Institute for Educational Development

Live Online
6:00 am – 12:30 pm

February 28 - March 1, 2023

$595.00 per person

Strengthening Outcomes for Students With SPECIAL NEEDS

NEW Seminar Presented By
Sonya Kunkel

Outstanding Special Education Teacher, Administrator, Author, and Nationally Recognized Presenter

Specifically Designed for Grades K-12 Special Education Staff, District and School Leaders and Teacher Teams including: General Education Teachers, Inclusion Specialists, Resource Room Teachers and Other Specialists who Work with Students with Special Needs

  • The key components of the most effective special education programs recognized for increasing learning outcomes for students with special needs
  • Powerful inclusive instructional and leadership practices for strengthening your special education program
  • The essential aspects of developing a standards-based IEP that result in a comprehensive, highly effective program for students who struggle
  • Specially designed instructional practices related to an IEP aimed at accelerating student learning

A Practical, Two-Day Institute Focused on Accelerating the Learning Outcomes for Your Students with Special Needs

Plan to attend as a school team, department team, district team, or as a school/district leader to gain specific instructional and leadership strategies to increase the learning outcomes for your students with special needs. You will learn how to build on the success of your current program, identify the key components that have the greatest impact on student achievement and find specific areas you need to target for implementation and improvement. Leave equipped with a wealth of the most effective strategies to help you accelerate achievement for your students with special needs.

Develop a Plan to Increase the Effectiveness of your Instructional Program for Students with Special Needs: Accelerate Student Learning, Conduct More Successful IEP Meetings, Improve Staff Collaboration and Paraeducator Effectiveness

Discover attributes of the most effective instructional programs and how you can increase the outcomes for students with special needs in your own department, grade level, school or district, including building teacher instructional expertise. During the two days you’ll learn numerous strategies to maximize achievement for your students with special needs along with specific ideas for creating highly successful inclusive learning environments. You will also receive an extensive resource handbook to help you implement all you learn when you return to your school or district.

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Research-based strategies for accelerating learning outcomes for students with special needs
  • The key elements of the most effective special education programs and how to use them in evaluating your own program
  • How to more efficiently organize and conduct a highly effective IEP meeting
  • How to work “smarter, not harder” in achieving greater success with students with special needs
  • Easy-to-implement specially designed instructional practices for meeting IEP requirements
  • The most useful readily available technology to aid in academic accommodations for students with special needs
  • Tricks of the trade for creating meaningful modifications related to your state standards
  • Proven co-teaching practices that are low-plan, high-yield
  • The most effective instructional strategies to support reading, writing, mathematics, and social-executive function areas of an IEP
  • How to maximize the benefit of paraeducators that work in inclusive settings
  • Innovative specially designed instruction practices for reading and writing
  • Motivating activities for teaching basic mathematics acquisition
  • How to create an IEP that has Standards-based outcomes
  • Proven instructional activities to increase student engagement and participation
  • Innovative options for grouping and small-group instruction in the inclusive classroom

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As an experienced special education teacher, administrator and consultant to districts nationwide, I’ve seen firsthand how highly successful special education programming affects positive outcomes for students. I have implemented these best practices at all grade levels. By collaborating for successful Standards-Based IEP processes and design, students with disabilities can experience success and positive academic gains as well as accelerated outcomes in the general education classrooms.

I designed this strategy-packed, two-day institute to share these outstanding techniques and strategies that promote success for individual students with special needs, in resource and general education classrooms and build infrastructure for district-wide implementation.

You will have an opportunity to examine standards-based IEP processes and IEP design and learn how to better align services so that they increase student success. We will explore Inclusive Collaborative Continuum service delivery models and optimum staff roles. Embedded in our learning, we will investigate numerous instructional strategies that accelerate student achievement and meet individual student needs through the use of highly effective Specially Designed Instruction.

You will have a chance to reflect on your own program and create a customized action plan. This plan will allow you and your colleagues to return to your district and get started right away with the best strategies I have seen in practice!

I look forward to collaborating with you and supporting your development of an expanded practical toolkit to boost your students’ success.

Sonya Kunkel

P.S. The focus of our two days together will be on sharing practical ideas and strategies I’ve learned from my own teaching and coaching that I know will build greater teacher capacity and accelerate student learning.

Who Should Attend

Grades K-12 Special Education Staff, District and School Leaders and Teacher Teams including: General Education Teachers, Inclusion Specialists, Resource Room Teachers and Other Specialists who Work with Students with Special Needs

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies before, during and after the institute. The handbook includes:
    • Easy-to-use resources to help accelerate learning outcomes
    • Reproducibles to facilitate you working "smarter, not harder"
    • Sample lesson plans that are adaptable for most classrooms
    • Teacher-friendly checklists and rubrics for collecting data on students
    • "Extras" for your later use … The handbook will be your “go-to” reference on the corner of your desk

    Registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the IED office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

  2. Meet and Share
    This institute provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to share ideas with other educators interested in cutting-edge strategies to accelerate the learning outcomes for students with special needs.
  3. Consultation Available
    Sonya Kunkel will be available to answer your specific questions and the unique needs of your own program for students with special needs.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.