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Special Education

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Special Education

ParaEd: How to Calm the Agitated Student: Tools for Effective Behavior Management

Since virtually any professional working in schools might at some point find him/herself needing to 'talk down' a student who presents as emotionally upset, all educators should know the basics of how to de-escalate the agitated student. This workshop will focus on helping professionals to approach a situation when a student is upset. Strategies will be provided to help diffuse the situation rather than ignite a response that makes the situation worse.
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Tuesday 06 December 4:30 PM

ParaEd: Job Coaching 101

This session will focus on the roles and responsibilities of a job coach in school and community based work settings. Participants will learn how to help assess students employability readiness and learn how to build on existing skills to foster independence on the job. In this session, we will discuss the importance of presuming competence with student works and how to develop a rapport to foster interpersonal skills.
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Monday 12 December 4:30 PM

LETRS 3rd Edition Course 1

LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) is an empowering professional development course of study for instructors of reading, spelling, and related language skills. LETRS creates expert teachers of the English language so teachers can, in turn, give their students a deep understanding of how English works.
LETRS provides knowledge, skill development and effective application of both knowledge and skill into the classroom setting. Teachers and instructional support personnel are provided with quality training through the application of Scientifically Based Reading Research (SBRR) to reading instruction, assessment, diagnosis, progress monitoring and intervention, and instructional effectiveness among others. Within the full course, the participants will learn, engage, apply and reflect upon the following essential components
In-depth knowledge based on seminal works and the most current research regarding what, when, and how language skills are most effectively and efficiently taught.
Ways to assess student language development for prevention and intervention of reading disabilities/difficulties.
Guidance on how to plan and focus instruction in both word recognition and comprehension instruction.
Information on how to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students including English language learners.

Learning will occur as participants explore a full experience with these topics:
The Challenge of Learning to Read (Unit 1)
The Speech Sounds of English (Unit 2)
Teaching Beginning Phonics, Word Recognition, and Spelling (Unit 3)
Advanced Decoding, Spelling, and Word Recognition (Unit 4)

LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) is an empowering professional development course of study for instructors of reading, spelling, and related language skills (intended for regular education and special education teachers, administrators, and specialists).
LETRS 3rd Edition Course 1 - View Event Details
Thursday 15 December 8:30 AM

ParaEd: Additional Technology Tools and Tips to Support Learning and Independence

This asynchronous course will allow you to continue to navigate a self-paced exploration of even more technological tools that can lend support to the enhancement of learning opportunities for students. It will allow you to explore and increase your familiarity with different commonly used platforms, such as PowerPoint/Google Slides, Excel/Google Sheets, and Canvas/Seesaw and their supportive tools. Participants do not need to have completed previous technology modules to attend this course.

ASYNCHRONOUS: This course will be open and available for completion from the tenth of the month through the last day of the month. Content will be presented through a public Canvas course, so participants do NOT need to create a Canvas account. Participants will receive an email from the presenter with the Canvas link at least 24 hours in advance. This communication will be sent to the email address associated with your MLP/Frontline account. In order to receive credit for participation, all course activities must be submitted within the month's timeframe and you will need to complete a Google Exit Ticket.
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Tuesday 10 January 8:00 AM

ParaEd: Presuming Competence in All Students to Create Learning Environments that Build Community

This self-paced course will allow participants to explore their own understanding around inclusion, think about how shifts in thinking can open up more opportunities for all students, and how a strengths-based model can improve educational communities for all children.

ASYNCHRONOUS: This course will be open and available for completion from the first of the month through the last day of the month. Content will be presented through a public Canvas course, so participants do NOT need to create a Canvas account. Participants will receive an email from the presenter with the Canvas link at least 24 hours in advance. This communication will be sent to the email address associated with your MLP/Frontline account. In order to receive credit for participation, all course activities must be submitted within the month's timeframe and you will need to complete a Google Exit Ticket.
ParaEd: Presuming Competence in All Students to Create Learning Environments that Build Community - View Event Details
Wednesday 01 February 8:00 AM

ParaEd: What Every Paraprofessional Needs to Know About the Science of Reading, Part 2: A Focus on Language Comprehension

What is the science of reading (SOR) and how does it apply to language comprehension skills? This Part 2 edition of What Every Paraprofessional Needs to Know About the Science of Reading, takes an in depth look at the language comprehension skills of background knowledge, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
ParaEd: What Every Paraprofessional Needs to Know About the Science of Reading, Part 2: A Focus on Language Comprehension - View Event Details
Monday 27 February 4:30 PM

ParaEd: Who's Doing the Work? Strategies to Promote Student Independence

Paraprofessionals provide an essential role in supporting student learning and development. To ensure students acquire the necessary skills to be successful in school, the community, and post-secondary settings, educators must continuously support and promote independence across these settings. This asynchronous training will provide an overview of academic and behavioral strategies to foster student independence, with a focus on the prompt hierarchy and effective feedback.

ASYNCHRONOUS: This course will be open and available for completion from the first of the month through the last day of the month. Content will be presented through a public Canvas course, so participants do NOT need to create a Canvas account. Participants will receive an email from the presenter with the Canvas link at least 24 hours in advance. This communication will be sent to the email address associated with your MLP/Frontline account. In order to receive credit for participation, all course activities must be submitted within the month's timeframe and you will need to complete a Google Exit Ticket.
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Wednesday 01 March 8:00 AM

ParaEd: Neurodiversity in the Classroom

This session will explore the concept of neurodiversity in today's classrooms. Neurodiversity is an understanding and a recognition that not all brains are the same or work the same way. This session will be live and in person at the Bucks IU in Doylestown.
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Thursday 23 March 4:30 PM

ParaEd: Supporting Behavior in the Classroom

Supporting behavior in the classroom begins even before our students enter the classroom. In this session, learn how to be prepared before, during, and after a behavioral event occurs.

SYNCHRONOUS: Content will be presented through a live Zoom meeting. Please create a Zoom account with your full first and last name in advance and make sure your software is up to date. Participants will receive an email from the presenter with the Zoom link at least 24 hours in advance. This communication will be sent to the email address associated with your MLP/Frontline account. In order to receive credit for participation, your Zoom name needs to be complete and accurate (you may need to rename at the start of the meeting, in place of using a phone number) and you will need to complete a Google Exit Ticket.
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Thursday 06 April 4:30 PM

ParaEd: Impact of Social Media on Youth and How to Help Students Stay Emotionally Healthy

The on-line world has changed for this generation of students and many spend countless hours tuned into social media. There is concern that social media is harmful to the social/emotional development of our youth. This workshop will explore the positive and negative impact of social media and focus our discussion on how to help students develop a healthy relationship with social media as simply telling them to shut it down typically does not work.
ParaEd: Impact of Social Media on Youth and How to Help Students Stay Emotionally Healthy - View Event Details
Tuesday 25 April 4:30 PM

ParaEd: Low-Intensity Strategies Part 2

In this session, participants will be introduced to low-intensity classroom management strategies. When implemented consistently, these strategies can lead to significant improvements in student behavior. They can be easily embedded within academic instruction, can decrease student disruptive behavior and increase academic engagement.
(Please note: This is a continuation from Part 1 that was offered last year. You do NOT need to attend Part 1 to attend Part 2)

SYNCHRONOUS: Content will be presented through a live Zoom meeting. Please create a Zoom account with your full first and last name in advance and make sure your software is up to date. Participants will receive an email from the presenter with the Zoom link at least 24 hours in advance. This communication will be sent to the email address associated with your MLP/Frontline account. In order to receive credit for participation, your Zoom name needs to be complete and accurate (you may need to rename at the start of the meeting, in place of using a phone number) and you will need to complete a Google Exit Ticket.
ParaEd: Low-Intensity Strategies Part 2 - View Event Details
Wednesday 31 May 4:30 PM