The Special Education: Effective Practices for my General Education Classroom is a fifteen (15) hour interactive online course where K-12 teachers and administrators have the opportunity to review information regarding special education and apply the information to their general education classrooms. An instructor is available to guide participants through this four part, virtual learning process. Participants provide support and feedback to each other through the chat room, and are able to post questions and assignments on the bulletin board.
Topics: PA Laws and Regulations
This online course provides an overview of Early Intervention including legal foundations, rationale and service delivery. Current trends, practices and processes are described. Emphases also include the importance of family participation and community systems and resources. This course is recommended for newly hired Early Intervention personnel as part of their pre-service training but is not mandatory. You will need to complete the course within a four week time period.
Participants will be able to:
- The user will become familiar with the theoretical, historical, and legal bases for Early Intervention including federal and state legislation.
- The user will be oriented to the early intervention service system including the purpose of the State and Local Interagency Coordinating Councils.
- The user will recognize and know the duties and responsibilities of Early Intervention practitioners.
- The user will become familiar with assessment and evaluation activities and processes for the purposes of eligibility and identifying ongoing developmental and educational needs of infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
- The user will gain knowledge in service delivery approaches that incorporate the outcomes and goals of the IFSP or IEP.
- The user will become familiar with current practices, issues and trends in Early Intervention; including family centered practices, team approaches, inclusion and the use of community resources.
- The user will recognize practices associated with transition into preschool and kindergarten and/or other community programs.
Early Childhood Personnel, Service Coordinators, Providers of Services and Supports, Preschool Personnel, and Family Members
Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.
Topics: Early Intervention, Family Information
The purpose of this course is to provide standards for and practice indicators of family centered services for Early Intervention professionals. This course will look at family- centered principles as a set of core beliefs and attitudes that shape the philosophy and practices of Early Intervention programs. Participants will have opportunities to Ecological and Family Systems Theories as frameworks for increasing the focus on families in Early Intervention. They will have the opportunity to reflect on the developmental process of becoming culturally competent; explore the diverse cultures, values and beliefs of the families with whom they work; and identify strategies they can use to improve their professional skills and demonstrate understanding, respect and empathy in their interactions with families.
Topics: Early Intervention
This course will look at how three primary relationships (parent-child, parent-professional, and professional-professional) in Early Intervention work together to promote and enhance the positive development of children within the context of their families. Participants will have opportunities to reflect on how the use of partnership principles and interaction skills support their relationships with families and positively affect their practice. They will explore strategies to assist them in collaborating with families to identifying family strengths and resources and to help build family capacity. They will have opportunities to reflect on the balance of power between families and professionals and identify practices that serve to empower families.
Topics: Early Intervention