BCPDI 2022-2023

Webinar/Workshop Lineup

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:

We have brought back in-person presentations! This year we have a mix of both virtual and in-person workshops so please take notice of this when registering.

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.

Connected Classroom: Bridging Cross-Curricular Learning Through Global Collaboration


January 30, 2023 3:00-5:00pm

Presenter: Dr. Maria Kruzdlo

Target Audience: All 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 17-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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The Savvy Ally: A Guide for Becoming A Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate


February 1, February 22 & March 8, 2023 3:30-4:30pm

Must register before January 15th - space is limited.

This is a 3 session virtual 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, "The Savvy Ally: A Guide for Becoming A Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate" by Jeannie Gainsburg. Participants will be given a reading guide and expected to participate in the discussion on the live meeting dates.

About the Book: The Savvy Ally: A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate is an enjoyable, humorous, encouraging, easy to understand guidebook for being an ally to the LGBTQ+ communities. It is chock full of practical and useful tools for LGBTQ+ advocacy, including:

  • Current and relevant information on identities and LGBTQ+ language
  • Tips for what to say and what not to say when someone comes out to you
  • LGBTQ+ etiquette and techniques for respectful conversations
  • Common bloopers to avoid
  • Tools for effectively navigating difficult conversations
  • Suggestions for addressing common questions and concerns
  • Actions for creating more LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces
  • Recommendations for self-care and sustainable allyship

This book will be useful for teachers, counselors, social workers, nurses, medical technicians, and college professors, as well as parents who want to be supportive of their LGBTQ+ child, but don't know how. This is not a book about why to be an ally. This is a book about how to be an ally. The goal of The Savvy Ally is to create more confident, active allies who are effective advocates for change. This informative, entertaining, and supportive guidebook will surely jump-start even the most tentative ally.

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Differentiation Strategies, Grades K-5


February 9, 2023 3:00-5:00pm

Presenter: Dr. Amanda Mazin

Webinar Description: This workshop series will focus on embedding Universal Design for Learning along with specific strategies for differentiation to meet the diverse learning needs of students with disabilities in k-5th grade classes. A tiered system of support will be highlighted, using access to the curriculum as the foundation. Specific strategies to address the content, product, and process of learning through the use of data-based decision-making and multiple means of representation will be presented.

About the Presenter: Amanda Levin Mazin, Ph.D. is the coordinator of a university-based Special Education Certification Program in NY. She is a certified special education teacher 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 education and inclusive models of instruction for students with a variety of behavioral and learning needs. She specializes in effective models of teacher education 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 has been preparing special education teachers at the graduate level for over fifteen years, specializing in behavior and curriculum modification.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid - Certification Course


February 22, 2023 9:00am-3:00pm

Presenter: Dr. Bobbie Downs

Target Audience: All Educators, Administrators, Parents, Counselors

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 addiction 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 abuse, 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. Since that time, Dr. Downs served in the role of teacher and administrator at the Burlington County Alternative School before being named Director of the ESU. Dr. Downs received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Master’s Degree in Teaching from Drew University. Later, Dr. Downs earned her Master’s degree in School Leadership and her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Rowan University. Dr. Downs also holds a Graduate Certificate of Autism Education. She is a certified mindfulness instructor for Mindful Schools and an instructor for

Youth Mental Health First Aid. Dr. Downs is an active member of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association and the Council for Exceptional Children. She also works for the Korean War Legacy Foundation and the World History Digital Education Foundation with the goal of helping educators teach more about the war and the past, present, and future development of Korea.

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Coaching Communication Partners


February 23, 2023 1:00-3:00pm

Presenters: Christopher Bugaj & Rachel Madel

Target Audience: Teachers, Consultants, SLPs

Webinar Description: It takes practice to learn any skill. Want to become better at dribbling a basketball? You need practice. Want to learn how to play the guitar? You need practice. Want to become a communication partner who effectively demonstrates and teaches language to users of AAC? You need practice! Practice alone, however, does not make perfect. Instead, perfect practice makes perfect. To become a more effective communication partner who is practicing perfectly, feedback and guidance are important factors. Participants will learn a systematic structure that can be implemented in either face-to-face or virtual learning environments for how to develop and foster skills in others so they can become effective communication partners and coaches.

About the Presenters: Christopher R. Bugaj, MA CCC‐SLP is a founding member of the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools. Chris co-hosts the Talking With Tech podcast featuring interviews and conversations about augmentative and alternative communication and has hosted The A.T.TIPSCAST; a multi‐award winning podcast featuring strategies to design educational experiences. Chris is the author of The New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome For All, published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Chris is the co-author of Inclusive Learning 365: EdTech Strategies for Every Day of the Year and The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools both of which are also published by ISTE. Chris co-authored two chapters for a book published by Brookes Publishing titled Technology Tools for Students with Autism. Chris co‐produces and co‐authors the popular Night Light Stories podcast which features original stories for children of all ages. Chris has presented over 550 live or digital sessions at local, regional, state, national and international events, including TEDx.

Rachel Madel M.A.,CCC-SLP is a Los Angeles-based speech-language pathologist and communication expert dedicated to coaching parents and professionals on how to incorporate technology to best support speech and language development. Rachel presents both nationally and abroad on the use of augmentative alternative communication (AAC) for children with complex communication needs and coaches clinicians, teachers and parents on integrating technology in classrooms and at home to support communication. When she’s not working with children in her private practice in Los Angeles, she co-hosts a weekly podcast called “Talking With Tech” that focuses on best practices in AAC. She is the founder of a digital media company that provides educational resources, therapy materials and training videos to help support parents and professionals of children with autism. Her work has been featured in Autism Parenting Magazine, Speech Science, Praactical AAC, Xceptional Ed, Teachers with Apps and ChildNEXUS.

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STrEaM Shift Your Lessons: Incorporating 21st Century Skills and Innovation Into Any Lesson


NEW DATE: February 28, 2023 9:00am-3:00pm

Presenter: Dr. Richard Warren

Target Audience: All Educators

Workshop Description: It is difficult to imagine a time when the opportunity and need to transform education has been greater. To be college and career ready today, student learning must transcend beyond mastery of core subjects and include 21st century knowledge and skills like critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and technology literacy. How do we incorporate these skills and innovations into our instruction? How do we take lessons we already have and make small tweaks that lead to giant peaks for our students? In this workshop, Dr. Richard Warren will introduce efficient STrEaM activities that participants can take to modify their classroom practice. Participants will learn how to integrate 21st century knowledge and skill into their lessons to help students realize the goal of successfully meeting the challenges of this century.

About the Presenter: Dr. Richard Warren Jr, is the 2019 Maryland State Teacher of the Year, an internationally awarded S.T.E.M educator, and a highly sought-after educational speaker. He spent nearly a decade teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in public schools. Richard earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) where his research and practice has garnered the attention of hundreds of school districts who are implementing mentoring, induction, and development programs for teachers. Richard leads the Department of Education at UMES as the Hazel Professor of Education, a role where he prepares and actively recruits students to become the next generation of teachers.

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Reintroducing, Revamping, and Revitalizing Guided Reading/Small Group Instruction


March 2, 2023 9:00am-3:00pm

Presenter: Kristin Edwards

Target Audience: All Educators K-12

Workshop Description: Student progress is paramount and one of our main goals as educators. Small group instruction (one example being guided reading) can significantly support students in achieving their literacy goals. How do we get to the place where small group instruction is consistently happening in the classroom? This workshop will cover conducting and analyzing literacy assessments, guided reading/small group instruction, and progress monitoring. We will discuss how to thoroughly analyze literacy assessments to get the most out of them, which will support your planning of small group instruction. This workshop will also go over the structure of guided reading and strategy groups, how to incorporate them regularly, and provide you with tools/strategies to be able to do so.

About the Presenter: Kristin Edwards is currently a High School Assistant Principal at Penns Grove High School in the Penns Grove Carneys Point Regional School District. She has formerly worked as a Reading Specialist, Special Education Teacher, and 4th Grade Classroom Teacher. Kristin is a Senior Adjunct at Rowan College at Burlington County where she instructs literacy pedagogy courses in the 3+1 Education Program. She is also the Co-President of the West Jersey Reading Council, which is a non-profit organization that provides professional development and other opportunities for teachers. Kristin is happy to connect on Twitter @kedwards51!

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Hot Issues in Special Education Law


March 6, 2023 9:00am-3:00pm

Presenter: John Worthington, Esq.

Target Audience: Administrators, Child Study Team, Special Education Teachers and Staff

About the Presenter: John Worthington is a consultant for LEGAL ONE (Law, Ethics, and Governance for All Leaders, including an Overview of New and Emerging issues) at NJPSA/FEA. John recently retired as Director of the Office of Special Education Policy and Procedure in the New Jersey Department of Education, where he was responsible, under federal statute and regulations, to operate a system of general supervision and monitor the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 in New Jersey. As director of OSEPP, John oversaw the operation of multiple systems, including:

  • Monitoring;

  • Dispute Resolution;

  • Complaint Investigation;

  • Distribution and oversight of the IDEA Part B Grant;

  • Oversight of Approved Private Schools for Students with Disabilities;

  • Development of Policy, Guidance, and Administrative Code; and

  • Special Education Data collection and analysis.

Prior to becoming director of OSEPP, Mr. Worthington worked in several positions in his 30 years with the State of New Jersey, including Manager, Bureau of Policy and Planning in the OSEPP, Coordinator of Dispute Resolution and Policy in the OSEPP, Director of State Board Appeals, Hearing Examiner and Editor in the Office of Controversies and Disputes, and ten years as a New Jersey Deputy Attorney General, representing the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services.

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The IEP and Inclusive Programming - 3 Part Series


3-Part Series

March 9, 2023 3:00-5:00pm

March 16, 2023 3:00-5:00pm

March 23, 2023 3:00-5:00pm

Presenter: MaryAnn Joseph

Target Audience: Child Study Team Staff

Webinar Series Description:

Part One: Meaningful PLAAFPs

Today’s classrooms are designed so that all students reach the high expectations of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. In this session, we will explore aspects of the IEP, specifically the PLAAFP, (Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance) as a way to specially design instruction and support teacher planning so that all students can achieve. This session will analyze academic and functional PLAAFP elements and present tools to enrich the PLAAFP as a platform to plan for instruction.

Part Two: Goals and Objectives to Inform Instruction

Each IEP includes goals and objectives that are specific to student need. Those needs might address a gap or indicate a need for remediation. In fact, a student might need help in “doing school” before that student can meet the challenges of grade level or content specific curriculum. This session will connect student need and curriculum review as a way to individualize instruction. Topics such as remediation and metacognitive skills as well as building self-advocacy and independence will be a part of this discussion. This is a particularly relevant topic in a post-covid classroom.

Part Three: Progress Monitoring as a Tool for Communication

As each IEP progresses, student progress is monitored. Monitoring of the IEP accommodations and modifications as well as goals and objectives is intended to provide information for next steps to independence and self-advocacy for students with IEPs. In this session strategies and practices for collecting relevant data will be shared.

These three sessions will be presented with a common message of strengthening inclusive practice for students with IEPs in general education classrooms. Attendance to all three sessions is strongly suggested, though each session of this series can stand alone. Turnkey materials and planning tools will be shared.

About the Presenter: MaryAnn Joseph is a National Board certified teacher who has spent more than forty years in classrooms throughout the nation as a Navy wife, both in special and general education classrooms. She is a teacher-leader, currently as a college professor and formerly as a Special Education Consultant with the New Jersey Department of Education. She advocates inclusive practice as author and an instructional coach. A bridge for change, MaryAnn ties research-based strategies to instructional practice, working with classroom teachers to design inclusive lessons that reach high learning expectations for all students, including those with disabilities.

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BraverSchools: Breaking Barriers and Binaries to Support LGBTQ Youth


March 10, 2023 9:00am-3:00pm

Presenter: Jennifer Braverman

Target Audience: School Staff K-12 and Administration

Workshop Description: This presentation facilitates engaging discussion on contemporary issues. This workshop will focus on understanding our cultural biases in regards to gender roles, gender identity and sexual orientation. Participants will expose those biases to create an equitable classroom for all students to thrive as their authentic selves. By the conclusion of the presentation you will become familiar with language to strengthen current policy and to advocate for enumerated protection for all students.

About the Presenter: Jennifer Braverman is an artist and educator who combines the visual arts and activism to engage her audience in contemporary issues. Braverman earned her Master’s in Art Education from Boston University focusing her thesis on LGBTQ Bullycides. This was in 2012, directly after the Tyler Clementi case changed policy implementing

Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) protections in New Jersey Schools.

Ms. Braverman’s art has appeared in solo and group exhibitions locally and nationally. She is an author and illustrator for three educational coloring books and teaches art at Maple Shade High School in New Jersey. She has been an adjunct in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at The College of New Jersey since 2013 teaching Gender and

Pop Culture and LGBTQ Issues in K-12 Education.

Ms. Braverman was named the 2013 Burlington County Woman of the Year in the Arts, 2013 Burlington County 40 under 40, 2016 Burlington County Teacher of the Year, 2017 Moorestown-Masonic Lodge Teacher of the Year, and 2018 AENJ Secondary Division Educator of the Year. In 2021, Braverman was named a Lowell Milken Center Unsung Hero Fellow.

Ms. Braverman is a Welcoming Schools nationally certified facilitator through the Human Rights Campaign. She has presented Welcoming Schools workshops titled, Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Schools; Embracing Family Diversity; Preventing Bias-Based Bullying; Creating Gender Inclusive Schools; Welcoming Schools Law and Policy Review; Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students, and Intersectionality: School Practices with an Intersectional Lens. She is passionate about teaching and making the classroom a place for all students to thrive. To learn more about Jennifer Braverman visit jenniferbraverman.com

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Planning Strategic and Sustainable Small Group Instruction


March 15, 2023 3:00-5:00pm

Presenter: Jonelle Hinchcliffe

Target Audience:

About the Webinar: In this session, teachers will explore the benefits of small group instruction, as well as data sources to inform their decisions around flexible grouping.

We will begin by exploring what SGI is and why we do it. We will look at articles and videos

explaining the benefits of SGI when it comes to best serving our learners.

Next we will talk about different types of small groups, homogeneous and heterogeneous. We

will also talk about the benefits and restraints of different size groups, and the importance of

flexibility with our groupings. We will explore different ways to get kids into their groups based on teacher decisions, and student self-awareness of their needs.

Finally, we will talk about structuring collaborative work for students to do in these groups.

Teachers will receive collaboration rubrics and accountable talk stems to edit for their

classrooms. We will learn about different structured activities that have roles for multiple

learners in the group.

Teachers will take away collaboration rubrics, accountable talk stems, templates for creating

group activities, and resources for collecting data for flexible grouping.

About the Presenter: Ms. Hinchcliffe served as a Math Instructor in Middle and High Schools in NYC for 18 years. She pioneered several engaging and highly effective strategies that have proven results. In 2016 she was honored to receive both the NY Big Apple Award and the NYS Excellence in Teaching Award. She was a Model teacher and a Mentor to new teachers, and received her National Board Certification in 2021. She also served as a Curriculum Specialist, overseeing and advising all departments. Engagement and differentiation are the cornerstones of Jonelle’s pedagogical philosophy. She runs professional development on differentiating every lesson for all learners. Additionally, she helps teachers create lessons that contain fun activities that engage students and help them to work collaboratively. Attendees at her PDs learn how to differentiate lessons fluidly and love the creative games and activities she shares with them.

Ms. Hinchcliffe has embraced technology to push differentiation. She understands and instructs on how to use Edpuzzle, Flipgrid, Showme, Quizlet, Quizizz, Blooket, Plickers, GradeCam, Google suite, and more. The data from this technology is then used to strategically target students and group them accordingly for remediation or advanced opportunities. Her goal is that every class is differentiated with students working at their optimal levels according to their individual needs.

Jonelle is also an expert with Interactive Notebooks and how to use them to support student

learning and study skills. She leads professional development on how interactive notebooks can be used in any subject area.

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Human Trafficking Awareness & Youth Risk Reduction


March 20, 2023 4:00-6:00pm

Presenter: Mona Al-Hayani

Target Audience: All School Staff

About the Webinar: This webinar will focus on human trafficking and how it impacts youth. Learn more 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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Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leadership


March 21, 2023 3:00-5:00pm

Presenter: Dr. LaShauna Dean

Target Audience: School Staff, Administration

About the Webinar: As student demographics have changed to reflect a minority majority of 54.2%, school systems will also need to adjust teaching and leadership practices to meet their growing needs. Teacher and administration demographics have remained stagnant with over 79% of teachers and other schools staff being White. Integrating culturally responsive teaching and leadership practices could help bridge the chasm between student and school staff demographics. Culturally responsive teaching is defined as using the cultural knowledge, prior experiences, and performance styles of diverse students to make learning more appropriate and effective for them; it teaches to and through the strengths of these students (Gay, 2000). Culturally Responsive Teaching is critical in terms of addressing the major challenges of marginalized students but is insufficient without good leadership. This workshop will teach the principles of culturally responsive teaching and leadership with practical step-by-step strategies to implement into this school year.


  1. Participants will explore the core concepts of culturally responsive learning.
  2. Participants will learn how to implement culturally responsive teaching and leadership practices into everyday practice.
  3. Participants will engage in discussions to help personalize and integrate culturally responsive strategies into their work with students.

About the Presenter: As an experienced educator and workshop presenter, Dr. LaShauna Dean has worked across the K-12 landscape in New Jersey providing trainings for teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators. With a doctorate degree in education, Dr. Dean is able to seamlessly blend interactive pedagogical strategies with practical, real-world experience. She has provided high-energy, interactive presentations on a variety of topics including implicit bias, microaggressions, assertive communication strategies, classroom management strategies, stress management, addressing mental health problems in schools, cross-cultural communication tools, and many more. With over 9 years of educational training experience, Dr. Dean has a knack for making meaningful connections with attendees whether in-person or virtually. She quickly engages with groups and leaves them with empowering tools and focused mindsets that they will use long after the training has ended.

In her free-time, Dr. Dean enjoys reading, cooking up scrumptious meals, dancing, and writing and researching on diversity and inclusion topics.

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What is Equity and Why Do All Children Deserve it?


March 22, 2023 3:00-5:00pm

Presenter: Rodney Robinson

Target Audience: School Staff, Administration

Webinar Description: We will define what equity means in education today. I will give concrete examples of inequities and how to ensure all students receive an equitable education. Participants will leave speech energized with practical solutions to help end education inequities.

About the Presenter: Rodney has over 20 years experience as an educator with Richmond Public Schools. He graduated from King William High School in rural Virginia in 1996. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia State University in 2000 and a master’s in educational administration and Supervision from VCU in 2011. In 2015, he started teaching at Virgie Binford Education Center, a school inside Richmond Juvenile Jail, in an effort to better understand the school to prison pipeline. His classroom is a collaborative partnership between him and the students. He provides a civic centered education that promotes social-emotional growth. The knowledge he is gaining from his students is also helping develop alternative programs to keep students from becoming part of the school to prison pipeline.

His accomplishments in education vary from his professional growth to his students’ personal growth. He has been published four times by Yale University. He has received numerous awards for his accomplishments in and out of the classroom, most notably the R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence. He has worked with Pulitzer winning author James Foreman to develop curriculum units on Race, Class, and Punishment as a part of the Yale Teachers Institute.

He was named the 2019 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief States Schools’ Officers. He used his time as teacher of the year to advocate for cultural equity to make sure students have teachers and administrators who look like them and value their culture. He was named 2019 HBCU male alumnus of the year by HBCUdigest.com. He was named #8 on the Root magazine’s Top 100 influential African Americans of 2019. He was also named 2019 Richmonder of the Year by Richmond Magazine and the Richmond Times Dispatch. He is currently a Senior Advisor with Richmond Public Schools in charge of Teacher and Leader Pathways. He has started the RVA Men Teach Program to recruit and retain male teachers of color in Richmond Public Schools. His passion is helping the underprivileged and underrepresented populations in America.

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Pro-Active and Positive Behavior Management Strategies


March 23, 2023 3:00-5:00pm

Presenter: Mary Fowler

Target Audience:

About the Workshop: What we do and the way we do the things we do make a difference in effective classroom management and improved educational performance. Given the high levels of anxiety currently prevalent in children and youth, today’s classroom management must include practices that provide safety, stabilization, connection and belonging. In this workshop, you will learn how to engage without escalating, “how to” strategies that help students manage their emotions and behaviors, and compassionate approaches for reducing inappropriate behaviors.

About the Presenter: Throughout her career, first as a classroom educator, then as an authority on ADHD, and as a professional development provider, Mary Fowler has been committed to using evidence-based strategies to address classroom behaviors. From positive behavioral interventions and supports, to practical approaches for ADHD, to trauma-informed practices, Mary’s workshops have been well received for their practical, positive approaches. She is the author of four books on ADHD and her articles have appeared in ASCD publications and the NJEA Review.

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Applied Behavior Analysis 101


April 17, 2023 9:00am-3:00pm

Presenter: Adell Valasek

Target Audience: All School Staff and Parents

About the Workshop: 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 began her career and passion for teaching individuals with developmental delays in college at Shippensburg University. She has over 23 years of experience working in special education. She has been a classroom teacher, an autism consultant, and a supervisor at Burlington County Special Services.

Ms. Valasek holds a bachelor’s degree and a master's degree in criminal justice from Shippensburg University, and a master’s degree in Education from Widener University, where she graduated with honors. She received her Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst (BCBA) from Penn State University, her Supervisor of Education certification from Rutgers University, and her principal certification from the University of Scranton.

Ms. Valasek is a member of the NJ Department of Education Committee for updating Autism Quality Indicators. She is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children. She provides training at the Burlington County Professional Develop Institute, as well as consultation and training services to the International School of Brussels. She has been actively involved in the Special Olympics for over 18 years, and she is a Board Member of the YMCA.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and husband, going to the beach, running, and reading. Additionally, she continues to support families in the community by providing therapy in the home setting.

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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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