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October 10, 2014 Professional Development
  • Surface Behavior Management- Presented by Justin Jarvis
    • This educator in-service training is a workshop-based experience which focuses on identifying and remediating a number of factors associated with student behavior.  Participants will be asked to reflect on current practices of behavior intervention and management, with specific emphasis on the role of educators’ personal values, sensitivities, and preferences in setting rules or expectations and in determining acceptable or unacceptable conduct.  Student behavior will be addressed by examining possible causative factors associated with behavioral choices, largely through identifying the potential emotional foundations which significantly impact students’ behavioral choices.  Other key areas of focus are as follows:
      • The perception of behavior as a communication rather than defiance or opposition
      • The limitations of being “perfect” in the eyes of students and the benefit of being vulnerable and thereby approachable
      • The absence of the overt teaching of acceptable conduct and the belief that students should arrive at school “ready to learn” versus the need to dedicate instructional time to teaching about behavior
      • Establishing the value or purpose of a given classroom rule such that students feel a vested interest in abiding by it
      • Review of a selection of surface behavior management techniques applicable to various styles of learner and circumstance, as well as reflection on previous successes or projections for future application of techniques with target populations.
  • Physical Management of the Intensive Special Needs Students - Presented by Kristen Clark
    • Training will include body mechanics, lifting and transfers, physical management such as position, equipment, orthotics and rang of motion.
  • Why Music Works, Music Therapy in a School Setting - Presented by Scott Snow
    • This is an experiential workshop that will give an overview of music therapy. It will show how music therapy is used in school settings to support students with special needs to more effectively access the curriculum. Adapted songwriting, welcome songs, improvisation songs, goodbye songs, communication/socialization songs, adapted switches, visual aides, and the use of musical prompts will be explored. The presenter will review the many benefits of music therapy treatment. Common interventions, goals/objectives, assessments, and progress notes will be summarized as well.
  • Vision & Mobility- Presented by Michelle Bedard and Demetra Edwards
    • Guidelines for the Specialized Assessment of Students with Visual Impairments. Michelle will explain the Expanded Core Curriculum and the new DESE Guidelines.
  • Best Practice Writing IEPs/Measurable Goals/Objectives/Benchmarks; introduction to Standard Based IEP Goals - Sharon Faucher
    • How to write and IEP using measurable goals, objectives and benchmarks.
  • Transitional Assessments and IEP Design and Development - Presented by Judith Imperatore
    • Transition Assessment
      • LEARNING OBJECTIVE: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to produce a transition assessment plan for a student that includes all the necessary areas to evaluate.  Each participant will also have generated a listing of organizational structures, materials and resources required in order to support comprehensive transition assessment district wide.
    • I-13 and IEP design and development
      • LEARNIG OBJECTIVE: By completing this session, participants will be able to compare an IEP to I-13 using National standards on Best Practice and rate its compliancy.
  • Assessing Fitness - Based  Physical Education for Grades K-12 - Presented by Robert Fitzpatrick
    • This presentation provides attendees a hands-on experience with regard to assessing learners in physical education. Current trends in assessing fitness (Fitness Gram/Presidential fitness test) will be explored and goal setting techniques will be applied to enhance health-related fitness scores. District Determined Measures will also be discussed for the purpose of developing appropriate measures for grades K-12. Core Course Objectives will be analyzed for all grade levels. Attendees will leave with samples of strategies and activities to enable them to effectively and efficiently assess student learning in content areas.
  • ABA Training - Offered by Dudley Charlton
    • ABA is a discipline that helps to understand and improve human social behavior. This seminar will focus on understanding, defining and treating  behavior. We will compare behavior to the environment and develop techniques to decrease undesired behavior while increase socially appropriate behavior.  Seminar lecture will be reinforced with YouTube videos and some “hands on” activities. You will learn how to collect meaningful data to help create reinforcement systems to monitor/treat behaviors in your classroom.
  • ELL Training - Offered by Dudley Charlton
    • What Teachers Need to Know About Language
      • 12 Principles
  • Introduction to FM Systems - Presented by Danielle Burgess, Mary Chojnicki and Mary Good
  • DDMs/Caseload - Presented by Teachers 21
    • For school sociologist, adjustment, counselors, counselors, team-chairs, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist.
  • PBIS - Presented by Brendra Goodreau
    • This PBIS training will focus on providing an overview of PBIS, including the relationship to ABA and the foundations needed to successfully begin PBIS within a school setting.  The presenters will introduce the SWIS database as a method to collect, input, and analyze data.  Discussions will focus on how to develop function based interventions based on data.  The training will emphasize how to sustain and develop capacity for PBIS within a school setting.  The trainers will also share the PBIS framework they developed specifically for the Grow School.
  • PLCs Groups
    • PLC for school sociologist, adjustment, counselors, counselors, team-chairs, art, gym
  • Chapter 222 - Presented by Attorney Michael Joyce
  • SAT Redesign - Presnted by Alan Bernstein from the College Board
    • SAT Redesign
      This workshop will discuss how the new SAT and PSAT/NMSQT are departures from our current programs, how they are more closely linked to rigorous college readiness standards, such as the Common Core State Standards, and what this all means for schools, teachers, students, and parents. A great deal of change is upon us and school leaders need to be aware of these changes. Our redesigned programs are no longer solely about college admissions and acceptance, but include the College Board's Opportunity Agenda, which links assessment, instruction, and equity so that all students are afforded post-secondary opportunities. Part of this workshop is explaining how the redesigned SAT and PSAT/NMSQT programs differ from what many of us remember from high school and how they are now tightly woven into college and career opportunities. As part of the Opportunity Agenda, we will discuss several of the no-cost resources that are built into College Board assessments for immediate use.
  • School Nursing - Present by Sean Williams
  • Assistive Technology - Presented by Alison Ballou, Sue Mufti and Tracy Cunkovski
  • Creating Safe and Supportive Schools - Offered by Tantasqua
    • This will cover information relative to social emotional learning, comprehensive mental health and behavioral health supports in schools, and practical tips for classroom teachers. 
  • PREPaRE Workshop 1, Second Edition - Offered by Tantasqua
    • This 1-day workshop provides school-based mental health professionals, administrations, security professionals, and other educators the knowledge and resources to help them establish and sustain comprehensive school safety and crisis prevention and preparedness efforts.  With updated research and strategies, this workshop makes a clear connection between ongoing school safety and crisis preparedness.  It also will emphasize the unique needs and functions of school teams and the steps involved in developing these teams, including a model that integrates school personnel and community provider roles.  The workshop also explores how to prepare the school crisis by developing, exercising, and evaluating safety and crisis plans.    
  • Executive Functioning- Offered by Millbury 
    • Audience: School Psychologist, OT, & SLP
Special Education PD Offerings

All of the MFA and MLA courses are open to all current educators in Massachusetts, although there are certain criteria that participants need to meet as outlined in the applications.  Please go to the following sites for more detailed information, including instructions for completing the applications.

For the Massachusetts FOCUS Academy (MFA) please click here

For the Massachusetts Licensure Academy (MLA) please chick here

Please do not hesitate to contact Linda Tarmy at 781-338-3384 or with any questions or comments.

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