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Staff Development Trainings

ABA Training for Educators

CARE professionals provide a wide-range of high-quality staff development sessions designed to not only inform, but also allow your staff to participate hands-on.  This method helps staff members to leave with a better understanding of how to implement the new information and skills.

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Autism - Understanding the Spectrum of Autism
(1 day / 1-2 trainers) With the significant increase in the numbers of students with Autism over the past few years, adults working with these students must understand the impact this disability has on all areas of their lives. The proposed training is formatted much like the General Disability Awareness training, hands-on and interactive, but specifically highlights characteristics of students with Autism.

Culturally Diverse Practices in the Assessment of English Language Learners
(1 day / 1-2 trainers) This professional development session will focus on the principles and strategies that evaluation personnel must employ for culturally fair and appropriate assessment practices in the assessment of English Language Learners for the presence of disabilities.

Differentiation & Instruction
(2 days / 2 trainers) Differentiated Instruction (DI) follows the philosophy of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) by providing a framework for teachers to proactively plan varied approaches to what students need to learn, how they will learn it and how they express what they've learned. Differentiated Instruction is a responsive approach, designed with the needs of the child in mind, rather than a standardized approach to teaching and learning that presumes all students of a given age are at the same academic and social level. The proposed training will provide participants with a working knowledge and practice with the guidelines, tools and strategies for differentiating the four classroom elements based on student readiness, interest, or learning profiles:

Content – What the student needs to learn or how the student will get access to the information. Process – Activities in which the student engages to make sense of or master the content. Products – Culminating projects that ask the student to rehearse, apply, and extend what he or she has learned in a unit. Learning environment – The way the classroom works and feels.
Disability Awareness ~ Understanding the Special Needs Child
(1 day / 2 trainers) This proposed interactive training will provide an overview of the certification areas for special education and general characteristics and needs of students' with these disabilities. The desired goal will be to develop awareness and empathy for students with disabilities and the impact disabilities have on their daily academic and social interactions.

Dyslexia Assessment
(1 day / 1-2 trainers) This professional development session will focus on the 2014 Texas Dyslexia Handbook requirements for assessment and will include instruction on the assessment procedures, scoring, and interpretation of common instruments for the assessment of dyslexia in Texas.

Effective Use of Paraprofessionals to Facilitate Student Independence
(1 day/ 2 trainers) This proposed hands-on and interactive training will focus on the paraprofessional’s requirement to facilitate student independence.  The key audience will be teacher-paraprofessional teams; however, both teachers and paraprofessionals will individually benefit from the interactive discussion of strategies that scaffold student independence and self-advocacy skills.  Trainers will highlight the role of the paraprofessional; teacher-paraprofessional relationship dynamics; guidelines for student and parent interaction; and useful student-focused, age-appropriate strategies and tools.

Evidenced-Based Programming for Students with Autism across a District
This presentation will focus on one district’s approach for developing evidenced-based programming for students with Autism, including: the process used to look at current practices for evaluating students suspected of Autism as well as the development and implementation of programming for students across all grade levels using the six core elements (Iovannone et al., 2003), 11-established treatments identified by the National Standards Project (2009), and 24 evidenced-based practices (Odom et al., 2010).  The presenters will discuss considerations for developing a uniform and consistent approach.

Peer-to-Peer Training (Staff and Student Peer Supporters)
(Number of days and trainers depends on the specified district's need)

Research shows that peer-to-peer support is a very efficient way to facilitate and assist in student learning, make the most of teacher and para-professional time, and increase the achievement level of challenging students. Part-1 of this two-part training seminar will begin by defining peer support, cooperative learning, and peer tutoring strategies, and then offer a step-by-step planning guide to implement a peer support program to benefit students with moderate to sever disabilities.  Part-2 will identify and specifically outline the process and materials for training peer supporters.  Educators and other staff members who complete this 2-part training seminar will discover how peer supports are a “two-way street”, boosting academic outcomes, social skills, and self-esteem of students with disabilities and the peers who support them.

Specially Designed Instruction
(1 day/ 2 trainers)

Although the concept of specially designed instruction is the foundation upon which special education is built, educators who are responsible for developing and implementing individualized education plans often don’t understand it.  The proposed training will define the specifics of Specially Designed Instruction and highlight its direct link to IEP planning and processes, and stress the importance of defining a student’s disability-related needs.   This hands-on, interactive training will keenly focus on the relationship between regular education and special education, and address the question of: What is “special education” in the world of Early Intervention (EI) and RTI.

Understanding AD/HD and Application of Behavioral and Instructional Strategies
(1 day / 1-2 trainers) This proposed interactive training, founded on recent brain research, provides an overview of the neurological structure of the AD/HD brain, includes discussion of the 3 types of AD/HD, and offers practical classroom strategies to positively impact students with AD/HD.  Attendees will gain a new awareness of the AD/HD student’s life and challenges.