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Capacity Building for Leaders

This series of six sessions is designed to develop and extend the skills of district level and sub-district level leadership personnel in their roles of providing highly effective staff development and consultation. This content, while effective for all learners, is particularly directed toward improving the quality and impact of services delivered to students with disabilities.


Session 1: Critical Issues in Educating Students with Disabilities

This first session will begin with an identification of critical issues in educating students with disabilities and will compare and contrast them to current issues at the state and national level,  The design for the seminar series will be presented and participants will have an opportunity to discuss their priorities in the context of this content. After this introduction to the series is addressed, this first session will focus on:

  • New Models for Staffing for Special Education;

  • Effective In-Class Support Options;

  • Rethinking and Revitalizing Traditional Options for Service

  • Fostering Collaboration between General and Special Education Personnel;

  • Quality Indicators for Staffing and Collaboration

Session 2: Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners

Improving the quality of instruction for diverse learners is an essential component of our efforts to increase student performance in an accountability-driven system.  This second session will provide:

  • Critical Issues and Trends in Effective Instruction

  • Key Understandings of Differentiated Instruction

  • Multilevel Instruction as a Way to Reach all Learners

  • Differentiated Assessment of Learning

  • Adding Clarity and Impact to Instructional Accommodations and Modifications

  • Strategies for Struggling Readers

  • A New Classroom Observation Tool to Support Change

  • Quality Indicators for Effective Instruction

Session 3: A Step by Step Process for Basing Staffing Decisions On the Needs of Students with Disabilities

This third session will feature an intensive simulation experience that will provide skills in:

A student-specific problem solving model that emphasizes the impact of “good teaching” on staffing needs;

  • Three formats enthusiastically endorsed by the Department of Education that can be used in all schools to guide this process;

  • Quality Indicators for Scheduling and Resource Distribution

Session 4: Accessing the General Curriculum, Positive Behavioral Supports, and Other Key Topics!

This fourth session in the series will address:

  • District level and campus level tools for accessing the general curriculum, using the district and State curriculum and accountability framework;

  • Simple tools that will guide classroom analysis and individual student analysis of behavioral issues. Entirely compatible with the philosophy and models from the Texas materials, these tools will facilitate consultation and problem solving at the classroom and campus levels.

Session 5: School Issues and System Issues and Tools

Often, the barriers to school change are rooted in systems issues that must be addressed before meaningful growth and improvement can be initiated.  This session will focus on:

  • Change Agentry strategies for the Leadership team;

  • Fostering Working Relationships with Campus Leadership;

  • Self Assessment Tools for Schools and School Leaders.

Session 6: Putting It all Together: Tools for Change Agents

This final session will feature an incredible bank of tools and techniques that Stetson and Associates has shared with only a few clients. This bank contains numerous innovative solutions to the “typical” and “not so typical” problems confronting schools and technical assistance providers. This content will be an excellent way to conclude this series to enhance the skills of the district leadership team.

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