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Special Education Services

About Special Education Services

Customized workshops, technical assistance, and coaching sessions designed to meet new professional development requirements are available for special educators. These services focus on methods for implementing IEPs through the development of specially designed instruction. Professional development strategies for the communication of IEP procedures to parents or guardians, as well as a variety of collaborative training options, are available to facilitate professional and parent communication.

Common Core Standards for Pupil Services Staff

Customized workshops and technical assistance provides in-depth examinations of the Common Core Standards (CCS), connecting them to the role of pupil services staff members. Services include: examination of CCS framework, alignment of framework, and individualized education program services, identifying personnel roles, and applying best practices to progress monitoring, assessment, and specially-designed instruction methods.

Introduction to Disabilities: Training for All Staff

CREC's education specialists provide training to staff and/or parents to raise awareness of disabilities that adversely affect educational performance. This workshop gives an overview of specific disabilities and provides staff and/or parents with the opportunity to participate in activities that allow them to "experience" what students with disabilities may experience in their classrooms. This experience is connected to instruction, behavior management, connectivity to lesson planning, IEP development, and collaboration with parents.

Language Disorders & the English Language Learner

CREC provides teams of educators with the opportunity to learn about practices and resources that improve services and instruction to ELL students with language disorders. (Topics include: L1 and L2 development in English Language Learners; effective Tier I instruction for ELLs; a primer for special education teachers and related services specialists; examining the difference between language acquisition and language disorder, and specially designed instruction for English language learners with language disorders.

Retaining and Recruiting Special Education Teachers and Speech and Language Pathologists

CREC will develop and support “best practice” cohorts for districts that want to maintain crisis shortage personnel. Services include career ladders for district development, talent development, and customized support for underperforming staff.

Secondary Special Education Issues

Secondary programs for students with disabilities teach independent management of everyday expectations through specially designed instruction and targeted, direct instruction. CREC provides professional development, technical assistance, and instructional coaching to maximize resources, redefine staff roles, and align IEP requirements with standards-based practices.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

One of the most vaunted new programs in education is social and emotional learning or SEL, defined as the ability to communicate, resolve conflict, interact with others, and manage emotional responses. More and more school districts are encouraging their teachers to include SEL practices in their daily instruction.

SRBI and Special Education at the Building Level

This professional development series tackles some of the most challenging Scientific Research-Based Interventions and special education topics that school building teams encounter. Sessions will be led by experienced practitioners, including building administrators, attorneys, and parents, who have the skills needed to facilitate discussions and provide practical ideas. The series begins with discussion about legal issues and interventions for students with behavior issues.

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