The SPED Ahead Forum by PresenceLearning is a community and program dedicated to empowering school administrators and special education leaders to have open conversations about  ideas and promising practices that will help students with special needs thrive. With a series of free interactive special education resources and webinars, PresenceLearning seeks answers to tough questions in education and continues to push the  search for effective leadership strategies for addressing special needs students’ challenges for literacy skills, scholastic achievement and peer relationships.

Dec
06
2016

How to Improve Transition Results for High School Students with Disabilities

Transition challenges are top-of-mind for every special educator. How can we improve achievement for students with disabilities and prepare them to transition from high school to college and career? With heightened accountability, special educators are using a range of tools and methods that go beyond core academics and include non-academic skills, while considering student motivation and engagement. Now, there is…

Oct
25
2016

Getting Results with a Sustainable Multi-Tiered Support System

How effective is RTI in supporting students with learning and behavioral needs? RTI and the Multi Tiered System and Support Framework (MTSS) promised to close the achievement gap even for students who struggle with disabilities. But a persistent shortfall in achievement outcomes is raising questions about the multi-tiered approach and whether special educators really understand the essential elements of MTSS.…

Sep
30
2016

Results Driven Accountability: Where Were We? Where Are We? Where Do We Go Next?

The Results Driven Accountability (RDA) initiative from OSEP has unfolded over the past several years. Now it’s time to take stock of the past, present, and future of this important new chapter in the history of special education in America. With RDA, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) catalyzed a nationwide shift from a focus centered on procedural compliance…

May
05
2016

Lost and Found: What Works (and What Doesn’t) for Behaviorally Challenged Students

Trying to modify behavior in the typical reactive mode has not proven effective. Students who need help the most benefit least from discipline as usual. It’s time to transform our thinking and our practices so at-risk students can achieve. The Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) model does just that. Collaborative and Proactive Solutions are described by Dr. Ross Greene in…

Mar
24
2016

SEL: The Real Skills for Success!

Helping at-risk students has become an increasingly complex job for special educators. Amidst the rigor of new curriculum standards and the ever-growing impact of technology, we are challenged to help all students be ready and eager to learn when they enter the classroom. Distractions, fears, and lack of social emotional competence especially impair minority students from gaining what they need…

Feb
11
2016

Inclusion Is for Every Learner — Or is It?

Data confirms what all special educators experience. Our vision of inclusion has not been achieved, particularly for children of color. What can we do to reduce instances of inappropriate identification of minority students for special education services? How can we learn to use a cultural lens to examine our current attitudes and practices for our at-risk students? What new approaches…

Nov
17
2015

Social Communication + Emotional Regulation: An Environment for School Success

With growing concerns about behavior issues that disrupt the learning environment, educators are seeking new evidence-based strategies to help students with challenges in social communication and emotional regulation. This webinar is an overview of The SCERTS Model, which helps create positive school climates. SCERTS prioritizes developmental areas of Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Transactional Support — critical foundations for student…

Oct
20
2015

Positive Behavior Strategies: The Real Road to School Climate Change

The use of reactive disciplinary approaches such as seclusion, restraint, and out-of-school suspension has gained much attention recently, with numerous exposes, government reports, and proposed federal legislation. There is compelling evidence that these approaches are often dangerous for students and create a negative school climate. The challenge to schools seeking to reduce their use of these procedures is determining what…

Sep
23
2015

Beyond Behavior: Creating a Culture for Data-Driven Behavioral Interventions

Using data to make better decisions about student behavior is a cultural and environmental shift impacting special educators, administrators, and counselors alike. While we continue to observe and document cases related to behavior problems, there is a heightened need for easier and more reliable ways to determine the effectiveness of behavioral interventions. Now we can clearly define what influences a…

Jun
16
2015

Uniquely Human

Providing services for children with autism is a growing challenge. Special educators and families are hungry for advice and encouragement. Autism is usually portrayed as a checklist of deficits: difficulties interacting with others, sensory challenges, and repetitive–sometimes disruptive– behaviors. Therapy has focused on eliminating “autistic” symptoms. Now there’s a different perspective and a new approach– a major shift in the…

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