Professional Development

Capacity Building Services for Schools & School Districts

LDA Minnesota offers trainings and consultants to assist schools and school districts with professional development and implementation of new educational practices, strategies, and curricula.

LDA has skilled experience in facilitating Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). By nature, a PLC can be centered on nearly any educational theme, and often these themes are chosen by the school. Where schools, or teams within a school, are uncertain, LDA Minnesota staff has expertise in looking at student data to draw out building-wide areas that may be targets for improvement.

All LDA educational workshops are presented by experienced educators in the fields of learning disabilities, ADHD, and educational best practices. As specialists in learning, our experts realize that participants learn best when they are engaged through a variety of activities, so workshops are interactive, appealing, and participatory. The workshop format could include small group discussion, activities, visual learning tools, role-playing, and large group discussion.

Training topics:

ADHD and Academic Performance

Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder affects 11% of school-age children. This workshop explains what ADHD is, how it affects academic performance, and strategies, accommodations and modifications for helping a student with ADHD. This workshop can be adapted to specific age/grade characteristics and suggested interventions.

Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities affects 1 in 5 individuals. An often misunderstood disorder, learning disabilities can affect a person’s ability to speak, listen, read, write, spell, reason, recall, organize information, and do mathematics. This session will cover the basic definition and symptoms of learning disabilities and provide an understanding to tutors on signs and symptoms to watch for in young children. Additionally, some suggestions for strategies will be discussed.

Behavior Management: Strategies to Deal with Challenging Behaviors

This workshop will help provide a foundation for managing behaviors and setting up a positive learning environment for volunteers, tutors or teachers who work with small groups or classrooms. Practical application and ideas will be shared to use.

The Behavior Cycle

This workshop portrays a child’s escalating behavior cycle and provides specific strategies based on the behavior cycle. This session helps tutors and teachers understand how to proactively set up the environment, respond appropriately, and plan for children that may escalate difficult behaviors.

Multi-sensory Strategies 

Multi-sensory teaching techniques help a child to learn through more than one sense. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development have shown that for children with difficulties in learning to read, a multisensory approach is the most effective teaching method. Tutors and teachers will be presented with a variety of multi-sensory tools and strategies to use when teaching reading, math, and writing.

Reading Strategies for Elementary Students

This workshop describes for the five areas of reading in the National Reading Panel recommendations: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Strategies, best practices and resources are provided to help tutors and teachers effectively teach reading to young children.

Reading Strategies for Secondary Students

This workshop describes for the five areas of reading in the National Reading Panel recommendations: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Strategies, best practices and resources are provided to help tutors and teachers effectively teach reading to students in grades 7-12.

Executive Function Skills

Executive functions consist of a variety of "higher-order" mental processes and behaviors. They are skills that help the brain organize and act on information. These skills enable a person to plan, organize, remember things, prioritize, pay attention, and get started on tasks. Many individuals with ADHD or LD struggle in the area of executive functioning. Tutors and teachers will learn more about this topic and be provided with strategies and interventions for the different executive functioning areas. The focus is on students K-12.

Culture, Diversity & Bias

How do you work with a diverse group of individuals who are different than you? Do you know your own culture and what is important and why? Do you know how that might impact working with others who are different than you? Differences may be challenging but it doesn’t have to be. Come learn more about what impacts culture, ideas to help cross cultural lines and discussion of various cultural/racial topics.

Response to Intervention

LDA Minnesota has special expertise in Response to Intervention (RTI) and can assist schools and districts in planning and implementing an RTI system in areas including:

  • Assessing readiness for RTI
  • Preparing for RTI
  • Establishing policies and decision-making rules
  • Providing Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions
  • Staff development on all aspects of RTI

The trainings are generally 1.5 – 2 hours. The cost $100 per hour. LDA Minnesota can tailor a workshop to fit your training needs. Customized workshops vary in price, based on the degree of preparation required and the length of the workshop.

If you are looking for a topic related to LD, ADHD or behavior and you don’t see it on our list, let us know! We may have someone on staff that can help. We’ve listed our most common workshop topics.

 

For more information, email LDA Minnesota or call 952-582-6000.