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Oct 18

Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: Advocating for Universal Design for Learning in Classrooms

11:00 am EDT

Research has shown that all students and especially those receiving special education who follow a carefully crafted transition plan are more likely to achieve post-secondary success. Helping professionals can craft these plans, but many may not be aware of the various resources available to ensure students’ successful transition. One of the main resources available to parents/guardians and students are their classroom teachers. Teachers who incorporate transition-related content into instruction using universal design for learning (UDL) principles are in the best position to set up students for post-secondary success. It is thus necessary that parents/guardians and students are trained to inform teachers about UDL and advocate for their use in classroom instruction on an ongoing basis. 

The objectives of this interactive webinar are therefore to introduce attendees to:

  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles for instruction.
  • Employability skills that can be taught using UDL principles.
  • Ways in which parent/guardians and students can self-advocate for UDL to be incorporated in classrooms.

Presenter

Lakshmi Mahadevan has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Career Development Education from Texas A&M University. Her areas of expertise include career assessment, post-secondary options for individuals with special needs, special education and multicultural career counseling. As Associate Professor and Extension Specialist - Special Populations, Dr. Mahadevan has over ten years of experience in conducting face-to-face and online professional development with educators in Texas addressing various special populations-related issues (particularly students with disabilities and English Language Learners). Her other activities include program evaluation, conducting workshops and presentations, preparing newsletters, creating webcasts and special interest web materials, maintaining and supervising the design of online modules, maintaining websites, liaison with stakeholders and experts, preparing evaluation reports, and providing technical assistance.



Continuing Education (CE) Credit or Certificate of Completion


How to Join

You may connect via the APAN Connect system or YouTube Live. For tech support for either system, email us at milfamln@gmail.com.

  • APAN Connect (direct interaction with presenters and audience)
    • To get the URL for the webinar, register in the grey box at the top-right of this page
    • Go mobile by viewing on the Adobe Connect app (Android & iPhone compatible)
    • If you cannot access APAN Connect, view via YouTube Live
  • YouTube Live (broadcast only, limited interaction)

Visit our How to Join page for full information on viewing options and troubleshooting tips.


*The cover image is licensed from iStockphoto.com by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN), under Member ID: 8085767.

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Oct 19

Delaware's First State Innovate Panel Discussion

9:45 am EDT

Join eXtension innovation pioneers Jamie Seger (The Ohio State University) and Paul Hill (Utah State University) as they moderate a panel discussion on innovation at Delaware Cooperative Extension's "First State Innovate." Panelists Bradd Anderson (University of Missouri), Bob Bertsch (North Dakota State), Shane Bradt (University of New Hampshire) Christy Mannering (University of Delaware), Daphne Richards (Texas A & M ) and Michelle Rogers (University of Delaware) and they explore the successes and challenges of working differently and innovation in the workplace. We welcome your participation, feedback and especially your questions.  Times are approximate.

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Oct 19

When Play is More than Just "Playing": Delivering Intentional Instruction through Daily Interactions

11:00 am EDT

We often say, “Play is the work of the child.” But do we really believe in the power of play and its impact on a child’s development and learning trajectories? In this age of accountability, it’s easy to lose sight of what matters most and begin to value formal instructional approaches and the teaching of isolated skills. This webinar will provide research on the efficacy of creating embedded learning opportunities and the importance of being a good play partner. Recommended practices for supporting the whole child, as well as strategies on how to be a good play partner, even for those “hard to reach” children, will be provided.

Objectives:

  • To better understand how to intentionally teach and guide children’s development and learning in a “playful” way.

  • To strengthen the use of everyday routines and interactions to created embedded learning opportunities designed to teach academic and social skills

  • To learn strategies for being a strong play partner, even for children who struggle with social interactions and playing in more complex ways

How to obtain CEUs:

  • This FD Early Intervention webinar offers CE credits through the Early Intervention Training Program at the University of Illinois for providers in Illinois.
  • The following states have agreed to recognize the CE credits we offer: Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and for service coordinators in Washington.

Speaker

Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak is a {r}evolutionary speaker, researcher, and play advocate. Through podcasts, blogs, free resources, and trainings, Kristie inspires and supports early educators in {r}evolutionizing their teaching. Kristie spent 16 years, as faculty, at Kent State University and now trains and coaches early educators worldwide. Kristie is a Past President of the Division for Early Childhood and works with intentness and determination to sort through the clutter and chaos to join seemingly disparate ideas. She also aims to celebrate differences and shared attributes to achieve solutions. You can access her latest solutions at http://kristiepf.com.

How to Join

You may connect via the APAN Connect system or YouTube Live. For tech support for either system, email us at MilFamLN@gmail.com.

  • APAN Connect (direct interaction with presenters and audience)

    • To get the URL for the webinar, register in the grey box at the top-right of this page

    • Go mobile by viewing on the Adobe Connect app (Android & iPhone compatible)

    • If you cannot access APAN Connect, view via YouTube Live

  • YouTube Live (broadcast only, limited interaction)

Visit our How to Join page for full information on viewing options and troubleshooting tips.


The cover image July 18 (5) by Jessica Lucia is licensed Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.



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