ACCEPT believes that what matters most in student achievement is excellent teaching and learning supports. Professional development programs are designed to meet the instructional, management, and leadership challenges that educators face on a daily basis, and our innovative workshops and courses are offered in a variety of formats including online, hybrid, and in-person options. Our website is updated regularly to reflect our full listing of Fall/Winter and Spring offerings.
ACCEPT courses and workshops are developed by experts and address the most relevant topics facing educators today. Using a blend of learning media, the courses include opportunities to tailor content to your learning needs and collaborate with colleagues.
ACCEPT Education Collaborative focuses on professional development to improve critical areas of practice. We create multiple session programs so that professionals have time to practice and then revise their strategies after discussion with colleagues and experts.
Workshops and courses are offered in-person, online, and in hybrid formats to teachers, nurses, paraprofessionals, and special education directors statewide.
Customized trainings address each district’s specific needs, and are delivered on-site. Both workshops and job-embedded coaching train educators to apply new skills in their districts.
The Institute for Special Education Directors new to their roles provides a year-long experience exploring new research and approaches in special education. Participants will develop and strengthen proactive management and leadership skills to implement a responsive and compliant special education service delivery system to prepare students for a successful transition to postsecondary opportunities. The syllabus includes content on social emotional learning, cultural proficiency, conflict resolutions, and time for discussions and problem-solving.
ACCEPT’s Educator Leadership Institute (ELI) is a licensure program preparing teachers and administrators for Principal/Assistant Principal PreK-8 or 5-12. Upon completion of the coursework, ELI endorses the cohort of candidates to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for licensure. Candidates may also choose to receive a Master’s Degree in partnership with Fitchburg State University. Each new cohort begins in January.
Course for Transition Parents:
Transition to College: Preparing and Supporting Students with Disabilities for the Post-Secondary and College World
As students who have received services on IEP’s and 504 plans enter the post-secondary arena, the need for clarity and information on the process for this successful transition is needed. Workshop attendees will gain an understanding of the difference between services and accommodations for students from K-12 to college/post-secondary settings and how best to prepare their students for success through fostering independence, metacognition and self-advocacy skills.
Learning Outcomes: Workshop attendees will:
Gain understanding of applicable laws in post-secondary settings under the Americans with Disabilities Act and 504 of the Rehab Act, the process, documentation needed for determining eligibility, documentation and requesting accommodations.
Discuss the concept of “reasonable accommodations” in post-secondary settings and distinguish between reasonable accommodations in a college setting and services provided under IDEA.
Learn how to assist students in the transition to college/post-secondary environments, including what to expect, how to prepare for the next step in their academic career and questions to ask the College/University Disability Services Office.