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7/01/2019

Students with neurodiverse conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, ADHD and social anxiety have tremendous strengths that could benefit any employer. As educators, our end goal for ALL students includes having them learn, practice, and model employability skills. We also want employers and coworkers to see our students who are neurodiverse as capable young adults with their own unique strengths first and as individuals who may benefit from accommodation and support second. This webinar will cover recommendations for school districts on how to work with potential employers to accomplish this. Furthermore, this webinar will provide school districts with recommendations for how to help students with neurodiverse conditions model and practice employability skills during the school day.

 

Presented By:

John Peterson, Director of Special Education for the Hamilton School District in Sussex, Wisconsin. John has served as a special education administrator for a total of 15 years. John has previously served as the president of the Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS) and has been in leadership roles on their board of directors since 2006. John also helps mentor aspiring special education administrators by serving as a University Supervisor for Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, WI) and has presented on a variety of special education-related topics at both state and national conferences.

 

Read the blog post: Tips for Creating Employability Opportunities for Students with Neurodiverse Conditions

5/30/2019

Tia Navelene Barnes, Ph.D., is a social emotional learning researcher and one of Rethink Ed's SEL Experts. In this session, participants will have an opportunity to learn about the importance of being intentional in addressing their social-emotional wellness, reflect on their own social-emotional well-being practices, and create a plan to incorporate practices to support their own social-emotional well-being. As a former educator of students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD), Dr. Barnes' research interests focus on creating environments where students with emotional and behavioral challenges can thrive. In this session, Dr. Barnes will introduce strategies that teachers can use to support their own social-emotional well-being during their school day and beyond.

5/01/2019

Individuals with a social emotional learning difference such as autism benefit greatly from supports to enhance social emotional engagement. By creating a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) that supports all learners, we can create a place where all learners actively engage in their learning experiences. In this webinar we will explore practical tools for how to identify what works to enhance learner engagement. We will also examine resources from the Social Emotional Engagement Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) framework that provide educators with a focus on ensuring learning strategies to promote access, engagement and expression of learning across various stages of development.


Jennifer C. Townsend, M.Ed., is an Educational Consultant with expertise in social emotional learning differences. She co-wrote Social Emotional Engagement Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) to support this success. She has extensive experience working in collaboration with school districts to build capacity for educating students with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities within the public and private school settings using best practices paired with appreciative inquiry coaching and universal designs for learning. Jen has a Master's in Education from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and a postgraduate certification in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Johns Hopkins University and a Director of Special Education and Pupil Services certification from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, and is an adjunct faculty member at Carroll University School of Education in Waukesha, WI. She is a licenced educator in the state of Wisconsin as a Special Educator and Director of Special Education and Pupil Services. Jen Townsend is an active member in the field of education and believes that together we can go beyond just making a difference; we can be the difference.

3/29/2019

In this webinar, Dr. Hulett will discuss current issues and barriers facing special education with relation to true individualization. Participants will explore best practices and what educators can do to ensure every child is receiving a well-crafted, appropriately ambitious, and reasonably implemented educational program. In particular, this webinar will explore the unique IEP needs of children with behavioral disorders and challenges.

Read the accompanying blog post: 7 Tips for Achieving Equity in Special Education


 

Dr. Kurt Hulett is a former school Principal and a current writer, special education consultant, and advocate whose goal is to bring educators and stakeholders from all strata together to work for the benefit of all children. He is also a member of the Center for Special Education Advocacy and hosts the Kurt’s Kitchen Table EdTalk video podcast. Dr. Hulett is the author of Legal Aspects of Special Education and is currently working on an education reform book entitled Miles to Equality, due out in 2020.

3/29/2019

In this webinar, Dr. Hulett will discuss current issues and barriers facing special education with relation to true individualization. Participants will explore best practices and what educators can do to ensure every child is receiving a well-crafted, appropriately ambitious, and reasonably implemented educational program. In particular, this webinar will explore the unique IEP needs of children with behavioral disorders and challenges.

Read the accompanying blog post: 7 Tips for Achieving Equity in Special Education


 

Dr. Kurt Hulett is a former school Principal and a current writer, special education consultant, and advocate whose goal is to bring educators and stakeholders from all strata together to work for the benefit of all children. He is also a member of the Center for Special Education Advocacy and hosts the Kurt’s Kitchen Table EdTalk video podcast. Dr. Hulett is the author of Legal Aspects of Special Education and is currently working on an education reform book entitled Miles to Equality, due out in 2020.

2/21/2019

This webinar is a part of Rethink Ed's Social and Emotional Learning Expert Webinar Series. 

Participants in this webinar session will learn how to organize their schools and districts around social, emotional, and academic development. By engaging in an interactive guided implementation model, participants will gain insight into the importance of explicitly teaching, assessing, integrating and sustaining SEL concepts in their schools and districts.


Read the blog post: 5 Ways to Ensure Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Success

Presented By: David Adams, M.Ed?David is the Director of Social-Emotional Learning at The Urban Assembly. He previously served as the Social-Emotional Learning Coordinator for District 75 where he shaped the District's approach to social-emotional learning for students with severe cognitive and behavioral challenges. He has worked internationally in schools in England, standing up and evaluating programs of positive behavioral supports and Social-Emotional Learning as a research intern at Yale University’s Health, Emotion and Behavior Lab, and published multiple academic papers around the relationship of social-emotional competence, and student academic and behavioral outcomes. 

2/01/2019

Dr. Joseph Erardi, recently retired superintendent of schools from Newtown, CT spent the final four years of his career before retirement examining multiple platforms for K-12 SEL learning. This focus area was a critical step in the recovery process for the district as the school community rebuilt from the Sandy Hook School tragedy. In this webinar, Dr. Erardi will share with the listening audience measurements that he used in the SEL selection process and how school leaders can play forward the effectiveness of their selected program to all stakeholders.

This webinar is a part of Rethink Ed's Social and Emotional Learning Expert Webinar Series.

Presented By: Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., PhD
Dr. Joseph Erardi, presently an executive board member of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), recently retired after 40 years of service to CT children. Dr. Erardi served as a school superintendent for 20 years and spent the last four years of his career leading the rebuild and recovery of the Newtown, CT school district. Dr. Erardi continues to make a difference in the lives of children by speaking across the country on school safety and consulting on best practice with security, social emotional learning, and positive climate and culture. Dr. Erardi has been named as the CT Supt of the Year (2017), the CT PTA Supt of the Year (2016), and the outstanding CT Administrator of the year by both the University of Hartford and Central CT State University. Dr. Erardi remains active in education as an adjunct professor in the CT State University System and by working with numerous Boards of Education as they look to hire their new superintendent.

If you are unable to attend the webinar, please register and we will send you the webinar recording and slides.

12/13/2018

Rethink SEL Demo

11/13/2018

Clearly, the above expression does not sound right, because, as human beings, we tend to "do what we feel like." Unfortunately, when we act based on emotions, we tend to make a situation worse.  We get angry and yell.  We get anxious and avoid dealing with something important.  We get hungry and eat junk food.  We get stressed and become less efficient, which leads to more stress.  Even positive emotions can lead us astray, such as when we get excited about something and then use poor judgment.

This webinar will teach how to be aware of and control emotions that lead us to poor decision making, how to set deliberate goals for oneself, and how to follow through with actions that are consistent with what one really wants.  The trick is to "think" while feeling, and this is harder than one might think.

This webinar is a part of Rethink Ed's Social and Emotional Learning Expert Webinar Series

Presented By: Steven Tobias, Psy.D.

?Steven Tobias, Psy.D., is the director of the Center for Child and Family Development in Morristown, New Jersey. He has over thirty years of experience working with children, parents, families, and schools. Dr. Tobias feels a strong commitment to children’s social and emotional development and provides consultation to schools as a way of reaching many children, including those who are underserved in terms of their social and emotional needs. He has coauthored several books with Dr. Maurice Elias, including Emotionally Intelligent Parenting and Raising Emotionally Intelligent Teenagers. He has given lectures throughout the United States on topics related to parenting and children’s emotional development. Dr. Tobias lives in New Jersey. Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D Professor of Psychology at Rutgers., and Steven E. Tobias, Psy.D Director for Center of Child and Family development are the authors of several books including: Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students and Emotionally Intelligent Parenting.

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