Professional Development and Events

 

 

Assistive and Instructional Technology and Accessible Educational Material (AEM) (PreK-12) – Cohort A

Start date: 11/18/2019

End date: 01/13/2020

Location: Teachers College, Columbia University | 525 W. 120th St., New York, NY 10027

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These teams will explore a variety of new and old technologies that can help create dynamic learning opportunities for a wide range of students, with participants working together to decide which tools work best to support students’ access to grade-level content and which tools can provide multiple means for students to show us what they know and can do. Team members will start with what they already have in their schools and then learn new tools. Not only will they explore the tools and inquire in their own classrooms about what they can (and cannot) do, they will learn an integrated design approach for technological decision-making and develop expertise at making thoughtful pedagogical decisions based on what works best for students’ learning. Overall, participants will learn ways to integrate technological tools in sustainable and inclusive ways and will have the opportunity to create digital representations of their work to be published in the spring. Each team will meet four times at Teachers College.

Cohort A will meet on 11/18, 12/16, and 1/13 

Stepping Up SETSS Services – Grades PreK-5

Start date: 10/11/2019

End date: 02/28/2020

Location: Teachers College, Columbia University | 525 W. 120th St., New York, NY 10027

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This series offers special education and related service providers the opportunity to carefully assess the needs of the students on their caseload through the lens of Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) and adult transdisciplinary collaboration. Using documents from the NYC DOE as starting points on co-teaching/co-planning, Specially Designed Instruction, the Continuum of Services and the Standard Operating Procedures manual, we will coach SETSS providers to sharply refine their development of students’ IEPs and document learner progress and outcomes.

A second focus of the work with SETSS providers is to coach them in adult collaborative skills, including: facilitating a planning/problem-solving meeting; understanding and resolving conflict; focusing problem-solving on student-centered assets-based analysis with keen attention to how the student’s disability affects their learning, engagement, and participation.

A third focus of the work with SETSS providers is to prepare them to balance student learning needs due to disability, including: executive functioning; access to print literacies; and behavioral/emotional/social supports.

Each team will meet five times at Teachers College, Columbia University.

PreK-5 teams will meet on 10/11, 11/1, 12/6, 1/23, and 2/28

Stepping Up SETSS Services – Grades 6-12

Start date: 01/28/2020

End date: 05/29/2020

Location: Teachers College, Columbia University | 525 W. 120th St., New York, NY 10027

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This series offers special education and related service providers the opportunity to carefully assess the needs of the students on their caseload through the lens of Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) and adult transdisciplinary collaboration. Using documents from the NYC DOE as starting points on co-teaching/co-planning, Specially Designed Instruction, the Continuum of Services and the Standard Operating Procedures manual, we will coach SETSS providers to sharply refine their development of students’ IEPs and document learner progress and outcomes.

A second focus of the work with SETSS providers is to coach them in adult collaborative skills, including: facilitating a planning/problem-solving meeting; understanding and resolving conflict; focusing problem-solving on student-centered assets-based analysis with keen attention to how the student’s disability affects their learning, engagement, and participation.

A third focus of the work with SETSS providers is to prepare them to balance student learning needs due to disability, including: executive functioning; access to print literacies; and behavioral/emotional/social supports.

Each team will meet five times at Teachers College, Columbia University.

The middle and high school team will meet on 1/28, 3/3, 4/1, 5/1, 5/2, and 5/29

Challenging Behavior and Crisis Paraprofessionals – Grades PreK-12

Date: 06/04/2020

Time: 9:00AM-2:30PM

Location: Teachers College, Columbia University | 525 W. 120th St., New York, NY 10027

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Are you a 1:1 Crisis Para or a paraprofessional that works with children that exhibit challenging behaviors? In this one-day workshop, we will examine how learning about the brain can help us better understand our students’ behavior and how we can become more effective at both preventing and de-escalating challenging behaviors at school. We will cover data collection to support FBA/BIP development; executive functioning; trauma and its effects on learning and behavior; calming exercises you can teach your students; and self-care to help relieve your own stress.

This workshop can be a great follow-up to Paraprofessionals: Crucial Members of the Classroom Team or a standalone day.

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Paraprofessionals: Crucial Members of the Classroom Team

Date: 11/05/2019

Time: 9:00AM-2:30PM

Location: Teachers College, Columbia University | 525 W. 120th St., New York, NY 10027

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Teacher Assistants or Paraprofessionals are critical participants when creating classrooms that are inclusive of all students. This workshop is specifically designed for paraprofessionals/teacher assistants and the teachers with whom they are paired. This workshop will focus on how to support and encourage the engagement of children with IEPs in classroom activities, while simultaneously facilitating student independence. The workshop will cover techniques for documenting children’s learning, communication structures between paraprofessionals and teachers, and supporting the classroom management routines of the teacher.

Paraprofessionals Institute on Inclusive Practices and Communication

Start date: 08/26/2019

End date: 08/28/2019

Time: 09:00am-2:30pm

Location: Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W. 120th St., New York, NY 10027

This three-day institute aimed at paraprofessionals (though teachers are certainly welcome to attend) will ensure a smooth transition into the new school year for staff and students alike. Focusing on adult communication and collaboration, with a special lens on families and the school community, attendees will learn to understand student behavior as communication and, sometimes, as a brain-based difference (trauma, executive functioning challenges, etc.). This institute will also focus on how best to support academics in the classroom for complex learners.

Participants will leave with a toolbox that includes:

  • Break systems
  • Reflection tools
  • Practical interventions
  • Data collection techniques and materials
  • Strategies for self-care and stress management
  • Action steps for sharing your learning back at school