TaC Offerings and Opportunities
Listed by category are all the latest Upcoming Offerings and Opportunities from TaC. Please check back often for updates.
Managing Bus Behavior for Children with Autism and Behavior Issues
A workshop for anyone involved in transporting students This training session is designed to help bus/van drivers and anyone in transportation better understand student behaviors, as well as to provide skills, and strategies associated for handling behavior.
Paraprofessional Training Series
Paraprofessional Training Series
For the 2018 – 2019 school year, Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV will be offering a 4 day Paraprofessional Training Series. The content covered in these sessions will help special education paraprofessionals gain knowledge related to the standards outlined in the Pennsylvania Credential of Competency Checklist, and obtain in-service training hours required by Pennsylvania regulations.
August 16, 2018 Morning Session: Foundations of Special Education
August 16, 2018 Afternoon Session: Overview of Disabilities
August 17, 2018 Morning Session: Social Challenges of Today’s Classrooms
August 17, 2018 Afternoon Session: Adaptations to Increase Student Success
August 23, 2018 Morning Session: Managing Environments and Behavioral Issues
August 23, 2018 Afternoon Session: Effective Communication
August 24, 2018 Morning Session: Professional and Ethical Practices
August 24, 2018 Afternoon Session: Collaboration and Team Building
Principals Understanding How To Lead Special Education (PULSE)
Principals Understanding How to Lead Special Education (PULSE)
As a building administrator are you looking to enhance your knowledge of:
• The educational and legal requirements for students with disabilities?
• Effective instructional practices in a standards-aligned system?
•Creating and maintaining a safe and supportive environment for all students?
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE ) and Bureau of Special Education (BSE) are pleased to announce professional development targeted specifically for principals and assistant principals in improving practices related to students with disabilities. The training series is called “Principals Understanding How to Lead Special Education” (PULSE).
This multiple-day experience is designed to prepare school leaders to exercise strategic and systematic leadership in inspiring, mentoring, and mobilizing faculty and staff to address the learning needs of students with disabilities. Participants will work to design and develop continuous professional learning systems for faculty with a focus on supporting all students, including inclusive practices for students with disabilities.
During this training experience, school leaders will understand their need to have a clear vision for their schools that ensures teachers and students meet individual and school goals for improvement. Schools need principals who, as instructional leaders, strive for quality instruction in their schools and communicate that to all of their constituents.
This program will focus on three main topics-all with improved instructional and leadership practices at the core:
•Creating a culture of change
•Being an instructional leader
•Ensuring safe and supportive schools
Aside from on site-work, participants are required to complete a culminating project that will be presented on the October meeting date.
School Psychologist Professional Learning Community (PLC)
2018-2019 School Psychologist PLC
MIU IV is proud to announce the establishment of a School Psychology Professional Learning Community (PLC) for Butler, Lawrence, and Mercer Counties.
The School Psychology PLC is designed with opportunities for professional development, collegiality, and collaboration.
School Psychology PLC’s have been proven to increase job satisfaction among School Psychologists and, most importantly, have had a positive and substantial impact on student learning.
Schoolwide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (SWPBIS) Training Series
Presented by MIU IV's TaC Team this series will Bring Schools Together for Training on SWPBIS in all Tiers.
THE SWPBIS Series will be offered in the Fall and in the Spring. Please see the flyer for full details.
Special Education Teachers Professional Learning Community Series
Training and Consultation (TaC) services function as a specialized resource for school districts by providing technical assistance, on-site consultation, guided practice, professional development, and professional learning communities in the following Pennsylvania state-mandated, special education initiative areas:
• Assistive Technology
• Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) formerly known as Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII)
• Least Restrictive Environment/Inclusive Practices
• Positive Behavior Support
• Secondary Transition/Interagency Coordination
• To learn more about the initiatives and/or request support, please click on each initiative link or contact Richael Fertig at 724-287-4156 ext. 1008
Beyond the required initiatives, TaC staff provides consultation and professional development in other areas related to special education such as Individualized Education Plans, disability awareness, procedural safeguards, special education forms, parent engagement, and para-educator training.