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DLC Professional Development 2020-01-20T23:06:28-06:00

We work side-by-side with teachers and leaders to dramatically improve outcomes for diverse learners in our schools. In this effort, we offer a variety of professional learning opportunities. Let’s learn together and do better for all of our students! Register and find session descriptions at links below. Contact info@diverselearnerscoop.com for more information.

DLC HOSTED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The following training sessions will be offered in the spring of 2020. Click below for more information about specific events, or for a downloadable version of the Spring PD Calendar click here.

Wednesday, January 22, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Valor College Prep, Room 246

As a teacher to English Learners, one of the most effective ways to support students in accessing complex texts and tasks is by writing and using Model Performance Indicators (MPIs).  MPIs help take some of the guesswork of what students need to do in class, ensuring that students are not over- or under-supported.  Join the DLC for this session where we will learn how to locate, read, write and implement MPIs in any classroom, for any subject.

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Wednesday, January 22, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Valor College Prep, Room 246

Schools know that community partnerships are invaluable, but many are daunted by the task of enlisting the community for support. Join us in this one hour session as we discuss how to identify potential partners, what to say to them, and how to build mutually beneficial relationships. This session is geared towards anyone in a school-leaders, teachers, parents-who are interested in tapping into the value of better community relationships.

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Wednesday, February 5, 8:30 – 10:30am

Valor College Prep, Room 246

Are you seeing a need for bolstered writing instruction for your EL students? Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas are invited to join us for this session focused on supporting English Learners in writing. Participants will walk away with strategies to implement immediately for planning, teaching and assessing writing. If you want to help your EL students grow in the area of writing, this is the session for you!

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Wednesday, February 10, 8:30 – 3:00pm

Valor College Prep, Room 246

Join the DLC in making sure you’re ready for the unexpected with nonviolent crisis intervention training, designed to teach best practices for managing difficult situations and disruptive behaviors. Participants learn how to identify at-risk individuals and use nonverbal and verbal techniques to defuse hostile or belligerent behavior. We will also learn how to control our own fear and anxiety in a crisis and avoid injury when a crisis becomes physical. Wear comfortable clothes.

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Planning for post-secondary success starts well before we have systems in place that guide us. And once our students are in high school, our support is thrown into hyper-speed and the puzzle is often challenging to assemble in the short amount of time we have with them. Join us for this two-part session.

Transition: Foundations

Wednesday, February 19, 8:30 – 10:00am

Valor College Prep, Room 246

The first part will focus on basics of transition – mindsets around postsecondary success, critical components of transition planning, and contextual applications of these processes.

Transition: Focus Group

Wednesday, February 19, 10:00 – 11:30am

Valor College Prep, Room 246

The second part of the training will approach the issue of excellent transition planning “think tank” style. We’ll have experts to help guide the discussion, so come prepared with your questions and ideas as we sift through best practice together.

You are welcome to join us for part one and/or part two.

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Friday, February 28, 9:00am – 11:30am

Valor College Prep, Room 246

Clarify the difference between accommodation and modification. Learn how to align the choice of adaptation with student need. Discuss ways to get the whole team on board with implementing them consistently. Find the right metric to show they are working. Join us for a discussion of adaptations that work for students!

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Wednesday, March 4, 1:00 – 3:30pm

Valor College Prep, Room 246

Paraprofessionals are key stakeholders when it comes to increasing student success, and they have a unique opportunity to support students’ needs across a variety of contexts in school. In the second part of this series, we will build on the knowledge of instructional and behavioral management strategies in order to increase paraprofessionals’ expertise on implementing the right support strategy in the right context. By practicing our responses, we can target the students who need the extra support with effective interventions.

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Tuesday, March 10, 8:30 – 11:00am

Valor College Prep, Room 246

When we are teaching students that are years behind in reading skills, grade level content is inaccessible and students continue to fall further behind. Implementing systematic reading interventions are crucial for continued student progress toward grade level goals. However, many teachers are not trained in “teaching students to read” – particularly in the upper grades. Join us to examine the building blocks of reading interventions – the why and the how of each, as well as how you can implement these components into your own instruction.

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Friday, April 3, 11:30am – 1:00pm

Valor College Prep, Room 246

If your student(s) have unusual difficulty getting organized, remembering things, completing independent work, and finishing projects, they may have issues with executive function. Executive functions are cognitive skills we all use to analyze tasks, break them into steps, and keep them in mind until we get things done. These skills allow us to manage our time effectively, memorize facts, understand what we read, solve multi-step problems, and organize our thoughts in writing. Difficulties in this area greatly impact our students’ ability to be successful throughout their school day, learn what is expected, and perform to their potential on assessments. Join us for lunch as we discuss how to support students in developing better executive functions, especially in this time of assessments and the pressure to perform.

*Lunch is provided for participants by the DLC*

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Wednesday, May 6, 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Valor College Prep, Room 246

In order to help our students access the academic content they need to know, we have to consider the behavioral skills they will need to develop to be ready for learning. So, how can we set our students up for success from Day 1? Join us as we explore behavior systems that work across each tier of a school – from developing strong, proactive foundations for all students to creating individualized interventions for students needing extra behavioral support. We will consider how each system can increase student learning, and we will dive into example resources that participants can implement in their own classrooms next year.

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Friday, May 15, 11:30am – 1:00pm

Valor College Prep, Room 246

Special education and EL teachers often get lumped in with general education when it comes to professional learning and growth measures. But do the same learning, coaching, and evaluation practices always apply? While solid content foundations are crucial to student success, this approach often overlooks the nuances of student support in planning and practice. This session will explore how to offer high-impact professional development for teachers of diverse learners that increases teacher efficacy and improves student outcomes. Attendees will walk away with key strategies for differentiating professional development structures, tools, and content for SPED and EL teachers. Ideal audience: school administrators, leaders, coordinators, and coaches.

*Lunch is provided for participants by the DLC*

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Wednesday, June 10

More information coming soon. Mark your calendar!

TOO MANY TO CHOOSE JUST ONE?

You don’t have to. This spring, we are offering in limited numbers a DLC PD PASS“. Your school may purchase
one pass for $500/semester. The pass allows team members from your school-site to attend any (or all) sessions
offered in Spring 2020. Please see details for pass purchase at www.diverselearnerscoop.com/PDpass.

STRONG START WORKSHOPS

Need an experienced thought partner to get your caseloads and systems set for a strong start to the school year? These workshops are intended to guide your cross-functional teams (special educators, RTI coordinators, instructional leads, school leaders, general educators, etc) through a beginning of the year protocol. The outcomes of the day will be predetermined with team leads and the work facilitated by 1-2 DLC team members.

Example outcomes are listed below but remain flexible to what your team needs to accomplish.

  • Special Education (caseload organization, service mapping, intervention setup, compliance recommendations)
  • English Learners (caseload organization, service mapping, service strategy, compliance recommendations)
  • RTI2 (screen identification, data tracking strategy, student mapping, intervention selection + preparation)
  • PBIS (system review and refinement, extension to new grade levels, prior year data review and response)

Offered in 1, 2, or 3 day increments. Contact us to determine best fit for your setting, including most salient outcomes, what you can expect, who should be involved, and how to prepare for your Strong Start Workshop.

Complete an interest form here.

SCHOOL-SITE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The DLC team can provide the following professional development personalized for your school team. If other topics relevant to diverse learners better align to school priorities, please let us know by contacting us at info@diverselearnerscoop.com.

An introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and how we can use this strategy to increase access to core content for all learners. Valuable for general and special educators alike. Walk away with key strategies to apply to daily instructional planning. (3 hours)

Complete an interest form here.

Co-teaching is the most frequently used educational support model for students with disabilities and those who are learning English. But, how do we know that we are making the most of this model? Are our students actually thriving in this environment?  Develop a plan to push your co-teaching to the next level with the use of research-based best-practice. (3 hours)

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Working with a student or a group of students who demonstrate difficult behaviors can be challenging! This session will present research-based behavior management strategies that work with individual students or in the classroom setting, leaving you with concrete strategies to help increase positive student behaviors  at your school! A productive learning session for any member of your team. (3 hours)

Complete an interest form here.

LOCAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The DLC has sourced local development events that highlight best practices for diverse learners. One good way to keep up with these opportunities is to add this calendar to your own (click the +Google Calendar link at the bottom right).