Professional development and consultation is available to educators of students eligible for special education services, focusing on students with high and low incidence disabilities in self contained or inclusive settings. We also offer services that support struggling students.
Who Do We Serve?
We serve districts, campuses, teachers, parents and paraprofessionals dedicated to providing access to students with disabilities and students who struggle to master grade level curriculum.
Workshops & Consulting
Brain based learning principals are intentionally embedded in all workshops and presentations. Music, movement, strategies for stress reduction, and positive social interactions are modeled. Content is taught in chunks and reviewed to support working memory. Participants routinely say our workshops are fun!
District paraprofessional effectiveness will increase following this workshop. Topics include legal requirements for supporting students who qualify for special education services and confidentiality. Natural ways to support independence and decrease dependence are emphasized. Respectful person first language, visual supports and data collection are covered in this fast-paced active workshop. Participants leave with specific goals for maximizing learning and increasing independence of targeted students. Follow up emails to participants provide materials, short videos, and resources to support individual participant goals to increase and maximize transfer of workshop information to classroom use.
Develop Appropriate PLAAFP Statements and Related Standards Based
Multiple sources of district base-line data will be identified. Participants will use this data and a written framework to develop comprehensive PLAAFP statements and directly related IEP goals. Forms, processes, and resources are used to write PLAAFPs and directly related IEP goals using clear objective language for accurate data collection and documentation of student progress.
Access to Grade Level Instruction
Teachers struggle to provide grade level instruction to students performing below grade level, although the law requires access to grade level instruction is provided to all students. In this workshop, participants look at aligned standards to develop lessons appropriate for grade level instruction utilizing visual supports, task analysis of complex skills, individualized support needs and options for mastery.
Federal law requires that assistive technology is considered for every student eligible for special education services. This training discusses low, mid and high tech assistive technology options and resources for determining appropriate technologies to improve access to the curriculum and increase learning. Participants will be provided options for assessment: team membership, assessment forms and how to link a student’s AT to specific IEP goals and objectives.
Reduce Outbursts and Off Task Behaviors with Visual Supports
The appropriate and consistent use visual supports increase structure and predictability for students who have difficulty in unstructured settings. Participants will learn how to build a structured classroom environment and use visual schedules and supports to encourage appropriate behavior, communication, social skills, and instruction.
MATH In Inclusive settings
Math ACT is an innovative, research-based series of collaborative trainings designed to instruct teachers on the “how” of teaching students with significant disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, etc. within an inclusive educational setting.
Teaching the NEW Mathematics TEKS with Accountability in Mind
Access Curriculum Together (ACT) coaches special and general education teachers on how to address accessible curriculum for increasing test scores and improving accountability ratings. Making the curriculum accessible to students and developing skills through concrete, semi-concrete, and abstract processes, students experience mastery of grade level TEKS, increasing confidence as concepts are built. Visual supports, assistive technology, and supplementary aides, are demonstrated while addressing required specially designed instruction for students qualifying for special education services. Rigor becomes less intimidating as students accept challenging problem solving situations through collaboration and discussion, building intrinsic knowledge. Students know that their unique prerequisite skills will be addressed through manipulatives, visual supports, vocabulary development, and supplemental aids.
Register your teachers for MATH ACT for bona fide results in the classroom. Training and consultation are offered in the areas of student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps, and post-secondary readiness. Aligned with Texas Education Agency (TEA) Accountability System.
UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING
Universal Design for Learning is about finding multiple ways to teach all kids.
The goal of Universal Design for Learning is to use a variety of teaching methods to remove any barriers to learning and give all students equal opportunities to succeed. Universal Design for Learning targets all students, from those with identified disabilities to students who are gifted and talented. Universal Design for Learning is about building in flexibility that can be adjusted for every student’s strengths and needs. Participants will learn about Universal Design for Learning and its benefits, as well as how to build flexibility into lessons that will address how information is represented, how engagement is built and how students can express what they have learned.
SUPPORTING ACCESS TO INSTRUCTIONAL LITERACY: DIGITAL & MULTI-SENSORY BOOKS
Adapting Grade Appropriate Text - This workshop outlines legal and ethical responsibilities of educators in giving access to grade level text to students receiving special education services. Participants explore multi-sensory, digital and audio resources before learning how to select appropriate content from published material, and then adapt that content while maintaining the meaning of its intent. Participants will make a digital book appropriate for classroom use.
Intended audience: special education teachers, para professionals and parents.