Full Day WorkShop
Developing Social Cognition for the Learning/Language Disabled Child
This workshop will explore social cognition- or children’s ability to relate to others – including problems that many children face with this issue. Some of the topics that will be discussed will be: the pervasive nature of learning language disabilities, the importance of social skills, symptomology of social skill deficits, paralinguistic skills in the social arena and verbal pragmatics. Participants will understand how learning/language disabilities, autism, and oppositional defiance disorder manifests itself in social behavior. Strategies that teachers can use to help children become more socially successful will be presented such as social autopsies, identifying the hidden curriculum, creating popularity and social stories. Participants : regular and special ed teachers, parents, speech therapists, and counselors.
This program will examine the cognitive process basic to language and literacy development. The V/V technique successfully stimulates concept imagery. Individuals that learn comprehension through this program are better equipped to create a visual gestalt to improve their language, comprehension, reasoning for critical thinking, and expressive language skills. Participants : regular and special ed teachers, and speech therapists.
Class Wide Peer Tutoring
Based on the PALS program, students learn to work cooperative with partners to help increase reading fluency, comprehension, and studying skills. Participants : regular and special ed teachers
The Myth of the Lazy Child
“He’s so lazy!” It’s an epithet frequently flung at children who don’t do their homework or apply themselves in school. This workshop (based on Mel Levine’s work) will discuss subtle undiagnosed neurodevelopmental breakdowns which cause memory, language, motor-function, and organizational weaknesses which lead to “output failure”. Participants : regular and special ed teachers, parents and counselors
Differentiation Instruction in a Mixed Ability Classroom
Principles of differentiated instruction according to readiness, interest, and learning profile. Participants will learn to differentiate content, activities and products Instructional and management strategies such as anchoring activities, adjusting questions, learning contracts, compacting etc. will be addressed. Participants : regular and special ed teachers.
Co-teaching in an Inclusive Classroom
Definition, rationale, and models for co-teaching. Topics of concern and adaptations for special needs students will be addressed Participants : regular and special ed teachers and principals
Efffective Classroom Discipline
Models of discipline developed by leaders in the field of classroom management (i.e. Canter, Mendler, Glasser, Jones, Gorden, Lavoi) will be discussed. These models include: behavior management, assertive discipline, discipline with dignity, reality therapy, control theory in the classroom, and strategic tactics for student with divers needs. Participants : regular and special ed teachers.
How to Handle the Tough Child
Latest research on classroom management of severe behavior problems including chronic misbehavior, the explosive child, and the special needs student. Participants : regular and special ed teachers
Reaching all Stundents Through Their Multiple Intelligences
Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligence; MI lesson plans and teaching strategies, MI projects: use of graphic organizers to fit multiple intelligences Participants : regular and special ed teachers.
Rationale for portfolio; steps of portfolio assessment: selection and collection of artifacts, rubrics, interjecting personality, conferencing, exhibition of portfolios Participants : regular and special ed teachers.
Quality Teaching Makes the Difference
This program is geared for entry year teachers and their mentors/supervising teacher. Participants will learn the necessary criteria for effective instruction and effective mentoring skills guiding the journey of the beginning teacher. Participants : entry level teachers and lead teacher
Constructing and Organizing Meaning for Declarative Knowledge
Inspire the Desire to Write
One Session Workshop
Identifying Text Patterns
Aligning Work Samples to IEP Goals/Methods for Implementing IEP Goals
This workshop will prepare teachers to fill out IEP progress reports the correct way. Focus will be on documentation and methods to fulfill IEP goals. Participants will learn how to align work samples to IEP goals. A variety of cover pages and documentation options will be presented. Participants will be apprised of importance of looking at criteria and actual performance.
Tiered Instruction: Meet and Potatoes of Differentiation
Changing the level of complexity or required readiness of a task or unit of study in order to meet the developmental needs of the students involved is tiered instruction. Participants will learn the basics of differentiation and will create and activity that provides different levels or tiers. They learned different ways of tiering such as Tic Tac Toe, cubing, multiple intelligence projects etc. Participants : regular and special ed teachers
Motivating Your Students
Factors that impact motivation and techniques to deal with them Participants : all teachers
Dealing with the Explosive Child: Basket Talk
Adapting Teacher Generated Tests
Methods to modify tests for students who have learning differences Participants : regular and special ed teachers
Definition and use of graphic organizers to make abstract material concrete Participants : all teachers