Strands

Autism

 Autism workshops have been very well attended and continue to be identified by staff in our member districts as a request for training.  Four workshops will be presented this year. 

 As our children are aging up, we have a need to address Transitioning Planning.  A workshop will focus on What’s Next for our Students with Autism.  We will also be presenting workshops on a Collaborative Approach to ABA, Anxiety in High Functioning Students with Autism and a workshop addressing Effective Instruction for Students with High Functioning Autism.

Behavior Management 

Staff participating in our “2017 Needs Analysis Survey” expressed a continued high level of need for training in classroom Behavior Management.  This year we are offering seven workshops that address specific methods and strategies for classroom teachers, paraprofessionals and support staff. 

 These workshops address Deescalating Verbal Behavior, School Refusal, Behavioral Intervention Planning, Strategies for the Management of Classroom Behavior, Restraint Training and the Fostering of Student Resilience.

Best Practices 

The response to the Co-Teaching workshop offered this year was very positive.  We will be offering two workshops which will each focus on the different models of Co-Teaching as well as Differentiated Instruction with Co-Teaching paradigm.

 In response to staff requests in their completion of our workshop evaluations, we are offering both a Study Skills workshop and a workshop addressing Organizational Skill Development. 

 Along with these four workshops, a workshop designed specifically for Paraprofessionals, “Survival Skills for Paraprofessionals:  Working Effectively with Students and Staff Members” is being offered.

Interactive Technology for the Classroom

 The area of Technology to open the classroom and enable teachers and students to easily explore using the digital world has been identified as a strong need in our spring Survey.

 We are offering four workshops including the use of Google Tools to Support Struggling Learners.  In addition to Google Tools, we will have three workshops which address Project Based Learning, Reimagining the Learning Environment Using Technology and How to Incorporate Creativity and Innovation to Develop Student Skills.

Literacy

 This year we are offering a separate strand to address the workshops of Literacy.  We have and will continue to support “Fee for Service” training in Wilson Reading & Language.

 In this strand, we will feature workshops that fulfill the requirement of Dyslexia training, a workshop that prepares students Grades 3 - 8 for PARCC Testing, a workshop for teachers at the Elementary level in Instructional Strategies to teach Phonemic Awareness and a Writers’ workshop for teachers Grades K – 5.

Social Skills 

Over the past several years, the teaching of Social Skills has emerged as a process within our schools.  We attempt to bring to the Academy workshop presenters that are knowledgeable practitioners that will share with you the skills required to put into place the Social Skills programs within your school setting. 

In this strand, you will find workshops that will introduce you to Social and Emotional learning tools, a workshop focusing on the Social Skills needs of Students with ADHD, Teaching Social Skills in the Primary Classroom and a workshop for the Improvement of Social Skills for Students with Autism.