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					  Special Education
Summer Professional
Development Institutes




   Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Education:
   Special Education Planning and Policy Development Office
                                            This document was prepared by the
                                           Massachusetts Department of Education
                                                Dr. David P. Driscoll
                                             Commissioner of Education



                                            Board of Education Members
                                   Mr. Christopher Anderson, Chairman, Westford
                     Ms. Ann Reale, Vice-Chair, Commissioner, Early Education and Care, Boston
                                         Ms. Harneen Chernow, Jamaica Plain
                                           Dr. Thomas Fortmann, Lexington
                           Mr. Trevor Frederick, Chair, Student Advisory Council, Ipswich
                             Dr. Patricia Plummer, Chancellor, Higher Education, Boston
                                          Dr. Roberta R. Schaefer, Worcester
                                            Dr. Sandra L. Stotsky, Brookline
                                         Mr. Henry M. Thomas, III, Springfield
                                          Dr. David P. Driscoll, Commissioner
                                               and Secretary to the Board



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                                                        Letter from the Commissioner
Program
Information                                May 21, 2007

Registration Priorities                    Dear Educators:

See “Participant Information” within       We are pleased to announce this statewide program of
each institute description in this         free special education professional development summer
brochure for specific qualifications       institutes designed to increase the practical and policy
for participation. Where appropriate,      knowledge of Special Education professionals. Sponsored
we encourage registration by teams         by the Massachusetts Department of Education in
from schools and districts.                partnership with school districts, educational
                                           collaboratives, institutions of higher education, and
Registration/Application                   professional associations, these institutes are designed to
Procedures                                 support approved private special education schools,
                                           educational collaboratives and local school districts’ efforts
To register or apply and obtain            to increase the quality of programs and services provided
detailed information, please contact       to students with disabilities and increase the number of
the person or persons listed within        highly qualified educators working in the field of Special
the institute of your choice. As           Education.
spaces are limited, please register
early. Institutes are open to              These Institutes are valuable, cost-effective, and available
educators from districts across the        for all Massachusetts educators. I hope you will consider
state. Participants must commit to         participating in them.
attend the entire program of the
selected institute, including follow-up    Sincerely,
days.

Participation Requirements
                                           David P. Driscoll
Each institute will provide at least 45    Commissioner of Education
hours of instruction between June
and December 31, 2007.
Participants are required to attend
all sessions, take part in pre- and
post-assessments of institute
content knowledge, and complete
activities outside of class time that
result in a project that demonstrates
their learning. Participants’ institute-
related work should be included in
their personal professional
development plans and should be
strongly linked to school
and district priorities.

Professional Development Points and Graduate Credit
Participants who choose the PDP option will earn 67.5 PDPs for attending all sessions and completing
their pre- and post-assessments and a project that documents their learning. No partial PDPs will be
awarded. Some institutes also offer optional graduate credit for which participants may register at their
own expense. Participants in some of these institutes will receive certificates of participation, where
applicable. Please see institute descriptions for more information.
                       2007 Special Education Summer Institutes
                                  General Information

   For more information about the Summer Institute Programs, please contact Ann Marie John, by email
   (ajohn@doe.mass.edu) or by phone at 781-338-3383 at the Massachusetts Department of Education.




                                       Table of Contents
Institute Focus: Assessing English Language Learners (ELL) with Disabilities               Page 4


Institute Focus: Effective Evaluation of Special Education Programs                        Page 4


Institute Focus: Indivdualized Educational Plan Team Facilitation Skills                   Page 5 & 6


Institute Focus: Managing Behavior in an Inclusive Classroom                               Page 7


Institute Focus: Occupational Therapy Services in Educational Settings                     Page 7


Institute Focus: Special Education Administrative Leadership Academy                       Page 8


Institute Focus: Teaching Strategies for Students with Vision Impairments,                 Page 9
                 Blindness or Deafblindness


Institute Focus: Teaching Strategies for Students Who are Deaf and Hard-of-                Page 9
                 Hearing


Institute Focus: Teaching Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum                     Page 10 & 11
                 Disorders in the General Education Classroom


Institute Focus: Transition                                                                Page 11




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Institute Focus: Assessing English Language Learners      Institute Focus: Effective Evaluation of Special
(ELL) with Disabilities                                   Education Program

Institute Name: Assessing English Language Learners       Institute Name: Collaborative Evaluation of Special
(ELL) with Disabilities                                   Education Programs

Institute Provider(s): Lesley University, School of       Institute Provider(s): Learning Innovations at WestEd
Education
                                                          Institute Participation: Special education administrators of
Institute Participation: School personnel involved in     public school districts (with two other individuals, if
the special education evaluation process, including       possible, such as a special education teacher or school
special educators, diagnosticians, school psychologists   principal); executive directors of educational collaboratives
and speech/language pathologist                           or executive directors of approved private special education
                                                          schools. We strongly suggest interested school districts
Grade Level(s): Elementary                                consider applying as teams of 2-3 individuals.

Dates                                                     Grade Level(s): All
• Summer Institute: August 20-24, 2007
• Fall Sessions: 3 dates (TBD) October                    Dates
    &November, 2007 one in February 2008                  • Summer Institute: August 13-August 16, 2007
                                                          • Fall Sessions: 2 days (TBA)
Location: Lesley University
          29 Everett Street                               Location: Wachusett Village Inn and Conference
          Cambridge, MA                                   Center, Westminster, MA

Registration: 25 spaces available                         Registration: 30 spaces available

Contact                                                   Contact
• Name: Dr. Maria B. Serpa & Dr. Solange A. Lira          • Name: Mary Stenson
• Telephone Number: 617-349-8403; 617-349-                • Telephone Number: 781-481-1109
   8461                                                   • Email Address: mstenso@wested.org
• Email Address:
     mserpa@lesley.edu & slira@lesley.edu                 Institute Summary This institute will be conducted by the
                                                          developers of the publication “Collaborative Evaluation Led
Institute Summary: Assessing English Language             by Local Educators – A Practical, Print and Web-Based
Learners (ELL) With Disabilities (a five day Institute    Guide to Program
with three follow-up seminars) focuses on research-       Evaluation.”(www.neirtec.org/evaluation)During the
based professional development for 25 Massachusetts       August session, participants will learn how to plan an
educators involved with assessment who will learn         evaluation of a selected special education program, develop
together how to better identify and implement sound       clear evaluation questions, and choose appropriate data
evaluation procedures and assessment measures for         gathering strategies. Ample opportunity will be provided to
students with disabilities who are ELL. The ultimate      develop data gathering instruments and to practice a range
goals are: (1) to reduce over-identification and over-    of strategies, including interviews, focus groups, and
representation of linguistic minorities in Special        observations. Participants will leave with a manageable
Education; (2) to increase the number of assessment       plan for gathering data during the fall semester; and will
professionals who are better qualified and who can        return for two follow-up days in November/December to
improve the assessment practices used with ELL            analyze their qualitative and quantitative data, create
students; and (3) to improve pre-referral practices.      presentations of findings, and practice leading discussions
                                                          of potential program improvements based on evaluation
                                                          findings. WestEd staff will provide telephone and e-mail
                                                          support during the fall data gathering activities. PDPs will
                                                          be provided and college credit will be available. Sixteen
*Funds have been provided for lodging for participants    school districts participated in this institute in 2006 with
living more than 60 miles from the institute. This is     excellent results.
available on a first come-first serve basis.
                                                          *Funds have been provided for lodging for participants
                                                          living more than 60 miles from the institute. This is
                                                          available on a first come-first serve basis.

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Institute Focus: IEP Team Facilitation Skills               Institute Focus: IEP Team Facilitation Skills

Institute Name: Essential Facilitation Skills for IEP       Institute Name: Essential Facilitation Skills for IEP
Meetings                                                    Meetings

Institute Provider(s): Spectrum K12 School Solutions        Institute Provider(s): Spectrum K12 School Solutions
(formerly JDL Associates, Inc.)                             (formerly JDL Associates, Inc.)

Participant Information: Individuals assigned the           Participant Information: Individuals assigned the
duty of chairing IEP Team meetings.                         duty of chairing IEP Team meetings.

Grade Level(s): All                                         Grade Level(s): All

Dates                                                       Dates
• Summer Institute: July 16-20, 2007                        • Summer Institute: July 16-20, 2007
• Fall Sessions: November 6-7, 2007                         • Fall Sessions: November 8-9, 2007

Location: Radisson Hotel Hyannis, Hyannis, MA               Location: Embassy Suites, Marlborough, MA

Registration: 30 spaces available                           Registration: 30 spaces available
• On line: www.spectrumk12.com                              • On line: www.spectrumk12.com
• Telephone: 866-688-3857, Option 2                         • Telephone: 866-688-3857, Option 2
• By U.S. Mail:                                             • By U.S. Mail:
   Spectrum k12 School Solutions, Inc.                         Spectrum k12 School Solutions, Inc.
   901 Dulaney Village Rd., Suite 800                          901 Dulaney Village Rd., Suite 800
   Towson, MD 21204                                            Towson, MD 21204
   Attn: Professional Development/Registration for             Attn: Professional Development/Registration for
   MA Summer Institutes                                        MA Summer Institutes

Contact                                                     Contact
• Name: Beth DuBose                                         • Name: Beth DuBose
• Telephone Number: 866-688-3857, Option 2                  • Telephone Number: 866-688-3857, Option 2
• Email Address:                                            • Email Address:
   madoeregistration@spectrumk12.com                           madoeregistration@spectrumk12.com

Institute Summary: The Summer/Fall Institute will           Institute Summary: The Summer/Fall Institute will
provide participants with the skills necessary to lead or   provide participants with the skills necessary to lead or
participate in the IEP team meeting process by means        participate in the IEP team meeting process by means
of a collaborative and non-adversarial process, as well     of a collaborative and non-adversarial process, as well
as to develop student-centered goals and objectives.        as to develop student-centered goals and objectives.
The essential facilitation skills for the IEP team          The essential facilitation skills for the IEP team
meeting process have been specifically designed to          meeting process have been specifically designed to
assist IEP team members in working collaboratively          assist IEP team members in working collaboratively
and making consensus-based decisions that all IEP           and making consensus-based decisions that all IEP
team members can implement and support. It will also        team members can implement and support. It will also
provide participants with the necessary skills to conduct   provide participants with the necessary skills to conduct
the IDEIA 2004-mandated IEP resolution sessions.            the IDEIA 2004-mandated IEP resolution sessions.

The skills and benefits learned in the Institute will       The skills and benefits learned in the Institute will
provide participants with the facilitation skills to hold   provide participants with the facilitation skills to hold
complaint IEP meeting, develop positive relationships       complaint IEP meeting, develop positive relationships
between staff and parents, significantly reduce due         between staff and parents, significantly reduce due
process hearings, improve staff morale, and learn           process hearings, improve staff morale, and learn
transferable skills that can be used in other types of      transferable skills that can be used in other types of
meetings.                                                   meetings.

Participants will also be trained in the process of         Participants will also be trained in the process of
writing Meaningful and Measurable Goals and                 writing Meaningful and Measurable Goals and
Objectives that are based on the strengths and needs of     Objectives that are based on the strengths and needs of
the student, that can be successfully implemented, and      the student, that can be successfully implemented, and
that can be used to show measurable progress.               that can be used to show measurable progress.
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Institute Focus: IEP Team Facilitation                      Institute Focus: IEP Team Facilitation

Institute Name Essential Facilitation Skills for IEP        Institute Name Essential Facilitation Skills for IEP
Meetings                                                    Meetings

Institute Provider(s): Spectrum K12 School Solutions        Institute Provider(s): Spectrum K12 School Solutions
(formerly JDL Associates, Inc.)                             (formerly JDL Associates, Inc.)

Participant Information: Individuals assigned the           Participant Information: Individuals assigned the
duty of chairing IEP Team meetings.                         duty of chairing IEP Team meetings.

Grade Level(s): All                                         Grade Level(s): All

Dates                                                       Dates
• Summer Institute: July 23-27, 2007                        • Summer Institute: July 23-27, 2007
• Fall Sessions: November 13-14, 2007                       • Fall Sessions: November 15-16, 200

Location: Best Western Hotel, Northampton, MA               Location: Doubletree Hotel, Lowell, MA

Registration: 30 spaces available                           Registration: 30 spaces available
• On line: www.spectrumk12.com                              • On line: www.spectrumk12.com
• Telephone: 866-688-3857, Option 2                         • Telephone: 866-688-3857, Option 2
• By U.S. Mail:                                             • By U.S. Mail:
   Spectrum k12 School Solutions, Inc.                         Spectrum k12 School Solutions, Inc.
   901 Dulaney Village Rd., Suite 800                          901 Dulaney Village Rd., Suite 800
   Towson, MD 21204                                            Towson, MD 21204
   Attn: Professional Development/Registration for             Attn: Professional Development/Registration for
   MA Summer Institutes                                        MA Summer Institutes

Contact                                                     Contact
• Name: Beth DuBose                                         • Name: Beth DuBose
• Telephone Number: 866-688-3857, Option 2                  • Telephone Number: 866-688-3857, Option 2
• Email Address:                                            Email Address: madoeregistration@spectrumk12.com
   madoeregistration@spectrumk12.com
                                                            Institute Summary: The Summer/Fall Institute will
Institute Summary: The Summer/Fall Institute will           provide participants with the skills necessary to lead or
provide participants with the skills necessary to lead or   participate in the IEP team meeting process by means
participate in the IEP team meeting process by means        of a collaborative and non-adversarial process, as well
of a collaborative and non-adversarial process, as well     as to develop student-centered goals and objectives.
as to develop student-centered goals and objectives.        The essential facilitation skills for the IEP team
The essential facilitation skills for the IEP team          meeting process have been specifically designed to
meeting process have been specifically designed to          assist IEP team members in working collaboratively
assist IEP team members in working collaboratively          and making consensus-based decisions that all IEP
and making consensus-based decisions that all IEP           team members can implement and support. It will also
team members can implement and support. It will also        provide participants with the necessary skills to conduct
provide participants with the necessary skills to conduct   the IDEIA 2004-mandated IEP resolution sessions.
the IDEIA 2004-mandated IEP resolution sessions.
                                                            The skills and benefits learned in the Institute will
The skills and benefits learned in the Institute will       provide participants with the facilitation skills to hold
provide participants with the facilitation skills to hold   complaint IEP meeting, develop positive relationships
complaint IEP meeting, develop positive relationships       between staff and parents, significantly reduce due
between staff and parents, significantly reduce due         process hearings, improve staff morale, and learn
process hearings, improve staff morale, and learn           transferable skills that can be used in other types of
transferable skills that can be used in other types of      meetings.
meetings.
                                                            Participants will also be trained in the process of
Participants will also be trained in the process of         writing Meaningful and Measurable Goals and
writing Meaningful and Measurable Goals and                 Objectives that are based on the strengths and needs of
Objectives that are based on the strengths and needs of     the student, that can be successfully implemented, and
the student, that can be successfully implemented, and      that can be used to show measurable progress.
that can be used to show measurable progress.
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Institute Focus: Managing Behavior in an Inclusive           Institute Focus: Occupational Therapy
Classroom
                                                             Institute Name: Current Issues in School-based
Institute Name: Managing Behavior in an Inclusive            Occupational Therapy
Classroom
                                                             Institute Provider(s): Partnership for Advancement of
Institute Provider(s): Green Mountain Psycho-                School Service Providers & Tufts University Boston
Educational Services                                         School of Occupational Therapy
Institute Participation: General and special educators       Participant Information: Occupational therapists
working with students on an IEP in the general               working in school-based practice
education and/or special education environments.
                                                             Grade Level(s): All Grade Levels
Grade Level(s): All Grade Levels
                                                             Dates
Dates
                                                             • Summer Institutes: June 29; August 21-23, 2007
• Summer Institute: August 6 -9, 2007
                                                             • Fall Sessions: October 25, 26, 2007
• Fall Sessions: TBD

Location: Radisson Hotel, Marlborough, MA                    Location:
                                                             • Summer Sessions: Boston School of Occupational
Registration: 30 spaces available preferably teams of           Therapy Tufts University, Medford
3-4 professionals from the same school                       • Fall Session: MESPA, Marlborough

Contact:                                                     Registration: 30 spaces available
• Name: MaryEllen Seaver
• Telephone Number: 802-434-4746                             Contact
• Email Address: gmps@consultant.com                         • Name: Dr. Sharon Ray
                                                             •   Telephone Number: (617) 627-5961
Institute Summary: This institute will focus on              •   Email Address: otpartnership@gmail.com
expanding school efforts to improve educational
outcomes for all children. It will focus on practices that
lead to the development of responsible student behavior      Institute/Academy Summary: This institute will be
and academic engagement and a decrease in                    conducted by authors of Guidelines for Provision of
maladaptive and disruptive behavior. Structuring the         Occupational Therapy Services in Massachusetts
classroom and broader school environment for success         Public Schools (http://maot.org/guidelines.htm). It will
will be a central focus of the institute. A preventive       address competencies critical for providing effective
approach to student discipline will be emphasized. In        school services. Participants will be empowered to
addition, tiers of intervention will be explored that are    provide educationally relevant services consistent with
aimed at assisting more challenging students through         policies governing school practice. Content includes
the provision of increasingly intensive supports. This       issues related to workload management, assessment
institute stresses the importance of a team approach and     process, effective documentation, planning and
the examination of student progress data to inform           implementation of services, and team collaboration.
instructional and programmatic success or need for           Participants will learn to utilize on-line resources to
change. The institute will highlight the importance of       inform their practice. There will be opportunities for
the provision of targeted interventions and support          collaborating with therapists from other districts.
services that have been shown to be effective in
addressing behavioral and learning challenges. The           This institute includes 6 days of on-site instruction and
institute will meet for 6 full days. Three (3) graduate      five or more hours of on-line learning. The entire
credits will be made available through St. Michael’s         institute is free of charge. Graduate credit available
College at a cost of $225.00.                                from Tufts University for a fee with the completion of
                                                             an extra assignment.

*Funds have been provided for lodging for participants
living more than 60 miles from the institute. This is        *Funds have been provided for lodging for participants
available on a first come-first serve basis.                 living more than 60 miles from the institute. This is
                                                             available on a first come-first serve basis.


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Institute Focus: Special Education Administrative           Institute Focus: Special Education Administrative
Leadership Academy                                          Leadership Academy

Institute Name: Special Education Leadership                Institute Name: Special Education Leadership
Academy I for New Administrators (1-5 years): Laws,         Academy II for Experienced Administrators (over 5
Regulations, Policies and Procedures                        years)

Institute Provider(s): ACCEPT Education                     Institute Provider(s): Learning Innovations at WestEd
Collaborative
                                                            Participant Information: Special Education
Participant Information: Special Education                  Administrators with a minimum of 5 years experience
Administrators with 1-5 years experience as a Special       as special Education Administrator in Massachusetts
Education Administrator in Massachusetts

Grade Level(s): Pre-K – 12                                  Grade Level(s): Pre-K – 12

Dates                                                       Dates
• Summer Institute: July 31- August 2, 2007                 • Summer Institute: August 6- August 9, 2007
    (Overnight)                                                 (Overnight)
• Follow-up Sessions: September 27, October 24,             • Fall Sessions: October 5, November 2, November
    November 29, 2007 & January 17, March 19, April             30, 2007
    30, 2008
                                                            Location
Location
                                                            • Summer Institute: Wachusett Village Inn and
• Summer Institute: Warren Inn and Conference                  Conference Center, 9 Village Inn Road,
   Center, Ashland                                             Westminster
• Fall & Spring Sessions: Hampton Inn, Natick               • Fall Session: TBD
• April 30: Warren Inn and Conference Center,
   Ashland                                                  Registration: 30 spaces available
Registration: 30 spaces available                           Contact
                                                            • Name: Vicki Hormus
Contact
                                                            • Telephone Number: 802-951-8220
• Name: Susan S. Rees
                                                            • Email Address: vhornus@wested.org
• Telephone Number: 508-653-6776
• Email Address: srees@accept.org                           Institute/Academy Summary: This academy will
                                                            provide experienced special education administrators
Institute Summary: This nine day Institute teaches          the opportunity to develop leadership skills as change
proactive leadership skills to new special education        agents within their school system in order to contribute
administrators to ensure positive outcomes for students     to positive educational outcomes for students with
with disabilities. Through a series of workshop sessions    disabilities and their families. Topical focus areas will
led by outstanding faculty, facilitated mentoring groups,   include effective leadership in instructional program
on-line coaching, outside assignments and a workshop        design and improvement, data collection and analysis
binder filled with useful materials, participants forum a   for decision-making, legal compliance, fiscal
Professional Learning Community (PLC). This PLC             administration and management, and access to the
provides a supportive environment to assist participants    general education curriculum. Participants will plan and
with implementation of IDEA and the myriad of highly        implement a local project to address an identified
complex tasks and challenges they face. Major topics        organizational problem or systems’ change issue.
include: effective leadership of State and Federal          Instructional practices will encourage active
special education laws and regulations; fiscal              participation and the application of theoretical
administration; data collection and analysis; staff         constructs, research, and leadership skills to the
recruitment and retention; instructional program design     practical day-to-day contexts in which participants are
and improvement; and access to the general education        working. 6 1/2 days. Graduate credit available from
curriculum based on the Massachusetts Curriculum            Framingham State College.
Frameworks. Graduate credits from Endicott College.




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Institute Focus: Teaching Strategies for Students with       Institute Focus: Teaching Strategies for Deaf or Hard-
Vision Impairments, Blindness or Deafblindness               of-Hearing Students

Institute Name Instructional Methods and Materials for       Institute Name: Teaching Literacy Skills to Students
Increasing Accessibility to Elementary and Middle School     who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing: New Directions in
Science Curricula for Students with Visual Impairments       Literacy: Instruction in and about American Sign
                                                             Language
Institute Provider(s): The Carroll Center for the Blind,
Newton, MA                                                   Institute Provider(s): Boston University

Participant Information: Teachers and                        Participant Information: Teachers of the deaf or hard-
paraprofessionals working with students who are              of-hearing and other educators working with students
visually impaired on elementary and middle science           who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
curriculum
                                                             Grade Level(s): Elementary, Middle or High School

Grade Level(s): Elementary, Middle                           Dates
                                                             • Summer Institutes: July 30-August 3, 2007
Dates                                                        • Fall Sessions: September 22-23, 2007
• Summer Institute: August 6-9, 2007
• Fall Sessions: December 1, 2007                            Location: The Learning Center for Deaf Children,
• On line Session: 9 hours TBA                               Framingham

                                                             Registration: 30 spaces available
Location: The Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton
                                                             Contact
Registration: 30 spaces available                            • Name: Casey Spencer
                                                             • Telephone Number: 617-353-3205
Contact                                                      • Email Address: Deafstdy@bu.edu or
• Name: Dina Rosenbaum                                          cespence@bu.edu
• Telephone Number: 617-969-6200 ext. 238
• Email Address: dina.Rosenbaum@carroll.org
                                                             Institute Summary: This weeklong and follow-up
                                                             weekend series of presentations will provide
                                                             participants with training on how to enhance literacy
Institute Summary: This institute will bring together        instruction using ASL. This approach redefines
national and regional resources to support Teachers of the   traditional notions of literacy, considering literacy to be
Visually Impaired, paraprofessionals, science educators      much more than simple decoding skills. We will
and regular classroom educators working with students        demonstrate the application of best practices and
who are visually impaired on elementary and middle           effective ASL instruction in order to ensure that
school science curricula. Participants will increase their   students continue to improve their language abilities.
knowledge in research-based modifications, materials and     Additionally, techniques and strategies presented align
manipulatives such as tactile graphics, low vision access,   with the current Massachusetts frameworks for English
audible materials, etc. presented by national and regional   Language Arts. The format for the presentations will
educators. Regional presenters will provide participants     include lecture, small group work and hands-on
with the additional instructional support and mentoring to   activities that utilize technology in the classroom. 7
participants specific to the Massachusetts Science           days. In order to qualify for PDP’s participants must
Curriculum framework. Course will be a combination of        complete the full institute. PDPs from Boston
lecture, hands-on activities, and web based instruction.     University will be available upon request.
5 (4 Summer and one Fall) Days and 9 hours of online
sessions. Graduate Credit available from UMass Boston.




*Funds have been provided for lodging for participants       *Funds have been provided for lodging for participants
living more than 60 miles from the institute. This is        living more than 60 miles from the institute. This is
available on a first come-first serve basis.                 available on a first come-first serve basis.

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Institute Focus: Teaching Strategies for Students with      Institute Focus: Teaching Strategies for Students with
Autism Spectrum Disorders in the General Education          Autism Spectrum Disorders in the General Education
Classroom                                                   Classroom
                                                            Institute Name: Teaching Strategies for Students with
Institute Name: Developing Positive Supports for            Autism Spectrum Disorders in the General Education
Students With ASD in the General Education                  Classroom
Environment
                                                            Institute Provider(s): The May Institute
Institute Provider(s): Cape Cod Collaborative

Participant Information: General educators special          Participant Information: School-based instructional
education teachers, therapist, paraprofessional ns          support personnel such as regular and special education
special teachers (e.g. gym, art, music)                     teachers. Other staff such as school psychologist,
                                                            counselors, and other specialized staff will be strongly
Grade Level(s): All                                         considered

                                                            Grade Level(s): All
Dates
                                                            Dates
• Summer Institute: June 25-29, 2007
                                                            • Summer Institute: July 30-August 3, 2007
• Fall Sessions: October 13 & 20, November 3,
                                                            • Fall Sessions: Sept. 26, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 2007
    2007
                                                            Location: 41 Pacella Park, Randolph, 02368
Location: Mass Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay
            (Bresnahan Bldg, room 305)                      Registration: 30
                                                            Contact
Registration: 30 spaces available
                                                            • Name: Kelli Leahy-Iorlano
Contact                                                     • Telephone Number: 781-437-1328
• Name: Sheila Murray                                       • Email Address: kiorlano@mayinstitute.org
• Telephone Number: 508-564-5099, ext 10
• Email Address: s.murray.ccc@comcast.net
                                                            Institute Summary: School districts are increasingly serving
                                                            students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in their
Institute Summary: This Institute will provide to
                                                            public schools. Recent CDC information (2007) indicates that
participants knowledge of the general characteristics of
                                                            prevalence of autism has increased to at least 1 individual in
Autism Spectrum Disorders including the diagnostic
                                                            150 children. The majority of this population is currently
criteria and learning deficits (Central Coherence,
                                                            being served at the elementary level and below. These
Theory of Mind, Executive Function). The
                                                            students present unique challenges, and serving these
presentation and implications of these learning deficits
                                                            students in general education classrooms means that staff
(academically and behaviorally) will be explored.
                                                            must address problematic behavior, social skills and
Curriculum modifications and classroom
                                                            communication deficits. This Institute will provide
accommodations (including the use of visuals) will be
                                                            participants training in evidenced-based interventions to
shared. Functional behavior assessments will be
                                                            effectively serve students with ASD in general education
addressed along with development of positive behavior
                                                            classrooms. Sixty-seven and one half PDP credits are
support plans. Understanding the social and sensory
                                                             available for all participants and paraprofessionals will
differences will be incorporated into designing effective
                                                            receive certificates of completion for 45 hours of training.
supports for students with ASD. Effective team
communication and collaboration will also be
incorporated into identifying effective ASD supports.
Institute will include 5 days during June and 3 follow-
up fall Saturdays. Graduate credits are available
through Fitchburg State College.




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            2007 Special Education Summer Institutes
Institute Focus: Teaching Strategies for Students with      Institute Focus: Transition
Autism Spectrum Disorders in the General Education
Classroom                                                   Institute Name: Promoting Youth Development and
                                                            Leadership for ALL Students
Institute Name: Proven Practical Strategies for
Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in
General Education Classrooms from Pre-K through             Institute Provider(s): Institute for Community
High School                                                 Inclusion University of Massachusetts-Boston


Institute Provider(s): Community Resources for              Participant Information: General and Special
People with Autism                                          Educators, Guidance Counselors

Participant Information: Preference will be given to
                                                            Grade Level(s): Middle and High School
teams of least two (one general educator and one or
more special educators including service related service
                                                            Dates
providers).
                                                            • Summer Institute: August 13-17, 2007
Grade Level(s): All                                         • Fall Sessions: Sept. 10 &24; Oct. 8& 22; Nov. 2

Dates
• Summer Institute: August 20-23, 2007                      Location: Institute for Community Inclusion
• Fall Sessions: October 20 & November 17 2007                        University of Massachusetts-Boston

Location: Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA            Registration: 30 spaces available

                                                            Contact
Registration: 30 spaces available
                                                            • Name: Berenise Reyes-Albino
                                                            • Telephone Number: 617-287-4314
Contact
                                                            • Email Address: berenise.albino@umb.edu
• Name: Karen Greaney
• Telephone Number: (413) 529-2428
• Email Address: greaneyk@theassn.org
                                                            Institute Summary: Teachers will learn to implement
                                                            tools and strategies that promote self-determination and
Institute Summary: This institute will provide              self-advocacy (AKA youth development) for all
information about practical, research-based strategies      students. The intent of this course is to provide
within a values-based and theoretical framework             educators with a framework for understanding how
consistent with current best practices for educating        youth development can prepare youth to meet the
students with labels on the Autism Spectrum in general      challenges of adolescence and adulthood. Teachers will
education pre-school through secondary school               be able to use this structure to teach and provide
classrooms. Course content will enable participants to      mentoring in areas of effective communication, goal-
define various “types” of autism and the educational        setting, problem-solving, informed decision-making,
implications of each in terms of relationships and social   and leadership – all necessary skills for youth
supports, meeting communication needs, positive ways        development. The course will focus on how to prepare
to address behavior challenges, and curricular and          students to take the lead in advocating for their
instructional modifications and accommodations              education, career development, and community
necessary to successfully reach and teach these students    participation. Teachers will understand the principles of
as effectively as their nondisabled classmates.             youth development and integrate these principles into
Participants will develop skills needed to implement        their work with all students.
strategies presented through class work and structured
application opportunities during the period between the
intensive study of the summer institute and the fall
follow-up sessions.
                                                            *Funds have been provided for lodging for participants
                                                            living more than 60 miles from the institute. This is
                                                            available on a first come-first serve basis.




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