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Updated Nov. 23, 2021

WEA's Inclusionary Practices Project and Special Education Support Center (SESC) are providing professional development via Zoom.

Courses are free and clock hours are available for each session. Courses are available to all. Register early as space is limited. Once a course is full, the course will no longer be listed in the dropdown menu.

Special Education Law 201 (6 hours)

Monday, Nov. 29, and Tuesday, Nov. 30, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

This course is an extension of the original Special Education Law course and previous participation is recommended, but not required. The course is intended for participants who want to further examine case law and citizen complaints that influence special education practices. Through an in-depth analysis of potential violations and outcomes of real cases and complaints, participants will generalize and apply procedural justice to inform practices.

Assessments: Formative and Summative (1.5 hours)

Thursday, Dec. 2, 4-5:30 p.m.

We will demonstrate how popular EdTech tools can be leveraged to collect formative and summative assessments to inform instruction. These tools can be utilized independently, or through an LMS!

Accommodations & Modifications (3 hours)

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

This course provides participants with clarification around the definition of IEP and 504 Plan accommodations, IEP modifications, and specially designed instruction as well as practical strategies to use in the classroom to support all students. The course covers accommodation and modification options, how to select and define using data-based decision making, and how to ensure compliance through implementation of the IEP or 504 Plan.

The UDL Design Cycle; Through a PLC Perspective (6 hours)

Tuesday, Dec. 7, and Wednesday, Dec. 8, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

This course is intended for learners who have a general understanding of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework. Participants will focus on the application of the UDL framework in lesson planning, through the support structure of a collaborative professional learning community (PLC). Learners will examine their mindsets to become more equitable,  inclusive, responsive educators, who creates better outcomes for all students.

Behavioral Health Impacts of COVID-19 for Educators & The Back to Classroom THINK Toolbox (1.5 hours)

Monday, Dec. 6, 4-5:30 p.m.

Dr. Kira Mauseth, from the Washington Department of Health's Behavioral Health Strike Team, will share current youth behavioral health symptoms and how those correspond with the phases of disaster, as well as, the newly released COVID-19 Back-to-Classroom THINK Toolbox. She is a practicing clinical psychologist who splits her professional time between seeing patients at Snohomish Psychology Associates, teaching as a Senior Instructor at Seattle University and serving as a co-lead for the Behavioral Health Strike Team for the state Health Department. She also serves on the state's Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (DMAC).

 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  

Learning Objectives:

  • 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 return to the classroom.
  • Participants will understand the value of and how to effectively practice self-care.

Participants will receive tools and resources for teachers, school-wide staff, and families that mitigate the effects of trauma

Identity, Mirrors and Funds of Knowledge with Mirko Chardin (1.5 hours)

Thursday, Dec. 9, 4-5:30 p.m.

Being culturally sustaining means our learners must be able to see themselves in their work. To honor the identities and experiences of our learners, we must harness Funds of Knowledge and create learning experiences that are authentic, meaningful, and linguistically appropriate. In this session, we will explore how we can use the best practices of  Universal Design for Learning alongside culturally  responsive and sustaining teaching techniques so that our learners feel like their educational experiences were designed for them.

IMPORTANT: Registration is a TWO-step process.

1. Register for each course using this link:

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.

If you have questions or need registration or clock hours assistance, please contact Rosy Wokabi or Thera Grady.

At the end of each course, 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 (also via email). Please look for these emails. Use the clock hour verification form to process your clock hours and/or attendance according to your district policies.


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