March 10, 2017 PD Day
Welcome to our March 10, 2017 PD Day Homepage. Consider this your one-stop shopping for any links to information about the Inspire '17 PD Day. Please click on the links below to find out more about the day, to submit session proposals and to register. In continuation of our district's focus on social-emotional learning, we will have offerings that further support your work in meeting the social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of our diverse learners.
We are now seeking proposals for the March 10 PD Day. Click on the blue button (linked) above to submit your session proposal.
We are seeking a variety of proposals including, but not limited to:
As soon as we start receiving proposals, we will start building the schedule in Sched.org.
Please submit your proposal by Friday, February 10th. If you have a preliminary idea for a proposed session, please submit it by then so it can be reviewed right away by the PD Committee.
The final deadline for submittal for session proposals is Friday, February 17th.
In considering potential topics for sessions, please check out the topics of interest identified by staff in from the January survey by clicking on the above link.
8:00-8:15 Registration, Sign-In, Coffee
8:15-10:15 Keynote or Session 1
10:30-11:35 Session 2
11:40-1:15 Session 3 and Lunch
We will be providing lunch to all participants in the Nipmuc Cafeteria. We will be offering two separate time slots for lunch during the Session 3.
First Lunch 11:40-12:10
Second Lunch 12:45-1:15
Sessions will be designated as Session 3 and First Lunch or Session 3 and Second Lunch
Please e-mail Laurie Arcudi by March 1 at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a gluten free lunch option or have any other dietary needs and we will try to accommodate you when possible.
The professional development day will be located at Nipmuc Regional High School, 90 Pleasant St. Upton, MA.
We will be using Sched.org for our registration and sign-up process. The schedule will be built as soon as we receive proposals. You can click on the link above to access the schedule and create an account if you still need to or go directly to:
Registration for sessions will take place after February break.
With up to one in four children struggling with anxiety in this country, overwhelmed adults are in need of a new approach as well as an effective and easy-to-implement toolkit of strategies that work. Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and examples of common challenging situations, participants will learn easy-to-implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring.
Jessica Minahan is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), author, special educator, and consultant to schools internationally. Since 2000 she has worked with students who struggle with mental health issues and challenging behavior in public school systems. She specializes in training staff and creating behavior intervention plans for students who demonstrate explosive and unsafe behavior. She also works with students who have emotional and behavioral disabilities, anxiety disorders, or high-functioning Autism. Her particular interest is to serve these students by combining behavioral interventions with a comprehensive knowledge of best practices for those with complex mental health profiles and learning needs.
She a blogger on The Huffington Post, the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, with Nancy Rappaport (Harvard Education Press, 2012), and author of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (Harvard Education Press, 2014).
She holds a BS in Intensive Special Education from Boston University and a dual master’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Wheelock College. She has a certificate of graduate study (CGS) in teaching children with Autism from the University of Albany and received her BCBA training from Northeastern University in Boston. She is sought-after internationally to speak on subjects ranging from effective interventions for students with anxiety to supporting hard-to-reach students in full-inclusion public school settings.
The evaluation survey will be posted here by March 10th, 2017