Summer Learning for Educators!

ASD Relevant Professional Learning

Literacy Academy - Conventional Literacy for Students with Moderate to Significant Disabilities (5 Day Event)

This week-long intensive course focuses on conventional literacy instruction for students with moderate to significant disabilities. Dr. David Koppenhaver and Dr. Karen Erickson will guide participants in learning how to provide daily comprehensive literacy instruction including word work, self-directed reading, guided reading and writing. Appropriate assessments including the Whole to Part will be shared, as well as using the results to appropriately guide instruction.

$500 stipend to participants who attend all five days.


Date(s): August 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 2019
Time(s): 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford 48328

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Explicit Instruction Series (3 Day Event)

Systematic, explicit instruction is a highly effective, research-based strategy for students with IEPs. This course is centered on the book, Explicit Instruction (Archer & Hughes, 2011) and provides instructors with specific tools and techniques that can be used in the classroom. We will learn about active participation, lesson design, critical delivery skills, explicit vocabulary instruction, giving feedback, and praise. Dr. Anita Archer will join us in-person at the end of the series.


Date(s): August 7, 8 & 9, 2019

Time(s): 8:30AM - 3:30PM
Location: Summit Campus, 2214 Mall Dr. E..Waterford, MI 48328

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Assistive Technology: What you Need to Know

How do we thoughtfully incorporate Assistive Technology (AT) into our programming for students with IEPs? This workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of what AT is, the legal obligations for a district in considering Assistive Technology for students with IEPs, determination of appropriate tools, implementation and data collection. Specific tools and resources to assist district teams in this process will be included. The afternoon will include a time of sharing of powerful technology examples that can be implemented in classrooms throughout the county to support ALL students. District teams are encouraged to attend.


Date(s): August 12, 2019
Time(s): 8:30AM-3:30PM
Location: Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford 48328

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MATH (SDI) Specially Designed Instruction - Conventional Learners

Participants will engage in high leverage routines using mathematical tasks, collaborative lesson and assessment planning for conventional math students with disabilities. Conventional will focus on students taking the M-STEP and Functional level MiAccess assessments. Free classroom ready resources will be shared. Please see our other SDI math course for emergent learners if your students have complex, moderate, or severe disabilities taking the supported or participation 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.


Date(s): August 13, 2019
Time(s): 8:30AM-3:30PM
Location: Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford 48328

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Strategies that Work: Implementing AAC in the Classroom

Do you currently have students using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)? Are you looking for additional strategies for enhancing implementation? Come join us as we engage in hands-on practice, hear stories by local district staff of what is working, and collaborate with others across the county to increase our skills and implementation communication strategies. Leave this workshop with new ideas and resources as well as confidence to powerfully and enthusiastically implement AAC.

Oakland County Public School and PSA Special Educators are eligible to receive an attendance stipend.


Date(s): August 15, 2019
Time(s): 8:30AM - 3:30PM
Location: Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328

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Providing Embedded Special Education Services in an Inclusive Preschool Setting (3 Day Event)

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!


This training will take place in two "parts". Part 1 will take place over two days and will be back-to-back on August 26 and 27, 2019. Part 2 will take place midway through the year to give participants time to implement strategies in Part 1. Registrants will choose between January 28 OR 29, 2020 for the final day of training. This will allow the presenter to more effectively work with smaller groups of participants in the final phase of training.


Date(s): August 26, 27, 2019 and January 28 or 29, 2020
Time(s): 8:30AM-3:30PM
Location: Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford 48328

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New to ASD 101

Are you a new Teacher, SLP, OT, Para Educator or Social Worker on a team that supports one or more students with Autism? Do you want to learn more about evidence-based practices that help students with autism be more successful in school? If so, this learning opportunity is for you! Participants can expect to gain an overview of autism and how to support a student with autism in the school setting. Topics will include how to utilize visual supports, self-management systems, behavioral planning, literacy instruction, peer to peer supports, communication systems and promoting inclusive practices. A variety of resources and tools will be shared with all participants who attend.


Date(s): August 27, 2019
Time(s): 8:30AM-3:30PM
Location: Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lk. Rd., Waterford 48328

Link to Register