Special Education Instructional Assistants noblesville Schools . Professional development . 1-9-17

Please plan to join us for our Professional Development day at Hinkle Creek Elementary on January 9th, starting at 9:00. We have a great day planned with a great team of presenters to share their expertise. We are excited to offer differentiated sessions to allow for each of you to target your professional development for the day. We are looking forward to seeing you on January 9th at Hinkle Creek Elementary! Please email Melissa Sheets if you have any questions about the day.

Session 1 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

  • Behavior 101 Small Cafeteria - This session will focus on how to not only support students with challenging behaviors, but to help them develop the skills needed to be successful in the classroom. We will be examining behavior through “different lenses” and looking at the lagging skills and unsolved problems. Target Audience: Any Instructional Assistant Presenters: Sam Ells (Behavior Specialist) and Jonathan Clark (Resource Teacher, NWMS)
  • Disability Awareness Art Room -This session will help to build a foundational understanding of special education. You will increase your understanding of how various disabilities impact students in the classroom setting. You will walk away with knowledge and strategies to support students with various disabilities. Target Audience: Any Instructional Assistant Presenters: Mark Booth (Director of Special Education) and Melissa Sheets (Assistant Director of Special Education)
  • Supporting Secondary Students with General Education Literacy Discovery Cove - An English Language Arts class can be tricky to help students navigate because of the open-ended work that students are tackling. In this session, secondary IAs will learn and collaborate about literacy tools and strategies (both reading and writing) that can be used with students in the classroom. Target Audience: Secondary Instructional Assistants Presenters: Katie Seago (Instructional Coach, NWMS)

Please select one breakout to attend during this session.

Session 2 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

  • Special Education Policies, Procedures, Guidelines, and the Law Art Room - In this session we will go behind the scenes of special education. You will be able to be the judge and help to solve some case studies in reference to special education law. We will give you the background to understand why you have to do things a certain way and why. Target Audience: Any Instructional Assistant Presenters: Mark Booth (Director of Special Education) and Melissa Sheets (Assistant Director of Special Education)
  • Executive Functioning Supports Discovery Cove - Did you know many students in your care struggle with executive functioning challenges? Students with emotional needs, students with learning needs, and students with behavioral needs often struggle to visualize a path to successful task completion. Would you like to learn specific strategies to help your students plan their work and work their plan? Would you like to learn specific strategies to increase resiliency and task persistence in your students? You will also learn how to to impact your students' working memory capacity, self-regulation abilities, and independent task completion success. Please join us for a fun, engaging, and useful tour of several effective strategies gleaned from work by Sarah Ward and Kristen Jacobsen (efpractice.com). Target Audience: Any Instructional Assistant Presenters: Mary Jo Wark (School Psychologist) and Barbie Rucker (School Psychologist)
  • LAMP Small Cafeteria - When Anne Maslanka and Jennifer Lagomarcino, Lifeskills Special Education Teacher and Speech Pathlogist for Noblesville Schools, were asked, “What is the number one thing missing in the lifeskills classroom, they responded, “Communication.” Anne’s class had a mix of verbal, minimally verbal and non verbal students. Jennifer has most of the students on her caseload and spends up to 4 hours a week in the lifeskills classroom. Anne and Jennifer were having a difficult time giving the students what they needed in order to communicate across the school setting. Anne and Jennifer consulted with the Assistive Technology Coordinator with Hamilton, Boone Madison Special Education Cooperative to discuss what could be done in Anne’s classroom. As a team they came up with a master plan that would involve every student in the classroom at different levels. Anne and Jennifer introduced LAMP, Language Aquistion through Motor Planning as a way for all the students in Anne's class to communicate with others. This is their story on how Anne's students have increased their communication to levels that Anne and Jennifer thought would never happen. Target Audience: Instructional Assistants that support communication needs, Early Childhood, or Life Skills classrooms. Presenters: Anne Maslanka (Lifeskills Teacher, NWMS) and Jennifer Lagomarcino (Speech Therapist, NWMS)

Please select one breakout to attend during this session.

Lunch 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Session 3 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

  • Behavior 101 Small Cafeteria - This session will focus on how to not only support students with challenging behaviors, but to help them develop the skills needed to be successful in the classroom. We will be examining behavior through “different lenses” and looking at the lagging skills and unsolved problems. Target Audience: Any Instructional Assistant Presenters: Sam Ells (Behavior Specialist) and Jonathan Clark (Resource Teacher, NWMS)
  • Supporting Elementary Students with General Education Curriculum Discovery Cove - This session will help build an understanding of common instructional frameworks in literacy and math to support all students. This session is great for IAs working in the elementary setting and those who work closely with general education teachers. Participants will also deepen their level of questioning with the use of lean prompts and through active engagement experiences with colleagues. Target Audience: Elementary Instructional Assistants Presenters: Holly Gillam (Instructional Coach, SCE) and Devon Spellmeyer (Resource Teacher, SCE)
  • Supporting the 1:1 Instructional Tools Art Room - During this session, you will learn the “ins and outs” of working in a one-to-one iPad classroom. Topics to be covered are iPad Settings, General Apps, Canvas, Notability, and Google Docs. This session is interactive so it will be extremely helpful if you have an iPad with you. Target Audience: Instructional Assistants supporting students in 1:1 (elementary or secondary) Presenter: Shelley Coover (Instructional Coach, NEMS)

Please select one breakout to attend during this session.

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