Professional Development

BTU's Professsional Development Department offers ESE courses teachers need throughout the year: "Accessible Literacy Framework" and "ESE Classroom Strategies" as well as General Knowledge Prep Courses for Math and ELA/Reading/Writing.

To Register for a class:
• Go to Clever via your single sign-on.
• Sign into Learning Across Broward (LAB).
• Click the Course tab at the top of the page.
• Search for the name of the desired course.
• Click Register. (Blue oval at side)

FREE to BTU Members
• $300 for non-Members (Download membership card to join)

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BTU Trainer Application
For additional information or assistance with registering, contact Professional Development coordinator Shafeza Moonab at BTU (954.486.6250, ext 1686) or via e-mail (

Spring Training Schedule
BTU ESE Strategies (20 pts)
(Satisfies DOE’s ESE re-certification requirement)

Offered four times:

• BTU: 830 am-4:30 pm 1/7 and 1/26
• Coral Glades High: 230 pm-530 pm
      2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, and 3/19
• BTU: 830 am-430 pm 3/9 and 3/23
• BTU: 830 am-430 pm 5/4 and 5/11

  CPR First Aid/AED
(Certification in CPR/First Aid/AED - 0 points)

Offered three times:
• BTU: 830 am-430 pm 1/19
• BTU: 830 am-430 pm 3/22
• BTU: 830 am-430 pm 6/1

Accessible Literacy Framework (ESE) (20 pts)
(Satisfies DOE’s ESE re-certification requirement)

Offered three times:

• BTU: 830 am-430 pm 2/9 and 2/23
• BTU: 830 am-430 pm 4/6 and 4/13
• BTU: 830 am-430 pm 5/11 and 5/18


BTU Behavior Management Skills for ESPs (12 pts)

• BTU: 830 am-430 pm
      2/9 and 2/23


(Review Course - 0 pts)

• Banyan Elementary: 430 pm-730 pm
      2/7, 2/21, and 2/28 (attend all 3)

(Review Course - 0 pts)

• Banyan Elementary: 430 pm-730 pm
      2/7, 2/21, and 2/28 (attend all 3)
BTU Elementary Education K-6 Math Review
(Review Course - 0 pts)

• BTU: 500 pm-800 pm • 02/21
  Elementary Education K-6
ELA/Social Studies/Science

(Review Course - 0 pts)

• BTU: 430 pm-730 pm
      2/13, 2/20, and 2/27 (attend all 3)


The Accessible Literacy Framework (ALF) (20 in-Service points) is an instructional framework designed to facilitate the literacy needs of individual students with complex communication needs. It is a research-based, systematic, student- driven approach to reading. ALF assesses goals developed for an individualized Education Plan (IEP), focus on teaching support for those goals, monitor student’s progress and adjusts lessons based on student performance. The ALF framework provides practitioners (any special education teacher, general education teacher, and instructional support staff including Para- educators or instructional assistants or related service providers) with an instructional approach for a population who traditionally has not had access to literacy instruction.

The intention of ESE Classroom Strategies (20 in-Service points) is to continue the work that has already been completed in the Advanced Level in a deeper fashion. Participants will be able to build consensus at the work site on the school improvement initiatives that will be promoted to present to the Faculty Council and/or School Improvement Team. The emphasis will be based on student achievement measurements that can be used to judge effectiveness in addition to standard test.

In Reading K-12 (38 In-Service Points), participants will examine, discuss, and evaluate the appropriate application of a range of instructional strategies from explicit to implicit teaching of comprehension skills. Strategies will be presented for increasing student comprehension of both narrative and expository texts. In addition, participants will learn how to help students’ self-monitor comprehension and apply appropriate “fix-up” strategies when comprehension is not achieved. Finally, participants will practice in using instructional strategies and provide examples of student work, which will be embedded in the course.

In Thinking Math K-2 (38 In-Service Points) participants will be able to integrate the 8 Mathematical Practices and 10 Thinking Math Principals in order to deliver more effective instruction. Participants will gain a better understanding of grade level expectations, progressions for each standard, and appropriate tools and techniques that have been highlighted by researchers as “best practice”. Participants will be able to develop SMART lesson plans and provide feedback on how the lesson led to greater student achievement.
In Thinking Math 3-5 (38 In-Service Points) participants will learn about the Ten Principles of Mathematics, which are drawn from research on how children learn mathematics. They will discuss the implications for practice and learn the underlying patterns and relationships observed throughout mathematics. Similarly, the course examines the progressions of multiplication and division throughout grades 3-5 and the use of situational stories to deepen understanding. Participants develop a repertoire of techniques for helping students develop conceptual understanding. During the course, participants learn to recognize and construct problems representing the full range of problem situations, work with a variety of representations, and understand how to connect early concrete experiences to symbolic mathematics.
In Thinking Math 6-8 (38 In-Service Points) participants will be able to use “Thinking Math 6-8” as an approach to teaching, applicable at all levels, which is believed to help achieve the goals for secondary students referred to by SCANS. Thinking Math 6-8 also addresses the standards that are found in Common Core and thus this workshop will ensure that its participants are all Common Core State aligned. The Participants will be able to encumber the knowledge gained through the concepts taught in Thinking Math 6-8 to improve their student’s ability to be ready for any future Algebra classes.
In Managing Anti-Social Behavior (38 In- Service Points) participants will learn research-based strategies to reduce and/or prevent the occurrence of disruptive or dangerous behavior. Participants will learn how the antisocial actions of a small, but powerful, number of students in school not only put their own academic success at risk but also threaten the learning environment for everyone. Participants finally will learn research on emotional and behavioral problems of students who consistently act out.
In Foundations of Effective Teaching participants will begin the process to learn and practice the fundamental aspects of teaching and learning that are relevant for teachers and classroom paraprofessionals in all grade levels and subject areas. Participants will examine proven practices for effective classroom management and group management, maximal use of learning time, questioning and feedback skills, homework, interactive guided instruction strategies and scaffolding techniques.