Online Training (including webinars during COVID-19)
Typical options for online learning are found in the links to the right (gray box). Links to events specific to supporting virtual learning are found below.
Please note that not all courses typically offered count for ESE points, and not all typical courses offered are eligible for inservice points. Review the PDA Portal Catalog document for specific information on course content and point eligibility. Review the "Independent Study on the PDA Portal for ESE Requirement" to determine which on-demand courses will count toward the requirement for 20 points in methods/strategies for teaching ESE students in every validity period.
All courses offered below, specific to supporting students with disabilities in virtual settings, will count for ESE renewal points.
WEBINAR: Providing Accommodations in a Virtual Environment:
While providing instruction to students with Individual Education Plans and Section 504 Plans in a virtual environment, it is important to continue to provide them with the necessary accommodations so that they can continue to be successful in this new learning environment. This webinar will provide examples of possible digital accommodations that can be used in virtual instruction based on the student's current accommodation needs. We will also discuss ideas for documenting and assessing the implementation of these digital accommodations.
MARCH 30, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., Central Standard Time. CLICK TO REGISTER
MARCH 30, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Central Standard Time. CLICK TO REGISTER
APRIL 1, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Central Standard TIme. CLICK TO REGISTER
APRIL 3, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., Central Standard Time. CLICK TO REGISTER
WEBINAR: Setting Up Your Home's Learning Environment for Success: Understanding the Needs for Adults and Children
March 30, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Central Standard Time
Virtual learning and work can be stressful for all, children and adults alike. This sudden change in the way of work and school can bring about uncertainty, stress, and fear. But there are ways to help reduce the impact of this new way of work and learning. In this session, attendees will acquire some tips and strategies on how to set up their home in a way that can assist in decreasing the stress and finding the positives for all. REGISTER HERE. The link to attend will be provided at registration.
WEBINAR: Don Johnston's Learning Tools
This session will highlight the universal tools available in districts with a license for Snap & Read and Co:Writer, and will also highlight Quizbot as a way for quickly assessing student understanding of content.
March 31, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 Central Standard Time
WEBINAR: Addressing Special Needs in the Virtual Environment
April 2, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Central Standard Time
All children learn in their own way, but for some children their special needs require a little extra attention in the virtual environment. In this session, families will gain insight into ways to help them set up their home learning environments that give extra emphasis in this area. Strategies that assist and support caregivers will be presented. Special focus will be given to emotional regulation in order to build up the positives in a home learning enviroment.
REGISTER HERE. The link to attend will be provided at registration.
WEBINAR: Setting Up a Successful Asynchronous Environment
Setting up and maintaining a supportive and successful learning environment can be challenging, especially in an asynchronous online setting. In this webinar, we'll share best practices for getting started as well as tools for developing an interactive online teaching experience, one that motivates learners and can make eLearning engaging and effective.
April 3, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
For more information and to register go to Setting Up a Successful Asynchronous Environment registration page .