Southern Illinois Professional Development Center



Special Learning Needs

Special Learning Needs Professional Development Opportunities

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Special Learning Needs Resource Specialist Training

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Introduction to Special Learning Needs (SLN)

This unit is an overview that looks at the difference between learning preferences, learning difficulties and a learning disability as well as exploring learning style preferences. Strategies for effective instruction and providing an engaging learning environment for individuals with special learning needs and for ALL learners are explored.

No Fee

Professional Development Credit: 
This unit is worth 1 hour of professional development.


Testing Accommodations and the GED: An Overview and Update for Program/Service Providers (Part I of II)

Introduction

In this part I of II webinars, participants will receive a general overview of the accommodations process for the GED.  Specific attention will be directed at differences between the 2002 paper based GED and 2014 computer based test with respect to accommodations (i.e. process, role of staff, practice testing). This session will explore examples of computer based testing accommodations and discuss how the new format may affect issues of access for learners. The webinar will conclude with an overview of key questions and factors for ABE programs to consider if assisting students in seeking accommodations on the GED

No Fee

Professional Development Credit: 
This unit is worth 1 hour of professional development.


Documentation Essentials: A how-to-guide for disability coordinators and advocates assisting students applying for accommodations

Introduction

This session builds upon the earlier accommodations webinar but spends most of the time delving into the accommodation request forms and documentation guidelines for the GED. The webinar provides many screen shots of sample requests/documentation examples and outlines what exactly is needed for a request to be considered complete (i.e. rationale, functional limitations).  The session concludes with a broader overview of the ADA legislation and a consideration of additional measures to assist/advocate for learners beyond applying for accommodations.

No Fee

Professional Development Credit: 
This unit is worth 1 hour of professional development.

 
Matching Mainstream Technology Solutions to Assist Adults with Learning

In this course, Christopher Lee, internationally known expert and author of "Faking It: A Look Into the Mind of a Creative Learner" and "What About Me?: Strategies for Teaching Misunderstood Learners" explores free and low cost technology solutions for reading and writing.

Topics include computer operating system access features, applications support options (eg. Microsoft Word), speech-to-text, text-to-speech, useful apps and resources. This unit will also expose you to mainstream technology solutions to help your students learn and cope.

No Fee

Professional Development Credit:

This course is worth one hour of professional development credit.

10 Minute Interview Video

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