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Supporting Principals in Effectively Managing Special Education

As the leader of the school, the principal is ultimately responsible for the education of each child, and both teachers and parents rely on them to ensure quality special education in their school. The principal knows the students, knows the parents, and knows the teachers. And it is the principal’s responsibility to create a school…
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Nov
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

Vector Solutions Partners with Ashland University to Offer Graduate Credit for Online Professional Development

Exceptional Child’s Autism Spectrum Disorder and IEP and Special Ed Law Online Course Bundles Can Now Be Applied toward Ohio Teacher Recertification In today’s press release, we announced a new partnership with Ashland University’s Professional Development Services (PDS) program, part of the university’s Founders School of Continuing Education. The partnership provides Ohio educators who complete…
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Jul
17

5 Ways to Use Online Courses for Back-to-School PD

We hope you’re enjoying some sunshine and relaxation before the next school year. But in just a few short weeks, it will be time to dive into back-to-school PD for teachers, paraeducators, and new hires across your district. Here are 5 ideas to explore how online PD courses can help as you plan to meet…
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Jul
16

Online PD On Demand at Pasco School District

This article comes from SmartFocus on Special Education Professional Development, which was originally published in SmartBrief Education Update. In the Pasco School District, about 12% of the K-12 population is either served by an IEP or is eligible for special education. (The national count is about 13%, according to the NCES report.) That’s about 2,100…
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May
25

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

Washington Districts Select Exceptional Child Online Professional Development System for Teachers and Paraeducators

Five of State’s Largest Districts Deliver Expert-authored PD to Improve Support for Students with Exceptionalities In today’s press release, we announced that districts across the Northwest are adopting the Exceptional Child Online Professional Development System to help better prepare educators to meet the diverse learning needs of their students. Administrators, teachers, and paraeducators in Washington…
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Oct
24

Managing Challenging Behavior

The Challenge Every classroom teacher has them: those students who are brimming with potential, but whose classroom behavior threatens to derail their success – and take the rest of the class along for the ride! Educators consistently ask for more professional development in this area. SIIA’s recent Vision K-20 Professional Learning survey asked educators about…
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Sep
1

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

New Course: Universal Design for Learning

Schools today are more diverse than ever, with students arriving in your classroom from very different backgrounds and with widely differing ability levels, interests and foundational skills.  And the reality is, diversity isn’t the exception, it’s the rule! It’s critical to not lose sight of the fact that every student is a unique learner. And with…
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Aug
14