Professional Development - Registration


Vocabulary Instruction: Word Nerds   March 03 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Jenny Anthertz, Melissa Call
Increase your ability to plan, teach and assess vocabulary based on the latest research. Implement creative, flexible vocabulary instruction that uses a multisensory approach. Help students from all backgrounds develop a deeper knowledge of vocabulary and love of words
Audience: All teachers
Place: TBA
Survivor: Sensory Island   March 16 2020
Points: 9
Presenter: Dr. Melissa Call
Survivor: Sensory Island- Learn about student sensory integration difficulties while competing in a variety of sensory based challenges with your tribe. Based on Lauren H. Kerstein's My Sensory Book: Working Together to Explore Sensory Issues and the Big Feelings They Can Cause: A Workbook for Parents, Professionals, and Children. It is designed to be a tool to help parents, professionals and children themselves understand the sensory systems. The training focuses on the child as a whole person as we explore sensory issues, sensory modulation, emotional modulation, and the relationship between the sensory and emotional systems.
Audience: Audience: CSS teachers, VE teachers and/or teachers serving students with sensory needs.
Place: TBA
Down Rabbit Hole with Executive Functioning    March 17 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Dr. Melissa Call
This training will give you strategies to help students who may struggle with cognitive flexibility, self-control, memory, organization/planning, and initiating task/staying focused on tasks. Complete your Wonderland Passport as you navigate through the complexities of Executive Functioning.
Audience: All Teachers
Place: SCHULTZ CENTER
Escaping the Nightmare through Accommodations    March 19 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Dr. Melissa Call
Escaping the Nightmare through Accommodations: Use your newly acquired skills for developing high quality accommodations in order to escape the "room". Learn how to develop, implement and assess accommodations that help students access the standards and make positive gains.
Audience: All teachers that have students with 504s and/or IEPs - K-12
Place: TBA
Strategies for Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom   March 24 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: FDLRS / FIN
Based on the newest research from the CEC and CEEDAR Center, this workshop dives into the book High-Leverage Practices for Inclusive Classrooms. These twenty-two (22) practices support students learning and are fundamental to effective teaching in inclusive classrooms. While learning new strategies, participants will receive the book and other resources to implement in their inclusive educational setting.
Audience: All inclusive education teachers
Place: PLCC
A Wild Goose Chase for Flipped Learning   March 26 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Dr. Melissa Call
Learn how to use technology, hands-on learning, and engaging activities to differentiate your instruction in order to meet the needs of all learners. This technology-driven teaching method “flips” the traditional class to allow the teacher more time to interact and engage with students--the lecture becomes homework and the class time becomes active learning/practice. In this “flipped” training, participants explore the components of flipped learning through a scavenger hunt; completing missions as a team and increasing their knowledge as they (and their students) “win”.
Audience: All Teachers
Place: TBA
Escaping the Nightmare through Accommodations   April 09 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Dr. Melissa Call
Use your newly acquired skills for developing high quality accommodations in order to escape the "room". Learn how to develop, implement and assess accommodations that help students access the standards and make positive gains.
Audience: All Teachers
Place: TBA
Writing Strategies   April 13 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: FDLRS
Based on the book by Jennifer Serravallo and grouped under 10 critical writing
goals, this training provides over 300 step-by-step strategies to help meet the
individual writing needs of each student.
Audience: All teachers
Place: TBA
Grading For Proficiency in the Inclusive Classroom   April 14 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Leila Jenkins
This workshop explores ways to support teachers as they move toward successful assessment and grading practices for use in the differentiated classroom. Participants will examine how to manage and assess student progress along the continuum of learning. Participants will receive Rich Wormeli's book, Fair Isn't Always Equal.
Audience: Instructional personnel for K-12 teachers who have previous training and experience implementing differentiated instruction.
Place: PLCC
Understanding Text and Readers   April 21 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Dr. Melissa Call
Based on another great book by Jennifer Serravallo, this training will help teachers tailor their instruction to meet the needs of the student. It is critical to get to know our students in a holistic way. How Understanding Texts & Readers aims to do this is by offering teachers a variety of lenses through which to see our readers so we can invite students into the work of goal-setting and deep comprehension. When students know how books go and what they can do to better understand the content of their books, they will ultimately enjoy their time spent reading, both in and out of the classroom.
Audience: Teachers k-8
Place: TBA
Access Points for Inclusion   April 23 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Leila Jenkins
Students on Access Points are increasingly being included in general education settings to receive their instruction. This workshop is designed to increase participants’ understanding of the Florida Standards Access Points and the resources available to support students with significant cognitive disabilities in the inclusion classroom. Participants will use these resources to design a lesson plan that addresses the needs of the students following the Florida State Standards as well as students with significant cognitive disabilities on access points. They will need to bring a laptop and the materials/resources they regularly use for lesson planning. Lab laptops are available upon request. Requests should be made prior to the workshop date. Participants will receive Ralabate's book Your UDL Lesson Planner: The Step-by-Step Guide for Teaching All Learners.
Audience: General Education and Special Education Teachers serving in the General Education inclusion classroom. Priority will be given to collaborative instructional teams who register together.
Place: PLCC
Avoiding Power Struggles - Solutions    April 24 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Jenny Anthertz
Learn easy to use behavior strategies to avoid power struggles with students in the classroom.
Audience: All teachers
Place: TBA
Phonological Awareness   April 28 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Dr. Melissa Call / Jenny Anthertz
Transform struggling readers into successful readers with this field-tested, evidence-based phonological awareness program. This supplemental Tier 2 curriculum is the ideal way to deliver systematic, intensive phonological awareness instruction to students in Grades K–2, whether they have language impairments or just need extra help with literacy skills. This proven program helps you sharpen struggling students’ phonological awareness skills through focused, small-group lessons that take just 30 minutes each. It walks you through every step, with explicit guidance, suggested scripts, teaching strategies, and tips on what to do when a student is still struggling with a skill. A must-have for teachers of young children and reading specialists
• align instruction with the Standards
• deliver high-quality RTI Tier 2 instruction
• improve four critical phonological awareness skills: rhyming, initial sounds, final sounds, and complete segmentation
• scaffold lessons and adapt the pace of instruction
• get results without significant time investment—just 30 minutes, three times a week
• enhance any existing curriculum
PRACTICAL MATERIALS: 100+ pages of downloadable classroom content! Game boards, word lists, implementation checklists, and more than 20 sets of colorful picture cards help students learn and retain phonological awareness skills in fun and engaging ways
Audience: All reading teachers
Place: TBA
ESE 101: A Three Ring Circus    April 30 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Dr. Melissa Call / Phyllis Barrington
ESE 101: A Three Ring Circus focuses on three major components of special education: law, characteristics of learners, and evidenced-based practices. This training is intended for all teachers and paras working with students in self-contained or inclusion settings who want to learn more about the basics of ESE. Prepare to have carnival like fun as you learn more about your students and how to serve them!
Audience: All Teachers
Place: TBA
A Framework for Understanding Poverty   May 01 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Jenny Anthertz
Sign in begins at 8 a.m.; the workshop is from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. How does poverty impact learning, work habits, or decision making? The reality of being poor brings out a survival mentality and turns attention away from opportunities taken for granted by everyone else. If you work with people in poverty, understanding of how different their world is from yours will be invaluable. In an educational setting, economic class differences create conflict and challenges for both teachers and students alike. Designed for educators at all levels, but helpful to counselors, administrators, and support staff, this seminar provides practical, real-world support and guidance for overcoming barriers and helping others succeed.
NOTE: This training does NOT meet the ESE 20 point requirement.
Audience: All Teachers
Place: PLCC
Tough Kid Social Skills   May 01 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Call/McMillan/Barrington
An extension of Tough Kids Tool Box ®, this one-day workshop provides a practical framework for teaching social skills to the Tough Kid®. Participants will learn how to identify social skills excesses and deficits, target “at-risk” students in need of intervention, track data for behavior, and be prepared to lead social skills instruction. This course provides an overview of the Tough Kid® Social Skills curriculum as well as strategies for how to effectively use the curriculum to improve student behavior. Participants will receive Dr. Susan M. Sheradin’s The Tough Kid® Social Skills book.
Audience: Teachers, Administrators, School Counselors, and Special Education Teachers working with students with social skills deficits. This curriculum is targeted toward students in grades 3-8.
Place: TBA
Survivor: Sensory Island   May 05 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Dr. Melissa Call
Survivor: Sensory Island- Learn about student sensory integration difficulties while competing in a variety of sensory based challenges with your tribe. Based on Lauren H. Kerstein's My Sensory Book: Working Together to Explore Sensory Issues and the Big Feelings They Can Cause: A Workbook for Parents, Professionals, and Children. It is designed to be a tool to help parents, professionals and children themselves understand the sensory systems. The training focuses on the child as a whole person as we explore sensory issues, sensory modulation, emotional modulation, and the relationship between the sensory and emotional systems.
Audience: Audience: CSS teachers, VE teachers and/or teachers serving students with sensory needs.
Place: TBA
Dealing with Tough Kids: Practical Classroom Management Strategies   May 07 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Jenny Anthertz
Practical techniques for dealing with difficult students at all grade levels. The techniques are designed to reduce disruptive behavior and provide students with behavioral, academic and social survival skills. The presentation will review what causes “tough kid” behavior, how to practically assess it, and strategies to remediate it! An emphasis will be placed on proactive strategies and POSITIVE behavior management interventions such as Mystery Motivators, Reward Spinners and Behavior Bingo to reinforce positive behavior.
Audience: All teachers working with ESE students.
Place: TBA
Down Rabbit Hole with Executive Functioning    May 08 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Dr. Melissa Call
This training will give you strategies to help students who may struggle with cognitive flexibility, self-control, memory, organization/planning, and initiating task/staying focused on tasks. Complete your Wonderland Passport as you navigate through the complexities of Executive Functioning.
Audience: All Teachers
Place: TBA
LessonPix   May 14 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Patti Weigel
LessonPix is an easy-to-use online tool that allows users to create various customized learning materials from any computer, tablet or even a smart phone. This will be an active session with participants working directly with the tools. Participants will leave with visual supports that can be used immediately use with their students.
Learn how to navigate this online tool to:
• Create numerous custom visual supports
• Browse the library that contains 1000's of pictures.
• Upload your own clip art or photos to use with our custom materials.
• Find ideas on how to use LessonPix at home, in the classroom, or with children with special needs.
• Explore the Sharing Center where all users of the program can share their creations and find new inspiration.
Audience: All Teachers, SLPs, OTs, PTs, & Paraprofessionals currently working with students with disabilities
Place: PLCC
CREATING VISUAL SUPPORTS FOR CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION and COMMUNICATION BOARDS.   May 15 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Patti Weigel
NOTE: Prerequisite: This workshop is designed for participants who have previously taken Boardmaker Software Basics or LessonPix. Participants need to come prepared with a list of visual supports needed for the classroom, home and/or community.
The day is spent creating and adapting materials using Boardmaker Software or LessonPix to promote functional receptive/expressive communication skills in a variety of settings. All participants will have access to a color printer, laminate, Velcro, and other necessary materials to make a number of visual supports. The visual supports created during this workshop can be used immediately in the classroom, home or community.
Audience: Teachers, SLPs, OTs, PTs, ParaProfessionals currently working with ESE students.
Place: PLCC
LessonPix   June 04 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Patti Weigel
LessonPix is an easy-to-use online tool that allows users to create various customized learning materials from any computer, tablet or even a smart phone. This will be an active session with participants working directly with the tools. Participants will leave with visual supports that can be used immediately use with their students.
Learn how to navigate this online tool to:
• Create numerous custom visual supports
• Browse the library that contains 1000's of pictures.
• Upload your own clip art or photos to use with our custom materials.
• Find ideas on how to use LessonPix at home, in the classroom, or with children with special needs.
• Explore the Sharing Center where all users of the program can share their creations and find new inspiration.
Audience: All Teachers, SLPs, OTs, PTs, & Paraprofessionals currently working with students with disabilities
Place: PLCC
CREATING VISUAL SUPPORTS FOR CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION and COMMUNICATION BOARDS.   June 05 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Patti Weigel
NOTE: Prerequisite: This workshop is designed for participants who have previously taken Boardmaker Software Basics or LessonPix. Participants need to come prepared with a list of visual supports needed for the classroom, home and/or community.
The day is spent creating and adapting materials using Boardmaker Software or LessonPix to promote functional receptive/expressive communication skills in a variety of settings. All participants will have access to a color printer, laminate, Velcro, and other necessary materials to make a number of visual supports. The visual supports created during this workshop can be used immediately in the classroom, home or community.
Audience: Teachers, SLPs, OTs, PTs, ParaProfessionals currently working with ESE students.
Place: PLCC
Reading Strategies   June 08 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Dr. Melissa Call
Based on the book by Jennifer Serravallo, this training provides over 300 step-by-step strategies to help meet the individual reading needs of each student. From fluency to literary analysis, each strategy is cross-linked to skills, genres, and reading levels to provide teachers with “just-right” teaching.
Audience: ESE support facilitators, and K-8 inclusion teachers with struggling readers.
Place: TBA
Writing Strategies   June 09 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: FDLRS
Based on the book by Jennifer Serravallo and grouped under 10 critical writing
goals, this training provides over 300 step-by-step strategies to help meet the
individual writing needs of each student.
Audience: All teachers
Place: TBA
Collaborative Planning and Teaching   June 09 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Leila Jenkins
This one-day workshop will explore effective collaborative planning and teaching strategies. Participants will learn how to maximize their planning time and prioritize instructional models based on student needs; to improve communication and maintain positive working relationships with their collaborative partners; and to determine and document responsibilities for all members of the classroom. Participant's receive either Murawski's book Collaborative Teaching in Elementary Schools or Collaborative Teaching in Secondary Schools.
Audience: General Education and Special Education Teachers serving in the General Education inclusion classroom. Priority will be given to collaborative instructional teams who register together.
Place: PLCC
Proficiency with Grading for the Inclusive Classroom   June 10 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Leila Jenkins
This workshop explores ways to support teachers as they move toward successful assessment and grading practices for use in the differentiated classroom. Participants will examine how to manage and assess student progress along the continuum of learning. Participants will receive Rich Wormeli's book, Fair Isn't Always Equal
Audience: Instructional personnel for grades 3-12 who have previous training and experience implementing differentiated instruction.
Place: PLCC
Understanding Text and Readers   June 10 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Dr. Melissa Call
Based on another great book by Jennifer Serravallo, this training will help teachers tailor their instruction to meet the needs of the student. It is critical to get to know our students in a holistic way. How Understanding Texts & Readers aims to do this is by offering teachers a variety of lenses through which to see our readers so we can invite students into the work of goal-setting and deep comprehension. When students know how books go and what they can do to better understand the content of their books, they will ultimately enjoy their time spent reading, both in and out of the classroom.
Audience: Teachers k-8
Place: TBA
Phonological Awareness   June 11 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Dr. Melissa Call / Jenny Anthertz
Transform struggling readers into successful readers with this field-tested, evidence-based phonological awareness program. This supplemental Tier 2 curriculum is the ideal way to deliver systematic, intensive phonological awareness instruction to students in Grades K–2, whether they have language impairments or just need extra help with literacy skills. This proven program helps you sharpen struggling students’ phonological awareness skills through focused, small-group lessons that take just 30 minutes each. It walks you through every step, with explicit guidance, suggested scripts, teaching strategies, and tips on what to do when a student is still struggling with a skill. A must-have for teachers of young children and reading specialists
• align instruction with the Standards
• deliver high-quality RTI Tier 2 instruction
• improve four critical phonological awareness skills: rhyming, initial sounds, final sounds, and complete segmentation
• scaffold lessons and adapt the pace of instruction
• get results without significant time investment—just 30 minutes, three times a week
• enhance any existing curriculum
PRACTICAL MATERIALS: 100+ pages of downloadable classroom content! Game boards, word lists, implementation checklists, and more than 20 sets of colorful picture cards help students learn and retain phonological awareness skills in fun and engaging ways
Audience: All reading teachers
Place: TBA
Adapt-A-Book    June 15 2020
Points: 7
Presenter: Melissa Call, Patti Weigel
NOTE: Prerequisite: Participants MUST have taken a Boardmaker Software Basics or LessonPix prior and have the software skills necessary to work independently and in small groups adapting a children's book with visual supports and creating curriculum extensions for a book. Participants will receive a book and all materials needed to adapt the book.
Audience: Teachers, SLPs, OTs, PTs, currently working with ESE students.
Place: PLCC
Advanced Adapt-A-Book    June 16 2020
Points: 6
Presenter: Patti Weigel / Melissa Call
NOTE - Prerequisite: Participants MUST have previously taken an Adapt-A-Book workshop prior to registering for this workshop. Participants must also be knowledgeable with Boardmaker Software and/or LessonPix and have the basic computer skills necessary to work independently or in small groups adapting a book(s) with visual supports and creating curriculum extensions. Participants are encouraged to bring their own children’s book.
Audience: Teachers, SLPs, OTs & PTs & working with students with disabilities / State license CEUs are provided for SLPs
Place: PLCC
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