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Professional Learning Events- Arranged by Topics

The following is a list of Professional Learning Events that have been proposed for the 2015-16 School Year. These offerings should be of specific interest to school social workers and may be of interest to other mental health professionals and educators. Social Work Continuing Education Hour applications are being submitted for all courses listed (unless noted). All events will be held at Oakland Schools unless otherwise noted.

For more information, please contact Social Work Consultant, Steve Whitmore (click here).

Academic Support

Executive Function Skills for Success in the Classroom

Sarah Ward, SLP
1/19/2016
8:30am-3:30pm

What skills do students need to learn to be organized and successfully manage their own time and tasks in the classroom? This multidisciplinary workshop will provide practical, hands- on strategies to develop students' executive functions skills for success in school. The term 'Executive Function' is used to describe the skill set required for setting goals, carrying out organized steps and modifying a plan to complete a task successfully, all of which are vital for academic and social success in elementary and middle school classrooms. Classroom teachers, special educators and ancillary staff will learn how to work together and use strategies such as 'Tuning In, "Get Ready-Do-Done, 'STOP and Read the Room", and Seeing and Sensing the Passage of Time' to support the success of all students in a classroom, including students with IEPs. Beginners and advanced participants will learn and practice these strategies to improve students' awareness, working memory, hindsight and forethought skills, impulse control, cognitive flexibility, organization and time/task management.


Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=126577&cc=COEE&oc=10


More information is available at: http://www.oaklandschoolsliteracy.org/professional-learning/grades-k-5/sarah-ward-national-speaker/

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Homework Helpers: Using Executive Function Skills to Close the Homework Circle (For Parents & Educators)

Sarah Ward, SLP
1/20/2016

7:00pm-9:00pm
(No SW- CEH Credits)

For many students, including students with weak executive function skills, homework is a challenge. Parents and students alike can get frustrated while trying to complete homework. While teachers and school professionals might teach students strategies to break down assignments or to make the material easier to process, parents often are not familiar with these interventions. Parents don't want to be teachers, but if they can have familiarity with these supportive strategies, then they can smooth the homework process. In this workshop, the following topics will be addressed:


  • Closing the Homework Circle-Supporting students in recording, bringing home, completing and returning assignments.
  • The Homework Space: Learning how to create a positive and productive environment for homework.
  • Setting Up Successful Homework Sessions: Learning simple techniques to help students organize and process information for assignments, long term projects and study skills



Registration Information: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=126709&cc=COEE&oc=10


More information is available at: http://www.oaklandschoolsliteracy.org/professional-learning/grades-k-5/sarah-ward-national-speaker/

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Aggression/Behavior Management

MASSW Region F Meeting: ALTERNATIVES TO SUSPENSION

Timothy M. Schroeter, LMSW, SSW

10/16/15

8:30-12:00pm

Explore how the use of disciplinary sanctions such as in-school and out-of-school suspensions can contribute to the potential for long-term negative outcomes in school performance and discuss how alternatives to suspensions can improve student success. This workshop will focus on the 2014 Federal Supportive School Discipline Initiative, state policy documents, alternatives to suspension options, analyzing discipline data for disproportionality, and targeting insubordination in a PBIS framework.


Cost: $30.00 MEMBERS $55.00 NON-MEMBERS

Fee includes SW-CEH fees (3) and a light breakfast


Feel free to encourage your administrators to attend with you!


Click here for more information

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Aggression Replacement Training for Challenging Behaviors

Mark Amendola
4/15/2016
8:30am-3:30pm


More information coming soon.

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Practical Management of Tough Kids - School Psych Series

William Jenson, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah
12/9/2015
8:30am-3:30pm


This workshop is part of the Skills for School Psychologist Series. This presentation will focus on the practical management of behaviorally disordered/emotionally disturbed students (BD/SED). These students are frequently referred to as "tough kids" because they exhibit strong behavioral excesses such as arguing, noncompliance, and aggression; while at the same time they possess significant behavioral deficits in self-management (rule governed behavior), social skills, and academic abilities. This presentation will review what causes "tough kid" behavior, how to practically assess it, and strategies to remeditate it. An emphasis will be placed on proactive strategies and positive behavior management interventions such as Mystery Motivators, the "Sure I Will" program, the "Yes and No" classroom management program, reward spinners, a whole school positive discipline program (Principal’s 200 Club) and several more. Strategies to decrease the behavioral excesses of noncompliance and arguing will include differential attention, What If Charts, effective classroom rule design, precision requests, and a variety of practical reductive classroom interventions. In addition, information will also be presented on how to get other people such as parents and other educators to follow through and implement these techniques. There will also be an introduction of two new programs, the Tough Kid Bully Blockers program and the Super Heroes Social Skills Program for High Functioning Autistic Children. All the strategies to be presented will be research validated interventions that can be time efficiently implemented in classrooms at low cost.


Registration Link: http://tinyurl.com/PsychSeries12-9-15


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Understanding and Responding to Passive-Aggressive Students - School Psych Series

Mitchell Beck, Ed.D., Professor and Chairperson, Department of Special Education, Central Connecticut State University
3/11/2016
8:30am-3:30pm


This workshop is part of the Skills for School Psychologist Series. Working with passive-aggressive kids can be difficult and stressful to educators. This workshop will take an in-depth look at the roots of passive-aggressive behavior in children, exploring masked anger at five distinct and increasingly pathological levels.

During this workshop, we will explore:


  • The developmental pathways to a passive-aggressive personality
  • The five levels of passive-aggressive behavior
  • The passive-aggressive conflict cycle
  • 8 skills for effectively responding to passive-aggressive behaviors
  • 6 steps for changing passive-aggressive behavior in the long run


Registration deadline 3/3/16.


Registration link: http://tinyurl.com/PsychSeries3-11-16

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Verbal Strategies to Address Challenging Behaviors

Karen Rusniak, PhD & Jim Wood, PhD
11/16/2015 or 5/19/2016
8:30am-3:30pm


Participants will learn verbal strategies that are designed to help prevent, de escalate, and resolve behavior difficulties. Strategies will be drawn from the most applicable parts of Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI), Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI), Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). At the conclusion participants will be able to recognize when to use such strategies and to employ strategic elements. Handouts will be provided electronically.


11/15/15 registration: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=134224&cc=COEE&oc=10


5/19/16 registration: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=134239&cc=COEE&oc=10

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Crisis and Trauma

After the Crisis: Traumatic Event Crisis Intervention Plan (2 Day Event)*

TBA

This 2-day course introduces "After the Crisis" management protocols that offer building crisis response team a proven structure to stabilize the aftermath situation, mobilize resources, accelerate normalization of routine, minimize the adverse impact on student achievement (by restoring adaptive functioning): and facilitate access to more help for the seriously impacted students and staff.


More information to come.

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Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI)

Basic 2 Day Training

10/5/2015, 10/7/15
8:30am-3:30pm

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) is a safe behavior management system designed to aid all professional staff in the management of disruptive and assaultive students, even during the most violent times.


Day One - The Preventative Techniques: The focus of day one is to provide nonverbal, paraverbal and verbal skills to maintain the best possible care, welfare, safety and security for both staff and students, while intervening to prevent a crisis. Defense techniques for personal safety will be introduced and practiced.


Day Two - Therapeutic Physical Intervention: When all nonverbal and verbal techniques have been exhausted and when the individual presents a danger to self or others, the use of physical restraint may be necessary.


Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=128843&cc=COEE&oc=10

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NCI Hybrid Training

2/9/2016 or 3/31/16
8:30am-3:30pm


Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) is a safe behavior management system designed to aid all professional staff in the management of disruptive and assaultive students, even during the most violent times.


Day One - The Preventative Techniques: The focus of day one is to provide nonverbal, paraverbal and verbal skills to maintain the best possible care, welfare, safety and security for both staff and students, while intervening to prevent a crisis. Defense techniques for personal safety will be introduced and practiced.


Day Two - Therapeutic Physical Intervention: When all nonverbal and verbal techniques have been exhausted and when the individual presents a danger to self or others, the use of physical restraint may be necessary.


2/9/16 REGISTRATION: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=134403&cc=COEE&oc=10


3/31/16 REGISTRATION: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=134406&cc=COEE&oc=10

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Early Childhood

High-Scope Approach to Conflict Resolution for Young Children (2 Days)

Christine Maier, PhD

10/8/15 & 10/9/15, 12/10/15 & 12/11/15, or 3/11/16 & 3/18/16
9:00am – 3:30pm

Participants will learn the HighScope 6 Step process of conflict resolution. Social workers will examine understandings and beliefs about conflicts and begin to see conflict situations as learning opportunities. Throughout the two sessions, social workers actively engage in examining and discussing the concepts behind each of the 6 steps.


More information coming soon.

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Intensive Interventions for Addressing Challenging Behavior in Early Childhood Classrooms (2 Evenings)

Jennifer Champagne, Ph.D, IMH-E®(II)

Lydia Moore, Ph.D.

10/22/2015, 10/29/2015

4:30pm-8:30pm

This two-day workshop session will introduce participants to an intensive intervention planning process based on the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Training Modules for Promoting Social and Emotional Competence and Addressing Challenging Behavior. We will focus on identifying and describing challenging behaviors; analyzing reasons why behaviors are occurring; and developing plans to address these behaviors.


More information coming soon.

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Promoting Social Emotional Competence in Early Childhood Classrooms (2 Evenings)

Jennifer Champagne, Ph.D. IMH-E®(II)

9/24/2015, 10/1/2015
4:30pm-8:30pm

This workshop series is based on Module 1 and Module 2 from the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Series for Promoting Social and Emotional Competence and Addressing Challenging Behavior.


More information coming soon.

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High Risk Students

2015 Fall Conference Ensuring Student Success: Promoting Attendance and Building Resiliency, EVERY DAY COUNTS!*

Christian Moore, Keynote
9/30/2015
8:30am-3:30pm

Improving student attendance through community referrals, building family engagement & how to address school avoidance.


Featured speaker - Christian Moore, Flipping the Resilience Switch - empowering participants to teach vital skills of resilience to students of any background and any learning style, enabling them to thrive not only in school, but life.


Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=132590&cc=COEE&oc=10

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Engaging Student and Families of Poverty

Scott Felkey

6/28/15


More information to come.

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Mental Health in Schools

Anxiety Disorders: Effective Treatment Strategies for Panic, OCD, PTSD, Phobias and School-Based Anxiety

Dr. Patrick McGrath, Director at Alexian Brothers Center for Anxiety and OCD

5/6/16

Macomb ISD


This workshop is part of the Skills for School Psychologist Series. This session will review the role of anxiety in the school and classroom setting. School Anxiety/School Refusal is a growing trend on our education centers across the country. The problem lies in many areas – students who are afraid to go to school, parents who have difficulties setting limits, and schools that are tied down in red tape and rules that do not allow for good, common sense solutions to the school anxiety program. There are also children who are coming into our schools who have a wide range of psychological concerns, including traumas that some students have experienced either here in the U.S.A. or abroad. Knowing how to best handle these concerns will allow us to better serve the children in our care. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy, Dr. McGrath will review the treatments of choice for anxiety based problems and discuss how we can address these concerns in both a school environment and in the family unit as well. Registration deadline is 4/28/16. Event held at the Macomb Intermediate School District.


Oakland County Registration Link: http://tinyurl.com/PsychSeries5-6-16

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Understanding School Refusal: Theory and Intervention Strategies

Karen Rusniak, PhD & Jim Wood, PhD
3/23/2016
8:30am-3:30pm


More information coming soon.

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Safe Schools and School Culture

Bully-Free Schools Circle of Support for Learning

2 Day Training

October 7 & 8, 2015 or February 10 & 11, 2016

Strategies to impact the behavior of students who engage in bullying and other forms of peer-to-peer aggression––including an intervention process that teaches alternative behaviors. Elements of effective limits and consequences, and strategies to ensure school-wide consistency. Strategies to support the "targets." Strategies to empower "bystanders" and change cultural norms. Strategies to work with the parents of bullies and targets. Tips for implementation and integration with existing school initiatives, such as PBIS and MiBLSi.


Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=135555&cc=COEE&oc=10.

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Bully Free Schools: The Next Step

February 12, 2016

Bully-Free Schools: The Next Step Workshop is designed for teams from schools that have already attended a 2-day Bully-Free Schools training at Oakland ISD. One of the goals of the training is to better prepare school staff to conduct the Investigation and Reflection steps of the Individual Intervention Process (IIP). Time in the workshop will be provided to critique (anonymously) schools' drafts of rubrics and completed reflection forms so we can learn from each other's efforts. The rest of the workshop will be specifically tailored to address participants' needs.


More information coming soon.

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Making Safe Schools for Transgender and Gender Diverse Students - School Psych Series

Jill Davidson, PhD, NCSP, School Psychologist, Seattle Public Schools

10/19/2015
8:30am-3:30pm
Macomb ISD


This workshop is part of the Skills for School Psychologist Series. Transgender and gender diverse students have become more visible over the last decade. They remain at high risk for harassment, violence, self-harm, and leaving school without graduating. In 2014, the National Association of School Psychologist (NASP) published a position paper addressing the needs of these students and what roles school psychologists might play in facilitating good outcomes for these students.

Participants will:


  • understand NASP’s position on transgender and gender diverse students;
  • gain familiarity with the needs and strengths of trans and gender diverse students and families;
  • develop vocabulary related to gender issues;
  • describe the role of the school psychologist in consultation, counseling, and policy;
  • examine and advocate for model policies; and
  • become resource informed.


Registration deadline is 10/9/15. Event held at the Macomb Intermediate School District.


Regsitration link: http://tinyurl.com/PsychSeries10-19-15


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Restorative Practices

November 13, 2015 or January 12, 2016

8:00am-3:00pm


This workshop equips school personnel with the necessary skills to facilitate the Restorative Practices Circle Process in their classrooms. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: establish a positive community in their intervention space by learning how to use the circle process in preventative ways; effectively address mis-behaviors; expand their postiive climate management tool belt; and improve learning.


More information coming soon.

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Restorative Practices Network

More information coming soon.

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School Social Work Practice

CoT and the SSW Role (3 Evenings)

Jennifer Hollander
1/26/2016, 2/9/2016 & 3/8/2016
5:30pm-7:30pm

The goal of this course is to give social workers an opportunity to learn the philosophy and foundation of Cultures of Thinking, explore and participate in Thinking Routines, and discuss how to use these routines when working with students individually, in small groups, or when doing whole classroom lessons in another teacher’s classroom. Social workers will come away with an understanding of why Cultures of Thinking is vital to the future academic success of our students and the challenges of helping many of our students with special needs to think deeper and be able to visually explain their thinking. Social Workers will learn and experience 7 Thinking Routines and will discuss how these thinking routines can be integrated into working with students. Social workers have many unique needs as they are the sole social worker in that school. By exploring and experiencing these thinking routines together, participants will feel supported by their peers to risk trying something new with their students. In addition, social workers will also learn how to integrate thinking routines into their curriculum to best meet IEP goals. Each participant will receive a copy of the book, 'Making Thinking Visible.' Note: SW-CEH's are awarded to eligible participants at the end of the series.


Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=133194&cc=COEE&oc=10

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SSW Community of Practice: Fall '15 Event

11/3/2015
8:30am-3:30pm
Troy Community Center

This county wide professional learning event will feature presentations on using the new MiPLACE platform to find information and resources, current assessment practices in the county, current intervention activities, and community resources. Participants should bring examples of table topic assessments, interventions and referral resources to enrich the learning experience. Participants should also bring a laptop or web-accessible device. Please complete the survey located at: http://tinyurl.com/SSWFall15CoP after October 1. Note-Due to funding guidelines, 130 seats are available for Oakland County Public Schools and PSA/Charter School employees for $15. There are 10 seats available for participants from Oakland County Private Schools and Agencies, and 10 seats available for out-of-county participants at a cost of $17 per participant. Event registration deadline 10/27/15.


Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=133086&cc=COEE&oc=10

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SSW PSA Community of Practice: Winter ' 16 Event

1/14/2016
4:30pm-7:15pm


More information coming soon.

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Social Skills

Michigan Model

Elementary K-6
3/15/2016
8:30am-3:30pm

The Michigan Model is planned sequential K-12 curriculum that addresses physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health. Students that have received the Michigan Model Curriculum had stronger skills for communicating and getting along with other. Better skills in managing their feelings and actions, improved attitudes about taking actions to stay safe and stronger drug and tobacco refusal skills.


More information coming soon.

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Middle School
4/19/2016
8:30am-3:30pm

The Michigan Model is planned sequential K-12 curriculum that addresses physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health. Students that have received the Michigan Model Curriculum had stronger skills for communicating and getting along with other. Better skills in managing their feelings and actions, improved attitudes about taking actions to stay safe and stronger drug and tobacco refusal skills.


More information coming soon.

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High School (2 Days)

11/5/2015, 11/12/2015
8:30am-3:30pm


This two day workshop will focus on the development of the following skills required by the Michigan Merit guidelines for Health and the National Health Education Standards and performance indicators: Analyzing Influences, Interpersonal Communications, Goal Setting, Decision Making, Advocacy, Self-management, and Accessing Information.


More information coming soon.

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SEL Intervention: Why Try?

Level 1 (2 Days)- SESSION ALMOST FULL!
10/26/2015, 10/27/15
8:30am-3:30pm

The WhyTry? evidenced based program is a set of practical visual metaphors to teach pro-social alternatives to overcome problems with which at-risk youth struggle: basic problem solving, anger management, understanding consequences of their decisions, removing negative labels, dealing with peer pressure, living & keeping society's laws & rules, building a support system, & having goals & a vision of the future. The visual analogies are learned through a multisensory approach that resonates with youth to effect more positive outcomes. Note: The registration link is for Oakland County Special Educators only. Others register through www.whytry.org. Lunch will be on your own.


Event Registration: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=133266&cc=COEE&oc=10


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Level 2 (2 Days)
2/23/2016, 2/24/2016
8:30am-3:30pm

The Why Try? Level 2 training builds on the principles you have applied from Level 1 (ten visual analogies, Why Try? music, learning activities, role-plays and applications in different settings). The training gives strong focus to successful implementation of Why Try?’s learning activities which are particularly helpful in group environments for increasing participation and creating a learning atmosphere. In addition, this training shows how to effectively use multimedia as a teaching tool in the school setting. Behavior support/management and creating buy-in are integral parts of this advanced training. The training is useful for anyone using Why Try?, regardless of their experience level. This link is for Oakland County Special Educators. All others may register at: www.whytry.org. Lunch on your own.


Event Registration: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=133271&cc=COEE&oc=10


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Special Education/504 Assistance

Multidisciplinary Evaluations of English Learners- Separating Difference from Disability

Catherine Collier
10/9/2015
8:30am-3:30pm

A growing number of students from diverse racial, cultural and linguistic backgrounds have unique learning needs as they acquire school English and adapt to the culture of the American educational system. Identifying and placing culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education is a challenging issue in all Oakland County schools. This workshop is designed for educators who are new to evaluating or working with students who are culturally and linguistically diverse. This foundational workshop will highlight specific issues and screening strategies that are most effective in separating difference from disability especially in the context of response to intervention and instruction. Registration coming soon. This session is sponsored by general education and special education.


Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=133260&cc=COEE&oc=10

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Section 504 the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Michele Eaddy, Attorney with Thrun Law Firm, P. C

10/7/2015
8:30am-3:30pm

36 million Americans are identified as having a disability or about 12% of the population. As accountability and expectations for student performance increase, schools are responding by applying a broader range of support strategies than ever before. This session will clarify where section 504 fits in the continuum of supports available to help students graduate and be ready for college and careers.


Registration Links: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=132547&cc=COEE&oc=10


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SEL Progress Monitoring: Google Forms

Steve Whitmore, LMSW

12/11/2015
8:30am-12:00pm

This highly interactive and hands on workshop will examine the essential elements of progress monitoring and assist participants in creating note and IEP monitoring tools in Google Forms. Participants will have a completed form by the end of the session. Bring a copy of your current progress notes/monitoring form with you. Comfort with technology is required. Participants should have a current Google Education or G-mail account and should send the account address to Steven.Whitmore@oakland.k12.mi.us prior to the workshop. Upon registering workshop participants should completed a survey located at: http://tinyurl.com/PMGoogle1.



12/11/15 Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=132714&cc=COEE&oc=10

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MASSW EVENTS

#MASSW15 State Conference

10/29/15-10/31/15


For more information: www.masswmi.org

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