Programs for Educators2018-02-21T21:55:49+00:00

Programs for Educators

We are pleased to offer a variety of keynotes, seminars, and consulting specifically targeted to the needs of your teaching staff. We customize every presentation & consult based on our conversations with the client.

We offer a variety of solutions to fit your budget and meet your needs. Please contact us today and let us put the right program together for you!

Teaching Strategies for Differentiated Learning

Differentiated Instruction: Why Bother?
This keynote is designed to address the objections, concerns, and mind-sets that often challenge successful differentiated instruction or inclusive practices. Focus will be on how inclusive classrooms increase student motivation, grit, and success. The keynote motto is “Good for all, critical for the students with special needs.”

How Can School & Home Develop Motivation and Success for Youth?
Give your students the priceless gifts of empowerment, accountability, and motivation to tackle any learning challenge. Learn practical strategies and implement them in your curriculum tomorrow.

Differentiated Instruction Strategy Blast!

Intended audiences: Principals, Paraprofessionals, General Education Teachers, Co-teaching Teams, Special Education Teachers, English Language Teachers, Special Education Needs (SEN)

Format: Workshop – 45 to 360 minutes (Shorter programs will focus on YOUR specific needs)

This workshop has also been titled “Special Needs in the General Classroom: How Do We Make It Work?” and “Successful Inclusion Strategies and Techniques for Differentiating Curricula to Meet I.E.P. Requirements,” among other things. This program explores the ways that the brain learns and discusses a variety of brain-based, research supported, “implement tomorrow” strategies that will help teachers reach ALL the learners in their classrooms including gifted, English language learners and students with special needs. The strategies and techniques in this program can be used to support your school or district’s differentiation initiatives, common-core implementation, or Response to Intervention requirements. If you want your teachers to realize increased achievement for their students, this program is the first step!

Susan presents a smorgasbord of strategies that are simple, common sense, and effective. Discover how to keep learners engaged, to help students with organization and memorization, increase critical thinking skills, and make learning fun and meaningful. All strategies are based on solid educational theory and current research. Leave with successful strategies that differentiate instruction, and motivate ALL students, especially students with special needs in the general classroom. Gain proven, easy to implement research-based techniques that make teaching more efficient by reducing the need to re-teach, motivating the hard to reach learner and promoting responsiveness to instruction.

Intended audiences: Principals, Paraprofessionals, General Education Teachers, Co-teaching Teams, Special Education Teachers, English Language Teachers, Special Education Needs Special Education Needs (SEN)

Format: Workshop – 360 Minutes

Participants will leave this workshop with realistic strategies to foster memory in the classroom for all learners and to bypass memory difficulties for students with special needs and learning difficulties. We will discuss concrete instructional strategies that assist students with special needs, at-risk learners as well as average test performers in the general classroom while improving short and long term memory. From reading recall and retention to the effects of anxiety on working memory, this session provides teachers with tools that address memory-related issues, allowing them more time to provide rich instruction that reaches all learners, especially students with special education needs.

Strategies are immediately useful and practical. Learn hands-on methods that realistically target student memory deficits and learning challenges. Multiple approaches allow teachers to address a wide range of abilities while maximizing instruction time.

Response to Intervention (RTI) Strategies

Intended audiences: Principals, Teachers, ParaProfessionals, and Special Education Needs (SEN)
Format: Workshop – 360 Minutes

This seminar can be adapted for all grade levels

Response to Intervention (RTI) is an exciting differentiation model that schools and districts may opt to use as a new way of meeting students’ needs earlier and more quickly. This seminar is designed to show you how RTI can be implemented effectively and efficiently at all grade levels.

This seminar will help alleviate the fear and confusion surrounding RTI, especially at the secondary level, by providing practical, classroom-tested techniques for Tiers I, II and III as well as user-friendly materials that can be implemented immediately in your classroom. You will receive many simple, straight forward, and effective strategies, best practices, and classroom-proven tips to enhance the success of all your students including students with special education needs.

How Can School & Home Develop Motivation and Success for Youth?

Preferred Program Length: 1 1/2 hrs to 2 hours
Target Audience: General classroom teachers, special educators, and parents, or anyone who wants to learn how to motivate youth
Grade-Level Appropriateness: All grade levels

Give your students the priceless gifts of empowerment, accountability, and motivation to tackle any learning challenge. Learn practical strategies today and implement them in your curriculum tomorrow. Gain answers to your questions:

  • How do you motivate the unmotivated?
  • How to empower students to reach their goals?
  • Strategies to promote motivation?
  • How to make homework fun?

Implementing Co-teaching Models: The HOW of Co-teaching

Co-teaching and Collaboration: Strategies to Exceed Standards in the Differentiated Classroom

Intended audiences: Principals, Paraprofessionals, General Education Teachers, Co-teaching Teams, Special Education Teachers, English Language Teachers, Special Education Needs (SEN)

Format: Workshop – 45 to 360 minutes (Shorter programs will focus on YOUR specific needs)

This strategy-packed seminar will provide general education teachers, special educators and other specialists involved with collaboration in the general classroom with practical, easy-to-integrate, proven techniques for making a co-taught inclusive classroom successful. A multitude of ideas will be presented that will help all of students be more productive and successful in the content areas. Participants will discover realistic options for taking co-teaching up a level through data-driven grouping strategies, station teaching and efficient time management. Strategies are specifically targeted to general education teachers as well as special education needs, gifted learners and English language learners.

The seminar’s focus will be on maximizing the skills of each co-teacher or specialist, managing time and chunking lesson plans® to increase targeted instructional time through tried and true, best practice co-teaching techniques. Teachers often say, “Show me what it looks like!” This session includes multiple video-taped examples of co-teaching in action. See Co-teaching in action through un-rehearsed video footage that includes multiple examples of co-teaching in real classrooms in each of the core content areas. These successful co-teaching pairs that overcame obstacles to make the co-teach their marriages work.

  • Discover a lesson-planning approach that maximizes instructional time, creates options for multilevel instruction, incorporates standards, and utilizes the skills of all adults in the classroom
  • Explore realistic options for general and special education teachers to work together successfully to maximize student learning through data-driven grouping strategies, differentiated instruction and efficient time management
  • Build a powerful success model to help your students with special needs meet and exceed rigorous state standards

Programs for Paraprofessionals

Paraprofessionals And Teachers Working Together in the General Classroom

Intended audiences: Paraprofessionals, General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, and Special Education Needs (SEN)
Format: Workshop – 360 Minutes

This workshop develops an understanding of the potential benefits of collaboration and defines approaches to achieving those benefits. Additionally practical, proven strategies for overcoming common roadblocks to effective collaboration are presented.

Paraprofessionals assigned to support students with disabilities in the general education classroom have one of the most important jobs in schools today. Whether they serve as one-to-one support for specific students or as overall classroom assistants, they have a critical role in making inclusion effective for their students. This strategy-packed seminar will provide paraprofessionals as well as general and special education teachers with practical, easy-to-integrate, proven techniques for making inclusion successful. A wealth of ideas will be presented that will help all of your students be more productive in the content area. The seminar’s focus will be on introducing practical strategies that have been proven successful when working with students with special needs in inclusive or general education classrooms.

  • Gain practical strategies, tools, forms, and tips for defining paraprofessional roles, collecting data, as well as cueing strategies for tests and quizzes, and more!
  • Identify meaningful and effective resources to recognize personality types and determine how to collaborate with opposite & varied personality types
  • Implement proactive ways for paraprofessionals to prevent discipline problems and positive ways to deal with challenging behavior when it occurs
  • Leave with a multitude of proven practical strategies to effectively and efficiently adapt coursework, homework and study assignments to meet IEP, RTI and 504 requirements and increase student academic achievement for all students including students with special education needs.

Two days of intensive training utilizing classroom-proven strategies and techniques.  This program provides a comprehensive, interactive and research-based paraprofessional training, preparing participants to train paraprofessionals in effective practices for working with students with special needs.

In this train-the-trainer session you will learn what a paraprofessional needs to know:

  • Gain practical strategies, tools, forms, and tips for defining paraprofessional roles, collecting data, as well as queuing strategies for tests, quizzes and more.
  • Discover powerful proven methods that help to clarify instructional roles and define how to most effectively work with other educators to best support students.
  • Learn proactive ways for paraprofessionals to prevent discipline problems and positive ways to deal with challenging behavior when it occurs.
  • Acquire practical strategies to effectively and efficiently adapt coursework, homework, and study assignments to meet educational requirements and increase student academic achievement.
  • Learn useful strategies and techniques that paraprofessionals and teachers can readily implement and students can use to build their skills for personalized learning

Over the course of the two day train-the-trainer program you will learn HOW:

  • to open the training in a way that hooks participants and reinforces their feelings of self-worth and value in their positions as paraprofessionals.
  • to introduce the strategies, tools, and tips in a manner that is simple, commonsense, and effective so that your future participants will feel confident and energized after your training session.
  • to use interactive activities that honor participant knowledge, yet introduce new learning so that your participants will gain the insights necessary to work with multiple adults in the classroom.

Train-the-Trainer Format

  • You will be a “paraprofessional attendee” as well as a Trainer during the session. Susan will present the session as if you were an audience of paraprofessionals and will stop and explain the methods and techniques that make the training a powerful presentation that yields satisfied, engaged participants.
  • Work and collaborate in small groups to expand and enhance your understanding of effective strategies for paraprofessionals to use when working with students with special needs.
  • Time is built in so that train-the-trainer participants will identify key presentation skills for presenting high quality and engaging training sessions to paraprofessionals
  • Participants will have the opportunity to create a plan for delivering presentations at their Educational Service Center.

Exclusively for Administrators

Program Description:
“What Should I See When I Walk-through an Inclusive, Differentiated Classroom?” is a question often asked as schools move toward differentiated and inclusive classrooms. Administrators have a key role in ensuring that students’ learning needs are met. In this dynamic, practical session, you will learn what best-practice, researched based strategies and methods might be used to engage all learners so that students improve test scores and reach their potential.
Session Outline:
Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Determine what should be observed during a walk-through or observation of an inclusive and/or differentiated classroom.
  • Understand how teachers might implement successful strategies and techniques for differentiating curricula to meet IEP requirements for students with special needs. Minimal theory and maximum practical, easily implemented strategies and techniques will be covered in this program.
  • Learn best-practice, researched based strategies that maximize ALL student performance. Identify key steps that teachers might implement to help students with special needs, students at-risk, gifted students, and the average learner to be successful.
  • Apply practical strategies that make instruction work. Identify and learn how to implement strategies and approaches in the regular classroom that encourage the success of students with special needs without watering down the curriculum.
  • Understand which activities increase retention and success on tests and Quizzes. These activities are quickly and easily prepared, encourage student cooperation and peer support. They are simple and effective strategies to increase student success.
  • Promote success for ALL students. Through concrete examples, learn to identify teaching methods and techniques that increase learning for ALL students.

Instructional strategies I will employ:
Dynamic lecture (never boring), think/pair/share, movement strategies, and interactive discussion techniques are utilized during the presentation. Administrators walk away with modelled strategies that they can actually use.

Program Description:
“How do I implement a viable co-teaching program in my school?” is a question often asked as schools move inclusive classrooms to increase student success in the special education, at-risk, Limited English Proficiency, etc. subgroups. While our schools are excelling in some areas, we aren’t meeting AYP in others. Co-teaching is an option for inclusive schools that can yield positive results IF implemented with fidelity. The role of administration is critical in ensuring that co-teaching works to benefit teachers and students. What does an administrator need to know about co-teaching? How should co-teaching be scheduled? What supports are needed? In this dynamic, practical session, you will learn what works best, what works next, and what doesn’t work in a co-teaching setting.
Session Outline:
Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Determine the role of administration in successful co-teaching efforts.
  • Understand how teachers might implement co-teaching models when differentiating curricula to meet IEP requirements for students with special needs. Minimal theory and maximum practical and easily implemented strategies and techniques will be covered in this program.
  • Consider scheduling options.
  • Apply practical strategies to balance classroom rosters so they are truly inclusive. Identify which students need a co-taught class and which do not.
  • Understand which scheduling models increase the chances for a successful co-teaching program.

Instructional strategies I will employ:
Dynamic lecture (never boring), think/pair/share, movement strategies, and interactive discussion techniques are utilized during the presentation. Administrators walk away with information that they can use to plan and implement their co-teaching programs.

Program Description:
Susan Fitzell coaching a teacherHow does an administrator lead teachers to implement exemplary teaching and learning practices? What approach motivates and inspires rather than instills fear, resentment and resistance? In this session, you will discover powerful cognitive coaching strategies to enhance your ability to deepen relationships with teachers and inspire growth. Options will be presented for how to meet teachers where they are while providing nurturing support.
Session Outline:
Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Use data combined with meaningful encouragement to inspire resistant teachers to reinvent themselves in response to your coaching.
  • Identify and learn how to document observations and provide constructive feedback that gets results.
  • Gain an understanding of how to navigate conversations with your staff to enhance communication and willingness to accept change.
  • Focus on effort and willingness to take steps towards progress rather than comparison to others.

Instructional strategies I will employ:
Dynamic lecture (never boring), think/pair/share, movement strategies, and interactive discussion techniques are utilized during the presentation. Administrators walk away with a tool box of effective coaching strategies to nurture and support their teachers.

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Susan Fitzell, M.Ed., CSP

Trainer, Speaker, Author, Coach

603-625-6087

Aim Hi Educational Programs, LLC.

PO Box 6182
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