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Date Changes for: Tips & Tools and Designing Professional Development

Two Notable VT-HEC Offerings Re-scheduled
Tips & Tools for Early Childhood Special Educators w/Judith Masson:
Originally scheduled on 9/29 and 10/26.  Now scheduled to start on 10/26 (this will be day 1) and 12/11 (this will be day 2). This two-day workshop series will sharpen your skills & add to your toolbox as we walk through the special education process. It will offer organizational tools & strategies related to each step to maximize your time and energy. We will discuss the daily operations and responsibilities of being a preschool case manager/service provider and brainstorm cost-effective, time-smart approaches. Additionally, each day will include a “make & take” session for creating materials that you can start using your next day at work.
Workshop #1 September 29 October 26th Case Management & Service Delivery
During this workshop we will explore tips and tools related to:
• Early childhood special education evaluation, placement, and IEP processes;
• Case management responsibilities, such as facilitating meetings, reporting progress, family communication, etc.
• Service delivery models for special education.

Workshop #2 October 26 December 11th Lesson Planning, Consultation & Transitions
During this workshop we will explore tips and tools related to:
• Lesson plans, data collection & evidence-informed programming decisions;
• Paraprofessional supports and consultation;
• Transitions into early childhood special education, as well as kindergarten.

Designing Professional Development that Brings out the Best in our Colleagues w/ Bill Rich and Wendy Cohen:
First date originally scheduled for 11/7.  Now scheduled for 10/25.
If you are or want to be a provider of professional development, instructional consultant or coach of your colleagues this series and optional course is for you.  This series will cover the principles and practices that seasoned, skilled adult educators use to design and orchestrate learning experiences that bring out the best in your colleagues. Whether you’ve just become an instructional leader/coach, or someone who’s plied these waters for years, we’ll meet you where you are and help you design, implement, and evaluate a plan for bringing out the best in you, your colleagues, and their learners.

WORKshop 1: Getting Clear about What Matters Most (October 25) Note Change in Date
After a compelling and humorous introduction to the principles of adult learning design, we’ll dig into the details of identifying what matters most when designing and orchestrating learning for our colleagues. Participants will use their new learning to draft and tune an action plan tailored to their specific role and learners.


WORKshop 2: Strategies for Targeting Practice & Orchestrating Feedback (December 14)
We’ll spend the morning sharing, modeling, and considering strategies for targeting practice and
orchestrating feedback in ways that bring out the best in our colleagues and support their learning.
Participants will identify the strategies they want to try out and begin designing and refining a plan to apply
these back in their setting.

WORKshop 3: Strategies for Creating a Culture of Collaborative Inquiry (January 19)
How can we inspire and empower educators to begin working together in ways that nourish each other and
their students? Throughout this workshop we’ll model and practice strategies for tapping the collective
wisdom of our colleagues, students, and communities in the age of Act 77 and Education Quality Standards

WORKshop 4: Ending Well: Revisiting and Enhancing What Matters Most (March 15)
After studying a range of specific examples and processes, we’ll devote most of the day to
designing and tuning your approach to ending the year well for your particular learners.

Dennis has been the Director of the the VT-HEC since it was founded in 2000. He spent 16 years at the VT-DOE as Director of teams with various names that included: special education, Title I, health and wellness and other family and education support services. Prior to that Dennis worked at the Barre Town School (VT) starting as a special educator and serving many years as the Director of Student Support Services. He also spent 6 years as a classroom teacher grades 5-8 in NJ.

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