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Virtual Professional Development

Recently Added Sessions
  1. The Wizard of Oz Equivalents Grains in the CACFP
    I have a feeling we’re not in program year 2021 anymore…join us as we go over new requirements for crediting grains using ounce equivalents in program year 2022! Your troubles will melt like lemon drops as we show you how easy it is to identify grain-based desserts when using Exhibit A, and it will feel as if a whole house has been lifted off your shoulders when we provide you with the skills and knowledge to determine whether an item is whole grain. There’s no place like CACFP LIVE and we promise to deliver a totally wicked session packed with information, updates, and activities- oh my! That’s how we laugh the day away in the merry old land of oz equivalents!
Upcoming Sessions
  1. Title IX Specific Requirements and Duties - Online Course
    The new Title IX regulations require the Title IX coordinator, as well as district and campus administrators who may be investigators or serve as grievance hearing officers, to obtain training on the new legal standards and procedural requirements applicable to complaints, investigations and appeals of alleged harassment. Training provided by the Underwood Law Firm will not only inform administrators about the new legal definitions and procedures, but will also provide practical guidance on how to effectively implement the new regulations in the context of a district’s complaint and discipline procedures.
  2. 504 Committee Training- Online
    This session is for members of a 504 committee. It will dive into legal responsibilities of the committee members and types of accommodations for students with a 504 plan.
  3. 504 for Beginners-Online
    This workshop will go in depth about how to determine who gets a 504 plan, how to create one, 504 legal updates, district policies, and problem issues. It is designed for participants new to their role as a 504 coordinator.
  4. Developing High Quality Paraprofessionals
    Paraprofessionals are often utilized as the facilitator for classrooms, but may not have the appropriate training to fill this important role. This training clarifies the role of the paraprofessional, gives a basic look at the student who receives special education services, strategies for in-class assistance and collaboration with the special education and general education teachers. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that the State educational agency will ensure that all paraprofessionals working in a program supported with funds under Title I, Part A meet applicable State certification requirements. This session provides the framework for highly qualified paraprofessionals.
  5. Digging Deep with Depth and Complexity (GT 6 Hour Update)
    In this course, you will understand the elements of depth and complexity and how to engage your GT students in your classroom. Participants will dig deep into the interrelationships of Kaplan's elements of depth and complexity while walking away with tools to easily differentiate learning for their GT students. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T credit. Participants will learn at their own pace through this 6 hour online course.
  6. G/T Online: Administrator/Counselor Training
    In this course, you will learn about the nature of gifted students, identification measures to find the gifted, and program options that meet their needs. You will also learn what is required by Texas law for gifted students and what best identification and program practices should be followed. The objectives will be met through online research and examination of district information and practices. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of the Gifted/Talented Students and meets Texas state requirements for 6-hour G/T administrator and counselor training.
  7. G/T Online: Designing Curriculum for G/T Students
    In this course, you will learn about innovative and practical ways to design appropriately challenging curricula for gifted students and about the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) for gifted students. You will contribute ideas to group discussions, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  8. G/T Online: Differentiating Instruction for G/T Students
    In this course, you will learn about traditional methods of reaching gifted students as well as newly developed methods. You will learn what differentiation truly means and what it should look like for gifted students. You will also learn what is required by Texas law for the design of curricula for gifted students and what best instructional practices should be followed. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  9. G/T Online: Foundations of Gifted Education
    In this course, you will learn how we defined giftedness and served gifted students in the past, and how that past has shaped our present legal and conceptual understandings of giftedness. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T credit.
  10. G/T Online: Nature and Needs of G/T Students
    In this online course, you will learn about the cognitive, social, and emotional characteristics of gifted students. You will contribute ideas to group discussions, share your own experiences, and research related information. The objectives will be met through online research, investigation of district information and practices, and discussions. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators. This workshop highlights often seen characteristics and behaviors of gifted students for classroom teachers and others new to the field of gifted education.
  11. G/T Online: Research Skills for G/T Teachers
    In this course, you will learn research skills and how to teach them to G/T students. You will learn ways of selecting research topics, how to ask provocative questions about their topics, how to create a research proposal, methods of conducting research, analysis and synthesis of data, and ways of presenting research results. You will learn how to teach your students to do all of these research activities. Learning ways to coach students at each stage of the research process, so that students become more self-reflective about their own thinking, is an integral part of the course. Objectives will be met through online research, engaging in other research-related activities, and practice in coaching students through simulated student/teacher encounters in each course section. Course content aligns with the Texas Performance Standards Project. This course is aligned with standards set forth in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) §110.45. (14) (A–G) and meets state requirements for 12 hours of G/T credit.
  12. G/T Online: Setting Standards for Success of G/T Students
    In this course, you will learn more about using assessment to measure student growth and the quality of a district's services for gifted students. You will learn about the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) and how districts can use this project to ensure that gifted students are showing academic and personal growth. You will also learn how district services are helping gifted students reach the goals established in the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate(19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  13. GT Online: Identification and Assessing the Needs of G/T Students
    In this course, you will gain understanding of how to implement Texas law and the State Board of Education rule concerning the assessment and identification of gifted and talented students. You will also learn about methods of assessment that help accurately identify the needs of the gifted students in a district. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  14. GT Online: Taking Care of the Needs for your ELL Gifted Students
    This online course will identify the characteristics of ELL gifted students, analyze curriculum and instructional strategies for gifted English learners, and synthesize and apply new learning to the development of educational resources. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T update hour credit. As you progress through this course, you will complete discussions, quizzes, and assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit.
  15. Social and Emotional Learning of Gifted/Talented Students
    This online course will examine characteristics of gifted students that tend to influence social and emotional needs, investigate the challenges that gifted learners have in social and emotional learning, and present strategies that can be used to empower our GT students to deal with the challenges they face and how to overcome them.
  16. The Wizard of Oz Equivalents Grains in the CACFP
    I have a feeling we’re not in program year 2021 anymore…join us as we go over new requirements for crediting grains using ounce equivalents in program year 2022! Your troubles will melt like lemon drops as we show you how easy it is to identify grain-based desserts when using Exhibit A, and it will feel as if a whole house has been lifted off your shoulders when we provide you with the skills and knowledge to determine whether an item is whole grain. There’s no place like CACFP LIVE and we promise to deliver a totally wicked session packed with information, updates, and activities- oh my! That’s how we laugh the day away in the merry old land of oz equivalents!
  17. ASCENDER Student - WIGO (Zoom Meeting)
    The intent of this webinar is to communicate information regarding software program updates, (ASCENDER and TSDS), give reminders about important processes, inform you of upcoming trainings being offered and provide a Spotlight on a specific topic. Webinars will be provided on a monthly basis (or as needed).
  18. Fingerprinting, Do Not Hire and Misconduct and Reporting
    This session will include a review of basic fingerprinting information, as well as detailed overview of the recently released Do Not Hire Registry and Misconduct Reporting Portal. In addition, there will be a review of reporting requirements for school districts and charter schools.
  19. Science Squad Rendezvous-Tips and Tricks for Analyzing Texts in Science
    During this one-hour webinar your Science Squad will teach you the ins and outs using texts in the Science Classroom. This course is a 1 hour webinar on November 17, 2021 from 4-5.
  20. Science Squad Rendezvous-Tips and Tricks for Analyzing Charts and Graphs in Science
    During this one-hour webinar your Science Squad will teach you the ins and outs of analyzing charts and graphs in the Science Classroom. This course is a 1 hour webinar on November 17, 2021 from 4-5.

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