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Professional Learning

Official 2016-17 SERC Professional Learning Listings.

SERC believes the most effective learning opportunities are learner-driven, in a variety of formats. We offer comprehensive in-district technical assistance and support, online courses and learning modules, resources through the SERC Library and website, and other means to serve the unique needs of the learner.

This page features our pre-scheduled learning opportunities, with specific dates, for those who wish to plan ahead to attend in person. Registration is required. For anytime online learning, click the “Online Courses” tab.

December

CT Secondary Transition Community of Practice

December 1, 2016

Connecticut has created the CT Transition Community of Practice (CoP) to centralize all activities, resources, and initiatives related to secondary transition and to provide information and support to students, families, employers and professionals. The CoP is comprised of multiple stakeholder groups that have come together with a single focus: enhancing the transition of youth with disabilities to adult life. Come learn what we are all about, including the statewide Transition website and the wide range of Practice Groups that are working on innovative transition products, projects, and activities. See how your ideas fit into Connecticut’s overall plans and help us plot our course for the coming year!

Time: 8:30 a.m.

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New School Nurse Conference

December 6, 2016

This professional learning opportunity, designed specifically for new school nurses, will provide an overview of legal requirements, standards of practice and competencies for school nurses, supervisory issues, and the school nurse’s role in student achievement, special education, and academic success.

Participants will learn state laws and regulations regarding school health; state mandates for immunizations, health assessments, and screenings; documentation in school health services; and special education, Section 504, and academic achievement issues related to school health.

Time: 8:00 a.m.

Multi-day Event: 12/6/2016, 12/7/2016

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What Children Need to Support Social Emotional Competence in the Early Years

December 7, 2016

Healthy social emotional development is essential for young children to be successful in school. Learning environments with strong, positive relationships between adults and children help create an atmosphere in which children can develop self-regulation, positive emotional expression, and problem solving skills.

In this introductory professional learning opportunity, participants will learn how to build the necessary elements of early learning settings in which children thrive. The session covers behavioral expectations and milestones for young children birth through age 5; the principles of behavior; the role of body language as a vehicle for understanding behavior; using culturally responsive practices to support social emotional development; and evidence-based tools to support children with challenging behaviors.

Time: 9:00 a.m.

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Become Knowledgeable: Understanding the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and IEP Process

December 7, 2016

This series of family nights at the SERC Library is offered to families whose elementary school children are new to the special education process. Three 1.5-hour long evening sessions will be held at the SERC Library from October 2016 through January 2017. Information and resources will be available as well as time for Q&A on the following topics: understanding the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Planning & Placement Team (PPT) process; how to know if your child is making progress toward IEP goals; ways to be an effective advocate for your child; and how to talk with your child's teacher. Presenters rotating through this series include a school principal, a special education teacher, and a parent advocate. Light refreshments will be provided.

Time: 5:30 p.m.

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Wilson Fundations Workshops Level I: Kindergarten

December 9, 2016

Wilson Fundations® is a research-based program of systematic and explicit literacy instruction that supports the prevention of reading and spelling difficulties through "core" (Tier 1) instruction and the provision of early intervening services (Tier 2). Fundations Level 1 workshops are customized for general education K through 3 classroom instruction and progress monitoring.

Each Fundations workshop addresses foundational reading and spelling skills aligned with the Connecticut Core Standards. Although Fundations includes comprehension strategies, it must be combined with a literature-based language arts program for an integrated and comprehensive approach to reading and spelling.

Participants completing this professional learning opportunity will summarize the research base and component skills of structured reading instruction; create Level 1 Fundations learning plans; apply the methodology of structured reading instruction within classroom lessons; and progress monitor improvements in students’ reading and spelling achievement.

Time: 9:00 a.m.

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Wilson Fundations Workshops Level I: Grade 1

December 14, 2016

Wilson Fundations® is a research-based program of systematic and explicit literacy instruction that supports the prevention of reading and spelling difficulties through "core" (Tier 1) instruction and the provision of early intervening services (Tier 2). Fundations Level 1 workshops are customized for general education K through 3 classroom instruction and progress monitoring.

Each Fundations workshop addresses foundational reading and spelling skills aligned with the Connecticut Core Standards. Although Fundations includes comprehension strategies, it must be combined with a literature-based language arts program for an integrated and comprehensive approach to reading and spelling.

Participants completing this professional learning opportunity will summarize the research base and component skills of structured reading instruction; create Level 1 Fundations learning plans; apply the methodology of structured reading instruction within classroom lessons; and progress monitor improvements in students’ reading and spelling achievement.

Time: 9:00 a.m.

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Bureau of Special Education December Leadership Forum

December 14, 2016

The leadership forums are designed for ConnCase and district special education administrators to build their knowledge around specific BSE topics and legal issues to support their roles on behalf of serving students with disabilities and their families. Specific content for the December session will be determined by the Bureau of Special Education and the ConnCase Executive Board.

Time: 8:30 a.m.

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Enhancing Instructional Programs Within Schools: Training in Special Education Administration

December 16, 2016

This seven-day series is designed to assist educational leaders by ensuring quality, comprehensive programming for all students. The sessions focus on specific competencies, systems change, and the unification of general and special education as part of the CT Core Standards (2010), Common Core of Teaching, and Common Core of Leading: CT School Leadership Standards. This program combines interactive seminars with job-embedded reflection to assist participants with the application of information into practice.

The Connecticut State Department of Education has agreed to accept full participation in all sessions and evidence of application/reflection as fulfillment of the 36 clock-hour special education requirement for certification.

Multi-day Event: 12/16/2016, 1/19/2017, 2/23/2017, 3/23/2017, 4/27/2017, 5/18/2017, 5/19/2017

Time: 8:30 a.m.

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Wilson Fundations Workshops Level I: Grade 2

December 16, 2016

Wilson Fundations® is a research-based program of systematic and explicit literacy instruction that supports the prevention of reading and spelling difficulties through "core" (Tier 1) instruction and the provision of early intervening services (Tier 2). Fundations Level 1 workshops are customized for general education K through 3 classroom instruction and progress monitoring.

Each Fundations workshop addresses foundational reading and spelling skills aligned with the Connecticut Core Standards. Although Fundations includes comprehension strategies, it must be combined with a literature-based language arts program for an integrated and comprehensive approach to reading and spelling.

Participants completing this professional learning opportunity will summarize the research base and component skills of structured reading instruction; create Level 1 Fundations learning plans; apply the methodology of structured reading instruction within classroom lessons; and progress monitor improvements in students’ reading and spelling achievement.

Time: 9:00 a.m.

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