Special Education Workshops & Consulting
Paraprofessionals have to keep many plates spinning working with studetns with various support needs. In this active, fast-paced workshop, we will focus on how to:
- increase independence and decrease dependence in targeted students
- use first-person language and visual aids in the classroom
- uphold confidentiality laws for students receiving special education services
- collect data to verify student growth
Follow up emails will provide participants with personalized resources that help them achieve their individual goals and maximize the transfer of workshop information to the classroom
Access to Grade Level Instruction
Federal law requires access to grade level instruction is provided to all students. This can pose a significant struggle for teachers who have students performing at varying levels below their grade’s benchmark. To develop appropriate lessons, we will:
- align standards to target unique entry points to grade level content
- utilize visual supports
- apply task analysis of complex skills
- offer individualized support and options for mastery
Assistive technology is required by law to be considered for every student eligible for special education services. In this training, we’ll discuss:
- low, mid and high tech assistive technology options
- resources for determining technologies that improve access to curriculum and increase learning
- assessment forms to help assess individual student's assistive technology needs for accessing the curriculum
Reduce Outbursts with Visual Supports
Visual supports greatly increase structure and predictability for students who have difficulty in unstructured settings. Workshop participants will learn how to:
- build a structured classroom environment
- use visual schedules and supports to encourage appropriate behavior, communication, social skills and instruction
All workshops are available in full day, multi-day, and after school formats. The time frames are customizable to district needs.
MATH in Inclusive Settings
Math ACT is an innovative, research-based series of collaborative trainings designed to instruct teachers how to teach students with disabilities in an inclusive educational setting.
With the goal of building student confidence while readying them for the new Mathematics TEKS, we will address and explore how to:
- increase test scores and improve accountability
- use concrete, semi-concrete, and abstract processes
- use visual supports, manipulatives, supplemental aids and assistive technology
- use collaboration and special education to reduce students’ stress
If you only register for one workshop, make it this one! Math ACT provides real results in the areas of student progress and achievement, as well as post-secondary readiness. This material is aligned with the 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 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 to:
- build flexibility into lessons that will address how information is represented
- how engagement is built
- how students can express what they have learned.
Adapting Grade Appropriate Literature for Students with Significant Support Needs
Supporting access to instructional literacy by adapting grade appropriate text
Educators are legally required to give all students access to grade level text. This workshop outlines these responsibilities, then explores:
- multi-sensory, digital and audio resources
- how to select appropriate content from published material
- how to adapt content while maintaining the meaning of its intent.
This workshop will culminate in participants making a digital book appropriate for classroom use.