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 courses tailored to ESPs and those focusing on eLearning.

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)

Fees:
FREE to BTU Members
• 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 (smoonab@btuonline.com)

BTU ESE Strategies (20 pts)
(Satisfies DOE’s ESE re-certification requirement)
Register through LAB

Offered 3 times: 
9:00 am-4:30 pm  10/02/21 and 10/09/21
9:00 am-4:30 pm  11/06/21 and 11/13/21 
9:00 am-4:30 pm  12/04/21 and 12/11/21  


BTU Accessible Literacy Framework-ESE (20 pts)
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Offered 3 times:
9:00 am-4:30 pm  09/11/21 and 09/18/21
9:00 am-4:30 pm  10/23/21 and 10/30/21   
9:00 am-4:30 pm  05/01/21 and 05/08/21   

BTU Reading Comprehension (38 pts)
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Offered 1 time: 
4:30 pm- 730 pm  9/30; 10/7; 10/14; 10/21; 10/28;
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1/4; 11/18; 12/2; 12/9; and 12/16

NEA Blended Learning: Classroom Management (15 pts)
Register here:
https://tinyurl.com/BTUNEAblended

Offered 1time:
6:00 pm: 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21,10/28,
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1/4 and 11/18

BTU Managing Anti-Social Behavior (38 pts)
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Offered TBA:
Foundations of Effective Teaching (38 pts)
(Aligned with the Marzano Evaluation System)
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Offered TBA:

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

General Knowledge - Math
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Offered TBA:


General Knowledge - Language Arts, Reading, Writing
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ESP CLASSES

Interview Skills For Your Next Job(Informational. 0 pts)
Register here:
leadernet.aft.org/webform/interviewing-skills-your-next-job-91121

Offered 1 time: 
9:30 am-1:30 pm  09/11/21


Behavior Management Skills for ESPs
Register here:
leadernet.aft.org/webform/behavior-management-skills-esps-12-pts-91121

Offered 1 time: 
9:30 am-1:30 pm  09/11/21
First Aid (Informational.  0 pts)
Register here:
leadernet.aft.org/webform/first-aidaed-102021


Offered 1 time: 
9:30 am-1:30 pm  10/20/21

Work Shouldn’t Hurt (Informational.  0 pts)
Register here:
leadernet.aft.org/webform/work-shouldnt-hurt-102021

Offered 1 time: 
10:00 am-2:00 pm  10/20/21


Diversity & Dignity in the Workplace (Informational.  0 pts)
Register here:

leadernet.aft.org/webform/diversity-and-dignity-workplace-12921

Offered 1 time: 
3:30 pm-7:30 pm  12/09/21


 
09/30/21

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.


Broward eLearning Tips and Tricks (BETT)
In Part 1, participants will discover, engage with, and practice using apps and tools within Teams and Canvas in order to better engage with students. Additionally, participants will gain a better understanding of Canvas modules and the functionality built into Canvas to inform instruction. This course aims to deepen the participants' understanding of how to leverage digital tools in lesson planning.

In Part 2, participants will engage with and practice using external apps and/or tools in concert with Teams and Canvas to engage students in content-based lessons. This course aims to deepen the understanding of how to leverage external digital tools in lesson planning.

Target Audience: Classroom Teachers    Max Audience: 40   Time: Two 2-hour sessions.


The Behavior Management Skills for ESPs (12 pts) will provide tools and practices that involve multiple levels of interventions, including schoolwide, class-wide, small-group, and individual behavioral supports. In this course, you will learn different strategies and techniques on how to change, correct, and maintain desire behavior.

Target Audience: ESPs 


In Diversity and Dignity in the Workplace we will explore America's immigrant diversity and our diverse heritages. Analyze how children learn prejudice. Distinguish between a wide variety of components that attribute to tolerance and intolerance, race and racism, and examine respect and dignity.

Target Audience: ESPs 


Interview Skills for Your Next Job will provide help to the participates on how to use your ability to interact with the interviewer and to articulate your thoughts, the important of you getting a position (job) based on the qualifications listed on your resume. 

Target Audience: ESPs 

Work Shouldn’t Hurt is a course that will focus on ergonomic related injuries and potential injuries from being assaulted by students or parents or other family members. This course will provide information on how to report a case, what to do if admin doesn’t allow you to report and the role of your union. One thing that we want to make clear is that work shouldn’t hurt.  Pain should not be “Just part of the job.” 

Target Audience: ESPs 


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 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.
In Remote Learning 101, participants will participate in a blended learning experience that is facilitated by an NEA Blended Learning Coach.  Participants will learn about best practices for remote learning, as well as how to implement a successful remote learning program by utilizing  strategies that encourage community building, effective communication, and peer-to-peer collaboration.

Remote learning, also referred to as distance learning, gives learners who aren’t in a physical location for in-person education, access to online learning and materials.  There are a variety of tools and strategies to make remote learning a positive and enriching experience for your students. 

In Remote Learning: Equity and Challenges, participants will learn about the equity challenges caused by the necessity for remote learning, as well as the opportunities they have as educators to minimize their impact, including:

  • Understanding the components of the digital divide, along with the supports and strategies necessary to assist students who experience it.
  • Implementing a variety of teaching and learning resources with your students.
  • Considering other issues students may be facing outside of academics, and their impact on students.


NEA Blended Learning Course: Classroom Management is designed for educators who want to improve their response to challenging student behaviors. Having a student with challenging behavior can be disruptive and interfere with other students' learning. It can also be one of the most stressful situations that educators face. The good news is there are proven strategies that can ease the situation and help educators form positive relationships with all students in the process. 

Objectives of Course:

  • Learn strategies to build positive relationships with students.
  • Identify and reflect on specific student behavior and its level of challenge.
  • Identify one or more strategies to address the challenging behavior in a positive way, matching the strategies to the behavior and the specific student.
  • Learn strategies to support students in setting behavioral goals and monitoring their own progress.
  • Identify follow-up strategies to prevent future behavioral event, such as behavior management plans, parent communication, and confidential documentation.