Professional Development Opportunities

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Events Calendar

 

Sessions At-a-Glance

September 2021

September 2
8:30am-2:30pm
In-Person:
MSU-Paducah Regional Campus 4430 Sunset Ave, Paducah, KY 42001

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Overview of Alternate Assessment for New MSD Teachers

This work session is designed for NEW MSD teachers administering the alternate assessment for the first time.  During this work session you will learn the process for administering the Attainment Task for all grade levels in preparation for completing the required online training and quiz.  An overview for how to document work samples, and determine participation in alternate assessment will also be covered. 
 
Prior to coming to this session please check with your DAC and make sure you are registered in the Online Training System.  
https://education.ky.gov/AA/Assessments/kprep/Pages/AltTrainings.aspx 

TARGET

AUDIENCE:  MSD Teachers, special education consultant/coach, DoSE or others responsible for instructing and assessing students with disabilities.  

 

LEARNING TARGETS:

  • To learn the process for administering the alternate assessment.

  • To learn how to complete the participation guidelines for alternate assessment.

  • To learn how to document decisions for participation in alternate assessment. 

For more information contact sherida.gentry@wkec.org.

September 15 9:00am-10:00am
Virtual

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Wellness Wednesday

September 

Fall in Place: Setting and Keeping Personal and Professional Boundaries

 

Being an educator is hard, regardless of what role you play. Wellness Wednesday is a monthly series that allows educators the time to learn how to make wellness and self-care a priority throughout the school year. Each month will consist of a different Wellness topic that educators can use to improve their personal well-being and the mental health and well-being of their students. Connections will be made on how this affects the school’s behavior and culture and the overall social-emotional status of the school. Join us virtually live on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 9:00 or contact Kayla Jones (kayla.jones@wkec.org) for information regarding the recorded session.

 

Click REGISTER to find out more information about this month’s topic!

1 hour of PD/EILA credit offered upon completion of feedback form.

September 20
8:30am-3:30pm
In-Person - WKEC Conference Center, Eddyville, KY

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IEP Training for 1st Year Special Education Teachers

Monday, September 20, 2021

NO COST

Presented by Tammy Williams, WKEC Director of Special Education and Carla Mangels, WKEC Special Education Professional Learning Consultant

TARGET
AUDIENCE:     1st Year Special Education teachers

EILA CREDIT:  Yes

This session will take an in-depth look at the IEP Guidance Document as a guide for creating a data-driven and outcome-focused Individual Education Program.  This session is for first-year special education teachers only.  All participants should bring a copy of the July 2019 IEP Guidance Document AND a printed copy of a current IEP with them to the training.

 

LEARNING TARGETS:      
 
-  Use the IEP Guidance Document to develop an IEP that is compliant and outcome-driven

-  Identify and develop effective and efficient methods of measurement to determine baseline data and monitor student

   progress on Measurable Annual Goals

-  Set up a progress monitoring system and analyze and interpret student progress monitoring data.

Sept 21, 2021
8:00am-3:00pm
In-Person ONLY WKEC Conference Center, Eddyville, KY

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Everything You Need for Mathematics Coaching with Maggie Gatha

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

$50 per person

*Includes math coaching book and lunch*

Presented by Maggie Gatha

Do you have a math coach who was a strong classroom teacher but is now asking the question, “How do I help the other teachers in my building become strong math teachers also?” To help you answer this question, WKEC is bringing in the math coach expert, Maggie McGatha.   Participants attending the training will receive a copy of Maggie McGatha’s book Everything You Need for Mathematics Coaching: Tools, Plans, and a Process That Works for Any Instructional Leader, Grades K-12.  Throughout the day Maggie will teach from different parts of the book including:  coaching for mathematical proficiency, helping teachers ask better questions, and the coach's toolkit.    Participants will leave with over 90 tools and strategies to use with teachers.  This might be the most important instructional day your coaches attend this Fall.  Don’t miss out, enroll today!

 

September 23
8:30am-2:30pm
In-Person - 
MSU- Hopkinsville Regional Campus 5305 Fort Campbell Blvd, Hopkinsville, KY 42240

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Use Your Words!  Shaping Behavior Into Communication

This session was designed to assist teams in understanding how to help students develop language and mode(s) of communication that will allow them to not only express their wants/needs, comment, ask questions, or make a request, but also help shape their inappropriate behaviors into a more acceptable form of communication. Teams will be given time to plan for a targeted student during this session.

TARGET
AUDIENCE:     Special Education Teachers (MSD & LBD), Preschool Teachers, SLPs, Paraprofessionals, DoSE, Counselors, Building Level Administrators

 

LEARNING TARGETS:      
 
1. Participants will learn strategies and interventions for helping students develop language and a mode(s) of communication.

2. Participants will learn the steps of functional communication training.

3. Participants will be given the opportunity as a team to plan for a targeted student.

For questions contact sherida.gentry@wkec.org

September 30
8:30am-3:30pm
In-Person - WKEC Conference Center, Eddyville, KY

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IEP Development:  Using Data to Drive the Process

Thursday, September 30, 2021

NO COST

Presented by Tammy Williams, WKEC Director of Special Education and Carla Mangels, WKEC Special Education Professional Learning Consultant

TARGET
AUDIENCE:     Special Education teachers, related service providers, ARC Chairpersons

EILA CREDIT:  Yes

This session will focus on the IEP Guidance Document as a guide for creating a data-driven and outcome-focused Individual Education Program, defining and identifying methods of measurement, collecting/graphing progress data, analyzing,  interpreting, and making instructional decisions about students, and demonstrating the linkage between progress monitoring and writing present levels for annual goals.

All participants should bring a copy of the July 2019 IEP Guidance Document, as well as a printed copy of an IEP with progress monitoring data to the training.

 

LEARNING TARGETS:      
 
-  Use the IEP Guidance Document to develop an IEP that is compliant and outcome-driven

-  Identify and develop effective and efficient methods of measurement to determine baseline data and monitor student

   progress on Measurable Annual Goals

-  Set up a progress monitoring system and analyze and interpret student progress monitoring data.

October 2021

October 21
8:30am-2:30pm
In-Person - 
TBD

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Working Smarter NOT Harder:  LESSON PLANNING

This session is a follow up to the Working Smarter NOT Harder: Unit Planning Session offered during the WKEC Summer Institute. During this session, participants will have the opportunity to work in groups to develop lesson plans and instructional activities that are accessible to all students even those with complex needs.

 

TARGET
AUDIENCE:  Special Education teachers (MSD, LBD), Paraprofessionals, General Education Teachers, SLPs, OTs, PTs,

 

LEARNING TARGETS:    

 

1. Participants will learn how to develop lesson plans accessible to all students.

2. Participants will learn how to scaffold lessons for students with complex needs.

3. Participants will be given opportunity to plan and network with other professionals to develop lesson plans and activities.

For questions contact sherida.gentry@wkec.org

October 20th 9:00am-10:00am
Virtual

Wellness Wednesday

October 

Beyond Fear: Shutting Down Worry & Controlling Your Thoughts

 

Worry and fear are common feelings we all face, and not just during Halloween. In this session, we will discuss how at times worry, fear of rejection, fear of let down, and fear of failure can control our lives and make us less than our best. We will also discuss how these things also play a factor in the lives of many of our most successful students; and then discuss strategies to help ourselves and to help our students.  Join us virtually live on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 9:00 or contact Kayla Jones (kayla.jones@wkec.org) for information regarding the recorded session.

 

Click REGISTER to find out more information about this month’s topic!

1 hour of PD/EILA credit offered upon completion of feedback form.

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November 2021

 

November 18
8:30am-2:30pm
In-Person - 
TBD

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How to Effectively Document Alternate Assessment Participation Decisions

This session is designed for ARCs to improve their practices for determining which students should participate in alternate assessment and how to effectively document those decisions. Participants will provided with sample agendas, and other tools that can be used by ARCs to make appropriate decisions for students participating in alternate assessment while meeting compliance for documentation of these decisions. 

TARGET
AUDIENCE:  Anyone participating in ARCs to determine AA participation:  Special Education Teachers (LBD, MSD), Counselors, ARC Chairpersons, School Psychologists, SLPs, Consultants/Coaches 

 

LEARNING TARGETS:
1.Participants will receive an Overview of the Alternate Assessment eligibility
2. Participants will learn how to determine Alternate Assessment participation and document data based 
    decisions
3.Participants will learn how to develop a District process for implementing and monitoring AA eligibility

 

For questions contact sherida.gentry@wkec.org