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The following are Upcoming Conferences

Special Education Category



     Training Subcategory

          Bullet Special Education Para Educator Skill Blocks [A]
These Skill Blocks are required for all newly-hired para educators working with students with disabilities in IEPs, but all para educators are welcome. All Skill Blocks are offered on Late Start Wednesdays, from 8 am - 10 am at the LSC. Skills learned are:
  • Skill Block #1 - Dealing with Challenging Behaviors
    Sept. 6 & Feb. 7
  • Skill Block #2 - Beyond Universal Precautions: Health Issues for Children with Disabilities
    Oct. 4 & Mar. 7
  • Skill Block #3 - Helping Students Communicate: Verbal and Written Expression
    Nov. 2 & Apr. 5
  • Skill block #4 - Academic Interventions & Accommodations in the Classroom
    Dec. 7 & May 3

Special Education Category



     PST Subcategory

          Bullet Mead High School - SpEd Problem-Solving Team
Target group: MHS SpEd Team

With special education numbers continuing to increase, the team needs to get creative on how to maximize IEP services and work together to problem-solve high risk students. They want to use this time each month to problem-solve students who are behavioral concerns in class, discuss solutions and then come up with ways to implement interventions. MHS SpEd Dept. is also piloting a resource room this year to help provide student accommodations and for general education teachers to access the department with questions/concerns with students who have IEP´s in their classroom. With the data being collected, the team would like to look at trends the resource room is being used for.
     Training Subcategory

          Bullet Academic Achievement Evaluation Using Q Interactive [A]
Target group: Special Education teachers and SSEF´s only

Participants will learn to administer the KTEA-3 using Q Interactive. The class will consist of 7.5 hours of class and 7.5 hours of group work.
          Bullet Being a School Special Education Facilitator
This class is designed for all new School Special Education Facilitators (SSEFs). This class will give participants an understanding of St. Vrain policies and procedures in special education and the state and federal regulations that drive these processes.

Participants will learn how to: use Q Interactive for standardized assessment, use various online rating forms, navigate “Enrich” (online IEP software) and apply their learning to write quality Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) with appropriate data collection and progress monitoring.

This class allows new staff an opportunity to personally interact with district special education administrators and coordinators. A portion of each class focuses on “burning” questions from the participants.

Addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards: 3C, 4C, 5B, 5C
          Bullet Being a Special Educator in St. Vrain - EXPERIENCED
Target group: Required of all new Special Education staff with 3 or more years of teaching experience.

This class is designed for EXPERIENCED School Special Education staff (teachers & itinerants). This class will give participants an understanding of St. Vrain policies and procedures in special education and the state and federal regulations that drive these processes. Participants will learn how to navigate “Enrich” (on-line IEP software) and apply their learning to write quality Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) with appropriate data collection and progress monitoring. This class allows new staff an opportunity to personally interact with district special education administrators and coordinators. A portion of each class focuses on “burning” questions from the participants.
          Bullet Being a Special Educator in St. Vrain - NOVICE
Target group: This class is required for all NEW Special Education Teachers (0 - 2 years of experience)

This class is designed for NOVICE School Special Education teachers. This class will give participants an understanding of St. Vrain policies and procedures in special education and the state and federal regulations that drive these processes. Participants will learn how to navigate “Enrich” (on-line IEP software) and apply their learning to write quality Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) with appropriate data collection and progress monitoring. Participants will explore best practices in instruction including effective classroom management, using assessment to drive instruction and IEP goals, and reflect on their professional practice. This class allows new staff an opportunity to personally interact with district special education administrators and coordinators. A portion of each class focuses on “burning” questions from the participants.
          Bullet Crisis Prevention & Intervention (CPI) Refresher Training [A]
Target Group: Required for Special Education teachers, Behavior Coaches, and Paraeducators who work with students who require physical intervention. You must have previously taken the Initial training.

The CPI Refresher Course will review, strengthen, and extend core content, key concepts, and understanding of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training. Additionally, participants will review and demonstrate competence in CPI´s Personal Safety Techniques and Nonviolent Physical Crisis Intervention.

The Oct. 13 trainings are for Special Education Paraeducators only.
          Bullet Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) Hybrid Initial Training [A]

After registering, you will receive an e-mail invitation to register for online learning through the Crisis Prevention Institute.

The Hybrid Initial training for Nonviolent Crisis Prevention and Intervention is a blended delivery model option that combines eLearning (online) and classroom instruction. The online training takes approximately 2-3 self-paced hours to be completed independently on the CPI website, followed by a 4 hour actual classroom training.

Through online, lecture, demonstration and practice, educators will learn:
  • to recognize warning signs which allow early intervention
  • to use verbal and nonverbal techniques to avoid a confrontation
  • successful verbal de-escalation techniques for crisis situations
  • nonviolent physical crisis protective strategies and intervention methods
          Bullet Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) Initial Training [A]
Target group: Required for Special Education teachers, Behavior Coaches, and Paraeducators who work with students who require physical intervention.

This course will focus on crisis situations, identifying the levels of escalated behavior and appropriate verbal and nonverbal de-escalation strategies in response to each of those levels.

Additionally, the course will teach protective interventions and nonviolent physical crisis intervention methods including team strategies and restraints.

The Oct. 13 session is for Paraeducators ONLY.
          Bullet Cultural/Linguistic Factors and the SPED Referral Process (online)
The waiting list for this class is full.

Target group: Teachers, counselors, administrators (recommended for Special Educators, ESL Specialists, MTSS Liaisons.

Welcome to Cultural/Linguistic Factors and the Special Education process! This PD is an opportunity to understand the critical components, i.e. MTSS, of the Special Education Referral process for students who are Culturally/Linguistically diverse. Participants will:

  • investigate and learn why the MTSS process is critical for ELLs
  • understand best practices for providing culturally responsive instruction
  • research best practices for providing fair and appropriate interventions/assessments for ELLs
  • summarize and share research findings regarding best practices for ELLs
  • understand CDE guidelines for Special Education criteria for ELLs
  • understand the SVVSD referral process for CLD students
  • analyze CLD/SPED case studies/referrals for accuracy and completeness
  • apply understanding of critical components when intervening with a CLD student

Participants will be expected to:
  • participate by logging in at least twice every week
  • complete weekly readings and assignments by due date
  • provide thoughtful responses to enhance discussions and assignments so they are grounded in experience and understanding of content.

Familiarity with Schoology, copying files to your Google Drive, linking files from Google Drive to Schoology, and completing Google forms will be helpful.
          Bullet Number Worlds Math Curriculum Training
Target group: SVVSD MS Special Education Resource teachers only. The content will include:

  • Implementing Number Worlds instruction at the Middle School level
  • Assessments including placement, weekly and unit assessments
  • Lesson structure
  • Planning and differentiating instruction
  • Pacing and progress monitoring  
  • Best practices in math instruction for students with disabilities
  • Documenting student progress including goal writing and progress monitoring  

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