Special Education Support Center & Inclusionary Practices Project Synchronous Courses

The Washington EducatiSESC and IPP Logoon Association's Special Education Support Center and Inclusionary Practices Project are offering professional development courses via Zoom (synchronous) and Canvas (asynchronous). Zoom courses are listed below. Information for Instructure/Canvas courses can be found HERE.

SESC and IPP Courses - Zoom

  • Courses held via Zoom in real time (synchronous).Zoom-Logo
  • When you register, if you are within the course capacity for each course, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom pre-registration link.
  • If registration is full, you will automatically be added to a waitlist.
  • Registration is a TWO Step Process
         1. Register for each course using the link listed below for each course.
         2. Use the registration link in your confirmation email to complete the Zoom pre-registration
             You will immediately be directed to the course Zoom information page, including the link
             to access the course. SAVE this information. You can also add the event information to
             your calendar from this page.
  • Courses are free and clock hours will be provided.
  • As these offerings are funded through a grant from OSPI, you do not have to be a WEA member to attend.
  • Please test your computer's video and audio HERE before the course start. Technical assistance will not be provided.
  • Course evaluations will be emailed to attendees approximately 5-10 business days after each course. Once completed and submitted, a clock hour verification form will be sent via email. Please check your spam/junk folders for the emails. Use the clock hour verification form to process your clock hours and/or attendance according to your distrcit policies. 

For question or registration assistance, contact Thera Grady. For questions about clock hours, contact Sheila Beaver.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (8 clock hours)

Choose only ONE set of dates!
Tuesday, February 7 & Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Tuesday, February 21 & Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Tuesday, March 7 & Wednesday, March 8, 2023

The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Pre-work will be required for this course.
Register: 2/7 & 2/8/2023; 2/21 & 2/22/2023; 3/7 & 3/8/2023

Zooming In and Out on Inclusionary Practices with Shelley Moore and Katie Novak - 3-Part Series (6 clock hours)

Wednesday, January 11, 2023, Monday, February 6, 2023 & Monday, March 27, 2023

In order for inclusion to be fully realized, there is critical systems change/complex change work that needs to be done (zooming out). This includes both strategies and vision for what a newly designed inclusive and equitable system looks like. What are all the systemic pieces needed as a part of a UDL approach? In this series, every time Katie zooms out, Shelley will zoom in with a specific story about what this looks like, sounds like, and feels like for an individual student.
Register: 1/11, 2/6 & 3/27/2023

Trauma FOCUS (3 clock hours)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 (Informational Session) and
Thursday, March 2, 2023 (Workshop Session)

Participants will understand more about how trauma affects the brain, learn about symptoms resulting for different types of trauma, and expand their tool box with supportive strategies. Participants will learn how to identify trauma; new strategies for addressing trauma; become trauma informed, highlighting trauma informed care; understand how strategies can change environments and relationships; and how to work as a team to develop new approaches based around trauma.
Register: 2/1 & 3/2/2023

Classroom Management and Social Emotional Learning with Simulated Practice (5 clock hours)

Monday, March 6, 2023

This course covers high leverage/evidence-based practices to support the behavioral and social-emotional needs of students, focused on tier 1 positive behavior supports. Participants will learn strategies to create a safe, positive classroom environment: including practical implementation. The course will explore the classroom environment structure, teaching behavior, social-emotional learning, monitoring and observation, and interaction with students.
Register: 3/6/2023 (Opening Soon)

The UDL Design Cycle: Through a PLC Perspective (6 clock hours)

Choose only ONE set of dates!
Wednesday, February 8 & Thursday, February 9, 2023 or
Wednesday, March 8 & Thursday, March 9, 2023

This course is intended for learners who have a general understanding of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework. Participants will focus on the application of the UDL framework in lesson planning, through the support structure of a collaborative professional learning community (PLC). Learners will examine their mindsets to become more equitable, inclusive, responsive educators, who creates better outcomes for all students.
Register: 2/8 & 2/9/2023; 3/8 & 3/92023 

Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) (6 clock hours)

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 and Thursday, February 16, 2023

This course will define and describe Special Education, Specially Designed Instruction (SDI), and the laws that support. Participants will know and understand who can/should provide SDI, supports necessary, and how to support students through a variety of classroom models. An understanding of the nature/purpose of special education and how crucial collaboration between Special Education and General Education is to ALL students being successful. Different models of providing SDI such as co-teaching, UDL, and para training/supports will be described.
Register: 2/15 & 2/16/2023

Effective High-Quality PLAAFPs for Strength-Based IEPs (9 clock hours)

Monday, February 27, 2023 and Tuesday, February 28, 2023

This course is intended for learners who have a general understanding of the elements of an Individual Education Program (IEP). Participants will focus on the application of essential components for developing Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) statements to create strength-based IEPs through the support structure of a professional learning community (PLC)/collaborative small groups. Learners will have opportunities to examine their mindsets surrounding equity and inclusive practices. Learners will also develop skills to author effective, meaningful PLAAFP statements for all students with disabilities to help drive student progress. This presentation requires active participation and engagement through small group discussion, chat reflections and discussions.
Register: 2/27 & 2/28/2023

Data Collection for Progress Monitoring (6 clock hours)

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 & Wednesday, March 1, 2023

This course will give a deeper understanding of measurable data and an ability to identify subjective parameters - academic and behavior data collection. Participants will have practice working with each of the outlined methods and practice writing newly data informed goals based on previous methods.
Register: 2/28 & 3/1/2023

The How of Learning: The Action with KC Knudson

Monday, March 6. 2023

It's all too easy to give the same tests and quizzes to students year after year, but do they truly measure what they have learned? The practice of "teaching to the test" has also become common, but when we do this, we miss opportunities for students to learn deeply and find ways to communicate that will help them later as they enter the adult world. In this session, we will unpack the UDL guidelines for action & expression and explore how we can support creative expression, planning, organizing, and goal setting by using UDL best practices for designing assessments. Dive into the strategic network of the brain to better understand how students can communicate and express what they know or can do Define methods for assessing students and supporting their executive functioning.
Register: 3/6/2023

Restorative FOCUS (3 clock hours)

Thursday, March 9, 2023 (Information Session)
Wednesday, April 5, 2023 (Workshop Session)

Participants will learn how to use restorative practices and restorative circles in effective ways, creating environments to promote community, safety, healing, and connectedness. Participants will trace the history of and current restorative practices; identify how restorative practices are implemented with groups; learn new strategies related to restorative circles; discuss how restorative environments can make a different; and share ideas for facilitating restorative circles and making restorative practices a baseline for building and maintaining positive relationships.
Register: 3/9 & 4/5/2023  

De-escalation Strategies (6 clock hours)

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 and Thursday, March 23, 2023

Participants will learn basic principles of behavior Participants will identify stages of behavior and ways to strengthen their responses at each stage while maintaining student dignity Participants will become familiar with the Escalation/De-Escalation Cycle.
Register: 3/22 & 3/23/2023

Strengths-Based Environments FOCUS (3 hours)

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 (Informational Session) and
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 (Workshop Session)

Participants will learn about chronic behavior through understanding where it stems from, how to address it, and most importantly, how to create strengths-based environments to eliminate or help to improve negative outcomes. Participants will identify chronic behaviors and where they originate; understand the background to behaviors related to trauma, shame, and negative messaging; learn strategies to build a strengths-based environment; discuss the importance of hope, optimism, and believing in others; and support the transformation to strengths-based approaches.
Register: 4/19 & 5/17/2023