19-20 Professional Learning!

Autism Relevant Opportunities to Grow as an Educator

Providing Embedded Special Education Services in an Inclusive Preschool Setting

This three day training will provide participants with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively plan and implement a variety of special education services and strategies within a general education preschool environment. Topics will include underlying philosophies of early childhood education, an overview of developmentally appropriate practices, benefits and challenges of a "push-in" model of service delivery, incorporating child strengths and interests, embedded learning opportunities, collaborative teaming, writing meaningful PLAAFPs, goals and objectives, and more!


August 26, 27, 2019 and January 28 or 29, 2020

8:30-3:30

Oakland Schools Main Campus

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Math (SDI) Specially Designed Instruction- Emergent Learners

Participants will engage in high leverage routines using mathematical tasks, collaborative lesson and assessment planning for emergent math students with disabilities. We will focus on students taking the MiAccess assessments at the supported and participation levels. Free classroom ready resources will be shared. Please see our other SDI math course for conventional learners if your students disabilities are taking M-STEP or the functional level of MiAccess. This course compliments the Math Trajectories and Assessment professional learning but any special educator or paraprofessional seeking to enhance their mathematics instruction may attend.


October 16, 2019

8:30-3:30

Oakland Schools Main Campus

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Math: Trajectories for Alternate Assessment

This two day course will introduce the participant to the early learning math trajectories including numeracy and geometry concepts. Participants will receive an assessment kit with manipulatives and ongoing free access to assessment charts, tasks, sample reports, and shared instructional resources via miPLACE. The focus is on K-12 alternate standards for mathematics and classroom instruction that supports students who have moderate, complex, or severe impairments. Teachers can extend their learning and focus on classroom instruction for student with disabilities by signing up for the Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) MATH for Emergent or Conventional learners. SCECH credits will be offered for those who attend both days. Out of county participants may register for $258.


October 2, 2019 and November 14, 2019

8:30-3:30

Oakland Schools Main Campus

Link to register for 10/2 and 11/14


January 9, 2020 and February 13, 2020

8:30-3:30

Oakland Schools Main Campus

Link to register for 1/9 and 2/13

Supporting Beginning Communicators: Next Steps (5 Part Webinar Series)

Virtual sessions will consist of a short introduction to the topic followed by participant discussion, Q and A on the current topic as well as implementation strategy successes and challenges. Topics include: attributing meaning and other ways to get started with pre-intentional/pre-symbolic communicators, taking a core-based approach to get started with students who are visually impaired or deaf/blind, alternate access (partner assisted scanning, alternative arrangements, eye-gaze), moving beyond single-word communication, beginning communication at the high school/post secondary levels. Join us and keep your beginning communicators moving forward!.


Presented by Dr. Karen Erikson

Series: October 23, December 4, 2019, February 5, March 4, and April 15, 2020 (4:30-6:30pm)


Registration link coming soon

Teaching AAC and Language: Foundational Learning Series (5 Part Series)

This is a foundational learning opportunity for educators supporting students with complex communication needs, requiring Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC). This series will include five sessions focusing on the AAC implementation toolboxes incorporated in the Teaching AAC and Language (TAACL): A Framework for Success. These toolboxes include Communication Mindset, Core Vocabulary, Vocabulary Instruction, Aided Language Input, and Opportunities.


Presented by Oakland Schools AAC Team

Fall Series: October 24, November 14, December 12, 2019, January 16, and February 13, 2020 (4:30-6:30pm)

Winter Series: January 14, February 4, March 10, April 14, May 5, 2020 (4:30-6:30pm)


Registration link coming soon

FBA/BIP Level 1: Basic Principles and Team Processes (Hybrid)

Does your behavior support team need help developing Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavioral Intervention Plans (FBA/BIP)? This hybrid workshop is ideal for educators at a beginner or intermediate level of experience. DAY 1: Using the MiPlace platform, participants will complete REQUIRED online modules with assessments. DAY 2 at Oakland Schools: To learn the FBA/BIP process, participants will work through a case as a team. Please bring a case with detailed data and supporting documents. Because of the collaborative, problem-solving nature of this approach, teams are strongly encouraged to attend. Any individual participants will be assigned to a team. Oakland Schools offers a hybrid training that consists of 2 portions: web-based AND classroom-based. Participants will first complete the web-based learning which is estimated to take 1 1/2 hours. Participants must complete the online course PRIOR to the classroom-based portion. For October 30, 2019: DAY 1: On-line portion will open Monday, September 16, 2019 and all work must completed by Friday, October 25, 2019. Log-in information will be emailed to you. For January 22, 2020: DAY 1: On-line portion will open Tuesday, December 9, 2019 and all work must completed by Friday, January 17, 2020. Log-in information will be emailed to you.


October 30, 2018 or January 22, 2020

8:30-3:30

Registration link coming soon

Peer to Peer Supports for Students with ASD

START Event


November 5-6

8:30-3:30

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing, MI

Fee: $50

Link to Register

Practical Functional Assessment and Treatment of Severe Problem Behavior

November 21st

8:30-3:30

Eberhard Cener, Grand Valley State

Fee: $40

Registration link on START website coming soon

Education Based Evaluations

START Event


December 2nd

8:30-3:30

Washtenaw Intermediate School District

Fee: $15

Registration available soon

Attribution, Advocacy and Accountability: Supporting all Students with ASD (The module formerly known as Asperger's)

Presenters: START Team



This module is intended for participants educating students with what is formerly known as Asperger's Syndrome (AS). The module explores characteristics of students with AS and effective practices identified in the literature to support students in their school environment. Relevant theories are covered, including social attribution theory and theory of mind, which are critical to supporting the social, emotional and behavioral development of students with AS. The Path A / Path B strategy is used to teach participants how attributions impact decision-making and responses to the behaviors of students with AS.




January 8 & 9, 2020

8:30-3:30

Oakland Schools Main Campus

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Executive Function Skills: Success in the Classroom

What skills do students need to learn to be organized and successful in managing their own time and tasks in the classroom? This multidisciplinary workshop will provide practical, hands-on strategies to develop students' executive function 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 in the classroom. Difficulty with executive function isn't a diagnosis or learning disability on its own, but it's a common concern for students with learning and attention issues. All students benefit from instructional strategies that foster executive function skills, however, students with traumatic brain injury, ADHD, and specific learning disabilities frequently experience difficulties with these particular skills. Special education teachers, general education teachers and ancillary staff will learn specially-designed instructional strategies for "Being a Beat Ahead," "Building an Internal Sweep of the Sense of Time," and "Get Ready-Do-Done." 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. View a playlist of strategies from Sarah Ward to support executive functioning: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWALeV6C0atnaT7Em_ZbskTaN_HQWjG4D


February 6, 2020

8:30-3:30

Oakland Schools Main Campus

Registration link coming soon

19th Annual START Conference

April 27, 2020

8:30-3:30

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing

Fee: $105

Registration available December 2nd