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.

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…

May
21
2015

5 Easy Ways to Fail in Education

Special educators are feeling the impact of a changing student population and the heightened emphasis on the results of our services. There are so many ways we can get off track and sometimes fail in education. Join your colleagues as we take a look at just five of these common pitfalls, and with humor, share new ideas and plenty of…

Change agents — leaders in special education– are transforming ways to help older students cope with ASD, attention deficits and related problem behavior that interferes with learning. What does the latest brain research suggest about how we can individualize services, help these students pay closer attention to oral instruction, develop self-regulation skills, complete assignments on time and meet their educational…

Mar
17
2015

How to Become a Change Agent for Better Readers With Early Collaborative Partnerships

Progress in creating literate learners is the cornerstone of education and a high-stakes yardstick by which academic performance is measured. Silos of school-based services are how we’ve traditionally helped students with special needs who are at-risk for reading failure. But now, there’s a new collaborative and results-oriented approach: parents and educators working together to provide individual early reading experiences that…

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