The Collaborative can come to your school on your next staff development day.

We have sessions that have already been curated and are ready to be delivered whenever needed or we can create customized sessions based on your school’s staff and students’ needs.

Contact us today for more information on pricing and scheduling.

Avoiding the Hidden Message: Maintaining High Expectations for Your Diverse Learners

Audience: Whole school

Description: Our students with diverse learning needs can easily receive the message that we don’t believe in their ability to meet high expectations.  This can have a lifelong effect on their educational and post-secondary lives. This session will spotlight how to avoid sending this message, but instead utilize high expectations while providing the necessary supports and scaffolds so that our students with diverse learning needs can experience academic success.

Objectives: Participants will understand the detrimental effects that low expectations can have on our diverse learner populations and how easily that message can be delivered to students.  Participants will be able to make instructional decisions and facilitation moves that will hold the student to appropriately high expectations using what they know about the student and the content standards.

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


Writing IEP Goals that Ensure Rigorous Specialized Instruction

Audience: Special Education Teachers

Description: IEP goals and objectives are the drivers of specially designed instruction to close students’ gaps, however,  poorly written goals can lead to not making adequate gains or even further increasing the gap. In this session, participants will learn how to write standards-aligned goals  using student data, exemplars, and rubrics and ensures that instruction is targeting gaps with a focus on grade level standards.

Objectives: Participants will be able to write standards-aligned goals and objectives that allows specialized instruction to close their students’ academic gaps and  will be able to create/utilize rubrics and exemplars to ensure that progress monitoring is efficient and embedded into instruction.

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


Maximizing Inclusion: Collaborative Practices That Lead to Results

Audience: Special Education teachers, General Education Teachers, Instructional Coaches

Description: You can put a special education teacher in every classroom and still not see positive change in student performance.  By incorporating high leverage practices and utilizing data to drive decision-making, you can ensure that you are leveraging your resources in ways that lead to student outcomes.

Objectives: Participants WBAT identify key practices that make co-teaching effective, articulate the differences, advantages, & cautions of each co-teach model, analyze the parts of an effective co-planning meeting, & identify opportunities before, during, & after a lesson to gather & analyze data to inform next steps.

Length: 3 - 6 hours (content can be altered to fit the required time limit)


Facilitating Independence

Audience: Paraprofessionals

Description:  Paraprofessionals can be a valuable resource when supporting students with moderate to severe needs.  However, their presence and support can have detrimental effects on a student’s progress if they do not continually have their sights on the end goal of a student acquiring skills that promote independence.  This workshop creates a protocol that paras can utilize to plan how they will fade out their support strategically over time.

Objectives:  Paras WBAT plan for how to strategically fade support for students to increase independence.

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


Task Analysis

Audience: Paraprofessionals

Description: So often we make assumptions about what students can do and then are surprised when they fail to master the academic/behavioral skills we are teaching.  This session provides participants with a process to develop a path of incremental steps that will ultimately lead to the mastery of the academic/behavioral skills.

Objectives:  Paras WBAT break down educational tasks into incremental steps in order to teach, practice, and monitor progress with explicit skills.

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


Paraprofessionals: the Data Collectors!

Audience: Paraprofessionals

Description: How many times have we seen a paraprofessional sitting on the side without a clear purpose or plan for supporting students’ needs? What a waste of a valuable resource! In order to ensure that paras are always being well utilized, we must give them the skills to be expert data collectors.  This session provides participants with the tools needed to assess academic skills and collect behavioral data that will support teachers in their decision-making.

Objectives:  Paras WBAT administer and score academic screeners and collected behavioral data to help inform programming decisions for the scholars that they work with.

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


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