Helping Your Students with SPECIAL NEEDS Achieve Greater Success with Your State Standards
Presented by Catherine Wilson
Specially Designed for Educators Serving Grades K-5: Special Education Staff, Classroom Teachers, Curriculum Coaches, Interventionists, Title I Staff and Paraprofessionals, and Administrators
- Dozens of easy-to-implement strategies and differentiated approaches for enhancing the teaching of your state standards skills to students with special needs in grades K-5
- Powerful instructional strategies that “make sense” for students with learning disabilities and executive function deficits
- Utilize assistive and instructional technologies that allow access and ensure progress on your state standards for students with special needs
- Motivating activities, engaging games and high-interest, hands-on exercises that will provide meaningful practice of core skills
- Work “smart” not “hard” … Easy-to-implement approaches for helping students achieve greater success with your state standards
- An extensive special education resource handbook with an abundance of practical strategies, activities and examples designed for students with special needs to more successfully achieve greater success with your state standards
Practical Ideas and Strategies
In this outstanding NEW seminar, experienced special education and inclusive practices expert, Catherine Wilson, will share dozens of practical ways to address the challenges of working with students with special needs to achieve greater success with your state standards. Throughout the seminar, you’ll receive highly-practical tips, strategies, instructional techniques, and activities to not only increase the rigor of your teaching, but also engage your students with special needs in meaningful ways that will allow for greater connections and increased understanding.
Catherine provides innovative ways to open doors for your students with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and executive function deficits. With these strategies, your students with special needs will become more engaged in ways that make learning more meaningful and achievable.
You’ll leave this seminar with a renewed sense of purpose, equipped with an expanded “toolbox” of proven strategies for more effectively delivering specially designed instruction and providing appropriate access, supports and accommodations in a creative and effective manner that will allow your students to achieve greater success on your state standards. You will gain a new lens for meeting your state standards with responsive, targeted instruction for your students with special needs.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
- Learn Practical Strategies to Help Your Students with Special Needs Meet Your State Standards
Understand the skill progressions between the levels found in your state standards in both literacy and numeracy areas … Learn how to leverage key learning targets for critical skill acquisition for your students with special needs
- Make Best Use of Specially Designed Instruction to Accommodate the Individual Learning Needs of Your Students
Learn ways to identify, analyze and evaluate “the how” of matching instruction to the rigor and expectations of the standards while still allowing for specially designed instruction to meet the individual needs of your students with special needs
- Help Your Students with Special Needs Meet Your State Standards for Reading
Empower your students with special needs using highly effective techniques to strengthen decoding skills, make inferences, analyze, and critique ideas in text at their instructional level
- Achieve Higher Comprehension Goals
Learn effective ways to address your literal reader who has difficulty making inferences, sequencing events, making predictions, and identifying character traits
- Make Math Instruction More Meaningful for Students with Special Needs
Discover how the use of explicit and relevant math instruction allows for increased success and understanding for students with disabilities when applied to everyday activities and concepts … Here’s how!
- Help Students With Special Needs Handle More Complex Content
Discover new ways to promote and develop thinking skills and dispositions to increase your students’ understanding of content and gain a greater motivation for learning
- Increase Student Writing Competency
Collect a plethora of techniques for your students to meet the rigorous demands of your state standards and IEP goals … Learn how to overcome the challenges of learning disabilities and executive function deficits to ensure success for all students
- Utilize Cutting-Edge Technology to Increase Student Success with Your State Standards
Learn how to implement a variety of technology resources that will enrich instruction and motivate students with disabilities
- Design Differentiated Lessons to Address Key Standards
Learn how to differentiate your lessons and personalize learning to help students deepen their understanding of key learning targets and anchor standards
- Receive an Extensive Special Education Resource Handbook
You will leave this seminar with a comprehensive resource handbook that includes a variety of resources and tools along with detailed descriptions of all the activities and ideas presented in this seminar
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
- What every educator needs to know about how to address skill deficiencies for students with special needs
- Specific techniques and routines to move students from being shallow readers to students who read deeply
- Practical ways to address difficulties associated with executive function deficits that impact learning
- Engaging ways to instruct math that help students learn, apply and retain new math concepts
- Proven ways to incorporate scaffolding to teach your students independence and success
- Easy-to-implement activities to replace worksheets with engaging and meaningful activities
How to “beef up” instruction to ensure students achieve mastery of their IEP goals and how to better monitor and document student progress
- Ways to incorporate assistive and instructional technology through mobile devices into your lesson plans
- How you can turn your special needs learners into critical thinkers, readers and writers
- Motivating individual and group activities to keep students with special needs engaged throughout your lesson and throughout their school day
- Meaningful assignments and assessments that increase synthesis and demonstration of learning rather than rote practice and invalid measures
- The best practices for instruction, including the supports and accommodations that students with disabilities need so they can show what they know and demonstrate their understanding
- Target strategies and research-based methods to plan and implement grade level instruction in reading and math aligned to your state standards
- How to use Universal Design for Learning and systematic instruction to teach core content area academics to elementary students with special needs
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
U.S. schools have shown a continued commitment to the inclusion of students who receive special education services accompanied by the standards-based movement since the early 1990s. This commitment has been increasingly challenged by questions on how to best include and ensure success for these students as states race towards higher accountability and achievement on state assessments. This is an exciting opportunity to improve our instructional efforts, increase rigor and close the achievement gap. At the elementary level, we are concerned with the task of providing exceptional, specially designed instruction, appropriate access, supports, and accommodations that will allow the vast majority of special education students to meet the same achievement standards as any other student. The challenge we face is to simultaneously fill in skill deficits through targeted empirically validated interventions while expertly providing instruction on new and challenging content.
Join me for an engaging and idea-packed day where I will share a variety of highly effective techniques of what makes special education “special.” During our day together, I will share practical strategies that will better equip you to meet this challenge!
Having worked in hundreds of schools and with even more professionals, I’ve learned which techniques and strategies work for helping students with special needs meet the requirements of increasingly challenging state standards. It’s my goal to share these strategies with you, so that you leave my seminar with practical tools you can successfully utilize in your classrooms and schools the very next day.
I look forward to meeting you and sharing lots of innovative ideas and strategies you can add to your instructional “toolbox.”
P.S. You will leave this seminar with a plethora of ideas and an extensive resource handbook with additional strategies for you to use immediately. Best of all, you will feel that your day is a well-spent, re-energizing experience.
Who Should Attend
Educators Serving Grades K-5: Special Education Staff, Classroom Teachers, Curriculum Coaches, Administrators, Interventionists, Title I Staff and Paraprofessionals.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
- Key ideas and specific tips for implementing your state standards for learners with special needs
- Specific ways to overcome learner difficulties with executive function skills, attention, sensory impairments, processing deficits, and comprehension skills
- Ready-to-use activities that will help you eliminate the boredom of worksheets
- Differentiated instructional techniques that provide scaffolding while supporting your students in making progress and learning new skills
- Resources and lesson ideas for utilizing and implementing assistive and instructional technology
- Educators guide with tips for using accessibility features on the iPad
- Guidelines for accommodating and modifying content for students with disabilities aligned with your state standards
Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in helping their students with special needs meet their state standards.
Catherine Wilson will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions about the unique needs of your instructional program for students with special needs.
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