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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.

Preview: Peg Dawson – Executive Skills Coaching #vted


If coaching executive skills were a football game, this would be the playbook

The most informative, practical guide available on the topic
Invaluable to teachers, counselors and school psychologists who work with students with executive skills deficits
Translates cutting-edge research into meaningful, practical, well-organized and easy-to-implement strategies

Smart but Scattered co-author, Peg Dawson, is coming to VT-HEC on February 2 & 3 to share her celebrated program on coaching for improvement of Executive Skills.  With co-author, Richard Guare, their books have covered the critical importance of Executive Skills for success in the 21st Century for kids, tweens, teens and adults. They cover how to assess those skills and how to develop programs to improve them. Peg will be here for a two day workshop on how to coach improvement in executive skills with a follow-up course option where you can be coached on implementing their program by the author who wrote the books on coaching and executive skills.

What other have said of this work:

A unique and marvelous book that presents a coaching model for students with executive skills deficits including those that have ADHD. It is the most informative, practical guide available on the topic –  filled with strategies that can be readily implemented.  Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, Dept. of Psychiatry, Medical University of So. Carolina

If coaching kids with executive skills deficits were a football game, this would be the playbook.  It provides both theory and the details on how to implement a coaching program… synthesizes cutting-edge research on learning and the brain into an accessible approach. As a student of child development and the brain I strongly recommend it  Thomas (Lee) Reynolds MD,  psychatrist, North Canton

invaluable to teachers, counselors and school psychologists who work with students with executive skills deficits… provides constructive, step-by-step guidance on what it means to  have an executive skills deficit and how to implement an effective coaching program.  Peter Farrel, PhD CPsychol, FBPsS, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

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