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Update on the Dyslexia Pilot Project

01:28:50 minutes
Act 69 of 2014, the Dyslexia Screening and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program became effective on June 26, 2014 (24 P.S. Article XVII-C). This Act requires the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to establish an early literacy intervention and dyslexia pilot program to provide evidence-based early screening using evidence- based services for students with potential risk factors for early reading deficiencies and dyslexia, such as low phonemic awareness, low letter and symbol naming and inability to remember sequences. This session will provide an update on the pilot program, which will operate for three full years beginning with the 2015-16 school year.

The Mindset Challenge: Preparing Educators for Meaningful Family Engagement Practices

01:19:41 minutes
This professional learning opportunity focuses on developing capacity for effective home and school partnerships focused on student academic success. This presentation will help educators and families make a mindset transition from parent involvement to family engagement. Our PD offers an inclusive and dynamic learning space for educators to learn and discuss research and best practices, it also provides practical information, tools and strategies needed for application in the field. The aim of this day of learning is to support systems change and reorganization of school family engagement efforts to connect specific student learning goals with family supported learning.

Curriculum-Based and Writing Lab Approaches to Language/Literacy Instruction and Intervention: Case Examples

01:01:13 minutes
This session will extend topics introduced in Session 1 by providing case examples of how to use curriculum-based writing projects to develop language and literacy skills for all students. The emphasis will be placed on how to address problems across language levels for students with special needs, with examples of how to develop language skills and enhance lives.

Evidence-based Practices for K-3 Reading Instruction

01:21:47 minutes
Evidence-based practices for teaching reading in grades K-3 will be presented and demonstrated with classroom videos. These practices are derived from recommendations from the Institute of Education Sciences What Works Clearinghouse practice guide on foundational reading skills, based on a systematic review of the past 20 years of reading research. The videos are part of professional learning communities’ materials developed by the Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast to accompany the guide.

Best Practices in Autism Treatment

01:26:33 minutes
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is acknowledged as a best practice approach to providing educational and clinical services to children with autism spectrum disorders; however, ABA consists of individually tailoring interventions to meet the educational and clinical goals of each child and diagnosis is not particularly pertinent. This address will discuss systematic evaluations of clinical and teaching procedures conducted with persons with autism for building independent living skills and treating problem behavior.

Language-Literacy Connections: Combining Assessment, Instruction, and Intervention

01:27:04 minutes
This session will focus on interconnections between oral language and literacy development across the grades from kindergarten through high school. Topics will include implications for identifying typical development, difference, and disorder using standardized tools followed by curriculum- based language assessment and intervention. Classroom- and curriculum-based approaches for combining general education instruction and special education intervention, with an emphasis on communicating through writing, will be introduced.

Assessing and Treating Repetitive Behavior and Anxiety in Persons with ASDs

00:58:26 minutes
Intensive behavior analytic intervention for young children diagnosed with autism can produce large gains in social, cognitive, and language development. One critical area to address is repetitive behavior such as stereotypy. Applied research on evaluating and treating stereotypic behavior will be reviewed, focusing on effective interventions for building core adaptive living and social skills, in addition to procedures for treating stereotypic behavior directly. Response Interruption and Redirection (RIRD) research for treating stereotypy has shown that many variations of this procedure can be effective even with individuals with limited vocal, verbal skills. Variations of the procedure and when they are most appropriate will be discussed, along with videos depicting the procedure. This presentation will also describe repetitive behavior associated with anxiety and how to treat it.

Tech for Transition: Thinking Beyond the Classroom

01:13:40 minutes
Students have access to more technology in the classroom than ever before. How can we leverage the features of these tech tools to meet the unique learning needs of EVERY student? From mobile apps to browser extensions to web tools - there are so many tools available today to support the diverse learners in our classrooms. Come learn about technology to support students in the areas of reading, writing, organization, and more. We will look at tools across platforms: Chrome, iOS, Android and Web Tools. Be ready to participate - there will be opportunities for participants to share a favorite tool.

Evidence of Language Use: Progress Monitoring for English Learners in Multi tiered Systems of Support - Part II: Targeting Progress Monitoring of Language Use for English Learners

01:15:12 minutes
This session will focus on effective progress monitoring strategies for English learners, as related to language use. Participants will be able to apply these best practices to their school context.

Partners in Secondary Transition: What Families Need to Know

01:00:55 minutes
Family member support is integral to a youth transitioning from high school to adult life. Matters such as customized employment, entitlement vs eligibility, and exploring the option of a two or four year college, are just a few of the topics that may be explored during the transition process. During this webinar, PaTTAN consultants will introduce available resources such as the Family 1-Pager Guides and Planning for the Future Checklist to LEAs and discuss strategies for sharing them with parents and family members in supporting youth in preparing for post-secondary education, employment, and independent living.