NDDPI - Special Education Webinar Series

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In these 30 & 60-minute information-packed sessions, you will gain essential tips and skills to build your professional repertoire. With expert presenters from an extensive array of fields, you will have the opportunity to discover, collaborate, and question- all online! Don’t miss this opportunity to extend your knowledge. Sign up today!

All sessions will take place from 4-5 pm Central time. Some dates have more than one topic. 1 professional development credit is available if you attend 12 webinars and complete a brief 10-15 minute follow up activity after each event (needing to complete a total of 15 hours professional development time). Credit will be offered through the University of Mary for $45. If you are a related service provider or need a certificate of completion to turn in to maintain your professional certification that will also be available. Please select your interest in the appropriate credit/certificate when registering. You will be emailed additional information as you get close to completing the 15 total hours of professional development.

All sessions will be offered through Microsoft Teams. A link will be sent out 1day prior to any webinar you indicate interest in. In addition you will be added to a Microsoft Team where handouts and activities will be posted. You will get an invitation via email from Microsoft to join the Team, please follow the link in the email. Here is the schedule and description of the webinars:

September 8, 2020 IEP 101 & Related Services (Michelle Woodcock) - This webinar will highlight federal IDEA regulations regarding PLAAFP, Modifications, Accommodations, LRE, and Goals. This presentation will also highlight additional elements that should be considered when writing an Individual Education Plan. In addition, changes to related services will be discussed.

September 23, 2020 Resilience and Mindfulness (Dr. Karyn Chiapella & Molly Herrington) - In this webinar we begin to examine the foundation and purpose of resilience and mindfulness both in and out of the classroom. You will gain insight on how to incorporate both into your curriculum with tools that support self-awareness, self-management and relationship skills through a safe, stable, and secure environment.

October 6, 2020 Global Literacy (Dr. Karyn Chiapella,Michelle Engraf, Gretchen Flatz, Marissa Loll ) - In this part of the webinar you will learn what literacy in the 21st century looks like. 21st Century Literacy is more than just reading and writing. It is knowing how to learn and know. We will look at modern literacy as a collection of higher order skills such as critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and multi-cultural awareness.

Organizing the Writing Process (Michelle Engraf, Gretchen Flatz, Marissa Loll, Dr. Karyn Chiapella) - In this webinar, you will learn quick and easy ‘tricks’ to help students engage in the writing process. Using multi-modal techniques, students will understand how to structure informational texts into spectacular and complex pieces of writing.

October 21, 2020 Procedural Safeguards & What Would You Do (Mark Ehrmantraut) - The IDEA procedural safeguards ensure that all students with disabilities have a free and appropriate public education available to them. It has been said that the IDEA Procedural Safeguards provide Connection, Communication, and Protection all while building trust and enhancing teamwork. In this webinar, the IDEA procedural safeguards will be reviewed with time set aside to work through some case studies from schools across the United States.

November 3, 2020 Evaluation (Susan Gerenz)- Sharpen your skills in identifying children and youth with unique educational needs. Gain understanding and skills necessary to meet compliance standards. Explore disability determinations as they apply to children and youth with complex needs impacting learning, social-emotional development, and behavioral health.

November 18, 2020 Functional Behavioral Analysis (FBA) & Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) (Michelle Woodcock)- This webinar will highlight the recent updates in the Functional Behavioral Analysis (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) forms in Tienet. Best practices when completing an FBA and BIP will be highlighted and a guidance document to help with the process will be shared.

December 1, 2020 Meaningful Family Engagement (Angela McSweyn) - Participants will; examine the efficacy of common practices, explore strategies to strengthen family and school partnerships and engage in discussions and share ideas.

Trauma (Jada Hofland) – This webinar will focus on 'tips and tricks' for families to use during these uncertain times. Information will be provided on how to help keep positive mental health a daily routine.

December 16, 2020 Social/Emotional Learning & Self-Regulation (Susan Gerenz & Dr. Karyn Chiapella) - Social-emotional learning (SEL) skills include the ability to encode, interpret, and reason about social and emotional information. Self- regulation is the process we go through to manage our affect, behavior, and cognition. In this series we will discuss and learn to identify how the ABC’s of self- regulation work in conjunction with SEL

January 5, 2021 Technical Adequacy Evaluation Tool (TATE) for FBA/BIPs (CREA - Mallory Klatte ) - This series is intended for educators who are responsible for implementing FBA/BIPs or who are supervising educators who implement FBA/BIPs. It has been divided into two parts: the first being the January 5th webinar and on January 21st there will be a live virtual session from 8:30-10:30 CST. The Technical Adequacy Tool for Evaluation (TATE) assists with measuring the quality of completed FBA/BIPS and with identifying specific areas for FBA/BIP improvement.

January 20, 2021 Co-Teaching (Rachel Tabler & Dr. Karyn Chiapella)- Have you ever wondered if co-teaching is for you? This webinar will cover the best practices of co-teaching. With further/ more in-depth training you can effectively include a co-teaching model to maximize student learning for all students.

ND Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources - A review of the ND SEL learning standards and the Crosswalk document to link those to the ND State Standards. These documents can be a great tool to use when writing IEP goals.

February 2, 2021 Assistive Technology for Executive Functioning (Alyce Wiemken)- To succeed in daily tasks and goal-directed activities we rely on our executive function skills. There are many different technologies we use every day that can facilitate executive function skills. Through this session on Executive Function and Technology, we will explore free and low-cost tools that may already be at your fingertips.

February 17, 2021 Evidence Based Practices for students with an Emotional Disturbance (Michelle Woodcock) - Evidence Based Practices for students with an Emotional Behavioral Disorder will be discussed. The research behind the practices and how to implement them will be shared.

Early Warning Systems (Mark Ehrmantraut) - While the overall high school graduation rate in North Dakota remains high, students with disabilities continue to lag behind their peers. In North Dakota, our vision is that ALL students will graduate Choice Ready. The Early Warning System part of this webinar will focus on how attendance, behavior, and course performance data can be used to improve graduation outcomes.

March 2, 2021 Collaborative & SMART Goal Writing (Matia Gjellstad) - What makes a "good" goal? How can we work together to create meaningful goals for students? This webinar will discuss important goal components required to track student progress. It will also identify strategies to collaborate on meaningful goals amongst teachers and related service providers.

March 17, 2021 Section 504 & Special Education (Michelle Woodcock & Anne Linden) - Do you know and understand Section 504? Do you know how it is the same and different from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)? If not, this webinar is for you.

April 6, 2021 Fading Adult Assistance for Students (Erika Hanson) - This webinar will help educators prevent students from acquiring “learned helplessness” and “cue dependency.” This seminar will teach educators how to fade functional support gradually by learning of functional tasks that occur throughout the school day where physical support is often given to students, but possibly not needed.

April 21, 2021 NDMTSS (Rachel Tabler & REA rep) – A topic will be selected within NDMTSS as this webinar gets closer. This will allow NDDPI to shape the webinar more towards needs that are brought forward through the webinar process.

Sessions will be geared for special education as well as general education teachers, related service providers, and administrators. Webinar links will be sent 24 hours before each webinar, and again one hour before the webinar starts. Once you register you will get a confirmation email from Eventbrite. It may go to your trash folder. Please look for it. Correspondence going forward will come through Eventbrite Email.

Currently NDDPI is going to try and record webinars and post them for viewing at your convenience. Not every session may be posted. In order to view webinars, you must access the Microsoft Team for the webinar series. You only need to register 1 time through Eventbrite to attend all the webinars!

For any questions, please contact Karyn Chiapella ( or 328-2714) or Michelle Woodcock ( or 328-2633).

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