Withdrawal Policy

Written withdrawals addressed to ACCEPT via mail, fax or email will be accepted without penalty ten (10) business days prior to the workshop. After that time, there will be no refunds or billing adjustments, however, you may send a substitute if approved by your supervisor. Once the class begins Districts are responsible for the cost of the program regardless of attendance.

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

Dancing The Dance: Co-Teaching Moves to Increase Student Engagement and Learning Outcomes

This session will provide co-teaching teams with tons of practical ideas to improve co-planning, co-instructing, and co-assessing. Come ready to learn practical ideas garnered from hundreds of high achieving co-teaching classrooms across the country. The session will focus on practical ideas to save time in planning, to increase parity of co-teachers, and to provide ideas for in-class assessments to reduce grading after co-teaching together each day. Video examples will be provided along with a model to plan stronger and more synergistic lessons in 2 minutes each day. Ideas provided will align with universal design for learning, interdisciplinary collaboration, and integrating technology to increase student outcomes and effective co-teaching.

Facilitator: Lisa Dieker, Ph.D Date: January 26, 2022 | 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m Location: TBD Audience: General and Special Education Teachers, Co-Teaching Teams, Administrators, Inclusion Specialists and Paraprofessionals Pricing: Jan.26: $200 members; $230 non-members Both days: $320 members; $400 for non-members Earn: 6-Participation Hours or 12-PDPs (If you attend both days)

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Creating Inclusive Schools and Classrooms: While Embracing Higher Learning Standards for All

This session will provide an overview of the 7 effective strategies for including students with disabilities in the general education setting with practical ideas and celebrating the difference you make daily for each and every student. The session will focus on practical strategies aligned with your current hybrid approach to teaching and learning. This session will focus on practical applications to support students with disabilities in general education settings in the following areas. Discover a plethora of practical tools to use in your online and your face-to-face settings aligned with Universal Design for Learning principles (multiple means of representation, multiple means of engagement, multiple means of action and expression).

This session will provide tons of practical ideas and over 3000 resources to support students across the grade levels and content areas. Come ready to learn, laugh and “think differently” about how using strategies, UDL and technology can successfully meet the needs of all students, especially learners with a range of needs, in today’s multiple environments.

  • Creating a school-wide culture
  • Celebrating all students
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Effective co-teaching
  • Active Learning
  • Universal Design for Learning

Facilitator: Lisa Dieker, Ph.D Date: January 27, 2022 | 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Location: TBD Audience: General and Special Education Teachers, Co-Teaching Teams, Administrators, Inclusion Specialists and Paraprofessionals Pricing: Jan. 27: $200 members; $230 non-members Both days: $320 members; $400 for non-members Earn: 6-Participation Hours or 12-PDPs (If you attend both days)

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Legal Issues For Special Educators-BSEA and Compensatory Services and Other Updates

School law attorney Michael J. Joyce will provide a legal update regarding applicable federal and state law, including a review of recent BSEA decisions to enable staff to make both effective and defensible programming decisions. Attorney Joyce will review the most recent updates and change in legal interpretation from DESE so that special education directors, team chairs and staff with the expertise to ensure compliance with state and federal law.

District special education administrators, new directors, team chairpersons, and school staff are encouraged to attend.

Michael J. Joyce is a former public school teacher and currently an attorney with Nuttall, MacAvoy & Joyce, P.C. specializing in general education and special education law in public schools. Prior to pursuing a legal career, Mr. Joyce taught for three years in public elementary schools as a member of Teach for America during which time he was nominated for Teacher of the Year. Mr. Joyce graduated from Boston College Law School and holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. From 2008-2011, Mr. Joyce taught legal research and writing at Northeastern School of Law, and, since 2011, he has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Lynch School of Education and Boston College Law School where he teaches a graduate level course on education law and policy. Mr. Joyce has conducted dozens of presentations on educational law, including presentations to local, regional and national audiences.

Facilitator: Michael Joyce, Esq. Date: March 29, 2022 | 9am - 12pm Location: Hybrid Workshop - Online via Zoom and at ACCEPT, 4 Tech Circle, Natick MA, 01760 Audience: Special Education Team Chairs, Special Educators, BCBA’s and Special Education Administrators Earn: 3-Participation Hours Pricing: ACCEPT Members: $195 | Non-members: $225

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Dyslexia Workshop with Sara Stetson

Goal: To share the scientific basis for understanding dyslexia and the basis for why there is a "reading war".

Description: This workshop is a primer on dyslexia, from the definition to the foundational cognitive structures that support reading. Participants will discover how learning to read fundamentally changes the brain; and they will experience a learning-to-read simulation. Participants will also explore various language functions such as phonology, syntax, morphology, and semantics in order to uncover and experience how these functions support reading. Finally, we will discuss the history and research foundations of the “reading wars”; and why it is so important to be well versed in the fundamental points of disagreement between the two “camps”.

Participants will:

  • Recognize the actual status of reading in the US

  • Unpack the real definition of dyslexia and what it means

  • Understand the myths surrounding dyslexia

  • Explore examples of how reading changes the brain and what happens when it all goes wrong

  • Experience examples of the language structures that support reading via simulations

  • Discover the scientific and research basis of the “reading wars”

Dr. Sara Stetson (www.sstetson.wordpress.com ) holds advanced degrees in learning disabilities and reading, school psychology, and leadership and learning. She has worked as a learning disabilities specialist, consulting teacher, school psychologist, special education director, student services administrator, and assistant superintendent. Dr. Stetson is an award-winning university instructor. She has taught graduate courses in learning disabilities and reading, assessment and diagnosis, diversity, UDL/technology integration, cognition; and guest lectures on quantitative and qualitative research design. Dr. Stetson’s primary research interests include the remediation of specific learning disabilities, numerical cognition, identity development and diversity, and leadership ethics. Dr. Stetson speaks regularly at regional, national and international conferences such as CAST, CSLEE, IDA, NAEYC, and NCTM. She also provides staff development for teachers in school districts and private schools in New England.

Presenter: Sara Stetson Location: Online via Zoom or at ACCEPT: 4 Tech Circle, Natick, MA Date: April 12, 2022 Time: 9:00am to 11:00am Earn: 2-Participation Hours Cost: $195 members | $215 non-members

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Spring RBT Course

This course will introduce participants to basic concepts and principles of behavior analysis as they relate to children and adolescents, with an emphasis on students with Autism Spectrum. Disorders and related developmental disabilities. Participants will become knowledgeable about evidence-based interventions, based on basic principles of behavior, for intervening on behalf of children and adolescents in educational settings. This will be a fully asynchronous online course model via Blackboard that meets the requirements set forth by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board® for the 40-hour training program based on the RBT Task List.

Participants are required to complete a Competencies Assessment administered by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst following the training in order to be eligible to apply for RBT certification.* RBT exam study-guide materials will also be provided to participants who wish to pursue RBT certification following the training.

* Participants will be required to secure a Board Certified Behavior Analyst to administer the Competencies Assessment on their own, as this service is not included as part of the 40-hour training program. ACCEPT Education Collaborative does not guarantee that participants will pass all portions of the Competencies Assessment following the training program or guarantee that individuals will be approved for Registered Behavior TechnicianTM status by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

This training program is based on the Registered Behavior Technician Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. The program is offered independent of the BACB.

Facilitator: Anne Donovan, M.Ed, BCBA, LABA Start Date: Friday, February 11th End Date: Friday, May 6th Audience: Educators and Paraprofessionals Earn: 40-PDPs or 3-Grad Credits (additional fee)

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