October 07, 2020, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Promoting Access, Engagement and Learning Success for Students with Severe Disabilities

Educators frequently struggle how best to meet the significant and complex needs of students with severe and multiple disabilities. This webinar session will present techniques and tools (applying Universal Design for Learning Principles) to transform the instructional content, delivery and the student response mode to help students attain meaningful academic and functional life skills.

Get guidance on how to minimize the impact of the barriers imposed by communication, cognition, motor and behavioral difficulties and maximize desirable learning outcomes with appropriate student-specific techniques, tools, and assistive technology. Engage and enable the learner in accessing the curriculum and make progress and develop increased competence towards independence.

FREE

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

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May 12, 2020, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Explore, Experiment and Enrich with Inquiry-based Science Activities for Young Learners

Let’s go on an adventure trip to capitalize on young children’s natural inclinations – curiosity, questioning and exploration. This webinar session will build educator knowledge and skills in creating learning environments and experiences to promote children’s higher order thinking and concept development as they investigate, problem-solve and think critically.

This session will illustrate how to design activities integrating UDL strategies so that all children, including those with significant cognitive and communication needs can develop inquiry-based thinking and learning. A variety of popular and colorful picture books will be used to teach science and math concepts and engage children in hands-on activities.

FREE

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

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March 25, 2020, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Creative Story-telling and Story-building Strategies to Build Attention, Self-regulation and Imagination of Young Learners

Captivate young learners with creative use of highly motivating story-telling and story-building strategies to enhance their attention and self-regulation skills. This webinar session will illustrate how to use these story-based activities to stimulate language development, nurture executive function skills and build imagination and creativity of young learners in pre-k, kindergarten and early elementary settings. A selection of popular and colorful picture books to serve as anchors to support the activities will be discussed.

A diverse array of individualized and child-specific adaptations and supports based on UDL principles to facilitate active participation of all learners, inclusive of those with significant and complex needs will be included.

FREE

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

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April 15, 2020, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

Unleashing the Power of UDL: Top Digital Tools for the Inclusive Classroom!

Universal Design for Learning is a powerful approach to personalized learning for all students. But how do we know what tools are the most useful? In this interactive session, we will showcase top digital tools for the inclusive classroom, then engage in practical dialogue around easy implementation options.

FREE

Jennifer Courduff

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Jennifer Courduff

Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Courduff is a Professor in the School of Education at Azusa Pacific University where she develops courses and teaches in the Master of Arts: Learning and Technology program. She is an active member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and is the Research and Developments Chair of ISTE TEN. Dr. Courduff advocates for the needs of special education teachers in several professional learning communities within ISTE and presents strategies for supporting assistive technology at APU, through ISTE, and with AbleNetU. Her research and presentations focus on technology integration within inclusive learning environments and mobile learning.

Chris Wenger

Chris Wenger

CCC-SLP

Christopher M. Wenger is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. He received a master’s degree in education (with emphasis in mild/moderate disabilities) from Cal State San Bernardino in 2005, and a master’s degree in communicative disorders from Cal State Northridge in 2011. Chris has a strong background in working with individuals with learning disabilities and in program improvements for high school students. Additionally, he holds an AT/AAC certificate from West End Selpa. He has a broad experience in working with technology integration for individuals with special needs.

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