BCPDI 2021-2022

Webinar/Workshop Lineup, Winter 2021-2022

Your Resource for Professional Development in Burlington County

Workshop Contacts:

Bobbie Downs, Administrator BCPDI - bdowns@burlcoschools.org

Carrie Long, Administrative Assistant BCPDI - clong@burlcoschools.org

609-702-0500 ext. 7419


Important Information:

Most of this year's presentations are webinars but please note that there are 3 in-person workshops as well.


All online webinars will be held online via zoom. You will receive an email confirmation of your registration and the Zoom Login information will be sent to that same email address as the date of the webinar approaches.


All in-person workshops will be held in the media center at the Burlington County Special Services School, 20 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton, NJ 08060. You will receive an email confirmation of your registration and a reminder as the date of the workshop approaches.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) 101 *In Person Workshop*

November 30, 2021 9:00am-3:00pm


Presenter: Adell Valasek


Target Audience: Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Administrators, Case Managers, Related Service Therapist, parents


Workshop Description: The purpose of this workshop will be to go over basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and how to use them to assist students with socially significant behavioral changes. We will focus on core vocabulary and definitions of reinforcement and functions of behaviors. This vital knowledge assists us with developing treatment plans for students. Lastly, we will review strategies to address functions of behaviors.


About the Presenter: Adell Valasek started her career path and passion for teaching individuals with developmental delays in college at Shippensburg University. She completed her Masters in Administration with honors in 1999 and continued to pursue her special education teaching certification at Widener University while working at Devereux CARES. Ms. Valasek graduated with honors from Widener University and was inducted into the international honor society chapter of Kappa Delta Pi. Upon graduation, she began teaching in a self contained class at North Hanover School District. During this time, Adell continued to develop her passion by completing coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis at Penn State University. She received her Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst in December of 2005. Her journey continued as an Autism Consultant at the Educational Services Unit. Subsequently, she went back to school at Rutger’s University where she obtained her Supervisor of Education certification. Recently, she has completed her principal coursework from the University of Scranton in 2015.


Ms. Valasek is now working as the Supervisor of Education at Burlington County Special Services School District. She has provided trainings through the Burlington County Professional Develop Institute on teaching students with autism and behavior interventions. Adell provides consultation and training services to services to the International School of Brussels and their families. She continues to provide support and services in the community by working directly with students and families in the home setting.


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School-Wide Change through Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

December 1, 2021 1:00pm-3:00pm


Presenter: Dr. Talida State


Target Audience: All Educators


Webinar Description: In order to address the full range of needs of all students and ensure equitable access to high-quality instruction, services, and supports, schools can utilize a prevention and promotion-based framework that includes data-based decision making, team problem-solving, and a multi-tiered continuum of evidence-based practices. This multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS; see figure below) is the umbrella term used to describe an approach that can address academic, behavioral, and emotional needs of all students (McCance-Katz & Lynch, 2019).


This professional development will provide an overview of the MTSS framework, including strategies to address academic and behavioral needs of students at each tier, as well as an overview of the process of developing a MTSS framework. Additionally, participants will learn how to plan for sustainability of programming and build capacity within the school to ensure that changes are long-lasting and have a positive impact on the school community.


About the Presenter: Dr. Talida State is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS), at Montclair State University, and the co-founder of the Nurturing Environments Institute (NEI). She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and has over 16 years of research and school-based experience in consulting and providing evidence-based services for students with social, emotional, behavioral needs. She is dedicated to preparing future educators who will make an impact in schools and communities.


Dr. State is a member of premier professional organizations such as Council for Exceptional Children and Association for Positive Behavior Supports, and she is a regular presenter at national and international conferences. She serves on the board of editors for the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, Journal of Behavioral Education, and Journal of School Mental Health.


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Special Education Legal Issues After 2 years of COVID19; S3434, Avoiding Claims, and Enabling Learning

December 7, 2021 1:30-3:30pm


Presenter: John Comegno, Esq.


Target Audience: All Educators, Administrators


*FREE FOR ANY CST DIRECTOR/SUPERVISOR IN BURLINGTON COUNTY*


Webinar Description: Public education in the United States experienced a collective trauma during the last 2 years, enduring COVID-19’s impact on daily instruction. The public health crisis forced changes to instructional methods, impacted IEP implementation, raised significant questions about student mental health, and caused educators to re-think public education. Some students thrived during virtual and hybrid instruction, while others, particularly special education students with more significant needs, did not receive significant educational benefit or experience anticipated progress.

Is extended eligibility under S3434 a “forever” reality? What is the smartest way to collect data to avoid unnecessary services and legal claims? How can educators smartly and effectively address the negative impact of COVID19 virtual and hybrid instruction now, to avoid or limit legal claims, and most importantly, make-up lost learning time and enable learning progress for our most disabled students? How can educators learn from this time, embracing what worked, while addressing learning loss and planning for the future?

In this fast-paced, informative, and entertainment-packed webinar, nationally recognized Education Law litigator and law professor John Comegno, Esq. will provide practical suggestions for educators navigating these and other cutting-edge Special Education legal issues during the 2021-2022 school year:


  • What do you need to know right now about implementing S3434?
  • Do you need to provide more services to “make up” for hybrid/virtual learning?
  • Why does Child Find mean more now, than ever?
  • What is “COVID19-LD” eligibility, and how to avoid it through best practices?
  • Does “Long-COVID19” automatically require IEPs or Section 504 plans?
  • What worked well last year, and why we should embrace some change?
  • How to most effectively defend “comp ed” claims?
  • Why is student mental health the most pressing legal issue for special educators, today?
  • Is SEL different for the COVID19 learner, and what does that mean for the future of instruction?


If you have questions about how COVID19 affected instruction and Special Education legal exposure, this webinar is for you. There will be a soundtrack, too. . . .


About the Presenter: John is recognized nationally as a leading School Law practitioner and lecturer, representing public and independent schools, as well as education vendors, throughout the country. John has litigated hundreds of IDEA and Section 504 cases. In addition to his practice, John serves as an adjunct professor of law, and has lectured to thousands of educational professionals across the country. His national COVID19 webinars have been viewed by over 50,000 educators across the country, and his white papers continue to assist educators to define best practices during the pandemic. John’s engaging and entertaining delivery is widely sought for convention keynotes, professional conferences, and in-school professional development.


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Handling Age-Appropriate Social Studies Discussions of Controversial Issues

December 8, 2021 2:30-4:30pm


Presenter: Scott Kercher


Target Audience: 6th-12th Grade Teachers, Supervisors, Department Heads


Webinar Description: This workshop will help teachers handle difficult but important discussions that occur in the Social Studies classroom. The practices conveyed in this workshop will give teachers the confidence to address controversial issues through clear protocols and strategies. Best-practice research will be shared and a number of role-playing scenarios will be used to have teachers practice the new approaches


About the Presenter: Scott Kercher has over twenty years of professional experience in New Jersey Public Schools. During this time, he has served in a number of instructional and leadership capacities. These roles include: a teacher of Honors/Humanities programs, an ESL and ICS instructor, a Mentor-Teacher, a Social Studies Department Supervisor, a Community Outreach Coordinator, and a Professional Development Provider. Mr. Kercher has participated in several statewide committees and projects. He is an active member of the New Jersey Social Studies Supervisors Association and has contributed to service learning and voting rights programs. Recently, he contributed to the NJSLS Social Studies Standards revision and had an article on “Civic Spaces” and managing difficult conversations published on Edutopia. He also regularly contributes lessons to Newsela and Bridgeway Learning Academy as well as serve as a test scorer/rater for a variety of Educational Testing Service programs.


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Designing Anti-Racist Student Support Systems

December 13, 2021 3:00-5:00pm


Presenter: Rodney Robinson


Target Audience: School Staff, Administration


Webinar Description: This session will identify supports needed in order for students to thrive in an antiracist

school environment. The values normalized by the white dominant culture will be

interrogated within the school context. Curriculum representation, assets-based

instruction, and culturally relevant practice will be emphasized as promising supports to

engage students of color.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Interrogate structures and practices that uphold the values of the white dominant culture.
  • Understanding the historical framework of Black Education and its support systems.
  • Analyze the unintended consequences of the Brown vs Board of Education Supreme Court Case.
  • Interrogate structures and practices that uphold the values of the white dominant culture
  • Evaluate options to intentionally engage and support teachers and students of color.


About the Presenter: Rodney is a 20-year teaching veteran. He graduated from King William High School in 1996. He received a bachelors in History from Virginia State University in 2000 and a Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision from VCU in 2011. He started teaching at Virgie Binford Education Center in 2015, a school inside Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, in an effort to better understand the school to prison pipeline.


He was recently named the 2019 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief

States Schools’ Officers. He has also been appointed as one of the members of the Commission on Presidential Scholars. The Commission on Presidential Scholars is a group of eminent private citizens appointed by the President to select and honor and Presidential Scholars. His passion is helping the underprivileged and underrepresented populations in America.


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Youth Mental Health First Aid *In Person Workshop*

December 15, 2021 9:00am-3:00pm


Presenter: Dr. Bobbie Downs & Brooke Decker


Target Audience: All School Staff


Workshop Description: Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. All participants that attend will receive a nationally recognized certification and will be registered in the Youth Mental Health First Aid national database.


About the Presenter: Dr. Bobbie Downs is currently the Director of the Child Study Team, Related Services, and Educational Services Unit of BCSSSD. She also facilitates the Burlington County Professional Development Institute and Burlington County School Crisis Response Team. Dr. Downs decided to pursue a career in education after serving as a teacher and administrator in a school for Sudanese refugees in Cairo, Egypt. She is a certified mindfulness instructor for Mindful Schools and an instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid.


Brooke Decker is a Supervisor of Related Services and CST Services for the Educational Services Unit as well as a Supervisor of Education for Burlington County Special Services. While teaching, Ms. Decker continued her education at Holy Family University and she earned a Master’s degree as a Reading Specialist in 2014 and Supervisor and Principal certifications in 2016. She accepted a Reading Specialist position with ESU in 2018 and then was promoted to Supervisor shortly after.


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Dealing with Challenging Behaviors

January 11, 2022 1:30-3:30pm


Presenter: Dr. Kelly Zinn


Target Audience: School-based mental health professionals (such as counselors, social workers, and psychologists), Child Study Team members, teachers, administrators, and para-professionals


Webinar Description:

This 2-hour webinar will focus on utilizing a relational approach to creating positive behavioral change. Strategies to proactively teach expected behaviors and respond to challenging behaviors in a way that builds the staff-student relationship will be modeled. This training is recommended for school-based mental health professionals (such as counselors, social workers, and psychologists), Child Study Team members, teachers, administrators, and para-professionals. Participants will have the opportunity to build a reflective practice around interactions with students engaging in challenging behaviors.


About the Presenter:

Dr. Kelly Zinn, DSW, LMSW is a graduate of the Rutgers University Doctor of Social Work program, and a Licensed Social Worker and certified School Social Worker in New York and New Jersey. Throughout Dr. Zinn’s career, her focus has been on working with children and families. Kelly has worked as the coordinator of a support group program for families that experienced sexual abuse, and as a therapist in a treatment foster care program. For 14 years, Kelly was employed as a school social worker. Dr. Zinn is committed to professional development of social workers and educational professionals, and has presented at several local, state, and national conferences, and is published in peer-reviewed journals and a textbook for clinical students. Kelly is a part-time lecturer for the Rutgers University School of Social Work, and currently works in private practice and partners with school districts to provide professional development to school staff.


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Navigating Change with a Growth Mindset

January 12, 2022 1:30-3:30pm


Presenter: Greg Ahlquist


Target Audience: All Educators


Webinar Description: In this interactive session, we will explore the challenges and changes that confront us in education in particular and life in general. We will consider concepts from multiple disciplines and research areas including Carol Dweck's on mindsets. Teachers and leaders in a variety of contexts will find useful and transferable concepts and principles in the midst of extremely challenging times that we find ourselves in.


About the Presenter: Greg is a Social Studies teacher and leader in the Webster Central School District (NY). He has taught a variety of courses at Webster Thomas High School and is also a district level Instructional Leader in Social Studies and in Professional Learning. He is the 2013 NYS Teacher of the Year and works with Elementary, Middle School, and High School teachers inside and outside the district. As an AP World History teacher, he also served as Co-Chair of the AP World History Development Committee and led the development of AP Insight for World History. He speaks to groups and districts across New York State on teaching, leadership, and the potential of all students to learn with a specific focus on developing a growth mindset.


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Writing PLAAFPs and Other Parts of IEPs

January 13, 2022 3:00-5:00pm


Presenter: Dr. Amanda Mazin


Target Audience: Special Education Teachers, Child Study Team Members


Webinar Description: This presentation will include an introduction to the parts of an IEP with the specific steps to create PLAAFPs that describe the student's needs in academic and functional areas, state the impact of the disability on involvement in general education curriculum, documents the student's current level of performance which will serve as a baseline for subsequent progress, and informs the annual goals and services/supports required to meet those goals. At the end of the presentation, participants will understand the parts of an IEP and the importance of a PLAAFP as the baseline for descriptive and accurate information.


About the Presenter: Dr. Mazin is a clinical faculty member in special education. She is a certified special education teacher (k-12) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with 20 years’ experience working with students with a variety of academic, behavioral, communicative and social needs and their families. She has consulted to high needs schools and districts focused on teacher training and inclusive models of instruction for students with a variety of behavioral and learning needs. She specializes in effective models of teacher training in the areas of classroom design and curriculum modification to best meet the needs of individuals with disabilities in general and special education classrooms. She prepares special education teachers at the graduate level, specializing in behavioral and curriculum modification. Dr. Mazin's research focuses on the preparation of special education teachers. More specifically, examining the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to be an effective special education teacher and where and when these areas are acquired. Prior to teaching at the college level, Dr. Mazin taught primarily self-contained classes for students with significant, global needs in New York City.


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Learning Plans to Modify Instruction for Gifted & Talented

New Date! January 19, 2022 1:00-3:00pm


Presenter: Nicole Goldsmith


Target Audience: Teachers and Administrators of G&T programs (fulfills G&T training requirements)


Webinar Description: A learning plan is a comprehensive, customizable, multi-day plan for instruction and assessment. Today's teachers need to differentiate instruction and connect it to learning outcomes. Creating learning plans for your Gifted & Talented learners involves looking at differentiation through the lens of content, process, product, and learning environment. Participants in this workshop will gain the knowledge and skills on how to construct their own learning plans for their students.


About the Presenter: Nicole has over twenty years of experience in public education in New Jersey. Working as a self-contained classroom teacher, Title 1 reading specialist, and as a teacher of the Gifted and Talented. Nicole received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. She has extensive leadership experience mentoring novice teachers, providing professional development, and has consulted with various school districts to help facilitate and guide their Gifted & Talented Program development.


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Connected Classrooms: Bridging Cross-Curricular Learning through Global Collaboration

January 20, 2022 3:00-5:00pm


Presenter: Dr. Maria Kruzdlo


Target Audience: K-8 Educators


Webinar Description: Learn how to bring literacy and cross-curricular instruction to the next level and help students dig deeper into learning by making global connections. This presentation will focus on integrating authentic learning experiences with a foundation in literacy and STEAM. We will explore a variety of resources and ideas to connect what children read on the pages of a book across the curriculum and across the globe. Join me on a journey to lift literacy and engagement with authenticity. Whether you are tech-savvy or just beginning, you will walk away with ideas you can use in the classroom tomorrow.


About the Presenter: Maria Kruzdlo is a 16-year veteran teacher with a passion for bringing learning to life.She strives to create an authentic learning environment for her students every day. Kruzdlo serves on numerous district-level committees and has written curriculum for reading, writing, social science, and health. Prior to becoming an educator, Kruzdlo worked as an emmy-nominated news producer and a public relations account executive. She brings her previous job experience into the classroom to exemplify the value of school learning and its connection to the real world. Her students have researched, written, and produced authentic TED Talks, communicated and collaborated with others across the globe on numerous projects, and were featured on a Japanese news show (NHK) for their work on The Peace Crane Project. Most recently, a group of her 8th graders presented live to an international audience of more than 125 countries as part of the United Nations Day of Solutions with a focus on SDG 4. Kruzdlo holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership as well as a Supervisor Certification.


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Advocacy for School Nurses - An Introduction to Framing School Health Messaging

January 26, 2022 3:00-5:00pm


Presenter: Robin Cogan, RN


Target Audience: All School Nurses


*FREE FOR ANY SCHOOL NURSE IN BURLINGTON COUNTY*


Webinar Description: Learn how to develop key school health messages on the most pressing issues of the day. Raise your voice about school safety concerns in your district. Become a #SchoolNurseInfluencer through sharing stories from your health office in this interactive and engaging workshop led by Robin Cogan, The Relentless School Nurse.


About the Presenter: Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN is a Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN), currently in her 21st year as a New Jersey school nurse in the Camden City School District. Robin is the Legislative Co-chair for the New Jersey State School Nurses Association. She is proud to be a Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Fellow and past Program Mentor. Robin is the honored recipient of multiple awards for her work in school nursing and population health. These awards include 2019 and 2020 National Association of School Nurses President’s Award, 2018 NCSN School Nurse of the Year, 2017 Johnson & Johnson School Nurse of the Year, and the New Jersey Department of Health 2017 Population Health Hero Award. Robin serves as faculty in the School Nurse Certificate Program at Rutgers University-Camden School of Nursing, where she teaches the next generation of school nurses. She was presented the 2018 Rutgers University – Camden Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award for Part-time Faculty. Robin writes a weekly blog called The Relentless School Nurse. She also writes a monthly column in My American Nurse, the official journal of the American Nurses Association. Robin’s work is included as a case study in The Future of Nursing Report 2020-2030. You can follow Robin on Twitter at @RobinCogan.


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Optimizing Writing Workshop Instruction

January 27, 2022 3:00-4:00pm


Presenter: Maria Matlack


Target Audience: Teachers in grades K-5 (General or special education), Administrators, Instructional Coaches


Webinar Description: Many schools and districts utilize a workshop format to deliver writing instruction. In this presentation, two literacy coaches will draw upon their experiences working with Teachers College staff developers and studying at their Summer Institutes to offer tips for implementing the model in ways that optimize student growth.


About the Presenter: Maria has been active in Burlington County’s educational system for nearly 40 years in a variety of roles: special education teacher, elementary teacher, middle school language arts teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, curriculum supervisor, and educational consultant. Currently, she provides staff development and coaching services to schools and districts across the state and is loving every minute of it. She prides herself on offering engaging and practical workshops that are informed by over 20 years of intensive study of the reading and writing workshop models, continuing attention to current research and trends in literacy instruction, and extensive classroom practice.


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Child Study Team Roundtable

January 31, 2022 1:00-3:00pm


Target Audience: Child Study Team Members


Webinar Description: During this time, Child Study Team members from around the county will be able to connect with each other to share resources, ask questions, and seek out advice. Come prepared to collaborate as the group will set the agenda for the session.


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Speech Therapist Roundtable

January 31, 2022 3:00-4:00pm


Target Audience: Speech Language Pathologists


Webinar Description: During this time, SLPs from around the county will be able to connect with each other to share resources, ask questions, and seek out advice. Come prepared to collaborate as the group will set the agenda for the session.


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Book Study II: "Lost and Found: Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students (and, While You're At It, All the Others)" - 3 sessions

February 1, February 15, March 1 - 3:30-4:30pm

Must register before January 15th - space is limited.

This is a 3 session book study- participants will receive 5 PD hours.

Participants will receive a copy of the book via mail before the session


About the Sessions: This book study will engage the readers in an interactive conversation about the book, "Lost and Found: Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students (and, While You're At It, All the Others) by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.. Participants will be given a reading guide and expected to participate in the discussion on the live meeting dates.


About the Book: Lost and Found is a follow-up to Dr. Ross Greene's landmark works, The Explosive Child and Lost at School, providing educators with highly practical, explicit guidance on implementing his Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) Problem Solving model with behaviorally-challenging students. While the first two books described Dr. Greene's positive, constructive approach and described implementation on a macro level, this useful guide provides the details of hands-on CPS implementation by those who interact with these children every day. Readers will learn how to incorporate students' input in understanding the factors making it difficult for them to meet expectations and in generating mutually satisfactory solutions. Specific strategies, sample dialogues, and time-tested advice help educators implement these techniques immediately.


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Comprehensive School Mental Health

New Date! February 2, 2022 2:00-4:00pm


Presenter: Dr. Chelsea Grant


Target Audience: Administrators, Educators


Webinar Description: The well-being of our children and youth is a top priority for every family, school and community. To successfully achieve this goal, we need to ensure the necessary foundations for our children and youth to grow and thrive: a) access to high quality education, b) good physical health, and c) positive mental health. Despite our best efforts, many students struggle to achieve a healthy social, emotional and behavioral development. In response, there is a growing movement across our nation to establish and support comprehensive school-based mental health systems (CSMHS) that would deliver much needed mental health services to students.


School-based mental health services are broadly defined as any services, activities, and supports that address the social, emotional and behavioral well-being of students and staff and are delivered through school. Through this professional development, participants will gain an understanding of these services, activities, and supports, and learn the steps to begin developing their own comprehensive school mental health system.


About the Presenter: Dr. Chelsea Grant is an Educational Consultant at the Nurturing Environments Institute. She completed her graduate training at Lehigh University where she received a M.Ed. in Special Education and Ph.D. in School Psychology. Dr. Grant completed a predoctoral internship and served as the Director of Treatment and school psychologist of a school-based partial hospitalization program at the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 in the Lehigh Valley. Subsequently, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Devereux’s Advanced Behavioral Health Center for Effective Schools where she provided school consultation, coaching, and professional development in the greater Philadelphia area. Dr. Grant served as an Assistant Research Professor at Rutgers University where she provided support to the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.


Additionally, she has been an adjunct faculty at Lehigh University and Rutgers University. Her research and clinical interests include systems-level consultation for positive behavioral support and social emotional learning programs, coaching of classroom management skills and behavioral interventions, and the application of positive behavioral supports to improve outcomes for students and staff.


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Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM)

February 3, 2022 3:00-5:00pm


Presenter: Dr. Meghan Marrero


Webinar Description: This professional development workshop will focus on engineering activities and, inquiry-based learning, and project-based learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) content for teachers in grades Kindergarten-Grade 5 classrooms. The workshop will also include the integration of art into the Next Generation Science Standards, in which teachers will engage in useful collaborative learning activities immediately applicable to the classroom. Time will be given to explore resources for their respective classrooms based on state standards. Participants will leave the workshop with a better understanding of how to incorporate inquiry and STEM-based instruction in daily lesson plans, and how to infuse art and engineering design.


About the Presenter: Dr. Meghan Marrero is a professor of secondary science education, focusing on STEM teacher education. To that end, she is Principal Investigator STEM Teacher Initiative program, which prepares math and science teachers to teach in high-need schools. Meg also co-directs a professional development program for experienced science teachers with a focus on teacher leadership and aims to improve STEM opportunities for underrepresented K-12 students. Meg teaches courses in science methods, assessment, and oceanography, along with the clinical practice seminar. Previously, Meghan was a high school teacher in New York City, teaching marine science, biology, earth science, and environmental science, and then worked as a curriculum director at an education technology company.


Meghan has published many papers, book chapters, and web articles related to marine and STEM education, both for academic and practitioner audiences, and regularly presents her work at national and international conferences. Drawing on her classroom and curriculum experience, she is the lead author of a high school marine science textbook, Marine Science: The Dynamic Ocean, and has provided STEM professional development and coaching support for public, independent and charter schools in New York and New Jersey for more than ten years. Meghan holds a B.S. in biology from Cornell University, an M.A. and doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in science education, and an advanced certificate in educational leadership from Queens College.


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Occupational & Physical Therapist Roundtable

February 7, 2022 3:00-4:00pm


Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists


Webinar Description: During this time, OT's and PT's from around the county will be able to connect with each other to share resources, ask questions, and seek out advice. Come prepared to collaborate as the group will set the agenda for the session.


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Helping Students Make Mathematics Meaningful (Real-World Connections), Grades K-5

February 10, 2022 3:00-5:00pm


Presenter: Dr. Ceire Monahan


Target Audience: Educators, Grades K-5


Webinar Description: Research suggests that student achievement is often connected to students’ understanding of the importance of the the mathematics content being taught. In order to encourage student buy-in, they need to understand the deep connections between mathematics and their everyday lives. In this workshop, teachers will explore ways to use mathematical topics to encourage real-world connections to these topics. Through journaling, project-based learning, and other research-based strategies, teachers will be equipped have students explore mathematics in real-world settings.


About the Presenter: Dr. Ceire Monahan is a former mathematics teacher interested in understanding best practices in preparing and supporting pre- and in-service teachers to teach mathematics. Her research interests are improving the quality of mathematics teaching and learning through innovative professional development and exploring the emergence of creativity among mathematics teachers and students.


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Supporting Paraprofessionals to Support Students K-12

February 17, 2022 3:00-5:00pm


Presenter: Dr. Dinah Braude Kremberg


Target Audience: Educators, Paraprofessionals


Webinar Description: The needs of students vary greatly. Paraprofessionals are asked to adapt to these changing needs and need support to do so effectively.

Participants will:

  1. understand the expectations of a para assigned to students of different ranges and abilities
  2. review the various supports that may be required by students

  3. learn strategies to support individual needs; they will have a "toolkit"

  4. learn about systems that support paras to help them deliver services (e.g., communication systems, data collection systems


About the Presenter: Dinah Braude Kremberg, Ph.D. is a NJ and NY licensed psychologist as well as a NJ and NY certified school psychologist and a NJ certified school social worker who specializes in working with children, adolescents and families. Her graduate training includes a masters in psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and a doctoral degree in educational psychology from New York University.


Dr. Braude Kremberg served as a school psychologist and supervisor of a Child Study Team in various NJ school districts where she coordinated the functions of a team consisting of a social worker, psychologist, learning consultant, speech therapist, BCBA and occupational and physical therapist. She works within a developmental, cognitive and systems framework and has extensive experience dealing with special needs populations, special education law, IEPs, and implementing optimal educational plans and placements while serving as a liaison to private and public schools and agencies. She is well versed in dealing with early childhood intervention services. Dr. Braude Kremberg is also certified as a teacher and is actively involved in training school staff on a gamut of professional development topics.


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Mathematical Discourse in Classrooms (Teacher Questioning and Student Talk), Grades 6-12

February 23, 2022 3:00-5:00pm


Presenter: Dr. Ceire Monahan


Target Audience: Mathematics Instructors, Grades 6-12


Webinar Description: Increasing student talk in the mathematics classroom is essential for engagement and encourages students to write about math by defending their thinking and explaining their problem-solving process. In this strategy packed workshop, participants will learn how to facilitate rich mathematical conversations and help students recognize and discuss the importance of mathematics outside of the classroom. Participants will engage with practical strategies for students to implement when speaking and writing about mathematics.


About the Presenter: Dr. Ceire Monahan is a former mathematics teacher interested in understanding best practices in preparing and supporting pre- and in-service teachers to teach mathematics. Her research interests are improving the quality of mathematics teaching and learning through innovative professional development and exploring the emergence of creativity among mathematics teachers and students.


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Motivating the 21st Century Student

February 24, 2022 3:00-5:00pm


Presenter: Esther Williams


Target Audience: All Educators


Webinar Description: The 21st century student is different and will no longer engage in academic task they find boring and pointless. Lack of student motivation is a huge problem in today’s classroom. For years teachers have tried to manipulate student motivation with rewards and punishments. There is a large quantity of research studies that conclude that external rewards and punishments can actually undermine a student’s intrinsic motivation. If rewards and punishment are not effective in creating intrinsic motivation, what can educators do? Although motivation is an internal process, the good news is that educators can create conditions in the classroom that can foster motivation in students. In this workshop you will learn how to create and environment that will fuel student’s natural desire to achieve just for the sake of achieving.


About the Presenter: Esther is a nationally known consultant who brings her unique style and humor to professional development seminars and keynote speeches. Her programs are all refined by her personal experiences in the public school system and her private practice. Esther has been making presentations for over fifteen years. She has a very common sense approach that teachers and administrators appreciate and has the ability to establish rapport with her audiences. Her presentations are high energy, educational, entertaining, and inspiring.


Esther is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 25 years’ experience in public education as a teacher and counselor. Esther is the author of Breaking Down the Wall of Anger and The Bully, The Bullied and Beyond. Both books, published by Youth Light Inc., provide teachers with a student curriculum for skill development. Esther presents workshops and keynotes for K-12 teachers throughout the country.


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Book Study III: The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind - 3 Sessions

March 3, March 17, March 31 - 3:30-4:30pm

Must register before February 1st - space is limited.

This is a 3 session book study- participants will receive 5 PD hours.

Participants will receive a copy of the book via mail before the session


Target Audience: Pre-K to Grade 6 Educators


About the Sessions: This book study will engage the readers in an interactive conversation about the book, The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel. Participants will be given a reading guide and expected to participate in the discussion on the live meeting dates.


About the Book: In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Dr. Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain - and make accessible - the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth.


Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.


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Remediating Reading Skills: A Menu of Interventions

March 8, 2022 3:00-5:00pm


Presenter: Kristen Edwards


Target Audience: Teachers Grades K-8


Webinar Description: Reading is complex and requires a toolbox of interventions, strategies, and texts in order to provide students with the best reading instruction that we can offer. This presentation will discuss how to address various reading difficulties, such as decoding/encoding, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. Attendees will leave with a menu of interventions that they will be able to take back to the classroom and implement to address a wide array of reading needs across all grade levels.


About the Presenter: Kristin Edwards currently serves as a 7th and 8th Grade Reading Specialist for Pemberton Township Schools. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor for RCBC where she teaches Literacy Pedagogy courses to pre-service teachers. Kristin is the Co-President of the West Jersey Reading Council and member of several other local New Jersey organizations. Kristin enjoys spreading the love of literacy throughout each role that she serves in.


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Teaching Strategies for Students with Dyslexia

March 9, 2022 3:00-5:00pm


Presenter: Nancy Frederick


Target Audience: Educators, Grades K-5


Webinar Description: Through content presentation, facilitated group discussion, and collaboration experiences, participants will learn strategies to help students with Dyslexia become successful learners.


OBJECTIVES:

  • Participants will learn new strategies to be used in their professional practice.
  • Participants will discuss appropriate accommodations and criteria for selecting those most likely to be successful.
  • Participants will leave with an implementation plan for at least one new strategy to accommodate students with Dyslexia in the classroom.


About the Presenter: Nancy Frederick graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in elementary and special education with an emphasis on reading instruction. She also has her master's degree in special education from Kean University. She has 12 years of teaching experience in a NJ school district in grades 1-5. She is trained in Wilson Reading and has developed workshops to provide staff development on the topic. She has worked with children with various learning disabilities in a variety of classroom settings. Nancy's specialties include co-teaching, inclusion, Wilson Foundations, Orton Gillingham, and differentiated instruction. She firmly believes that, when given the proper tools and strategies, all students can learn. There is no such thing as a "one size fits all" approach. She is also trained in preparing students with learning disabilities for standardized testing . She loves to collaborate with other educators and is excited to share her ideas and strategies.


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Human Trafficking Awareness and Youth Risk Reduction

March 10, 2022 2:30-4:30pm


Presenter: Mona Al-Hayani


Target Audience: All Educators


Webinar Description: This webinar will focus on human trafficking and how it impacts youth. Learn about youth risk factors and indicators in order to identify potential victims of human trafficking.


About the Presenter: Mona Al-Hayani has been a teacher fellow/curriculum writer for the Korean War Legacy Foundation for several years. She is a history teacher in Toledo Public Schools. She is the Vice-President of the Toledo Federation of Teachers where she works on human trafficking, human rights, and social justice issues. Mona is the chair of the school education committee for the Lucas County, Ohio Human Trafficking Coalition.


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The Prosocial Classroom

March 15, 2022 3:00-5:00pm


Presenter: Esther Williams


Target Audience: Administrators, Educators K-12


Webinar Description: The prosocial classroom is where discipline problems are solved rather than suppressed. Classroom discipline can be achieved while still maintaining the dignity of the student and promoting respect and responsibility. Educators who find the balance between structure and caring have classrooms where disruptions are reduced and students can learn and thrive. In this workshop, participants will learn and to effectively establish appropriate structure, use positive reinforcement, and employ communication and problem solving skills that will encourage cooperation and boost self-esteem.

You will:
• Be able to model respect and caring for your students.
• Learn to create a caring classroom community.
• Learn pro-active strategies to improve cooperation in your classroom.
Benefits of attending - You will have:
• A more positive relationship with your students.
• More cooperative, caring students.
• More effective communication skills.
• A classroom that is more orderly and respectful.
• Fewer disruptions and will devote less time to discipline.
• Students who are more motivated to learn


About the Presenter: Esther is a nationally known consultant who brings her unique style and humor to professional development seminars and keynote speeches. Her programs are all refined by her personal experiences in the public school system and her private practice. Esther has been making presentations for over fifteen years. She has a very common sense approach that teachers and administrators appreciate and has the ability to establish rapport with her audiences. Her presentations are high energy, educational, entertaining, and inspiring.


Esther is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 25 years’ experience in public education as a teacher and counselor. Esther is the author of Breaking Down the Wall of Anger and The Bully, The Bullied and Beyond. Both books, published by Youth Light Inc., provide teachers with a student curriculum for skill development. Esther presents workshops and keynotes for K-12 teachers throughout the country.


Please click here to register.

Book Study IV: Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

March 15, March 29, April 5 - 3:30-4:30pm

Must register before February 1st - space is limited.

This is a 3 session book study- participants will receive 5 PD hours.

Participants will receive a copy of the book via mail before the session


Target Audience: Grade 6-12 Educators


About the Sessions: This book study will engage the readers in an interactive conversation about the book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel. Participants will be given a reading guide and expected to participate in the discussion on the live meeting dates.


About the Book: In this New York Times bestselling book, Dr. Daniel Siegel shows parents how to turn one of the most challenging developmental periods in their children’s lives into one of the most rewarding.


Between the ages of twelve and twenty-four, the brain changes in important and, at times, challenging ways. In Brainstorm, Dr. Daniel Siegel busts a number of commonly held myths about adolescence - for example, that it is merely a stage of “immaturity” filled with often “crazy” behavior. According to Siegel, during adolescence we learn vital skills, such as how to leave home and enter the larger world, connect deeply with others, and safely experiment and take risks.


Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, Siegel explores exciting ways in which understanding how the brain functions can improve the lives of adolescents, making their relationships more fulfilling and less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.


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Behavioral Strategies for K-2 Students

March 23, 2022 3:00-5:00pm


Presenter: Dr. LaShauna Dean


Target Audience: Administrators, Educators Grades K-2


Webinar Description: Teaching and learning in a chaotic environment has proven to be detrimental to student outcomes. However few teachers are provided with a course on Behavior management strategies, especially when dealing with students who have ADHD or other emotional/behavioral disorders. According to Doyle (1986), effective classroom management skills involve utilizing actions and strategies that create order in the classroom. This presentation will address common barriers to effective classroom management as well as principles of identifying target behaviors and practical behavior management strategies for K-2 teachers.

Goals:


  1. Participants will explore why behavioral management is needed.
  2. Participants will identify the components of behavior.
  3. Participants will review specific behavior management strategies.



About the Presenter: Dr. LaShauna M. Dean holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, M.A. in Counseling, and B.A. in Psychology. Additionally, Dr. Dean is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey, Nationally Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Master Addiction Counselor.


Dr. Dean currently serves as an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Professional Counseling program at William Paterson University, over the Clinical Mental Health graduate track. Dr. Dean has worked in the field of mental health counseling for over eight years in a variety of roles including specializing in substance abuse and trauma. She has worked with clients diagnosed with various disorders as a counselor, substance abuse clinician, crisis intervention counselor, and intake/assessment clinician.


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Terms and Conditions

  1. The Burlington County Professional Development Institute (BCPDI) is comprised of districts in Burlington County who pay an annual membership fee. All employees of participating districts are permitted to attend any and all workshops/webinars free of charge for the school year in which a membership fee has been paid.
  2. Employees of non-membership districts are able to register for any and all BCPDI presentations at a cost of $25 per webinar, $50 per book study and $149 per in person workshop. At least one week prior to the presentation, you will receive an email from clong@burlcoschools.org asking if you would like your district invoiced or you will be paying personally.
  3. Registrants are required to secure permission to attend a BCPDI workshop according to the “Request for Professional Development Leave” policies established in their districts. The BCPDI is not responsible for securing professional leave for any workshop participant.
  4. A Professional Development Certificate indicating the date and title of the workshop, the name of the presenter, and the number of professional development hours awarded will be provided at the conclusion of the presentation. No PD certificates will be issued prior to the conclusion.
  5. In the event of inclement weather or other conditions that result in the cancellation of a scheduled presentation, information will be posted on the Burlington County Special Services School District website. (www.burcoschools.org) An email will also be sent to all registrants. Every effort will be made to reschedule any cancelled webinar or workshop.

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