April 01, 2020


Presentation: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join Dr. Martha Burns


This course will review new research on Executive Functions including Self Regulation, Delayed Gratification, Organization and Problem Solving skills. The content will include brain research on how EF skills mature in children and adolescents to enable purposeful, goal oriented behavior for academic success.  Research on best practices for building
EF’s as well as methodology shown to decrease behavioral problems like impulsivity and aggression will also be covered.

April 22, 2020


Presentation: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Participants in this session will:
• Experience simulations for the stages of acquiring a new language
• Practice strategies to promote oral academic language and vocabulary
• View research and resources for supporting students’ home languages in the classroom
• Experience lessons that incorporate oral language, reading and writing across the content
TARGET AUDIENCE: Teachers, Interventionists, Educators and Practitioners who Support Multilingual Learners in Grades 4-8. NOTE: Participants are required to bring a laptop to this session to participate in activities and access resources.

April 29, 2020

Addressing Challenging Behaviors through Social Stories


Presentation: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Learning Level 1: Introductory/Awareness

Intended Audience: Administrators, ECSE Educators, General Educators, Teacher Assistants, Family Members, Family Educators, Psychologists, Social Workers, SLP’s, and OT/PT’s

In this workshop participants will identify challenging behaviors and develop a deep understanding of one strategy to address challenging behaviors, specifically through the development of social narratives/social stories. Social stories are a way to teach and reinforce replacement behaviors.

Continuing Education – This training will provide 5.0 contact hours for the following:

- Educator License Renewal

-  CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 3

-  CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals

-  Gateways to Opportunity credit in area E (Org. ID# B40093)

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.


Anni Reinking

April 30, 2020


Presentation: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Presented by Jenn Skalitzy from Infinitec

Illinois recently changed legislation pertaining to assistive technology. This presentation will
provide participants with a clear, legal, definition of assistive technology, and assistive
technology consideration in the IEP process. Furthermore, information will be provided as
where to document assistive technology devices and services within the IEP once it is deemed
appropriate for a student. Resources will be provided to assist IEP teams with compliance for
AT consideration, documentation and new legislation. Finally, a continuum of light to high
technology tools for reading and writing will be demonstrated.

Participants will be able to:
 Understand the law as it pertains to assistive technology and assistive technology
 Know how to appropriately consider assistive technology for students.
 To list 3 assistive technology tools to support reading and 3 to support writing.

May 08, 2020

Challenging Behaviors – Using Ruthless Compassion When Children Demonstrate Angry Love


Presentation: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Learning Level 2: Intermediate/Application

Intended Audience:Administrators, ECSE Educators, General Educators, Teacher Assistants, Family Members, Family Educators, Psychologists, and Social Workers.

Children’s challenging behaviors and “Angry Love,” are provoked by emotional distress. Through an interactive presentation, paired with case studies and a group discussion, participants will explore attachment styles, temperament, emotional milestones, and the importance of knowing the family’s history. Participants will begin to learn how to support children demonstrating “angry love,” by using “ruthless compassion” and love.

Continuing Education – This workshop and webinar will provide 5.0 contact hours for the following:

  • Educator License Renewal

  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 3

  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals

  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in areas B, D, E, G (Org. ID# B40093)

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.


June 01, 2020

Registration: 8:00 a.m. Presentation: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

June 01, 2020

Registration: 12:00 p.m. Presentation: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

August 10, 2020

Registration: 8:00 a.m. Presentation: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

August 10, 2020

Registration: 8:00 a.m. Presentation: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This includes the EMBRACE IEP software training. A separate registration is not required.

August 11, 2020

Registration: 8:00 a.m. Presentation: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

August 13, 2020

Registration: 8:00 a.m. Presentation: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Who Should Attend:
This workshop is appropriate for K-12 classroom teachers, administrators, special educators, school counselors,
school social workers, occupational therapists, SLPs, physical therapists, physical education teachers, health
educators, and paraprofessionals.
Increasing numbers of students across the country lack the skills of self-regulation, impulse control and focus
negatively affecting their behavior, ability to learn and overall well-being. These critical life skills, essential to success
at home, in school and throughout life, can be learned when taught in a developmentally appropriate, engaging way.
Sharing yoga and mindfulness techniques, specifically designed for the time and space crunched classroom, is a
convenient, engaging and effective way to promote these skills while cultivating a positive, peaceful productive
classroom climate.
Through the framework of - Noticing, Mindful Choice, Practice, Reflection, Integration - you will learn how to empower
your students and yourselves with increased self-awareness, the foundation for the development of skills of self-
regulation and cognitive control. You will recognize signs of imbalance, and will have the confidence and skills to
effectively implement 67 yoga and mindfulness-based activities, specially chosen for their suitability for the typical
classroom space and schedule. This means all activities can be done standing beside or sitting at desks, while hands
and bodies remain off the floor, away from dirt, germs and chemicals. Yoga 4 Classrooms is easy for teachers,
students, parents and therapists to use, and helps to create a more harmonious, learning-friendly school day. 
Participants will:
 Understand how stress and trauma affect learning and behavior.  
 Identify the 5 critical steps to integrated self-regulation and its relationship to the science of neuroplasticity.
 Learn over 67 simple, classroom-friendly yoga and mindfulness techniques to support learning readiness and
the development of social and emotional learning competencies and resilience.
 Crosswalk MY-SEL (mindfulness, yoga, social and emotional learning) with a variety of school roles and
standards as well as school and district wide goals and national educational policy.
 Find and navigate the growing evidence base supporting the integration of yoga, mindfulness and meditation at
 Improve classroom management and reduce behavior referrals by recognizing and proactively addressing
group and individual student needs. 
 Become a more effective educator, counselor or therapist while supporting your own well being.
 Access and utilize a variety of tools and resources to support buy-in and funding for sustainable, school wide
Absolutely no yoga experience is required. In fact, participants are encouraged to wear regular, comfortable clothing
and flat-soled shoes to the workshop as we'll be simulating a classroom experience. This accessible, fun and
informative workshop will relax and inspire you.

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