Workshops / Trainings
Featured Training: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
A proactive strategy for defining, teaching and supporting student behavior resulting in academic and social gains and a positive school environment
Research shows that when a school environment is positive and predictable, students feel safer, have better academic performance, higher test results and make better behavior choices. Schools also show a gain in instructional time, reduction in out of school suspensions and discipline referrals and show a decrease in referrals to Special Education.
Is it a curriculum?
No. PBIS is not a curriculum, but a process of planning and problem solving that includes direct teaching of social behaviors like academics. The basic PBIS approach is to use proactive, research-based strategies to teach clearly defined behavioral expectations. Most importantly, it establishes ongoing behavior supports that can be used by ALL students, staff, volunteers, parents and community members.
Can parents be involved?
Yes! Research shows that parent involvement in a child’s school experience greatly increases their chances for academic success, positive behavior, higher self-esteem, better attendance and greater motivation. Parents are key sources of information about their child, are their child’s first teachers, and have strengths and interests that can contribute to the educational process. When schools and families work together to support learning, children tend to succeed not just in school, but also throughout life. (National PTA, n.a.; Newman L. 2005; Henderson and Berla, 1997).
Upcoming Workshops & Events
The ABCs of the IEP: Making the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Work for Your Child
Date: Monday, August 13, 2018
This workshop will help parents understand how to use the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to benefit their child. Presenters will use the PACER booklet, “Guide for Minnesota Parent to the IEP”, to help participants understand how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs. Parents need to bring a copy of their child’s most current IEP.
Hot Tips on the IEP: Is your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) individualized and appropriate?
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018
Participants will learn how to use the information on their child’s special education evaluation report to determine how well the individualized Education Program (IEP) addresses the child’s unique needs. Parents should bring a copy of their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report and their child's current IEP.
Evening Session- Assistive Technology (AT) in the Schools: Consideration, IEPs and More
Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Research supports the use of Assistive Technology with students with any disability. In a short amount of time AT can make a big difference. We’ll also discuss the process for including AT in the IEP, legally called the process of consideration, and about Minnesota Department of Education’s newly updated AT Manual. There are two times to choose from for this very important topic and timely as we begin to think about the 2018-2019 school year.