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January 24, 2019

Language for Learning

This workshop has been cancelled due to low enrollment. If you are interested in more information on this subject please contact Amanda Beranek (aberanek@nssed.org).

Presenters: Lauren Randazzo & Mary-Kelsey Coletto, ELS Instructional Coaches

Intended Audience: Teachers, teaching assistants, SLPs, and other school staff who will be implementing the program within approximately the next two months of school.  Language for Learning is designed for kindergarten and primary age school children, as well as English language learners

Activity Description: Language for Learning provides young learners with the knowledge and understanding of language they need to achieve proficiency and reading comprehension. This SRA oral language program teaches children the words, concepts, and statements important to both oral and written language, and helps enable them to extend this knowledge to other areas of their development.

Learning Objectives: Participants will

  • Identify the essential features of a Direct Instruction program.
  • Understand the purpose and rationale of Language for Learning including scope and sequence, teaching strategies, and progress monitoring.
  • Demonstrate effective teaching strategies during a sample lesson.

PD Credit Hours: 3.0
Registration: 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Session: 8:30 am to 11:30 am

Any person with with a licence through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is required to enter their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) when registering for this class. You can find your number by logging into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)

Start: January 24, 2019 8:30 am
End: January 24, 2019 11:30 am
Venue: NSSED Training Center- Arbor Academy Building
Address:
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776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States, 60035

January 25, 2019

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) Initial Training

FACILITATED BY: Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Certified Instructor

Through participation in this program, you will to learn to identify different behavior levels that an agitated individual may experience from anxiety to a physically aggressive crisis situation. Through the CPI framework, you will learn proactive strategies for prevention, de-escalating strategies for low-level behaviors, physical intervention techniques for aggressive behavior, and strategies to repair and problem solve after a crisis situation.

In order for participants to be certified, the Crisis Prevention Institute requires attendees to pass a written test at the end of the training. Early release is therefore not available. A half-day refresher course is required every 12 months (not to exceed 18 months) in order to maintain certification.

PD Hours: 6.5
Registration/Coffee: 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Session: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (One hour lunch - on your own)

Any person with with a licence through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is required to enter their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) when registering for this class. You can find your number by logging into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)

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Start: January 25, 2019 8:30 am
End: January 25, 2019 4:00 pm
Venue: NSSED Training Center- Arbor Academy Building
Address:
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776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States, 60035

January 28, 2019

Framing Meaningful Conversations Around Autism Eligibility

Presenters: Jenny Knudson, M.A. CCC-SLP, NSSED District Coach, Bobby Hanson, M.A, NSA Student Services Coach

Intended Audience: Educators that participate in the evaluation process for determining eligibility for special education services in the school setting. This may include psychologists, social workers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and special education teachers. This training will address all student age ranges.

Activity Description: Participants will be provided a rationale for using the autism eligibility framework as well as an in depth understanding of the steps in the process and how they benefit parents, teams, and students. Participants will increase their familiarity of various assessment tools used to gather information to guide meaningful conversations around student needs. Lastly, participants will learn how to organize and effectively communicate assessment results with parents and fellow team members to continue framing meaningful conversations around student supports.

Learning Objectives:

  1. 1. Identify 3 reasons why utilizing  a guiding framework is a effective approach for school-based teams.
  2. 2. Understand the steps of the Autism Eligibility Framework and the action plan involved at each step.
  3. 3. Identify assessment tools to provide information to best determine autism eligibility and gather information to provide a complete education plan for your students.
  4. 4. Practice the use of the framework to have conversations about autism eligibility with your team and with parents.

PD Hours: 6.0
Registration/Coffee: 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Session: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (One hour lunch - on your own)

Any person with with a licence through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is required to enter their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) when registering for this class. You can find your number by logging into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)

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Start: January 28, 2019 8:30 am
End: January 28, 2019 3:30 pm
Venue: NSSED Training Center- Arbor Academy Building
Address:
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776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States, 60035

January 28, 2019

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Refresher Course

Presenter: Laura Swanick, M.S. Ed, provides instructional technology coaching to NSSED programs and districts, and is NSSED's DLM alternate assessment district test coordinator.

Intended Audience: Staff who have given the DLM alternate assessment before and who need to complete the refresher course

Activity Description: During this session we will view videos related to the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) alternate assessment, discuss as a group suggestions for planning/giving the test as well as questions/concerns, and finally, complete the corresponding online tests. By doing this, participants will receive a certificate of completion from DLM-AA and will be able to administer the test once it goes live in March. Those who attend MUST 1) have given the DLM-AA before, 2) have a login to the testing Moodle site, and 3) have a computer on which they can login and take the tests. If you are new to DLM,-AA please contact your DLM-AA district test coordinator as you will need to complete a more involved training program online and this refresher course is not for you. NOTE: this course can be completed as a self study on ones' own time. We are simply meeting to collaborate and complete this test as a group for support. Any questions prior to this training, please contact your DLM district test coordinator or Laura Swanick at Lswanick@nssed.org.

Learning Objectives: Participants will 1) view refresher course videos to learn the DLM-AA 2) take refresher course tests to show knowledge 3) share suggestions, questions/concerns re: DLM-AA

Registration: 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Session: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Due to new ISBE regulations, we are no longer able to offer PD Credit Hours for Refresher Classes.

Any person with with a licence through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is required to enter their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) when registering for this class. You can find your number by logging into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)

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Start: January 28, 2019 2:30 pm
End: January 28, 2019 4:00 pm
Venue: NSSED District Services Center- Room 178
Phone: 847-831-5100
Address:
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760 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States

January 30, 2019

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) Initial Training

FACILITATED BY: Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Certified Instructor

Through participation in this program, you will to learn to identify different behavior levels that an agitated individual may experience from anxiety to a physically aggressive crisis situation. Through the CPI framework, you will learn proactive strategies for prevention, de-escalating strategies for low-level behaviors, physical intervention techniques for aggressive behavior, and strategies to repair and problem solve after a crisis situation.

In order for participants to be certified, the Crisis Prevention Institute requires attendees to pass a written test at the end of the training. Early release is therefore not available. A half-day refresher course is required every 12 months (not to exceed 18 months) in order to maintain certification.

PD Hours: 6.5
Registration/Coffee: 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Session: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (One hour lunch - on your own)

Any person with with a licence through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is required to enter their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) when registering for this class. You can find your number by logging into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)

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Start: January 30, 2019 8:30 am
End: January 30, 2019 4:00 pm
Venue: NSSED Training Center- Arbor Academy Building
Address:
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776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States, 60035

February 5, 2019

CHAMPS: A Proactive and Positive Approach to Classroom Management Day 1

Day 1: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Day 2: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Participants are expected to attend both days of the workshop.

Presenters: Dr. Jill Bose-Deakins, NSSED District Services Coach & Dr. Amy Cohan, NSSED District Services Coach

Intended Audience: This training is intended for all general education and special education teachers who are interested in improving classroom management and student behavior, Support Staff and Administrators

Description: CHAMPS, a framework developed by Safe and Civil Schools, offers a comprehensive classroom management plan that includes proactive, positive, and instructional strategies to address student behavior. Research has demonstrated that manipulating the following five key variables within a classroom management plan will improve student behavior in the classroom: Structure, Teach Behavior Expectations, Observe and Supervise, Interact Positively, and Correct Fluently (STOIC). When implemented, staff are more prepared to teach and effectively respond to student behavior. Within this 2-day training, participants will have opportunities to reflect on current practices, develop STOIC strategies for their setting, and collaborate with other participants. In addition, sessions include group discussion, movement, videos and work time to meet the learning objectives below.

Learning Objectives: Participants will:
Understand that time devoted to teaching behavior proactively is important for future student engagement.
Identify structures for the classroom that maximize learning and minimize disruptions.
Develop rules, expectations and procedures for student behavior.
Understand the components of effective supervision.
Learn specific strategies for increasing positive to corrective ratio of interactions with students.
Identify strategies for effective corrections.

PD Hours: 6.0 per session
Registration/Coffee: 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Session: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (One hour lunch - on your own)

Any person with with a licence through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is required to enter their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) when registering for this class. You can find your number by logging into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)

Register for both sessions now!

Start: February 5, 2019 8:30 am
End: February 5, 2019 3:30 pm
Venue: NSSED Training Center- Arbor Academy Building
Address:
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776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States, 60035

February 6, 2019

De-Escalation Strategies

Presenters: Kelli Hunt-NVCI Trainer, and Sheena Watterson-District Services Coach/NVCI Trainer

Intended Audience: General education teacher, special education teachers, and any support staff

Activity Description: We will discuss the different stages of emotional escalation and ways to identify each stage, as well as de-escalation strategies for the various stages of emotional escalation. This training focuses on prevention while providing you with techniques to help defuse student crisis.

Learning Objectives: Participants will:

  • Understand and identify the various stages of emotional escalation
  • Be able to identify and implement strategies for the various stages of emotional escalation

PD Hours: 3
Registration/Coffee: 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Session: 8:30 am to 11:30 am

Any person with with a licence through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is required to enter their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) when registering for this class. You can find your number by logging into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)

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Start: February 6, 2019 8:30 am
End: February 6, 2019 11:30 am
Venue: NSSED Training Center- Arbor Academy Building
Address:
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776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States, 60035

February 7, 2019

Supporting Writing Tasks in Chrome

Presenter: Lynda Hartman is the educator/consultant on NSSED's Integrated Technology Support Team. She has an M.A. in Special Education (Learning Disabilities) and an M.L.S. in Assistive Technology (AT). Lynda has taught students across the continuum of environments and age levels. She designed/taught an undergraduate AT class, presents webinars and presents/facilitates workshops on various topics across Illinois and at state/national conferences.

Intended Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Related Services Staff, Technology Coaches, Instructional Coaches

Activity Description: Can Chrome/Chromebooks provide support for students in completing writing tasks? Participants will have the opportunity to download and explore Chrome extensions, add-ons and web resources that support some typical classroom setting demands. We will dig into the topic of speech recognition. We will look at a decision making process to help participants select appropriate tools and discuss how to incorporate these technologies into the classroom and how to assess their effectiveness. Resources will also be provided to help participants continue in their Chrome journey.

NOTE: Prior to the session, participants using laptops should have already signed in (set up an account) to the Google Chrome Browser. This is a separate process from signing in to your Google account.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand and apply a technology decision making process to guide selection of appropriate tools to support student learning
  • Identify tools to support each of the writing process tasks of researching, pre-writing, drafting and revising/editing
  • Identify tools to support annotating and note taking tasks
  • Understand when and how to support exploration/instruction of speech recognition

PD Hours: 5.5
Registration/Coffee: 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Session: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm (One hour lunch - on your own)

Any person with with a licence through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is required to enter their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) when registering for this class. You can find your number by logging into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)

Register for this session now!

Start: February 7, 2019 8:30 am
End: February 7, 2019 3:00 pm
Venue: NSSED District Services Center- Room 178
Phone: 847-831-5100
Address:
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760 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States

February 11, 2019

Parent Academy – Transition Cohort: Understanding Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

Parent Academy is educational programming created by the NSSED Association of Parents and Staff in collaboration with it's member school districts parent leadership groups.The Academy's purpose is to provide parents professional learning that empowers them to be active, collaborative, and engaged members of their child’s educational team and school community. These workshops are free and open to the community.
Parent Academy Learning Cohorts cover a comprehensive study of a specific area of the educational, parent or disability field. Series are scheduled over the course of several months. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions within a series as materials and knowledge build from one session to the next. Also, there are multiple topics covered in the Learning Cohort, however we encourage you to look at the Sequenced Learning schedule for deeper insight into some of the topics covered in the Cohort.
Questions can be directed to Susan Hans, NSSED Parent Mentor at (831) 5100 x 2228 (shans@nssed.org).

Understanding Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
This session will cover the basic principles of supported and customized employment. Emily Raming, Executive Director, TotalLink2 Community.  This session will be facilitated by Representative, Department of Rehabilitative Services

Susan Hans is the Parent Mentor for the Northern Suburban Special Education District. She has held this position for the past 12 years, during which she has conducted workshops for a broad spectrum of parent, teacher, staff and administrative groups on collaborative problem solving and effective communication strategies in the IEP process, and supporting young adults after they transition from school. She also frequently presents on parent leadership in education and provides consultative services to both parents and staff. Mrs. Hans is the parent of four children, one still in the school system with an IEP. Prior to joining the educational field, Mrs. Hans worked as executive and consultant in the healthcare industry. She received her BA in Economics from Northwestern University.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Register by: Friday, February 9, 2019.
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Start: February 11, 2019 9:30 am
End: February 11, 2019 11:30 am
Venue: NSSED Training Center- Arbor Academy Building
Address:
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776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States, 60035

February 12, 2019

Paula Kluth 3 Day Inclusion Series; Day 2

Day 1: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Day 2: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Day 3: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Presenter: Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to create more responsive and engaging experiences for all learners.

Intended Audience: It is strongly recommended that schools/districts attend in teams with ideally an administrator or coach from your district or school.  The material is geared toward elementary and middle school educators and administrators. Others are absolutely welcome to participate, but these individuals should keep in mind that most of the examples that will be provided will feature students in K-8 settings.

Do I have to attend all 3 sessions? It is also strongly recommended that the same team attend each training because information in Session 2 will build on the information in Session 1, etc.

Activity Description: Come and learn about high-quality inclusive education today. In this three-day training, best practices and related research will be shared alongside useful resources and easy-to implement classroom ideas. These sessions are intended to provide support to professionals who will, in turn, be able to educate both students with disabilities and their teachers.  This workshop provides the foundation for those that follow. Topics include foundations of inclusive schools, best practices, inclusive schooling models, etc. SESSIONS 2 & 3 key strategies Over these two sessions, participants will learn strategies that are critical to the success of learners with disabilities (e.g. active learning, video modeling/visuals, use of communication supports, “radical” role sharing & paraprofessional collaboration)

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn about 1)students with unique learning profiles (e.g., autism, Down syndrome) and the most effective supports for meeting the needs of these learners. 2) tips on how to share this information with colleagues and other stakeholders.

During this three session series participants will:

  • Study disability from “the inside out”; understand experiences of people with identified needs
  • Study best practices and ideology of inclusive schooling
  • Be introduced to 5-7 key supports to use in the classroom and to share with others
  • Learn how to support colleagues in learning new skills & changing practices

PD Credit Hours: 5.0 per session
Registration: 8:30 am to 9:00 am
Session: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; Lunch: (One hour - on your own.)

Any person with with a licence through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is required to enter their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) when registering for this class. You can find your number by logging into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)

Register for all three sessions now!

Start: February 12, 2019 9:00 am
End: February 12, 2019 3:00 pm
Venue: Lake Forest High School West Campus
Phone: 847-235-9657
Address:
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300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, IL, United States, 60045
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