Inclusionary Practices Zoom Courses
WEA's Inclusionary Practices Project (IPP) and Special Education Support Center (SESC) are providing professional development via Zoom. Register for each course, using the link listed for each course. Select the course you want to register for in the drop-down menu. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom pre-registration link. Once registration is full, the course will no longer be available in the drop-down menu. We do not maintain a wait list.
Courses are available to all. Courses are free. Clock hours will be provided within 7-10 business days.
After each course, in approximately 7 -10 business days, you will receive a course evaluation via email. Once you've completed and submitted the course evaluation, you will receive a clock hour verification form via email. Please check your spam/junk folders for the emails. Use the clock hour verification form to process your clock hours and/or attendance according to your district policies.
Connect with us!
Contact Annie Lamberto, Special Populations/Programs Coordinator for questions regarding Special Education or the Inclusionary Practices Project.
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Registration is a two-step process
1. Register for each course using this link: https://forms.washingtonea.org/Forms/pdonline
2. Use the registration link in your confirmation email to complete the Zoom registration
You will immediately be directed to the course Zoom information page, including the link to access the course. Save this information. You can also add the event information to your calendar from this page.
Register for each course, using the link listed for each course. Select the course you want to register for in the drop down menu. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom pre-registration link. Once registration is full, the course will no longer be available in the drop down menu. We do not maintain a wait list.
Equity, Inclusion, & Variability with Mirko Chardin (1.5 hours) | Registration
Monday, September 26, 2022
For centuries, schools worked well for those students who arrived ready to learn. When students struggled, they were often labeled as disabled - yet research is now clear that it's not students, but our systems, that are disabled.
Inclusive practices challenge education systems of the past by embracing student variability and eliminating barriers to learning. In this session, we will explore the concepts of variability and barriers in educational settings and dive into why it is critical for us to create more equitable and inclusive learning environments so that all learners can thrive and succeed.
- Understand why it is crucial to plan for student variability when designing learning experiences
- Learn about the importance of creating equitable learning environments that serve the needs of all students
- Dive into the distinction between inclusion and inclusive practice
Behavioral Health Impacts of COVID-19 with Dr. Kira Mauseth (1.5 hours) | Registration
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Dr. Kira Mauseth, from the Washington DOH Behavioral Health Strike Team, will share current youth behavioral health symptoms and how those correspond with the phases of disaster, as well as the released COVID-19 Back-to-Classroom THINK Toolbox.
The COVID-19 Back-to-Classroom THINK Toolbox includes:
- Impact of Disasters on Children and Teens
- The Importance of Resilience
- Impact of COVID-19 on School Staff and Mentors: How to Effectively Practice Self-Care
- Tools for Teachers – Interventions for the Classroom
- Tools for Coaches, Mentors, and Other School Staff
- Tools for Parents and Caregivers
- Participants will understand the mental health impact of COVID-19 on youth, the importance of resilience, and an awareness of what to expect as we support students.
- Participants will understand the value of and how to practice self-care effectively.
- Participants will explore tools and resources for teachers, school-wide staff, and families that mitigate the effects of trauma.
Creating Truly Inclusive Classrooms (8 hours) | Registration
- Session 1: Thursday, October 13, 2022 from 4:30PM-6:30PM
- What, why, and how to truly include all learners through low prep differentiation
- Session 2: Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 4:30PM-6:30PM
- How to truly include all learners through high prep differentiated instruction
- Session 3: Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 4:30PM-6:30PM
- How to reframe misbehavior as stress behavior to ensure students feel safe and seen even while teaching
- Session 4: Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 4:30PM-6:30PM
- How to support students with challenging behavior to ensure they feel soothed and secure even when experiencing big emotions
This interactive four-part series is a must for any educator who wants to learn more about creating inclusive classrooms and schools. Each session includes magical learning experiences with two of the most sought-after experts in the field of inclusive education, Dr. Julie Causton, and Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak. During the sessions, we’ll explore the what, why, and how of inclusive learning experiences and gain a deeper understanding of when students learn best.
Participants will receive practical strategies for supporting students’ multiple identities and seeing disability as a form of diversity. You will also learn highly effective low and high preparation strategies for differentiating lessons, making curricular modifications, and literally 100s of strategies for adapting and supporting students’ access to the general education curriculum and content. Let’s come together to widen our circles!
In this cohort-style series, you will have the opportunity to meet with educational colleagues, learn key concepts, & practice in small groups.
Participants will be able to...
- To understand the what, why, and how of inclusive education
- To gain practical strategies for creating differentiated and inclusive lessons
- To know when and how to make curricular modifications
- To move from compliance to compassion when supporting students with behaviors that are challenging
Youth Mental Health First Aid (8 hours) | Registration
- Option 1: Monday, October 17, 2022 and Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 4:30PM-7:30PM
- Option 2: Monday, October 24, 2022 and Tuesday, October 25, 2022 from 4:30PM-7:30PM
- Option 3: Monday, November 7, 2022 and Tuesday, November 9, 2022 from 4:30PM-7:30PM
- Option 4: Monday, November 28, 2022 and Tuesday, November 30, 2022 from 4:30PM-7:30PM
- Option 5: Monday, December 5, 2022 and Tuesday, December 6, 2022 from 4:30PM-7:30PM
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better and use their strengths to stay well.
Participants will be able to:
- Identify risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
- Understand information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders.
- Explore a 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis.
- Identify where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources.