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Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Webinar 1

03/12/2018
01:24:10 minutes
This session will provide an overview of SSI and the available work incentives. It will provide strategies and tools that assist in helping job seekers understand the information. It will focus on the importance of on framing the conversation as financial stability rather than just benefits planning. Recommendations on when a job seeker should be referred to a Work Incentive Planning and Assistance Service will be discussed.

The Basics of Workforce Development Best Practices in Recruiting, Hiring, Training and Retaining Staff

03/08/2018
01:29:04 minutes
In this second installment of the EFSLMP Workforce Webinar Series, Gail, Genni and Karen continue to discuss strategies and tips to help you reach your goal of a high performing workforce. This session focused on activities and strategies after the initial orientation process. The discussion included tips for how to create an ongoing workforce development and training strategies, conduct meaningful evaluations and create teams that support continued development of highly performing staff.

Evidence of Language Use: Progress Monitoring for English Learners in Multi tiered Systems of Support - Part I: State Required Reclassification, Monitoring and Re Designation of English Learners

02/20/2018
01:26:26 minutes
This session will focus on the interpretation and implementation of the PDE State-Required Reclassification, Monitoring and Re-Designation of English Learners (ELs) for the 2017-2018 school year. Participants will also examine how this document will impact the instruction and assessment of English learners.

The Writing Toolkit for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: The Writing Process

02/19/2018
01:58:30 minutes
In this session, participants will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to improve writing instruction for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Topics include how to prepare students for writing, explicitly teach the writing process, and motivate students to write. As part of this workshop, participants will discuss the importance of defining the phases of the writing process. Materials selection and the use of graphic organizers and writers’ notebooks will also be addressed.

The Writing Toolkit for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Micro-level Writing

02/19/2018
02:01:00 minutes
This webinar continues the examination of writing instruction for students who are deaf or hard of hearing by examining the micro-structures of writing. Components of micro-level writing, including handwriting, spelling, vocabulary, and sentence structure will be discussed with emphasis on instructional strategies for linking micro-level and macro-level structures through the use of “writing warm-ups.” Sentence stems and organizational frames will also be presented as instructional scaffolds to help bridge micro- and macro-level writing.

Implementing Evidence-Based Practices to Increase Graduation Rates and Decrease Dropout Rates for Students with Disabilities in Pennsylvania

02/19/2018
01:14:23 minutes
Schools in Pennsylvania are working to increase the graduation rate and decrease the dropout rate for students with disabilities by utilizing a State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP). This recorded presentation examines the phases for identifying students with disabilities who are off-track for graduation. The five phases include: 1) establishing a local leadership team and an Early Warning System (EWS), 2) analyzing attendance, behavior, and course performance data, 3) identifying target areas for interventions for students who are off-track, 4) developing an action plan, and 5) implementing and monitoring an evaluation plan.

PA Legislation Impacting Transition

02/08/2018
01:16:28 minutes
Recent legislation at the federal and state level has greatly impacting secondary transition requirements. During this session, presenters share the core tenants of recent legislation and policy specific to secondary transition including: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004), Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Final Rule (CMS Final Rule), Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act/& Section 511 (WIOA), Act 26 of Pennsylvania, and PA 339 (Comprehensive Guidance Plan). This session explores the relevancy of this legislation as it pertains to secondary transition planning within the educational setting.

Employment First Webinar - Overcoming the STIGMA of Living and Working with the Labels of Significant Mental Health Challenges

02/08/2018
01:01:02 minutes
This webinar addresses the core principles and most effective means to overcome the stigma of mental illness as it relates to assisting those with a MH label to attain meaningful and satisfying employment.

Family and Community Engagement in MTSS

01/26/2018
01:15:40 minutes
This session will focus on current standards for engaging families and communities as partners in student learning/academic achievement. There will be opportunities to explore culturally responsive best practices related to the engagement of diverse families and communities in MTSS.It will address the importance of including, as part of instruction in MTSS, strategies and resources to help secondary ELs to plan for their future.

I'm the Deaf-Blind Liaison...What Do I Do Now?

01/22/2018
00:43:55 minutes
Deaf-Blind Liaisons serve as the point person for families and staff for LEAs who provide services to a student with deaf-blindness. This webinar will define the role of the liaison, provide foundational information on deaf-blindness and its impact on learning, as well as direct the liaison to the supports and resources which may support teams. Deaf-Blind Liaisons serve as the point person for families and staff for LEAs who provide services to a student with deaf-blindness. This webinar will define the role of the liaison, provide foundational information on deaf-blindness and its impact on learning, as well as direct the liaison to the supports and resources which may support teams.