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Wayne RESA offers numerous professional development opportunities across a range of topics. Sustained professional development is the most impactful means of support for educators across Wayne County. 

The professional development courses below are for the 2019-2020 school year. You can use filters and keywords to search.

The professional development opportunities listed here are for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please note: Additional courses may be added to this catalog during the course of the academic year.

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Courses (2020-2021)

  • Special Education

In this 2 part series, Resource Program Teachers will learn how to design their special education services to meet the academic and behavioral needs of their students with IEP's. Participants will explore:

  • Special Education Regulations that apply to the everyday responsibilities of Resource Program Teachers
  • How to design and implement IDEA’s Specially-Designed Instruction in all educational settings.
  • Evidence-based practices that safeguard student access and mastery of the general education curriculum
  • Evidence-based practices that ensure implementation of IEP direct and indirect service hours within a daily schedule.

Start dates:

  • 09/02/2020

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  • Special Education

Join us for this Core Meet Up focusing on core vocabulary use with students who are in Early On and/or ECP.  This is the first of 5 sessions focusing on core vocabulary implementation in Early On and/or ECP classrooms.  To join, come with a core vocabulary coach!  They are the ones who have access to the passcode needed to register.  We suggest coming as a team.  This event will be structured in a round table discussion format.  This is not a "series" event.  So, come to one or as many of the themed discussions as you feel would benefit you and your students.  Please come ready to share what you have been doing and what areas you are struggling with.  There will be opportunity for Make and Take at WATT following the discussion.

Start dates:

  • 10/14/2020

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  • Special Education

Join us for this Core Meet Up focusing on core vocabulary use with students who have a Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI).  This is the first of 5 sessions focusing on CVI supports/adaptations and core vocabulary.  To join, come with a core vocabulary coach!  They are the ones who have access to the passcode needed to register.  We suggest coming as a team.  This event will be structured in a round table discussion format.  This is not a "series" event.  So, come to one or as many of the themed discussions as you feel would benefit you and your students.  Please come ready to share what you have been doing and what areas you are struggling with.  There will be opportunity for Make and Take at WATT following the discussion. 

Start dates:

  • 10/08/2020

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  • Special Education

This module is a team-based training on the principles of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Participants will gain an understanding of the 3-tiered model of PBIS as well as the problem solving process of functional behavioral assessment (FBA) and positive behavior support plan development. Participants will learn to collect relevant data and use that information to guide the development of behavioral strategies. Specific behavioral strategies effective for students with ASD are addressed.

Start dates:

  • 11/11/2020

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  • Special Education

This module provides participants with an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) including current characteristics and definitions; learning characteristics associated with ASD, etiologies and research in the area of ASD. The module also includes information on evidence-based practices for students with ASD, including the importance of family involvement in educational planning.

Start dates:

  • 09/16/2020

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  • Special Education

This module provides participants information about systems for establishing a peer to peer support program to increase opportunities for students with ASD to access general education settings and curriculum. Peers model typical academic and social behavior in educational environments throughout the school day and provide support for students with ASD to promote independence and socialization. Peer to peer support programs and inclusion of students with ASD not only impacts outcomes for students with ASD, but has a powerful impact on typical peers and at-risk students. The specific steps for developing a peer to peer support program will be presented including: recruitment, training, and maintenance and includes the concept of a medium of exchange as a way to connect students.

Start dates:

  • 10/21/2020

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  • Special Education

This training series will cover the following topics: 
Ethics, Professionalism, Confidentiality;  The Role of Paraprofessional within the context of IDEA; Training, Coaching, Monitoring and Support for the Independence Paraprofessional; Required Forms; Supporting Teacher Instruction ~ Academic Supports and Social-Emotional-Behavior Supports; Physical-Health;  Sensory Processing,  Educational/Behavior Strategies; Paraprofessional Planning Tool, Working with adults as partners, Building Social Supports, Assistive Technology, Building and Developing Relationships, Behavior Interventions and Data Collection, Fading Prompts and Building Independence.  Additional topics may be added based upon participant feedback.

Start dates:

  • 10/07/2020

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  • Special Education

This session provides strategies for professionals working with parents of children with feeding disorders. Feeding therapy requires consistent follow-through throughout the day and caregivers become easily overwhelmed. Help parents feel confident in their ability to feed their child and enjoy that time together and in turn, help them to follow through on their goals for their child in early intervention.

Start dates:

  • 09/29/2020

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  • Special Education

This training series will meet in person one full day a month (or virtually two half days during the work from home order) for 10 months. The training topics include all necessary competencies to earn Infant Family Specialist Endorsement® The training topics are:

  • Relationship-Based Practice
  • Informal Assessment, Observation & Listening
  • Pregnancy, Early Parenthood and Typical Early Development (0-36 mo.)
  • Secure Attachment (0-36 mo.)
  • Atypical Development (0-36 mo.) & Formal Assessment
  • Insecure Attachment (0-36 mo.)
  • Trauma, Separation, Grief & Loss
  • Intentional Use of Tools & Techniques: Building An Alliance, Meeting Material Needs, Advocacy, Building Social Support & Developmental Guidance
  • Intentional Use of Tools & Techniques: Emotional Support & Infant Parent Psychotherapy
  • Reflective Supervision, Termination & Pulling it All Together 

Start dates:

  • 05/28/2021

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  • Special Education

The Independence Paraprofessional Process training is an annual training that informs the administrators in the LEAs and PSAs the process and paperwork for requesting funding for a one on one paraprofessional for students with an eligibility that is in the moderate to severe range.  The paraprofessional is utilized to support the student that would usually attend a center program classroom and instead support the student in their LRE.  The audience for this course is Special Education administrators and identified Professional Staff. 

Start dates:

  • 04/21/2021
  • 05/04/2021

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  • Special Education

Wayne RESA's Special Education New Teacher Academy has been created to provide quality professional development experiences that will enhance your professional growth and knowledge base with special education practices, issues, procedures and forms.  At the same time, it can help you meet the state required hours of professional development you need to attain in your first three years of teaching.  Participants must be first and second year teachers and currently working in a Wayne County LEA/PSA special education classrooms.

  • Session 1: (10/08/2020): IEP Forms and Procedures
  • Session 2: (11/12/2020): IEP - EBR
  • Session 3: (12/10/2020): Behavior Strategies (EI/ASD)
  • Session 4: (02/04/2021): Specially Designed Instruction
  • Session 5: (03/04/2021): Classroom Management
  • Session 6: (05/05/2021): Collaboration

Start dates:

  • 10/07/2020

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  • Special Education

Join us for a half-day session as we look behind the scenes at some common ASD behaviors in order to discover what drives the behavior and what staff can do to increase desired behaviors. Contextual, cognitive, and sensory factors that impact behavior are explored. 

Start dates:

  • 03/17/2021

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  • Special Education

Let's take a look at how ABA techniques are being implemented in the school environment. The presenter will walk participants through a school day showing ABA strategies and techniques in every classroom and throughout the school building. This engaging session will also provide participants with ideas and intervention strategies to be used in their classrooms and at home with family. Participants will leave with an understanding that ABA is more than 25 to 40 hours of discrete trails; instead it's about opportunities to engage with others and opportunities to practice mastering skills throughout the day with different people which helps with generalization. 

Start dates:

  • 03/17/2021

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  • Special Education

In this ASD Behavior Workshop/Lab, teachers and support staff will work together to build stronger support systems for their actual students on the ASD spectrum.  Some will have a school visit as a follow-up.

  • Participants will need to bring a detailed description of the students' behavior (positive and negative) throughout the day, their FBA, school schedule, BIP, other behavior data, IEP, student profile and a sample of completed assignment.
  • Individual data will be used to create and/or critique classroom management plans and specific behavior plans for the target student.
  • In order to help with implementation and help others build skills, participants MUST BE willing to open up their classroom for an observational visit that may be recorded. Participants will identify instructional/behavioral areas of concern that they would like help improving or instructional/behavioral areas of pride that they wish to showcase. 

Start dates:

  • 02/17/20201

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  • Special Education

The series will explain the role and responsibilities of the district and the professional staff as described in the Wayne County Act 18 guidelines.  Information and strategies will be provided on coaching and monitoring to ensure IPs are supporting students efficiently and effectively.

Start dates:

  • 10/07/2020

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  • Special Education

This training will provide a comprehensive review of the "Wayne County Guidelines for Determining Eligibility and Placement Decisions for Special Education Under the Autism Spectrum Disorder Rule", revised December, 2011.

Start dates:

  • 09/16/2020
  • 04/28/2021

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  • English Learner
  • Special Education

Wayne County is home to the largest population of English Learners (ELs) in Michigan. ELs are often over-identified or under-identified for special education services, so collaboration is crucial in distinguishing difference versus disability. In this introductory workshop, we will provide an overview of  language acquisition, define disability, and recommend guidance on collaboration between the Special Education and English Learner departments in your district. We will also explore tools and creative ways of thinking around assessment for struggling English learners. We encourage districts to send collaborative teams. 

Start dates:

  • 08/25/2020
  • 11/13/2020

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