PD Opportunities – January 2016

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]
Audience: PreK-12 teachers, paraeducators, administrators, AEA staff
Dates: 1/12/2016 to 1/26/2016

What can you do when individual students need more intensive analysis of their behavior because the interventions you are currently using are not successful? Participants in this course will learn a variety of data collection methods to assist in identifying the function of problem behavior. Content will focus on the ABC (antecedent-behavior-consequence) relationship. An emphasis on how to link interventions to function of behavior will be provided.

TARGET AUDIENCE: PreK-12 teachers, para educators, administrators, AEA staff

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: January 6, 2016

Focus On Teaching: Using Video to Gather Data–Jim Knight (Fairfield)

Location: Fairfield Convention Center (Fairfield, IA) [map]
Audience: Model/Open Classroom Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, Technology Coaches, Administrators.
Dates: 1/13/2016

This one day workshop supports Jim Knight’s Instructional Coaching model and using video to gather data in order to work with teachers and set measurable, student focused goals. To improve our teaching methods, we must understand what our current teaching methods. A classroom is a dynamic environment and there is always a lot going on that can be missed in the moment. The solution is video. Jim Knight’s new content focuses on strategies that model/open classroom teachers, instructional coaches, teams and administrators can use to get the most out of using video. Protocols, data gathering forms and many other tools will help you get the most out of watching video! Lunch is on your own.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Model/Open Classroom Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, Technology Coaches, Administrators.

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training Workshop – OTTUMWA

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]
Audience: Administrators, teachers, and para-educators employed by schools within GPAEA
Dates: 1/18/2016

IF YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IS PAYING FOR YOUR BOOK PLEASE CHOOSE PO AS PAYMENT OPTION WHEN REGISTERING.
Participants will be trained in a safe, non-harmful behavior management system designed to help them provide the best care, welfare, safety and security for students who may be anxious, disruptive, assaultive, or otherwise in crisis. Emphasis is given to de-escalation and personal safety techniques.Note: Please wear comfortable shoes/clothing the day of the training.

Target Audience: Administrators, teachers, and para-educators employed by schools within GPAEA

Special Education for Administrators – BURLINGTON

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) – Conference Room B[map]
Audience: LEA and AEA leadership working with or overseeing special education programs.
Dates: 1/18/2016 to 2/22/2016
Location: Conference Room B

This course will provide principals and other district administrators an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the supervision and administration of special education services. To provide leadership in special education, knowledge of procedures and regulations is necessary, but not sufficient. An understanding of the rationale behind the rules and an understanding of the consequences when a free and appropriate education is not provided to students is also necessary. This course will engage participants in a variety of activities to explore the essential foundational elements for overseeing special education services. Included in the conversation will be
• The essential foundational elements for enhanced understanding the implementation of a special education program such as FAPE, LRE, results, Special Education Plans, Prior Written Notice, CEIS and funding, special education records, and transportation.
• The general education intervention process, including MTSS/RtI and its connection to students with disabilities including suspicion of a disability
• The special education eligibility process including consent, the determination of entitlement including educational needs, and the proper consideration of exclusionary factors
• The important components of IEP development including the purpose of different meeting types, required attendance, how to determine appropriate services, and what to consider in the oversight of effective and efficient IEP meetings
• The issues involved with behaviorally challenged individuals who need FBAs and BIPs as well as the discussion of removals, change of placement, manifestation determinations, and seclusion/timeout, and
• The assessment issues in special education for making meaningful and data-based decisions regarding student progress. Included will be discussion of progress monitor

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) [map]
Audience: PreK-12 teachers, paraeducators, administrators, AEA staff
Dates: 1/19/2016 to 2/2/2016

What can you do when individual students need more intensive analysis of their behavior because the interventions you are currently using are not successful? Participants in this course will learn a variety of data collection methods to assist in identifying the function of problem behavior. Content will focus on the ABC (antecedent-behavior-consequence) relationship. An emphasis on how to link interventions to function of behavior will be provided.

TARGET AUDIENCE: PreK-12 teachers, para educators, administrators, AEA staff

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: January 12, 2016

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]
Audience: LEA and AEA leadership working with or overseeing special education programs.
Dates: 1/19/2016 to 2/23/2016

This course will provide principals and other district administrators an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the supervision and administration of special education services. To provide leadership in special education, knowledge of procedures and regulations is necessary, but not sufficient. An understanding of the rationale behind the rules and an understanding of the consequences when a free and appropriate education is not provided to students is also necessary. This course will engage participants in a variety of activities to explore the essential foundational elements for overseeing special education services. Included in the conversation will be
• The essential foundational elements for enhanced understanding the implementation of a special education program such as FAPE, LRE, results, Special Education Plans, Prior Written Notice, CEIS and funding, special education records, and transportation.
• The general education intervention process, including MTSS/RtI and its connection to students with disabilities including suspicion of a disability
• The special education eligibility process including consent, the determination of entitlement including educational needs, and the proper consideration of exclusionary factors
• The important components of IEP development including the purpose of different meeting types, required attendance, how to determine appropriate services, and what to consider in the oversight of effective and efficient IEP meetings
• The issues involved with behaviorally challenged individuals who need FBAs and BIPs as well as the discussion of removals, change of placement, manifestation determinations, and seclusion/timeout, and
• The assessment issues in special education for making meaningful and data-based decisions regarding student progress. Included will be discussion of progress monitor

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Check In Check Out Workshop Tier 2- BURLINGTON

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) [map]
Audience: YOU MUST BE A PART OF A TIER 2 TEAM AND WORK IN A SCHOOL THAT IS IMPLEMENTING TIER 2 PBIS INTERVENTIONS IN ORDER TO ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP
Dates: 1/19/2016

This Tier 2 “booster” workshop is intended to support Tier 2 team members in a school that is implementing PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports). Participants may attend with their PBIS Tier 2 team (at least with the team’s Internal Coach and/or Facilitator) as the purpose of the workshop is to gain further knowledge and understanding of the PBIS Tier 2 Check In Check Out intervention. There will be activities and content shared throughout the day.
* Exceptions are at the discretion of the instructor and must be approved ahead of time.NOTICE: Only open to PBIS leadership teams.

TARGET AUDIENCE: YOU MUST BE A PART OF A TIER 2 TEAM AND WORK IN A SCHOOL THAT IS IMPLEMENTING TIER 2 PBIS INTERVENTIONS IN ORDER TO ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: JANUARY 12, 2016

10. Check and Connect: A Comprehensive Student Engagement Intervention – BURLINGTON

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) – 21C[map]
Audience: Participants should be in a school that is implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), paraeducators and preferably have implemented Tier 2 supports effectively for at least one year.
Dates: 1/21/2016 to 3/8/2016
Location: 21C

This training is designed for education administrators and lead staff (decision-making stakeholders) interested in preparing for and implementing Check & Connect. Researchers, community professionals, and others interested in the Check & Connect model are also welcome to attend.

Check & Connect is a comprehensive intervention designed to enhance student engagement at school and with learning for marginalized, disengaged students in grades K-12, through relationship building, problem solving and capacity building, and persistence. A goal of Check & Connect is to foster school completion with academic and social competence.

Check & Connect is implemented by a trained mentor whose primary goal is to keep education a salient issue for disengaged students and their teachers and family members. The mentor works with a caseload of students and families over time and follows their caseload from program to program and school to school.

The Check & Connect trained mentor continuously:

Checks on students, assessing their engagement with school and learning through close monitoring of their attendance, behavior, and grades; and Connects with students, offering individualized intervention in partnership with school personnel, families, and community service providers.

Materials: The Check & Connect Manual is $55.00. Note that only one manual needs to be purchased per PBIS Leadership Team and not all participants need to purchase the manual. Your district will be billed for the number of manuals needed at the end of the course.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Participants MUST complete the Readiness Indicators with the instructor prior to taking this course. Participants should be in a school that is implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and preferably have implemented Tier 2 supports effectively for at least one year.DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: January 14, 2016

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training Workshop – BURLINGTON

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) [map]
Audience: Administrators, teachers, and para-educators employed by schools within GPAEA
Dates: 1/22/2016

IF YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IS PAYING FOR YOUR BOOK PLEASE CHOOSE PO AS PAYMENT OPTION WHEN REGISTERING.
Participants will be trained in a safe, non-harmful behavior management system designed to help them provide the best care, welfare, safety and security for students who may be anxious, disruptive, assaultive, or otherwise in crisis. Emphasis is given to de-escalation and personal safety techniques.Note: Please wear comfortable shoes/clothing the day of the training.

Target Audience: Administrators, teachers, and para-educators employed by schools within GPAEA

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) [map]
Audience: Preschool- 12th grade teachers, special education teachers, administrators, GPAEA consultants and service providers
Dates: 1/26/2016 to 2/24/2016

The outcome of this professional development series is to provide teachers with the background and tools they need to design quality literacy interventions for persistently struggling readers, making decisions based on research-based practices and using valid and reliable assessment data.

LETRS Module 4: The Mighty Word: Building Vocabulary and Oral Language. LETRS Module 5: Getting Up to Speed: Developing Fluency. LETRS Module 6: Digging for Meaning: Teaching Text Comprehension
Specific goals include:
1. Improve reading and written language performance for struggling readers.
2.Increase the instructional and diagnostic skills of teachers, especially those who support struggling readers.
3.Increase the ability of teachers to match and implement instruction for struggling readers, matched to student needs, monitor progress, and alter variables as needed.

PREREQUISITE: LETRS Modules 1-3

Materials Fee: $75 fee has been added.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Preschool-12th grade teachers, special education teachers, administrators, GPAEA consultants and service providers

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: January 15, 2016

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