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WEA's Inclusionary Practices Project is proud to partner with NEA to bring you high-quality professional development specific to remote/distance learning.

Courses are free and 1.5 clock hours will be available for each session. Courses are available to all; you do not need to be a WEA member. Register early as we only have space for the first 500 participants. Once a course is full, the course will no longer be listed in the dropdown menu.

Accommodations & Modification: Strategies for Educators (2 hours)
Monday, Oct. 5, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

This course provides participants with practical strategies to use in the classroom to support all students, including those with disabilities. The course covers a variety of possible accommodations, categorized by presentation, setting, response, and 
timing/scheduling. Modifications to curriculum will be discussed and examples will be provided. Additionally, a small portion of the course will address how staff can advocate for student accommodations and modifications during an IEP. 

Explicit Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms (6 hours)
Tuesday, Oct. 13, AND Thursday, Oct. 15, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Explicit instruction is systematic, direct, engaging, and success oriented--and has been shown to promote achievement for all students. Explicit instruction is a way to deliver direct, structured instruction to students—from kindergartners to high-schoolers. It is a well-researched, highly effective instructional strategy. In this course participants will be introduced to the 16 elements of Explicit Instruction. Participants will learn how to design different types of lessons using Explicit Instruction and different strategies for delivering instruction. Participants will be able to apply their knowledge and understanding of the elements in designing a lesson plan that maximizes student engagement and learning.

Successful Inclusion of Students with Significant Disabilities (6 hours)
Tuesday, Oct. 20, AND Thursday, Oct. 22, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Participants will learn why and how to include students with significant disabilities. Participants will examine research around the benefits of including students with significant disabilities in the general education classroom and learn implementation strategies for evidenced based inclusive practices. Participants will be given tools and examples and are highly encouraged to bring their general curriculum or general education unit plans, school schedules, and student schedules to plan for current or future students whom they want to or are currently including, though bringing these items are not required. This course is most beneficial for special education teachers, general education teachers, administrators, ESPs (paraeducators) and ESAs (counselors, SLPs, OTs). Participants are highly encouraged to come with their Multi-Disciplinary teams, if possible.

Behavior Intervention Strategies to Support Students through Inclusive Practices (9 hours)
Monday, Oct. 26, AND Tuesday, Oct. 27 AND Thursday, Oct. 29, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Participants will be cultivating a growth mindset when working with students with social, emotional, and behavioral needs. They will learn about the different lens of behavior and high leverage practices for supporting students with social, emotional, and behavioral needs in inclusive classrooms. They will identify the root causes and different functions of behavior.

Planning for a Week of Distance Learning (1.5 hours)
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 4- 5:30 p.m.

Explore a few examples of what distance education might "look" like in K-12 classrooms from EdTech experts. We will also explore the transition thinking required that best supports student engagement and (hopefully) success.

Autism 101 - Understanding: Diagnosis, Characteristics, & Classroom Strategies (6 hours)
Monday, Nov. 2, AND Thursday, Nov. 5, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

An introductory course defining autism and characteristics of autism. This presentation also introduces teaching strategies, on an introductory level, that can be implemented in a General Education classroom as well as special education classroom.

Differentiating & Team Teaching: Distance Learning Edition (1.5 hours)
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Tools like Seesaw, Flipgrid and Google Classroom are beloved by educators across the nation, and can be utilized to serve our students with direct, targeted assignments via enrollment in multiple classes or with the use of Co-Teachers. Entire grade levels may benefit from a shared space, and special area teachers and support staff can be linked to their students more easily.  Get some strategies for possibilities of maintaining multiple groups of students in classes, and including Co-Teachers - or getting yourself included in pre-existing ones!

Autism 201 - Evidence-Based Practices for Learners on the Autism Spectrum (6 hours)
Monday, Nov. 9, AND Thursday, Nov. 12, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

This course is designed to look at defining and implementing Evidence Based Practices for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) across multiple settings. It will include some review of how ASD is defined and diagnosed. The course will cover the following evidence- based practices and strategies: Visual Supports, Antecedent-based Interventions, Discrete Trial Teaching, Prompting, Social stories, and Self-Management

Foundations for Equitable Inclusive Education (6 hours)
Monday, Nov. 16, AND Thursday, Nov. 19, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

This course focuses on the intersectionality of special education and equity in schools. Examining beliefs and bias is necessary for system-wide change for overcoming barriers to educational access, participation, learning processes and outcomes, and to ensure that all learners are valued and engaged equally.

Building Routines for Student Success in a Virtual Space (1.5 hours)
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

How can physical classroom routines (submitting work and getting help) be transformed for effective use in virtual spaces? This webinar will discuss how to teach students necessary skills to confidently navigate virtual learning communities and also help students transition to virtual/remote learning that seems familiar to face-to-face instruction.

Facilitating Quality Practice (1.5 hours)
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Quality practice looks, sounds and feels different virtually. Let's practice with tools that teachers and para-educators can use with students. We will learn about best practices for online learning, including instructor presence, learning objectives, real world applications, clear expectations, engaging students, prompt feedback, and netiquette. The session will focus on two platforms: Seesaw and Google Classroom.

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. You can also add the event information to your calendar from this page.

If you have questions, please contact Annie Lamberto, or Rosy Wokabi,

In addition to these courses, WEA also offers the following asynchronous course offerings.

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