Learn to see the invisible: gain insight about our growing population of students with hidden disabilities and how general and special educators can destigmatize them in order to improve student engagement and achievement. Two experts on hidden disabilities will inspire you with their stories and share evidence-based practices and case studies. You will realize the importance of a positive disability identity for those with hidden impairments. You will discover new ideas for helping connect students to positive role models, build on their assets, and advocate for the services they are guaranteed. This webinar will surprise you with big ideas to successfully help students with special needs succeed and transition to 21st century college and careers.
How brains uniquely develop impacts learning, social-emotional well-being and relationships. Understanding neurodiversity is essential for educators to create a positive learning climate for all students. Special educators will gain new strategies that best “prime” every brain for engagement, keep the stress response in check, and keep executive functions active and awake. Educators’ brains are part of the equation, too, because the teaching process is part of a living system where relationships open doors to higher level cognition and well-being. Attendees will gain valuable insight for rethinking behavior management more as behavior engagement by modeling a mindset that promotes equity and a mutual respect.
We have overly relied on punitive, coercive approaches to solve the puzzle of disruptive behavior. But, aha! Creating a positive school and classroom climate is a needed change and the missing piece for encouraging better behavior and boosting student achievement. Join us as one of our nation’s most sought-after speakers will surprise you with new insights for big change. You’ll discover how the STOIC framework, a multi-tiered system of prevention and intervention, empowers special educators. Structure for success, Teach expectations, Observe systematically, Interact positively, and Correct calmly are the pieces of the puzzle you’ve been looking for! The STOIC approach will inspire your entire academic community with ideas to continually upgrade universal practices and improve school safety, climate, and discipline. Infographic: The STOIC Framework
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 in special education to a focus on closing persistent gaps in student achievement and graduation rates. Now, Dr. Alan Coulter, the leading RDA expert, will bring us up to date with how different states are tackling their achievement gaps and the potential effects on school districts. Join a nationwide audience as we kick off our fall 2016 “Results Matter” series with this important webinar that looks at OSEP’s RDA from a local district’s perspective, discusses the implications for school administrators, and offers expert guidance on how to prepare for the future.
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. Register now for this informative session with RTI expert, Dr. Kim Gibbons. Dr. Gibbons will provide you with sustainability strategies for MTSS implementation with a focus on approaches for effective leadership and sustainability. With renewed attention to these MTSS implementation fidelity factors, we will see improved outcomes for all students.
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 a growing need for an organizing framework that ensures all students with disabilities are college and career ready. Make plans to participate as transition expert Dr. Mary Morningstar describes six academic and non-academic domains special educators can use to address transition challenges and implications for program level implementation.