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 Belle Plaine District 716


 Central District 108

 Eastern Carver County District 112

 Jordan District 717

 New Prague District 721

 Prior Lake-Savage District 719

 Shakopee District 720 


 Tri-City United District 2905

 Waconia District 110 

 Watertown-Mayer District 111 


Please check the course(s) you would like to register for at this time.*

 May 22, 23 & 25: CPI 12 Hour Initial Course | 3:30 - 7:30 PM each night | Located at 100 Hope Avenue, Jordan | Participants will be introduced to basic crisis intervention techniques.  Learn to recognize warning signs that allow for early intervention, plus how to use verbal and non-verbal techniques to avoid a violent confrontation.  You will also receive training in safe physical intervention procedures, including when to restrain and transport the acting out child.  An effective team approach to intervention will be introduced.

 June 8: Disability Awareness and Strategies for Safety | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | SWMetro will be offering a training specifically for special education paraprofessionals. This will take place at the 401 Building in Chaska. This is not currently a scheduled work day for paras.  You will be able to timesheet those hours. CONTENT: Learn the characteristics, strengths and needs of students identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Emotional Behavioral Disorder.  You will learn strategies on how to best respond and support students with these unique learning characteristics, and you learn tips and strategies that can be implemented to increase safety and well being in our school for staff and students. PRESENTERS:  Barbara Carlson Litscher, Behavior Analyst and Kristin Otto, Special Education Teacher and Regional Autism Representative 

 June 19-23: Life Space Crisis Intervention | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Jordan High School  $600.00. Non-member district fee add $50.00.

 July 18: Early Childhood Workshop | 9 AM - 2 PM | Shakopee Police Station 475 Gorman Street, Shakopee | 9am- noon:  Working with Preemies and their Families * Dr. Jolene Pearson (Bethel University and CEED/U of M)  will share her expertise about prematurity and what we as practitioners need to consider and understand during infancy and preschool years. 12:30- 2pm:  Understanding the Impact of Prenatal Drug Exposure  * Betsy Smith (Nurse Practitioner from U of M NICU unit) will share experiences and the impacts of prenatal drug exposure on infants and young children.  She will discuss "Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome" and how we can recognize these signs. Target Audience:  ECSE teachers, related service providers, public health nurses, social workers, Early Head Start and Head Start staff, Crisis Nursery providers, ECFE teachers, anyone working with young children and families. Cost: $35.00 Check or cash only.



AUGUST 14-17, 2017   

Located at: 401 East 4th Street , Chaska | $15.00 per class unless otherwise specified. All fees waved for SWMetro employees. Check or cash only.

 Monday, August 14: CPR | 8:00 - 11:30 AM | $25.00 fee 

 Monday, August 14: Life with Autism | 8:00 - 9:30 AM | What is Autism? Learn the common characteristics and challenges associated with autism in order to build a foundation for interpreting communication and behavior for those on the autism spectrum. Presented by: Lucas Scott, MN Autism Society.

 Monday, August 14: Autism Strategies & Tools | 9:45 - 11:45 AM | During this class we will discuss strategies for working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  We will discuss research based strategies, effective programming, and behavior management.  You will hopefully walk away with a gained knowledge for working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder with a variety of tools.  Presented by: Kristin Otto, SWM Special Education Teacher

 Monday, August 14: First Aid | 12:00 - 3:30 PM | $15.00 fee 

 Monday, August 14: CPI Specialty Class: How to Excel at Verbal Intervention |12:15 - 3:30 PM | Verbally intervening with a potentially disruptive or assaultive individual can seem overwhelming and chaotic. How do you assess the situation? What should you do first? There is no one-size-fits-all approach; rather, it takes a basic understanding of what you are trying to accomplish. A flexible approach is needed, as each individual is unique and each situation is different. The goal of this training program is to help participants become effective at verbal intervention. Learners will: *Identify differences among goals, strategies, and techniques, and why all three are necessary components of every verbal intervention. *Develop intervention strategies using short-term, median, and long-term goals. *Practice using the basic tools most often employed by a skilled intervener. *Support the Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security of staff and the individuals they support. Presnted by: Barbara Carlson-Litscher, SWM Behavior Anaylist


 Tuesday, August 15: Netiquette | 8:00 - 9:30 AM | What is online etiquette? Depending on your audience, and how you're communicating, there are different rules to be followed. This is called online etiquette, or netiquette for short. Online etiquette is the correct or acceptable way of communicating or behaving on the Internet. Participants will explore the different types of online etiquette, and review basic online rules for students. We will explore resources available for teaching digital etiquette as well as explore cyber tricks and scam and keeping students safe. Presented by: Ginger Gregory, SWM Technology Coordinator

 Tuesday, August 15: Calming Your Anxious Student | 9:45 -11:15 AM | Do you have a student that worries? A student who is a perfectionist? A student with so much anxiety you start to feel anxious? Learn strategies for calming your student (and helping you feel some relief too). Presented by: Renee Carlson, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

 Tuesday, August 15: Practical Interventions for Mental Health | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Knowledgeable teachers and staff who can make adjustments in their classrooms and in their approach to individual students can have a significant impact on a student’s ability to be successful in school. This presentation will discuss specific, practical strategies for addressing common concerns of students who struggle with anger, depression, anxiety and ADHD. Presented by: Liz Lemke, SWM School Social Worker & Jody Seurer, SWM Teacher of Visually Impaired 

 Tuesday, August 15: Children and Adolescent Mental Health: Suicide Awareness & Prevention | 1:45 - 3:15 PM | Participants will learn to recognize warning signs in children and adolescents as well as learn classroom strategies to use to help support students. Presentation will include creating a mentally healthy classroom and working with families of children who have suicidal thoughts. Presented by: Tawnya Ward, Licensed Phycologist


 Wednesday, August 16: English Language Learner | 7:30 - 9:00 AM | Experience culture shocks that an ELL student may experience. Learn what the researchers tell us about the impact of culture, language and socioeconomic factors on learning. Presented by: Helen Ahearn, SWM ABE Teacher

 Wednesday, August 16: Mental Health | 9:00 - 10:30 AM | In this presentation, information on a variety of disorders that affect students will be described including depression, anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. The educational implications will be discussed and suggestions for positive instructional strategies and classroom accommodations will be presented. Presented by: Jodi Sorenson, SWM School Social Worker 

 Wednesday, August 16: Accommodations/Modifications | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM | In this workshop, participants will learn about the legal requirements for teachers to implement the accommodations and modifications developed in 504 plans and IEPs. They will also learn through case study how to implement effective strategies that allow students to learn the content material and to communicate what they have learned. Presented by: Nora Nutt, SWM Reflections Teacher

 Wednesday, August 16: PBI - Transforming Challenging Behaviors in your Classroom | 12:30 - 2:00 PM | The best way to address a student’s challenging behavior is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Some challenging behaviors inevitably will occur despite the implementation of sound preventative measures. This workshop is organized around the positive behavior support model with a particular emphasis on strategies to promote pro-social behavior and prevent problem behavior for individual students who engage in persistent challenging behaviors. Attend this workshop to learn to: Identify why challenging behaviors occur and teach skills to replace them, implement strategies to prevent challenging behaviors and tips for what to do “in the moment” and use practical and manageable systems for collecting and analyzing data. Presented by: Veronica Fleury, ASD Coordinator, U of MN

 Wednesday, August 16: Reading | 2:00 - 3:30 PM | Meeting student deficits and exploring ideas to address basic comprehension skills within content areas and in mixed-ability classrooms. Presented by: Renae, Jelle, SWM Special Education Teacher


 Thursday, August 17: Drug Awareness | 8:00 - 9:30 AM | As a member of the Carver County Sheriff's Department and the SW Metro Drug Task Force, Amanda will share her knowledge on the illicit drugs that are currently in use and impacting our communities.  Participants will learn what these drugs are, the potential impacts, ways to recognize drug use, and the steps law enforcement takes. This is important information for all members of our community and especially for school staff working with youth and families. Presented by: Amanda Grundeman, Carver County Sheriff's Office

 Thursday, August 17: Supporting Skills in Augmentative & Alternative Communication | 9:45 - 11:15 AM | This talk will identify and explore a variety of communication modalities and the strategies for supporting students' skill development. Gain understanding in how and why communication systems are used. Learn about and discuss ways to structure opportunities for students to gain independence communicating across a variety of daily activities.Presented by: Sara Cline, SWM Speech & Language Pathologist

 Thursday, August 17: GOOGLE Basics | 9:45 - 11:15 AM | Joey will present the very basics of Google and beyond. Participants will learn how to log on, create a group email, attach a document, attach a profile picture, create and organize folders, share documents and much more. Presented by: Joey Hartlein, SWM IT Specialist

 Thursday, August 17: Let's Hear It! | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Come and share some of the experiences that Deaf or Hard of Hearing students encounter in the classroom. We will walk through some of the challenges that students and teachers face when different hearing abilities are present. We will provide opportunities to explore some of the accommodations and assistive technology that classroom teachers use to support student access to auditory information. Join us as we discuss identification, challenges and supports to foster success for our Deaf or Hard of Hearing students. Presented by: SWM D/HH & Auditory Team

 Thursday, August 17: Focus on Vision | 1:45 - 3:15 PM | Educators believe more than 80% of what children learn comes to them through their vision. Through intervention, students with visual impairments can become successful and independent.  Join us as we consider how vision impacts learning, how students qualify for vision services, and how we can support students in our classrooms with a vision impairment.Simulation activities on assistive technology and touch on human guide, will be demonstrated. Presented by: Beth McGarr & Jody Seurer, SWM Teachers of Visually Impaired 



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