Professional Development

BTU's Professsional Development Department offers ESE courses teachers need throughout the year: "Accessible Literacy Framework" and "ESE Classroom Strategies". In addition, the Professional Development Department plays a role in Steward Trainings and ESP Steward Trainings.

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For additional information or assistance with registering, contact Professional Development coordinator Shafeza Moonab at BTU (954.486.6250, ext 229) or via e-mail (smoonab@btuonline.com)

Course Descriptions

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 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.
 
Professional Development Offerings
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 Accessible Literacy Framework
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 Accessible Literacy Framework
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 Accessible Literacy Framework
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 Accessible Literacy Framework
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 ESE Classroom Strategies
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 ESE Classroom Strategies
Sat, Jan 21, 2017 ESE Classroom Strategies
Sat, Jan 28, 2017 ESE Classroom Strategies
Sat, Feb 4, 2017 Accessible Literacy Framework
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 Accessible Literacy Framework
Sat, Mar 4, 2017 Accessible Literacy Framework
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 Accessible Literacy Framework
Sat, Apr 29, 2017 ESE Classroom Strategies
Sat, May 6, 2017 ESE Classroom Strategies

Steward Trainings
Mon, Aug 8, 2016
Tue, Aug 9, 2016
Steward Training
(Nova University)
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 ESP Steward Training
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 EP Steward Training
(Release Day)
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 ESP Training
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 EP Steward Training
(Release Day)
Tue, Jan 24, 2017 ESP Training
Fri, Jan 27, 2017 EP Steward Training
(Release Day)
Tue, Feb 28, 2017 ESP Training
Fri, Mar 17, 2017 EP Steward Training
(Release Day)
Tue, Mar 28, 2017 ESP Training
Tue, Apr 25, 2017 ESP Training