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

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: Wednesday, December 1st, 2021, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 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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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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