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Special Education

Events are organized by category in chronological order.

Special Education

4th Annual Schools Concussion Conference: The Continuum of Concussion Management and Return to Learn

This is a one day conference that will address current research and information in concussion management as it relates to the return to learn process for all students.

Presenters will include Dr. Matt Grady (CHOP), Roni Robinson CRNP (CHOP), Kim Wyand & Coady Knowles (NovaCare), Tracy Yatsko (survivor), Dr. Stephen Russo (Springfield Psychology). There will also be several resource tables set up for the day.

A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided to all participants of this conference.
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Wednesday 29 January 8:30 AM

ParaEd: Integrating Trauma Informed Practices into Current School-wide and Classroom Systems

This training will focus on classroom practices and school-wide systems to support students impacted by trauma. Staff will review definitions of trauma, fight/flight/freeze response, as well as analyzing classroom practices and how they are trauma informed.
ParaEd: Integrating Trauma Informed Practices into Current School-wide and Classroom Systems - View Event Details
Monday 03 February 4:30 PM

County-Wide School Social Work Professional Development

Dr. Rachel Silliman Cohen from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine will be presenting on the epidemiology of child maltreatment with a particular focus on Caregiver-Fabricated Illness. She will also discuss supporting traumatized children in the school setting and the effects of secondary trauma on educators and providers.
County-Wide School Social Work Professional Development - View Event Details
Monday 24 February 8:30 AM

Orientation and Mobility Training for the 21st Century

Join fellow orientation and mobility specialists for this hands-on training that will explore emerging teaching areas in the field of Orientation & Mobility. Rideshare, Aira, Seeing AI, and Clew are powerful independence tools for individuals with visual impairments by providing new ways to access and navigate the community. The morning portion of this training will explore each app and include hands-on trials. The middle portion of training will include a Rideshare trip to a specific location where participants will engage in a scavenger hunt, using the various apps, and then have lunch. After returning to the IU for the afternoon, participants will engage in facilitated discussion about their experiences (e.g., pros/cons, considerations). The day will culminate with participants planning how to implement these technologies into lessons.
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Monday 24 February 9:00 AM

Early Childhood PBIS Pyramid Model Practices Block 1: Webinars 1 to 3

This webinar series focuses on the Teaching Pyramid, which is the framework for practices used in the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). This series is adapted from and based on the training modules developed through the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (csefel.vanderbilt.edu).

Webinar One. This webinar is an introduction to Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Information is provided regarding the importance of preventing and addressing challenging behaviors, as well as on the various components of PBIS.

Webinars Two and Three. These two webinars explore in detail the first level of the Teaching Pyramid, which focuses on the importance of nurturing and responsive relationships in the successful implementation of PBIS. This is considered a universal practice, meaning that we know that those responsive, positive relationships must be in place for all individuals within a program.

Format: There are activities interspersed throughout the series, so please download handouts that accompany the various webinars. The webinars were designed to be completed in small groups, so, if possible, please watch each webinar with at least one other colleague. Following viewing of the webinars, at various points, you will need to write an action/goal statement that you will later place into an evaluation form to document your participation in the webinars so that you are able to receive credit. These action plans are also designed to help you to determine how you will use the information gained in each webinar.

Completion: After viewing the webinars and completing the accompanying activities, please log back into MyLearningPlan to complete the respective evaluation for each block. You may want to print the evaluation templates below and complete the evaluation questions while working through the content. All evaluation content will need to be typed into the online evaluation form found in MyLearningPlan.
Early Childhood PBIS Pyramid Model Practices Block 1: Webinars 1 to 3 - View Event Details
Tuesday 10 March 12:00 AM

Early Childhood PBIS Pyramid Model Practices Block 2: Webinars 4 to 8

This webinar series focuses on the Teaching Pyramid, which is the framework for practices used in the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

Webinars Four through Eight. These webinars provide comprehensive information about the universal Pyramid Model practices that focus on designing high quality supportive environments. Research has shown us that how we, as the adults, structure our classrooms, establish schedules and routines, facilitate transitions, establish rules, and promote the engagement of children makes a profound difference in preventing challenging behaviors, and promoting social-emotional development.

The following practices are addressed in these webinars:

Webinar 4: Schedules and Routines

Webinar 5: Classroom Design

Webinar 6: Promoting Engagement during Activities

Webinar 7: Transitions

Webinar 8: Expectations and Rules

Format: There are activities interspersed throughout the series, so please download handouts that accompany the various webinars. The webinars were designed to be completed in small groups, so, if possible, please watch each webinar with at least one other colleague. Following viewing of the webinars, at various points, you will need to write an action/goal statement that you will later place into an evaluation form to document your participation in the webinars so that you are able to receive credit. These action plans are also designed to help you to determine how you will use the information gained in each webinar.

Completion: After viewing the webinars and completing the accompanying activities, please log back into MyLearningPlan to complete the respective evaluation for each block. You may want to print the evaluation templates below and complete the evaluation questions while working through the content. All evaluation content will need to be typed into the online evaluation form found in MyLearningPlan.
Early Childhood PBIS Pyramid Model Practices Block 2: Webinars 4 to 8 - View Event Details
Tuesday 10 March 12:00 AM

ParaEd: Fostering Student Independence

Participants will learn how to foster and promote student independence through understanding the application of prompting and prompt fading and learning how to capitalize on teachable moments.
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Wednesday 25 March 4:30 PM

ParaEd: Mindfulness

This workshop will define mindfulness, discuss the benefits of practicing mindfulness, how to develop the practice for oneself and how to incorporate mindfulness into the classroom for students. We will also look at the obstacles to doing mindfulness and how to overcome the barriers. Wear comfortable clothing as we will be doing some actual mindful meditation.
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Thursday 02 April 4:30 PM

Bucks County Truancy Taskforce

The Bucks County Truancy Taskforce meets several times during the school year to share ideas, research best practices, examine policies and procedures and develop resources to address student truancy. The taskforce is a collaboration between Bucks County School Districts, Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Bucks County Children and Youth, Bucks County Juvenile Court/District Justices and social service agencies. Discuss current legislation and implications for school policies/procedures. Review relevant research and assess best practice models. Discuss application of laws and PA Department of Education policy. Share ideas on intervention/prevention models and strategies. Network and build relationships between schools, courts and all child service providers.
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Friday 17 April 9:00 AM

ParaEd: Removing Barriers: Strategies to promote inclusive and equitable practices for all learners

In this session, participants will discuss various barriers within our schools and classrooms, and develop a bank of strategies to help students overcome those barriers.
Participants will be able to identify a variety of barriers students face in the school setting.
Participants will be able to compare and contrast ways to help overcome those barriers.
Participants will be able to share strategies for helping students overcome barriers.
Participants will be able to create a draft action plan for helping students overcome these barriers.
ParaEd: Removing Barriers: Strategies to promote inclusive and equitable practices for all learners - View Event Details
Thursday 07 May 4:30 PM

Early Childhood PBIS Pyramid Model Practices Block 1: Webinars 1 to 3

This webinar series focuses on the Teaching Pyramid, which is the framework for practices used in the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). This series is adapted from and based on the training modules developed through the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (csefel.vanderbilt.edu).

Webinar One. This webinar is an introduction to Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Information is provided regarding the importance of preventing and addressing challenging behaviors, as well as on the various components of PBIS.

Webinars Two and Three. These two webinars explore in detail the first level of the Teaching Pyramid, which focuses on the importance of nurturing and responsive relationships in the successful implementation of PBIS. This is considered a universal practice, meaning that we know that those responsive, positive relationships must be in place for all individuals within a program.

Format: There are activities interspersed throughout the series, so please download handouts that accompany the various webinars. The webinars were designed to be completed in small groups, so, if possible, please watch each webinar with at least one other colleague. Following viewing of the webinars, at various points, you will need to write an action/goal statement that you will later place into an evaluation form to document your participation in the webinars so that you are able to receive credit. These action plans are also designed to help you to determine how you will use the information gained in each webinar.

Completion: After viewing the webinars and completing the accompanying activities, please log back into MyLearningPlan to complete the respective evaluation for each block. You may want to print the evaluation templates below and complete the evaluation questions while working through the content. All evaluation content will need to be typed into the online evaluation form found in MyLearningPlan.
Early Childhood PBIS Pyramid Model Practices Block 1: Webinars 1 to 3 - View Event Details
Sunday 10 May 12:00 AM

Early Childhood PBIS Pyramid Model Practices Block 2: Webinars 4 to 8

This webinar series focuses on the Teaching Pyramid, which is the framework for practices used in the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

Webinars Four through Eight. These webinars provide comprehensive information about the universal Pyramid Model practices that focus on designing high quality supportive environments. Research has shown us that how we, as the adults, structure our classrooms, establish schedules and routines, facilitate transitions, establish rules, and promote the engagement of children makes a profound difference in preventing challenging behaviors, and promoting social-emotional development.

The following practices are addressed in these webinars:

Webinar 4: Schedules and Routines

Webinar 5: Classroom Design

Webinar 6: Promoting Engagement during Activities

Webinar 7: Transitions

Webinar 8: Expectations and Rules

Format: There are activities interspersed throughout the series, so please download handouts that accompany the various webinars. The webinars were designed to be completed in small groups, so, if possible, please watch each webinar with at least one other colleague. Following viewing of the webinars, at various points, you will need to write an action/goal statement that you will later place into an evaluation form to document your participation in the webinars so that you are able to receive credit. These action plans are also designed to help you to determine how you will use the information gained in each webinar.

Completion: After viewing the webinars and completing the accompanying activities, please log back into MyLearningPlan to complete the respective evaluation for each block. You may want to print the evaluation templates below and complete the evaluation questions while working through the content. All evaluation content will need to be typed into the online evaluation form found in MyLearningPlan.
Early Childhood PBIS Pyramid Model Practices Block 2: Webinars 4 to 8 - View Event Details
Sunday 10 May 12:00 AM

Legal update 3: A final deep dive into the most pressing topics in special education law.

This is the first of a series of sessions with Andrew Faust, esq. covering the most relevant topics in special education case law, IDEA, Chapter 14 and Section 504.
Legal update 3: A final deep dive into the most pressing topics in special education law. - View Event Details
Friday 15 May 9:00 AM