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Dec
13

Library of Essentials Courses for Paraeducators Continues to Grow

Recognizing that schools and districts have limited time and resources for professional development for paraeducators and other support staff, we continue to expand our library of Essentials Courses to help meet this critical need.   Essentials Courses are abbreviated versions of our full-length courses. These 15-20 minute courses help provide paraeducators and other support staff,…
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Oct
15

New Course: Restraint and Seclusion Overview (Essentials)

In school settings, restraint and seclusion are meant to be used only with students who are so dangerously out of control that they are about to injure themselves or others. Restraint and seclusion should not be used as a punishment or consequence for “bad” behavior or when a student is non-compliant. Unfortunately, some school professionals don’t…
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Jun
18

New Course: Working Safely with Students with Special Needs

The Special Education classroom offers unique challenges to school staff. Beyond the typical teaching demands, school staff also face the possibility of injury. One common source of injury is overexertion related to helping lift and transfer students with special needs. A variety of injuries caused by students – accidentally or otherwise – can also be…
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May
11

New Course: Differentiated Instruction

Differentiation is a term frequently heard in education and can be listed as an expectation during classroom observations. But what is differentiation? And is it really feasible with the many demands placed on teachers working in increasingly diverse classrooms? In this course we’ll address these questions and show you how to make differentiation not just an…
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Mar
26

New Course: Reactive Attachment Disorder

While Reactive Attachment Disorder – or RAD – is considered a low-incidence disorder, for internationally adopted children, children in foster care and those who’ve experienced abuse or neglect, its occurrence can be much higher. Students with Reactive Attachment Disorder can struggle with relatively minor issues such as social skills and disorganized behavior. But they can also…
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Mar
20

New Course: Developing Culturally Responsive Instruction

Students who are culturally different may face challenges that can impact the quality of their school lives and educational outcomes.   These include high dropout and suspension rates, low academic achievement, poor student-teacher relationships and other difficulties. A number of interventions and strategies have been employed to address these challenges, with varying degrees of success.…
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Feb
2

New Course: School Safety for Students with Disabilities

School emergency procedures are crucial to the safety of students. However for students with disabilities, there is no national model for school-based crisis preparedness. In addition, very few school safety plans address the complex needs of students with disabilities. This course provides school administrators, staff members, special educators and paraeducators with the tools to better…
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Jan
21

New Courses: Applied Behavioral Analysis

We recently added two new courses to the Exceptional Child online PD course library on the topic of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).   Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is the application of basic principles of learning, analytical problem-solving and using evidence-based strategies that are likely to lead to success. All educators can enhance their instructional skills…
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Nov
15

New Essentials Courses for Paraeducators and Support Staff

As the school year begins, we know that many paraeducators may be new to the job or new to the specific classroom situation they will be entering. And with the urgency to fill these positions, there is often little time for professional development beyond the required on-boarding. But, we know that for paraeducators to be successful…
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Aug
31