In an effort to support educators and ensure excellence and equity for all students, Stetson & Associates, Inc. is providing a free webinar series beginning November 1, 2022.

Our team of experts will provide information, tools, and resources on topics from effective inclusion and scheduling to behavior basics and specially designed instruction. Educational leadership from both Special Education and General Education are welcome and encouraged to attend one or all of the webinars.

Stetson & Associates has received countless requests for our training and workshops addressing these topics. We look forward to you joining us for this series as we work together to achieve educational excellence for all students.

Why Inclusion Matters

OK, it’s 2022! As important as inclusive practices have become over the past several decades, do you still find yourself responding to questions about the rationale for inclusion? Do some parents and educators express confusion and concern and do some faculty members continue to resist the practice? If so, this presentation offers six key rationales for including students with disabilities with their typical peers and demonstrates the direct linkage of educational inclusion to the various other aspects of our society for which inclusion resonates.

Beginning with a clear definition of the term and ending with a discussion of the evolution of the concept and practice in schools and in our communities, this presentation provides clear talking points, research-based validation, and several practical tools for addressing: Why Inclusion Matters!

Dr. Frances Stetson, President of Stetson & Associates, Inc. will serve as presenter.

November 1, 2022

2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT / 12:00 pm MT / 11:00 am PT

60 minutes

Gold sunburst

Behavior Series

Behavior: Positive, Proactive Strategies

The return to school in 2021 brought about a new frustration with student behavior. As students re-adjusted to being with peers and teachers full time, mental health crises soared, disruptive behaviors increased alongside teacher frustration, and parents seemed more disconnected than ever before. At the start of the 2022-23 school year, the question persisted: Will this year be any better? Now that the school year is in full swing, let’s take a deeper look at your behavior systems and tweak the components that give you the best return on investment.

In this Part 1 of our behavior series, we will explore the increasing impact of mental health and trauma on student behavior, and offer research-based proactive strategies and tools that will provide a foundation for participants to offer positive, equitable, and culturally responsive classroom systems that empower students to experience behavioral success in their learning environment. Don’t stop at planning high quality instruction… Let us help you experience behavioral success!

Tim LaCourt

Presenter:
Tim LaCourt, M.A

Rachel Kent

Presenter:
Rachel Kent, M.Ed.

November 15, 2022

2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT / 12:00 pm MT / 11:00 am PT

60 minutes

Gold sunburst

A Toolkit for Meeting IDEA Requirements

There are four core components of the special education process that must be articulated for each individual child including the following elements:

  • Child Find Process;
  • Student Evaluation;
  • IEP Process; and,
  • IEP Monitoring and Implementation Process

This presentation will provide special education central office staff with user-friendly Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents, a District/Campus Checklist and a district internal audit guide to review the current effectiveness of these elements including what is working and what needs to be improved.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the role of special education leadership in the Child Find Process, Special Education Evaluation, IEP Process and IEP Monitoring and Implementation Process.
  • Utilize tools to support special education leadership ensuring that systemic processes are in place to effectively implement IDEA regulations.
  • Connect all six components of IDEA (FAPE, LRE, Procedural Safeguards IEPs, Appropriate Evaluation & Parent and Teacher Participation), and create an integral link to the implementation of all these processes.

November 29, 2022

2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT / 12:00 pm MT / 11:00 am PT

60 minutes

Gold sunburst

Behavior Series

Looking at the Basics of Behavior

This presentation will be an interactive session where participants learn to identify the functions of persistent challenging behaviors through the A-B-C process as an individualized, data driven approach. Participants will be provided a way to analyze problem behavior--defined here as behavior that interferes with learning. When we stand back and examine problems objectively we can then find durable solutions.

Why This Topic?
As hard as teachers work to build the best positive and proactive class management--not to mention high quality, engaging instruction--there are still a few students who have shown persistent problem behaviors and are increasingly disruptive to the learning environment. When this happens, it’s important to understand that every behavior has a function, and once you’ve identified that function, the strategy becomes more apparent.

Tim LaCourt

Presenter:
Tim LaCourt, M.A.

Rachel Kent

Presenter:
Rachel Kent, M.Ed.

December 6, 2022

2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT / 12:00 pm MT / 11:00 am PT

60 minutes

Gold sunburst

Specially Designed Instruction

Everyone has heard the statement “it’s not rocket science”, relative to making something happen. When we talk about specially designed instruction (SDI), the statement does not apply. Specially designed instruction that results in improved student performance requires the analytical skills of a detective, the research skills of a scientist, , and the planning and monitoring skills of a project manager. So, how do we make this happen in our classrooms?

Participants are introduced to tools and strategies that help identify learning barriers, select targeted supports to overcome the barriers, and design instruction to accelerate learning. Examples of SDI and the role of the teacher/s in providing the instruction demystify what SDI looks like in a typical classroom. It IS rocket science, and the information provided will help with a successful launch ad landing.

Ann McIntyre

Presenter:
Ann McIntyre, M.A.

December 13, 2022

2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT / 12:00 pm MT / 11:00 am PT

60 minutes

Gold sunburst

Behavior Series

Behavior: Matching Strategies to Functions and Providing Feedback

In BEHAVIOR WEBINAR 2, participants learned how to identify the functions of behavior through the ABC process. Now it’s time to learn how to match specific strategies to functions while progress monitoring through a feedback cycle of engagement directly with students.

This session will engage participants in an interactive manner as they learn how to match and implement strategies and utilize tools to target behaviors and engage in a system of feedback to students that promotes both positive adult relationships and fosters student ownership of behaviors. As challenging behaviors decrease, students will be able to authentically engage in instruction leading to increased academic and social success.

Tim LaCourt

Presenter:
Tim LaCourt, M.A.

Rachel Kent

Presenter:
Rachel Kent, M.Ed.

January 10, 2023

2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT / 12:00 pm MT / 11:00 am PT

60 minutes

Gold sunburst

Scheduling Services for Students with Disabilities

The foundation of strong inclusive practices is having a system for scheduling services for students with disabilities. Such a system must be student-centered and result in appropriate and effective as well as efficient use of special education staffing resources. Finally, the scheduling process must inform the overall campus master schedule. Check out this webinar for tips and tools which will support such a scheduling effort.

January 24, 2023

2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT / 12:00 pm MT / 11:00 am PT

60 minutes