Our goal in teaming up with ATS is to give teachers the tools they need to get past disruptive behaviors and move on to the business of teaching
(PRWEB) March 09, 2012
School Improvement Network and Autism Training Solutions (ATS) announce a partnership that will deliver much needed, quality professional development to teachers struggling to manage disruptive classroom behavior.
“Before you can effectively teach a student, you have to have firm control of the classroom,” says Curtis Linton, vice president of School Improvement Network. “This can be a difficult thing to achieve, especially for teachers of students with autism. Our goal in teaming up with ATS is to give teachers the tools they need to get past disruptive behaviors and move on to the business of teaching.”
And the partnership couldn’t come at a better time. As the student population diversifies, many schools are adopting a more differentiated instruction model, or “whole-school approach” to teaching. This means that students with disabilities like autism are being grouped with other children in the regular classroom environment. The whole-school approach, while it is closing the achievement gap between traditional students and students with disabilities, is also creating new challenges for teachers, who can find it difficult to reach a population of students they don’t entirely understand.
“It’s all a matter of training,” explains Linton. “Too many teachers in whole-school classrooms haven’t received instruction on how to reach their special needs students, and too few of our special education teachers have received training specific to autism. That’s where our new partnership with ATS comes in. Essentially, what we’re doing is taking all of the amazing things that ATS has learned about special needs education throughout their years of experience and incorporating it into the PD 360 platform, where it can be at teachers’ fingertips, whenever they need it, 24/7. For struggling students and teachers, this is nothing short of a game changer.”
Course participants will have access to six extensive teaching videos prepared by leading experts on autism and special needs, as well as temporary access to the entire PD 360 professional development video library. They will be shown how to manage typical behaviors like obsessive focus, ritualistic performance, and tantrums. They will learn how to assess their students’ needs, plan and implement child-specific instruction, and ultimately better understand and reach students with autism. With these premium courses, teachers can begin the path to certify to work with students on the autism spectrum or just read up on the latest techniques.
To register for ATS courses, call School Improvement Network at 1-866-835-4185, or email a request to contact(at)schoolimprovement(dot)com. Anyone can join PD 360 for free and receive a free 30-day trial just by logging on to http://www.schoolimprovement.com and clicking on the free trial button.
Autism Training Solutions was founded by Amy Wiech and Emaley McCulloch, and guided by the philosophy that interactive training is the best way to prepare people to work with children and teens with autism. With the help of an incredibly talented and dedicated team of behavior analysts, researchers, software developers, cinematographers, editors, professors, teachers and families, ATS have been able to bring interactive, online staff training to organizations across the country. For more information about ATS, please visit http://www.autismtrainingsolutions.com.
About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, the School Improvement Network provides comprehensive, research-based professional development anytime, anywhere. As the home of the Video Journal of Education, PD 360, Observation 360, the Learning 360 Framework, Equity 360, and Common Core 360, School Improvement Network resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com.
About PD 360 • Practical, Scalable, Measurable
PD 360 is the multi-award winning, leading online, on-demand professional learning resource for schools and districts. With 1,800 videos on 117 topics from 120 experts, PD 360 has the largest online community of educators, with over 822,000 subscribers. The innovative PD 360 videos are unique and class-leading because of the quality of production, and each is research-based with classroom examples of best practices. The videos are also relatively short in nature (approximately 6-12 minutes in length) allowing educators access to “snack-able” content that is easy and accessible to view and implement.
Teachers, administrators, professional learning communities, coaches, mentors, instructional leaders, and paraprofessionals have available at their fingertips hundreds of indexed and searchable video segments that present real, best-practice classroom examples and feature respected education experts, such as Michael Fullan, Rick DuFour, Doug Reeves, Rick Stiggins, and many others. Educators can instantly find the help they need on nearly every topic, including differentiation, assessment, English language learners, leadership, and more. PD 360 can also be used to create a structured learning experience for an individual teacher, a PLC, or even an entire school. PD 360 bridges the gap between training and classroom implementation with job-embedded follow-up, tracking, and reflection tools. PD 360 gives educators access to an online community of teaching professionals that allows interaction and collaboration either within a district or across the United States and the world. PD 360 includes over 1,800 research-based video learning segments and is the most comprehensive web-based library of professional development resources available. See a demonstration at http://www.pd360.com.
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