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board of directors Leann Swanson District 1 Bellingham, Meridian Dr. Jack Thompson District 2 Blaine, Ferndale, Lopez Island, Lynden, Mount Baker, Nooksack Valley, Orcas Island, San Juan Island, Shaw Island Steve Colby District 3 Anacortes, Burlington-Edison, Concrete, Conway, Darrington, La Conner, Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley Claudia Talmadge District 4 Coupeville, Lakewood, Mukilteo, Oak Harbor, South Whidbey, Stanwood-Camano Dr. Alan Erickson District 5 Everett

Richard Post District 6 Arlington, Granite Falls, Index, Marysville, Sultan Jo Vogeler District 7 Edmonds, Mukilteo

Gordon W. Griggs District 8 Edmonds, Mukilteo

Merle Kirkley District 9 Lake Stevens, Monroe, Snohomish 2 | Education Connection, Fall/Winter 2013

Educational Service Districts have served Washington State for more than forty years, providing vital services and functioning as advocates for local districts. Northwest Educational Service District 189 (NWESD) serves Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island, and San Juan counties. NWESD’s more than fifty programs are organized into seven departments to serve you: Administration, Fiscal Services, Migrant Education, Prevention Center, Special Programs and Services, Teaching and Learning, and Technology Services. Visit us online at www.nwesd.org for more information on each of these departments.

NWESD Mission

Together We Can… provide leadership and cooperative services to our educational communities to support their efforts to increase the number of students meeting state and local standards.

Clock Hours

For assistance with clock hours, please contact Kristine Juhl at kjuhl@nwesd.org or 360.299.4057.

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Fingerprinting is available by appointment, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. You must bring photo ID and payment in the form of cash, cashier’s check, money order payable to NWESD, debit or credit card (Visa or Mastercard). Call 360.299.4043 for an appointment.


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AUTISM OUTREACH PROJECT (AOP) Oct 10, 2013 Understanding Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Vanessa Tucker Oct 16, 2013 Best Practices in Teaching Students with Autism Nicolette Brigham Oct 25, 2013 Challenging Behaviors in School-Age Children with Autism Nancy Rosenberg Oct 30, 2013 Structured Teaching for Students with Autism Vanessa Tucker Nov 1, 2013 Early Intervention in Autism - Birth to Three Jim Mancini Nov 7, 2013 Paraeducators Working with Students with Autism Vanessa Tucker Nov 21, 2013 Challenging Behaviors in Gen Ed Setting for Students with Autism Gretchen Schmidt-Mertes Dec 6, 2013 Emotion Regulation & Anxiety Management in Autism Crystal Gray Dec 12, 2013 Access to the General Education Curriculum for Students with Autism Vanessa Tucker Jan 9, 2014 Executive Functioning Issues in Autism Julie George Jan 15, 2014 Independence and Engagement in Autism Nancy Rosenberg Jan 23, 2014 Social Cognition in Autism Spectrum Disorder Gretchen Schmidt-Mertes Jan 31, 2014 Social Communication in Young Children with Autism Jim Mancini

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Corey Hodge

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Carlos Chavez Eric Chambers

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Oct 25-26 Raising Standards through Chapter Books: The CIA Approach Sarah Collinge 30433 Nov 2, 2013 Nature and Needs of Highly Capable Learners Linda Varner, 30432 Nancy Smith Nov 5, 2013 Primary Sources and the CCSS: A Journey from Past to Present Becky Firth, Beth 30453 Niemi, Kathy Dorr Nov 9, 2013 The CIA Approach in Small Groups & Independ. Rdg. Sarah Collinge 30434 Nov 15-16 Making Sense of the Writing CCSS Megan Sloan, 30454 Barry Hoonan Dec 2, 2013 Formative Assessment - What Students Know About STEM Ideas Page Keeley 30446 Dec 3, 2013 Supporting Student Success in Engineering and Technology Design Adrienne Somera 30482

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teacher and principal evaluation process (TPEP)

Kicking off a milestone year

Fall has swung into the region with great enthusiasm, putting a quick end to the warm sunshine we enjoyed for much of the summer. While I did appreciate those long, warm days and the frequent weekend BBQs with family, fall brings excitement and a fresh start for everyone in our 35 school districts. Much of the world waits for January to set its goals and refresh focus; but we, as educators, arrive at the first day of school in September with renewed energy and a plan to make the year an impactful one for the students entrusted to us. The New Year begins now and we are ready! At the NWESD, and in many of our pilot districts, the Teacher and Principal Evaluation Process (TPEP) has been at the forefront of our focus since the legislative passed E2SSB 6696 in 2010. We’ve adopted the UW-CEL 5D Instructional Framework to be used in the evaluation of teachers employed by the NWESD, and have adopted the AWSP Leadership Framework for use with site administrators and directors who evaluate certificated teaching staff. Since 2011, we’ve collaborated with three cohorts, including 17 districts in the region, to provide as much foundation as possible for the statewide implementation. In an attempt to provide a coherent system of professional development for all of our member districts, the NWESD worked through the summer to create these regional options to guide practice:

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TPEP Professional Development: This program is tailored toward work within District Teams, providing three to four 5-hour facilitated team sessions focused on: a. Planning for Student Growth Goal (SGG) setting b. Identifying tools and measures for SGGs c. Monitoring SGGs d. Reflecting and evaluating SGGs These sessions began this fall and will continue throughout the year. Registration information is available by contacting our Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Kathy Shoop at kshoop@nwesd.org or by calling 360-299-4036. TPEP District Support/Technical Assistance: This is a service that is available upon request from your district. The NWESD will assist your district with customized strategies that: a. Maximize rater agreement through coordinated communication between OSPI, District leaders, and Instructional Framework Specialists b. Develop means for sharing resources, tools, and strategies which support the elements of the evaluation cycle c. Gather program data and coordinate statewide activities through collaboration with OSPI, etc.


These work groups are impactful for district teams, building leaders, and teacher leaders. If your district is interested in this service, you can contact Kathy Shoop in the Teaching and Learning Department. TPEP eVAL Professional Development: The NWESD has built a comprehensive eVAL resource center on our website (www. nwesd.org/tpep). Additional support and trainings are offered throughout the year and are targeted to: a. Beginning eVAL users; initial tool use and guided practice updates/refinements b. Veteran eVAL users, to include updates/ refinements and practice of tool use through a ‘cycle’ c. Those who will train others in their District (ToT) If you have questions about using the eVAL resources on our website, or would like to register for training, please contact Kathy Shoop. TPEP Instructional Framework Specialists Support for Principals (State 1 & 2): Beginning this fall, the NWESD will work with newly hired evaluators of teachers in the NWESD region and provide Instructional Framework trainings. This is another resource offered by our Teaching and Learning Department, with Kathy Shoop as the main contact point for information. Student Growth Consortium: This work will be facilitated by Dr. Larry Nyland and is beneficial for District Teaching and Learning Representatives. The consortium will work toward: a. Implementation strategy development around growth b. Identification of best practices for using data to improve teaching and learning c. Development/revision of an implementation rubric d. Self-assessment by districts against the rubric e. Development of case studies to document the journey to success f. Planning for Student Growth Goal (SGG) setting, tools, measures, monitoring, and evaluation Questions about this work can be directed to me; I will be working closely with this group to facilitate the ongoing work in this area. You can contact me by email at jjenkins@nwesd.org, or by phone at 360-299-4003.

Evaluators of Principals Professional Learning Community (PLC): This work has already begun and is facilitated by Pam Estvold, Superintendent of the Conway School District. The collection of research/best practices and PLC work focuses on: a. Learning and sharing strategies for deploying the 4-tiered evaluation system via the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) Framework b. Sharing example forms and processes related to successful AWSP Framework implementation as a growth model c. Providing individual and collective support to participating evaluators of principals Members of this learning community include Evaluators of Principals and Assistant Principals in the region. This is very exciting work, and Kathy Shoop is available for questions or additional information related to this project. Standards-Based Superintendent Evaluation Professional Learning Community (PLC): This PLC will focus upon the successful implementation of a four-tiered Superintendent Evaluation Framework within interested NWESD-region districts. I will be the point of contact for districts that are interested in more information about this learning community; feel free to contact me by phone or email at any time. A significant piece of the TPEP work involves ready access to the resources and materials. With that in mind, we’ve created a TPEP toolbox on the NWESD website (www. nwesd.org/tpep). This page of our site will serve as the hub for the ongoing work being done around TPEP and provides a home for all team created work and resources. Check back frequently for updated materials, and let us know if there are additional supports we can provide. This school year will be groundbreaking and impactful as we continue toward statewide implementation of TPEP. We are excited about the work in progress and look forward to the continued learning, student growth, and system building we see before us. Together we can… improve our teaching and leadership to advance student learning in the region.

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5th Annual P-3

The NWESD was honored to host the statewide 5th Annual Starting Strong P-3 Institute and first- ever Full-day Kindergarten Symposium on August 5th – 7th. Each year one Educational Service District is selected to coordinate and carry out this important, ongoing endeavor in their local region. It was our turn, and what an event it was! Five hundred and fifty educators, administrators, caregivers and policy makers were in attendance at the fabulous Lynnwood Convention center to share information about Washington’s early learning priorities, initiatives and most promising practices in an effort to further the goals of preschool through 3rd grade alignment in our communities and schools. Over ninety diverse presenters donated their time and expertise to this event. They offered a broad palette of session choices that included content specific to academic curriculum, pedagogy, public policy, strengthening and engaging families and all the domains of human development across the Pre-K through 3rd grade spectrum. Special emphasis was placed on providing a deeper understanding of the components of an effective full-day kindergarten program during the Full-Day Kindergarten preconference on August 5th. In total, forty-five informative, engaging, ninety-minute sessions were offered to participants over the course of this three day event! Memorable keynote speakers for the Institute included Dr. Dimitri Christakis (University of Washington; Seattle Children’s Hospital) who shared results of his latest research on the effects of adverse media on the development of the child and Nonie K. Lesaux (Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School) who enlightened us on increasing the opportunities to learn for our most vulnerable populations. Headlining the Full-day Kindergarten Symposium, Eva Phillips Institute 2013 (Assistant Professor, Winston-Salem University), offered practical ideas to help kindergarten teachers intentionally plan programs that teach concepts and skills; while simultaneously helping children gain a sense of purpose, accomplishment and a love of learning. We are so fortunate to have had these wellrespected leading academics take time away from their summer to join us here in Washington. As with any event this size, the logistics of planning and constraints of financial resources can in many instances be a hurdle. Once again, the State of Washington shone as a leader in collaboration and commitment to our P-3 early learning strategy. Major contributions were received from Thrive by Five, The Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, OSPI, Boeing Corporation and Child Care Aware, providing much needed support and offsetting much of the cost. This generous support helped to keep this event affordable and accessible for all who attended. Sponsorship took many other forms as well. The Washington Education Association (WEA), Washington Association for Education of Young Children (WAEYC), Washington Association of Superintendents (WASA) and Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) all made contributions towards selected aspects of the conference. Even a vendor was in the giving mood. AWE Digital Learning Solutions ingeniously hosted a two-day concession stand providing free espressos, cappuccinos, coffee and soft drinks. When’s the last time you saw that at a convention or anywhere for that matter! Special consideration should go out to the steering committee that provided their valuable time, on-going guidance, and support throughout the past year-long planning process. Karma Hugo, NWESD Director of Early Learning, leveraged her many local connections to garner the support of over forty local volunteers to help make this institute the success it was.

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I will be telling my colleagues about this conference and encourage them to come next year. These conferences are so helpful and are amazing. We need more of these conferences that focus on our Kindergarten students and the K teachers. These conferences are so beneficial to all teachers especially ME!! Best Starting Strong Conference yet. ESD 189 did an awesome job! Congrats!

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A team of six nurses from Washington State has been selected to participate in the prestigious 2013 Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program. The team includes five regional Educational Service District (ESD) School Nurse Corps (SNC) nurse administrators and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Interim Health Services Supervisor. The Washington SNC team was chosen as one of eleven community teams through a nationwide competitive application process.

Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program Washington State School Nurse Corps Team Selected

Washington State SNC team members include: Rebecca Cavanaugh, MN, RN, NCSN from PSESD; Gail Fast, MN, RN, NCSN from ESD 105; Lorali Gray, MEd, RN, NCSN from NWESD; Judy McCrudden, BSN, RN from OESD; Lynn Nelson, MSN, RN, NCSN from ESD 113; and Katie Johnson, DNP, RNBC, NCSN from OSPI. The program is designed and implemented by Rutgers University, Center of Alcohol Studies in partnership with Johnson & Johnson and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). Teams of school nurses and community leaders participate in this unique fellowship program together. All teams represent a defined school community that includes two to four school nurses and an executive sponsor. The impact of this program is far reaching. Each year the institute provides direct leadership education to 40-50 school nurses. It is also anticipated that 50,000+ students benefit from this collective work each year. All school nurse fellows grow professionally from networking with colleagues, institute faculty, special guests, mentors and additional development opportunities available for alumni of the institute. The fellowship program is intended to support and enrich the leadership skills of school nurses and executive sponsors. It empowers participants to provide leadership within their community’s educational and health services teams to improve student health practices that support learning. The program goals include the development of enduring change plans and community-based health promotion initiatives from each participating team.

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Participating school nurses from left to right: Gail Fast, ESD 105; Kathleen Johnson, OSPI executive sponsor; Lynn Nelson, ESD 113; Judith McCrudden, OESD; Rebecca Cavanaugh, PSESD and Lorali Gray, NWESD.

The School Health Leadership Institute Areas of study at the six-day residential institute in New Brunswick New Jersey include school nurse leadership, advocacy, diversity, community empowerment model, effective written communication, cultural competence, grant writing and team building. Additionally, teams are exposed to advanced topic content; receive intensive program planning and development training, and preparation in selecting and utilizing evidence-based programming. Online Continuing Education Courses Within the fellowship program, all participants engage in online, self-paced learning. The process begins with the preliminary leadership course. This course is designed to set the foundation for work conducted at the leadership institute. Following participation at the institute, all school nurse fellows are required to take three mini-courses in relevant school health issues. Online mini-courses are delivered in collaboration with NASN and will also be available to school nurses throughout the country. Enduring Change Plans Participating community teams will create enduring change plans that outline their community- based health promotion initiatives. These may include sharing knowledge and skills with other professionals in the community as well as implementing evidence-based strategies to address an identified need. Teams are eligible to apply for mini-grants through Johnson & Johnson that will support the implementation of enduring change plans. Technical assistance will be provided to each community team as they work on their enduring change plan. A faculty/mentor will make two site visits and monthly conference calls during the 2013-14 school year. The goal of the technical assistance model is to support each community team in the implementation of a sustainable evidence-based initiative as well as the creation of structures that will support future initiatives. Community-Based Health Promotion Initiatives Based on data from the OSPI Assessment of District Student Health Services (2002-2013), increasing numbers of students in our schools have unmanaged health care needs. The Washington team will work toward addressing those needs through their community-based health initiative. The team will utilize the many rich learning experiences, resources and support they have gained from the institute faculty and Johnson & Johnson in an effort to improve health services to students across Washington State. Education Connection, Fall/Winter 2013 | 9


The year was 1982. Hit movies like E.T. and An Officer and a Gentleman were at the box office. “Boomboxes” were belting out Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller album was released – on vinyl. Education, and the world, have changed tremendously in the past thirty-one years, and the NWESD must now say goodbye to a steadfast leader and colleague who has served the region tirelessly for more than three decades. After serving on the Anacortes School Board, Steve Colby joined the NWESD Board of Directors in September 1982, as the representative for District 3, which includes Anacortes, BurlingtonEdison, Concrete, Conway, Darrington, La Conner, Mount Vernon, and Sedro-Woolley school districts. In addition to serving in various leadership roles on the NWESD Board, Colby served as President of the statewide Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), from April 1989 through March 1990.

three decades of service

Colby’s longevity has provided the benefit of tremendous historical perspective and insight to Board conversation and decisions. During his tenure Steve Colby has helped to guide the NWESD’s development and service to member school districts, including: Acquisition of more than $100 million dollars in grants, including a $45 million Teacher Leadership Grant that provided research-based training to more than 1,000 teachers across the state. Maintenance of a laser-like focus on helping member districts increase the number of students meeting state and local standards. Relocation of the NWESD main office—twice—into the Mount Vernon facility by the river and most recently to Anacortes. “Steve was working to improve education in the region long before computers were in classrooms,” said NWESD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Jenkins. “Education has changed dramatically during his tenure, but his commitment to our students has been focused and unwavering. We will miss his influence, and we wish him well as he moves on to new endeavors.” Colby’s wisdom and perspective will be sorely missed as a NWESD Board member. His resignation takes effect September 30th.

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snohomish county schools launch physical activity initiative in 5th grade

Students in Snohomish County will have another reason to get excited about school this fall. More than 6,000 fifth grade students county-wide will be participating in the new Gear Up & Go! program, beginning October 1st. This groundbreaking initiative combines cutting edge technology with activity and play, creating a winning combination that hopes to inspire students and build active lifestyles. Gear Up & Go! is a homegrown initiative created by the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition, focused on reversing the decline of youth activity. The coalition worked with school districts in Snohomish County to identify fifth grade as a critical year for determining lifestyle patterns. Research has shown that increased activity levels have a direct, positive impact on student success, so a partnership with Sqord was the perfect fit for this project. What is Sqord? Sqord is a fun and innovative new technology that uses a three-axis accelerometer and other state-of-the-art technology to help students keep track of their daily activity levels. Sqord has three primary components: The PowerPod, which students wear on their wrist like a watch SyncStations, which will be available at all participating elementary schools and all Snohomish County YMCAs Sqord.com, the website where students can create their own avatar (known as a PowerMe) to track their points and interact with fellow students

Throughout the year, students will wear the PowerPod during the day to keep track of their activity, whether it is playing a sport, walking the dog, or doing the dishes. The PowerPod keeps track of all activity. Students then scan their PowerPod at any SyncStation, uploading their points to a personalized online profile on Sqord.com. On the website, students will track their activity and earn fun virtual badges for their accomplishments. Students can also interact with each other on the website with predetermined virtual High Fives and Squawk messages to give their classmates encouragement and support. For Gear Up & Go!, 2013-14 will be divided into three “seasons�: Fall (through December) focusing on individuals/ classrooms; Winter (through March) on schools/district; and Spring (through June) on district/county. Every element of this program is built to provide a positive and fun relationship with physical activity, something that will hopefully spark lifelong enjoyment. This is the pilot year for Gear Up & Go!, with lofty goals in the long term: increasing activity levels to improve academic success, which will ultimately enhance the economic prosperity in Snohomish County. In the short term, keep your eyes out for brightly colored PowerPods on Snohomish County youth, and on the 800 staff members that have joined the movement. You may find yourself looking for a way to sneak a few extra activities into your day as well.

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Pam Estvold Conway Dr. Jim Shank Coupeville

Dr. Becky Berg Marysville Phil Brockman Sedro-Woolley

Dr. Mark Wenzel Anacortes Dr. Lance Gibbon Oak Harbor

Welcome

New Regional Superintendents

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workshops prevention center Online Issues of Abuse Event ID: 30411 The impact of exposure to abuse/neglect has far-reaching cognitive implications, including stunted brain growth, diminished academic functioning, poor impulse control, difficulty focusing, low self-esteem, anger bursts, and poor peer relationships and social skills. Acquire knowledge of indicators of abuse/neglect, Washington State law regarding mandated reports, and dynamics of violent families. Meets certification/re-certification requirements.

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Important Session Information Online course is from January 27 - February 28 2014. Upon completion of course, 10 Clock Hours can be purchased for $25 or 1 SPU Credit for $42. Session may be cancelled if minimum enrollment not met. Presenter(s): Corey Hodge Facilitator: Jane Morgan Clock Hours: 10 Registration Fee: $125 Location: NWESD Online Course Date/Times(s): January 27 - February 28, 2014 Education Connection, Fall/Winter 2013 | 13


autism outreach Access to the General Education Curriculum for Students with Autism

Best Practices in Teaching Students with Autism

Challenging Behaviors in SchoolAge Children with Autism

Event ID: 30385

Event ID: 30397

Students with autism spectrum disorder often demonstrate learning and behavioral challenges which create barriers to accessing the general education curriculum. This workshop will provide an overview of the characteristics creating barriers for learners on the spectrum. Participants will explore prevention strategies and discuss ideas for access in all academic areas as well as social and leisure situations. Through a Positive Behavior Support (PBS) framework, participants will discuss supports needed to increase success. Team collaboration will be covered as a necessary component to creating access.

Recent estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects approximately 1 in 88 children, of which 1 in 54 are boys. Educators will likely know and teach a student with ASD during the course of their professional careers. Students with ASD present a unique set of learning abilities and challenges, and an increasing amount of research is being conducted on how to best address these learning characteristics. This presentation will provide a description of the strategies supported by empirical evidence for educators working with students with ASD as well as the basic implementation of these strategies in the school environment.

Problem behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder can present significant challenges to parents and educators. This workshop will provide a wealth of strategies to use in addressing challenging behaviors. A Positive Behavior Support (PBS) approach will be taught, emphasizing proactive prevention strategies, the teaching of replacement behaviors, and the use of positive reinforcement.

Participants will:

Participants will:

Event ID: 30444

Be able to define learner characteristics that create barriers to accessing the general education curriculum. Explore preventative tactics that support learners on the autism spectrum. Explore interventions designed to create access within a collaborative support model. Presenter(s): Vanessa Tucker Facilitator: Dorothy Moller Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and Interactive Video Locations Date/Time(s): December 12, 2013 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM 14 | Education Connection, Fall/Winter 2013

Become familiar with the characteristics of individuals with ASD. Learn how these characteristics impact learning for these students. Become familiar with evidence-based strategies and ways to implement these strategies in the educational environment. Presenter(s): Nicolette Brigham Facilitator: Dorothy Moller Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and Interactive Video Locations Date/Time(s): October 16, 2013 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Participants will: Gain a variety of ideas to prevent challenging behavior. Know how to identify the function of behavior and how to teach a replacement behavior. Know how to alter consequences to increase desired behavior. Presenter(s): Nancy Rosenberg Facilitator: Dorothy Moller Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and Interactive Video Locations Date/Time(s): October 25, 2013 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM


Challenging Behaviors in Gen Ed Setting for Students with Autism

Early Intervention in Autism Birth to Three

Emotion Regulation & Anxiety Management in Autism

Event ID: 30440

Event ID: 30381

Event ID: 30400

Students with social challenges, including those with autism spectrum disorder, are in all of our classrooms and schools. Although these students are often viewed as behavior problems, few students choose to be naughty; rather, behavior is a result of missed cues, deficits in social thinking concepts, and challenges in communication. This class will explore the challenges behind social thinking deficits, giving us a better understanding of the reasons behavior occurs. Participants will explore proactive strategies and positive behavior supports with a focus on preventing problem behavior rather than reacting to it.

More children than ever are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and studies show an increase in diagnosis under the age of three. This course will present information related to providing support for children in birth-to-three programs with a focus on social communication development and preschool readiness. Expected developmental milestones at this age, commonly observed issues in children with autism, strategies to help facilitate development, and ideas to increase collaboration with families will be included. State guidelines for birth-to-three services for children with autism will be discussed.

Individuals on the autism spectrum are at increased risk for symptoms of anxiety and challenges with emotion regulation, which can interfere with their ability to actively participate in home and school activities. This workshop will focus on strategies to identify and better understand the underlying causes of their challenges. Practical tools and tips for interventions will be provided.

Participants will: Understand reasons for challenging behaviors exhibited by students with social challenges. List and describe at least three positive behavior supports and proactive interventions to prevent challenging behaviors in the classroom. Presenter(s): Gretchen Schmidt-Mertes Facilitator: Dorothy Moller Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and Interactive Video Locations Date/Time(s): November 21, 2013 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Participants will: Identify guidelines for early intervention. Identify expected developmental milestones and common characteristics of children with ASD at this age and developmental level. Identify and discuss various strategies to help facilitate development across domains. Discuss ideas to support parentsthrough education and training.

Participants will: Identify the characteristics of autism spectrum disorder and the related challenges with anxiety and emotion regulation. Identify and implement strategies for coping with stress and anxiety in order to enhance their students’ emotionregulation abilities. Presenter(s): Crystal Gray Facilitator: Dorothy Moller Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and Interactive Video Locations Date/Time(s): December 6, 2013 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Presenter(s): Jim Mancini Facilitator: Dorothy Moller Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and Interactive Video Locations Date/Time(s): November 1, 2013 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Executive Functioning Issues in Autism

Independence and Engagement in Children with Autism

Paraeducators Working with Students with Autism

Event ID: 30445

Event ID: 30398

Event ID: 30443

Executive functions, the cognitive tasks involved in planning, organization, initiation, and self-regulation, are often a challenge for students with autism spectrum disorder. This presentation will provide an overview of executive functioning skills and how the lack of these skills impacts learning. Participants will learn interventions to promote executive skills and be given examples of specific teaching routines and visual supports to use in both the home and classroom environment. There will be a focus on environmental modifications that can be used to support students with weak executive functioning skills.

Educators and parents often struggle to promote engagement and independence in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Children with autism may demonstrate significant issues with offtask behavior and prompt dependency. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn a variety of strategies to facilitate engagement and increase independence. Self-management, prompt-fading strategies, activity schedules, and other practical, evidence-based tools will be covered.

Paraeducators play an integral role in the success of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the school setting. This course will provide an overview of the characteristics of ASD and how these characteristics impact all areas of school functioning. Participants will learn a variety of applicable and easy-to-implement educational strategies to support behavior, organization, and learning. Teaming and communication with professionals and parents will be highlighted.

Participants will:

Participants will:

Have a deeper understanding of the 11 separate skills included in the construct of executive functioning. Learn intervention strategies that will help support students with weak skills. Learn about teaching routines to use with individuals and entire classes to target common problems.

Learn strategies for teaching children to work independently at any developmentally appropriate activity and to independently sequence between activities. Learn strategies for helping children with ASD complete home and classroom routines independently. Leave with tools and resources for prompting engagement and independence in children with ASD.

Presenter(s): Julie George Facilitator: Dorothy Moller Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and Interactive Video Locations Date/Time(s): January 9, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Presenter(s): Nancy Rosenberg Facilitator: Dorothy Moller Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and Interactive Video Locations Date/Time(s): January 15, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Participants will:

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List and describe common learning characteristics of students with ASD. Explain the challenges students with ASD have in behavior, organization, and academic learning. List and describe educational strategies and tools to support students with ASD. Presenter(s): Vanessa Tucker Facilitator: Dorothy Moller Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and Interactive Video Locations Date/Time(s): November 7, 2013 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM


Social Cognition in Autism Spectrum Disorder Event ID: 30439 Most academic learning depends on social understanding. Students with social thinking deficits, including those with autism spectrum disorder, are in all of our classrooms andschools. This class will introduce the concept of social cognition and how challenges in social thinking impact not only social interactions, but also academic learning, behavior, and other aspects of the school day. Strategies and interventions for strengthening social cognition will also be introduced and explored. Participants will: Describe the core deficits of students with weak social cognition and social thinking concepts. Identify and describe how social cognition impacts social interactions, academic learning, and behavior. List and describe at least three strategies for strengthening and teaching social cognition. Presenter(s): Gretchen Schmidt-Mertes Facilitator: Dorothy Moller Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and Interactive Video Locations Date/Time(s): January 23, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Social Communication in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Event ID: 30383 Research shows that, with intervention, children with social communication difficulties can learn many important skills. Information will be presented related to providing support for young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with a focus on social communication development and children with language impairments. The course will cover expected developmental milestones at this age, issues that are commonly observed in children with ASD, and strategies to help facilitate development with activities that can be used in the classroom. The importance of parent education and training will be discussed.

Structured Teaching for Students with Autism Event ID: 30442 Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) need a higher level of planned structure to achieve independence and reduce frustration. The use of strategies to increase structure can greatly enhance the ability of those with ASD to focus and participate in instructional activities. In this interactive seminar, participants will explore the nature of behaviors that occur in ASD. The TEACCH system, a method for providing visual and physical structure to help organize children with ASD and like disorders, will be discussed. Participants will: Define and explore behaviors associated with ASD that can be addressed by structural strategies. Discuss various methods for increasing structure such as the TEACCH system. Use assessment tools to identify areas of the environment in need of structure. Discuss and explore strategies for implementing structured systems.

Participants will: Identify expected developmental milestones and common characteristics of children with ASD at this age and developmental level. Identify and discuss various strategies to help facilitate development within the context of early identification. Discuss ideas to support parents through education and training. Presenter(s): Jim Mancini Facilitator: Dorothy Moller Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and Interactive Video Locations Date/Time(s): January 31, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Presenter(s): Vanessa Tucker Facilitator: Dorothy Moller Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and Interactive Video Locations Date/Time(s): October 30, 2013 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Understanding Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Event ID: 30441 The dramatic increase in students identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) requires a comprehensive team approach to educational planning. This course will provide an introduction to students with ASD, focusing on key characteristics, assessment, instructional strategies, and family involvement. Current issues related to etiology, diagnosis, and prevalence will be discussed. The new diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5 will be covered. Participants will: Learn the definition of ASD based on the DSM-5, as well as an overview of the previous terminology associated with the DSM-IV. Identify signs, symptoms, and characteristics of individuals across the spectrum. Understand the impact of ASD on students, families, and schools. Presenter(s): Vanessa Tucker Facilitator: Dorothy Moller Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $90 Location: NWESD and Interactive Video Locations Date/Time(s): October 10, 2013 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Protecting Student Privacy: From FERPA to HIPAA and Beyond Event ID: 30408 This afternoon seminar will focus on the legal and practical issues involved in the disclosure of student record information between school employees and third parties, such as community mental health providers. Specific attention will be given to the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA), as well as related state and federal privacy laws. This training is open to Washington Schools Risk Management Pool (WSRMP) members through a collaboration between the NWESD Coordinated Quality Improvement Program and WSRMP. Registration is required. Please call Noreen McKinney at 360-299-4033 for a registration code. Presenter(s): Carlos Chavez Facilitator: Noreen McKinney Clock Hours: 0 Registration Fee: $0 Location: NWESD - Reid Harbor Date/Time(s): October 16, 2013 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Using the Statistical Functions in Microsoft Excel Event ID: 30407 This workshop is designed for people with little or no background in statistics, who, nonetheless, need to develop at least introductory statistical analytical skills to make the most of their data. Rather than focus on the features of high-priced statistical software like SPSS, SAS, or STATA, this interactive workshop provides an introduction to the use of common statistical functions in the more accessible Microsoft Excel, including descriptive statistics, chi-square tests, t-tests, and more. Taught in a computer lab, students can expect to run each of the tests discussed while also learning the theory behind each formula. Presenter(s): Eric Chambers Facilitator: Noreen McKinney Clock Hours: 0 Registration Fee: $49 Location: NWESD - Garrison Bay Date/Time(s): November 13, 2013 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Formative Assessment-Finding Out What Students Really Know About STEM Ideas Event ID: 30446 Page Keeley, author of Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, will facilitate a day-long training designed to improve assessment and instruction in science. She will share researchbased assessment strategies which will help teachers build skill in using formative data to plan, inform, and adjust instruction. While the demonstration content will be STEM, many of the formative assessment strategies are applicable across content areas. Note: Registration fee includes one of the volumes 1-4 of Uncovering Student Ideas in Science by Page Keeley while supplies last. Presenter(s): Page Keeley Facilitator: Nancy Menard Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $100 Location: Snohomish School District Date/Time(s): December 2, 2013 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Making Sense of the Writing CCSS Event: 30454 Writing has always been a challenging subject to teach. Enter the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and now it can seem to be an unsurmountable feat. In this class, the instructors will distill these fears. They will review the Writing CCSS in grades K-8 and share practical ideas for teaching to these standards using research-based strategies. Participants will learn about setting up an environment which encourages a range of writing across the content areas. The instructors will share ways to build writing skills as students learn to write narrative, opinion/argumentative, and informative pieces. Participants will engage in short and long term planning for teaching writing. Note: A $5 materials fee is required to be paid to the instructor at the first class session. Presenter(s): Megan Sloan, Barry Hoonan Facilitator: Anita Garcia-Holzemer Clock Hours: 10 Registration Fee: $140 Location: Stanwood-Camano District Office Date/Time(s): November 15, 2013, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Education November 16, Connection, 2013, 8:30 Fall/Winter AM - 4:30 2013 PM

Nature and Needs of Highly Capable Learners

Primary Sources and the CCSS: A Journey from Past to Present

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Event ID: 30453

In 2013, meeting the academic needs of highly capable students became part of the state’s definition of basic education. This course will focus on identifying and understanding the characteristics of highly capable learners. Educators will gain a deeper understanding of who these students are and why we serve them. Topics to be presented are: Characteristics, Identification, Common Myths, Risk Factors, Social and Emotional Needs, and Program Models.

Examining events from different perspectives engages and motivates students to look at historical personalities and issues in ways that are relevant and authentic in our world today. Primary sources are highlighted in the CCSS Literacy Standards for Social Studies/ History and integrate all subject areas. Participants will explore available resources from the Library of Congress to create a Common Core-aligned lesson for their own use. This workshop is appropriate for grades 5-12 educators and will incorporate the use of primary sources in the classroom.

Presenter(s): Linda Varner and Nancy Smith Facilitator: Anita Garcia-Holzemer Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $85 Location: Snohomish District Office Date/Time(s): November 2, 2013 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Presenter(s): Becky Firth, Beth Niemi, and Kathy Dorr Facilitator: Anita Garcia-Holzemer Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $50 Location: NWESD - Admiralty Date/Time(s): November 5, 2013 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM


The CIA Approach in Small Groups & Independ. Rdg. Event ID: 30434

Raising Standards through Chapter Books: The CIA Approach

Supporting Student Success in Engineering and Technological Design

Event ID: 30433

Event ID: 30482

In this class, Sarah Collinge illustrates a process for engaging students in longer, more complex texts - The CIA approach (Collect, Interpret, and Apply). Topics covered in this session include listening comprehension, vocabulary, oral and written response, formal writing, on-going assessment, and state testing. This workshop speaks to administrators, specialists, and teachers who desire to increase test scores by aligning literacy practices with current research. Geared for teachers of grades 2-8.

Teachers will deepen their understanding of the standards for engineering design (application) and learn how to increase their students’ ability to successfully complete engineering design challenges in classrooms and on state assessments. Teachers will also engage in a collection and study of MSPlike student growth measures to build the capacity to assess student understanding of the application standards.

Presenter(s): Sarah Collinge Facilitator: Anita Garcia-Holzemer Clock Hours: 10 Registration Fee: $140 Location: Everett Community College Gray Wolf Hall Date/Time(s): October 25, 2013, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM October 26, 2013, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Target Audience: 5th and 8th Grade Teachers of Science Presenter(s): Adrienne Somera Facilitator: Nancy Menard Clock Hours: 18 Registration Fee: Free Location: NWESD Date/Time(s): December 3, 2013, January 14 & February 25, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

This workshop demonstrates how to transfer the (Collect, Interpret, and Apply) CIA process into small groups and independent reading. Sarah Collinge shares classroom-tested strategies that are manageable and appropriate for students’ varied levels of readiness. The following topics will be addressed: how to place students in appropriate groupings, how to manage small groups, how to engage readers in authentic response opportunities, and how to practice on-going assessment. In addition, Sarah provides recommended text selections for small groups that pair with the CIA Units of Study. This workshop is appropriate for literacy teachers and specialists who desire to know how best to meet the needs of diverse learners within the classroom. Methods of instruction will include: lecture, small and whole group discussion, video presentation, analysis of student work samples, participation, and reflection. Geared for teachers of grades 2-8. Presenter(s): Sarah Collinge Facilitator: Anita Garcia-Holzemer Clock Hours: 6 Registration Fee: $85 Location: Everett Community College Gray Wolf Hall Date/Time(s): November 9, 2013 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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