflect on why it’s important to know about learner variability. How do you or your teachers address learner variability in the classroom?
Join us monthly through July as we discuss the following topics and how the UDL framework can help you close the gap in student achievement! This blog series will culminate with a workshop by Katie Novak, our UDL Distinguished Speaker, on July 27th, 2018!
Registration now available for the workshop: UDL Now! A Guide to Classroom Application with Author Katie Novak
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for creating an approach to your instruction based on principles that allow all students to have access to the general education curriculum. Using a proactive approach to remove learning barriers by considering the natural variability of how students learn, UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials and assessments to help optimize learning.
… reflect on your teaching or leadership practices. How are students engaged? How are materials presented? How do students show what they know?
Join us monthly through July as we discuss the following topics and how the UDL framework can help you close the gap in student achievement! This blog series will culminate with a workshop by Katie Novak , our UDL Distinguished Speaker, on July 27th, 2018!
Where do your comfort and skill levels fall with regards to effectively using technology to enhance your productivity and/or student outcomes? Here’s a call to action- Join us July 28 for Collaborative Teaching with Technology!
What? Learn how to enhance instruction and improve student outcomes by meaningfully integrating technology into your collaborative classroom.
Who? This workshop is designed to address the needs of a variety of collaborative instructional arrangements, whether providing co-teaching, inclusion support, or classroom consultation. This workshop is designed for YOU:
Total tech novice
I feel pretty confident in my tech skills
I don’t have access to technology in my classroom
I only have my teacher computer and 1 iPad/Chromebook
How? Through guided practice, you will use a variety of simple yet powerful technology tools for planning, data collection, formative assessment, differentiated instruction, and instructional accommodations.
You will also have a chance to explore additional self-selected technology tools relevant to your particular instructional arrangement and student needs.
Why, again? Having participated in examples of meaningful technology integration across varied classroom activities and practiced using the tech tools, you will be able to hit the ground running with engaging strategies for students and strategies for your own productivity and organization.
Where? Region 13
This workshop is a joint effort between Region 13 Specialists including Leslie Barrett (edtech/librarian), Kim West (special educator), Chris Teter (special educator/administrator) and Nichole Kertis Barton (AT/OT). We’re excited to bring our different perspectives as well as be able to differentiate support based on your needs! Please let us know if you have any questions.
The new year is upon us and you may have questions about Special Education. Don’t fret, guidance is at your fingertips!
AGC Resources are statewide guidance documents covering important topics such as co-teaching, LRE, IEP, paraprofessionals, and grading. Quick access to all of these documents can be found at www.esc20.net/agcnetwork. The website has been up-dated with short informative videos that provide a brief explanation of each of the resources.
Being a school-based occupational or physical therapist is a challenging and rewarding job. Staying abreast of best practices in clinical reasoning and trying to fit this into your districts’ culture and procedures can be difficult. Here’s a workshop that will help and that I’m really excited about …
This two-day workshop, on July 15 & 16, will explore clinical reasoning and data-informed problem-solving in school-based practice. Participant will learn through a combination of focused lecture, discussion, and applied activities in working through the therapy process in schools using a challenging student with an IEP from his/her own caseload. Anchoring the discussion in educational relevance, the group will examine current and best practices in referral, evaluation, IEP development, intervention planning, service delivery on Day 1, and progress monitoring on Day 2. Progress monitoring will be analyzed from the lens of understanding intervention effects, including the fidelity of implementation when specially designed interventions are assigned to instructional partners for delivery. Participants will experience how progress monitoring works in the context of both the therapeutic and IEP processes, the benefits and challenges of progress monitoring IEP goals, and how progress monitoring is particularly valuable in curriculum-based IEP development, documentation, and effectiveness assessment.
Are you nurturing a growth mindset in your students?
Are you looking for ways to increase motivation and effort from your students?
Join us June 11th at the Inclusion Institute 2015 to learn about cultivating a Growth Mindset. Emily Diehl from Mindset Works will lead sessions on how to change our own mindsets and cultivate growth mindsets in all students leading to greater success! Register now at https://ecampus.esc13.net.
We are offering a discount code for the first 50 paraeducators and preservice teachers. Simply follow this link to obtain your discount code: http://goo.gl/forms/3ICocz9R9K