​​​​​General Information
Cost:Purchase seats for these workshop in the Educational Equity For All Store
Free Parking
Time: Registration/Check in 8:00-8:30; Workshop 8:30am-2:30pm

Workshop Dates/Titles/Descriptions

- Introduction to AbleNet's Equals Math Curriculum
Summary: This workshop is geared towards new teachers who have not had any training on the AbleNet Equals math curriculum or those who would like additional review and support. We will be going through the steps of a lesson with additional ideas and methods to support each aspect of the lesson. We will be looking at pacing and organization of instruction. We will also be looking at how to tie in IEP goals to math instruction. 

* Participants must have Equals Math in their districts or classrooms. Curriculum will not be sold at workshop. Please contact Educational Equity for All for information on purchase. 

Presentation Objectives:

1. Participants will go through and identify all manipulatives in kit.

2. Participants will go through lesson with students in mind.

3. Participants will decide where to start and how to work through units of instruction.

4. Participants will be able to explain how IEP goals are integrated into instruction.
10/13/17- Beyond Basics IEP
Summary: Focus of this workshop will be on identifying ways to pinpoint the specific skills a student with severe and profound disabilities need and then figuring out how to measure it and change it from year to year. Teachers who work with students with severe and profound disabilities have trouble identifying the “what” a student can do when developing a standards based IEP. Then teachers don’t really know how to measure it or make changes to the goal if it is not met. This workshop will help participants develop more specific IEP goals that are not only based on standards but focus in on teaching standards based grade level content at the functioning level of student with functional skills embedded in the instruction. 

 Presentation Objectives:

1. Participants will be given some ideas of how to look at specific skill clusters that apply to students with severe disabilities.

2. Participants will learn basic ideas of how to teacher, and build on specific skills

3. Participants will look at ways to write up a goal to monitor for skill acquisition.

4. Participants will identify ways to modify the goal if not met to retain instruction of skill.  

- Planning Instruction in the Special Education Classroom
Summary: This workshop will provide a format for teachers to develop concepts and ideas from standards into actual learning experiences for students. Teachers will receive numerous resources and strategies, based on standards, through provide multi-modal methods.  

Presentation Objectives:  
1. Participants will create Content Units, monthly themes and activities within lessons.  
2. Participants will fill out planning sheet to incorporate assistive technology for communication, and engagement of all students.  
3. Participants will identify the difference between learning experiences and activities.

 Working Together Teacher/Para-educator Teams
Summary: This workshop is best conducted with teacher/para teams.  This workshop explores the necessary ingredients to developing a successful instructional team. 

Presentation Objectives:   
1. Participants will identify three practical strategies to use in classroom. 
2. Participants will define roles of teacher and paraeducator -what are appropriate responsibilities for each team member.
3. Participants will give three conflict resolution suggestions.
4. Participants will identify 3 strategies to address cultural differences in positive and productive ways.   

- Transforming Moderate to Severe Classrooms for the 21st Century
Summary: How does the special education teacher transform the classroom to meet the challenges of 21st century learning? There are a number of strategies and technology tools that will assist teachers in offering successful access to academic content.  

Online free professional development opportunities are available, where teachers can learn and apply new knowledge and skills that will improve effective use of technology and teaching strategies.  Live or recorded sessions offer special education teachers the opportunity to take advantage of content experts in their field. 

These webinars can offer teachers useful skills in using Assistive Technology to plan, prepare and provide opportunities for participation and engaging instruction.   

The Action Dictionary provides the teacher with multiple methods to integrate the technology into lesson delivery and participation.  

By exploring the online webinars in the AbleNet University, investigating new Assistive Technology resources and researching the Action Dictionary, this workshop will provide participants with keys to unlocking a transformation in their own classrooms. 

Presentation Objectives: 
1. Participants will state three solutions to transform the classroom for students with moderate to severe disabilities.
2. Participants will use the Action Dictionary to find alternative access strategies for an ELA and Math lesson.
3. Participants will list three changes to their instruction, classroom or materials to move closer to transforming their classroom.

- UDL Inclusion of Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities
Summary: This workshop will introduce the major components of Universal Design for Learning. Participants will learn how the three networks of the brain tie to the three principles of UDL to create a positive learning environment for all students. 

Presentation Objectives: 
1.Participants will identify how the three principles of UDL: Expression, Representation and Engagement are used in the classroom.
2.Participants will learn about free professional development modules on UDL.
3.Participants will be able to give concrete examples of UDL in action. 

- Accessing and Engagement using Assistive Technology for Students with Significant Disabilities
Summary:  Assistive Technology provides access for someone to be independent. Switch use provides a student control over his or her environment, while AAC devices allow control over communication.  

Many teachers are not familiar with the use of Assistive Technology. This workshop will focus on two main areas of AT: Switch use and Communication. Switch Use will look at stopping the hand over hand madness and getting beyond cause and effect. The communication segment will explore the concept that communication is more than a device, it is the messages that make the difference.  

Since neither of these areas exist in a vacuum, this workshop will provide examples of how to incorporate AT into and throughout the school day. We will look at creating opportunities for students to interact in environment and communicate across school settings.  

Presentation Objectives: 
1. Participants will identify three ways to use switches. 
2. Participants will distinguish difference between switch and AAC device. 
3. Participants will provide an alternate method of assistance to hand over hand. 
4. Participants will state three ways to use AAC in academic content area. 

- Building Effective Partnerships and Instructional Teams
Summary: This workshop will focus on how to become to be an effective partner with instructional staff by understanding the program requirements of today’s methodologies in the classrooms primarily academic verses functional skills based curriculum. We will discuss current standards based methodologies and reporting practices as well as understanding how academics influence IEP goal writing. We’ll touch on how to support classroom instruction through generalization activities at home.  

 Presentation Objectives:   
1. Participants will review Educational Benefit for students who are severely disabled across the entire program.   
2. Participants will explore the paradigm shift from babysitter to teacher.  
3. Participants will examine what standards based instruction means for students with moderate to severe disabilities. 
4. Participants will look at ways to support classroom instruction through generalization activities at home. 

- Creating Standards Based Activities for Students in Core Content Subject Areas
Summary: The primary focus of this workshop will be on creating Standards Based Activities through facilitating actual construction of materials to be used in classroom with students the next day. Participants will be making ELA and Math activities in file folder format.  

Presentation Objectives:   
1. Participants will learn how to differentiate their lessons for different students.   
2. Participants will learn how to develop standards based activities for core subject areas. 
3. Participants will learn how to teach grade level content at the students functioning level. 

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