Professional Development Workshops for Educators
Our workshops are designed for all educators who support students with special needs including: Teachers, ECEs, EAs, Superintendents, Principals, Vice Principals, Special Education Teachers, and Curriculum Consultants/Coordinators
For payment, bring a cheque or cash with you on the day of the workshop. Cheques should be made payable to “Amethyst School”. Receipts are available when you pay.
These workshops are also available to book to come to your location. Please fill out the following form to book a workshop at your location. For more info call 519-453-4400, Ext. 1527.
***Lunch is not included with any of our workshops but you may bring a nut-free lunch to eat on site or walk/drive to one of the many nearby restaurants.
Assistive Technology Series
*Our Assistive Technology Series workshops have a limit on registrations so that each person has a device. If you have your own device, please indicate that on your registration. Once we reach our limit, the registration form for the workshop will no longer be available. If this happens, please place yourself on the wait list for the workshop. You will see the wait list link on the registration page. We will let you know a minimum of 2 days before the workshop if a spot opens up for you to attend.
Lexia Core 5: Interpreting the Data
Date: Feb 8, 9:00am - 10:30am, registration closes Feb. 5, 2017
Are you using the online K-Gr 5 program called Lexia to support your students’ reading? This workshop will take you through some different ways that you can use the assessment data provided by Lexia Core 5 to support your students’ achievement in reading.
*Google Read & Write – Beginners
Date: Feb 16, 9:00am - 11:45am, registration closes Feb. 13, 2017
If your School Board provides you with a login to access Google Read & Write and you want some support in getting started with your students, this workshop is for you. Come and learn about how you can support students by using Google Read & Write for text-to-speech and speech-to-text applications. This workshop will take place in one of our labs where you will log in and get to work so don’t forget your own Google Read & Write login information.
*Dragon, Kurzweil and Microsoft
Date: Feb 16, 1:00pm - 3:15pm, registration closes Feb. 13, 2017
If your School Board uses Microsoft, Dragon and Kurzweil as the suite of Assistive Technology programs and you want to learn more about how to support your students’ use of these programs, this workshop is for you. We will take you through the basics of these platforms so that you can provide what your students need to make the most of these programs to support their learning through text-to-speech and speech-to-text.
*Part 1: [WWW] Whatever, Whenever, Wherever Assistive Tech via iPhone/iPad
Date: Feb 22, 9:00am - 11:45am, registration closes Feb. 19, 2017
If your students have or have access to an iPad or iPhone, this workshop will help you to support them to set up their iAccessibility Features and some free apps that make their iPad or their iPhone into a comprehensive assistive device that they can have with them to support them wherever they are with whatever they are doing. Although this workshop is geared to supporting students who use tech to support reading and writing, there will also be some time spent on Accessibility features that support students with various needs along the spectrum of Special Needs (i.e. Developmental, Autism, LD, MID, ADHD)
*Part 2: [WWW] Scanning, AERO, and App Smashing
Date: Feb 22, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, registration closes Feb. 19, 2017
This workshop will focus on scanning both with a scanner as well as a phone or handheld device. This workshop is multi-platform so is not specific to iDevices. It will also show you how to access all of the online textbooks etc. that are available to you and your students through AERO. Then we will show you how to bring all of the pieces together to easily and quickly access texts through text-to-speech and speech-to-text applications.
*Google Read & Write and Extensions – Advanced Users
Date: Mar 7, 9:00am - 11:45am, registration closes Mar. 5, 2017
If your School Board provides you with a login to access Google Read & Write and you are already using it, this is the workshop for you. In this workshop you will learn about how to support your students with more advanced features Google Read & Write as well as with extensions. One of the extensions that will be part of this is the Fluency Tutor extension which may also be of interest to FSL teachers. This workshop will take place in one of our labs where you will log in and get to work so don’t forget your own Google Read & Write login information.
Professional Practice Series:
Empower Me! Understanding LD and Reading
Date: Feb 7, 8:45am - 12:00pm, snow date Feb 9, registration closes Feb. 3, 2017
In this workshop, we will discuss what LD is and how it can impact students in the area of Reading. Karen Steinbeck from Sick Kids Hospital will be co-facilitating this workshop. We will go over some key strategies that support students with LD with reading. You will have a brief overview of the programming at Amethyst and then will have a chance to watch an Empower lesson in the classroom where you can see these strategies in action. **Please note that this workshop does not provide any kind of training for the Empower program developed by Sick Kids Hospital.
Tier 1-3: Supporting Struggling Readers
Date: Feb 7, 1:00pm - 4:15pm, snow date Feb 9, registration closes Feb. 3, 2017
In this workshop, we will review what LD is and deconstruct learning to read into its component parts. We will outline Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 supports and a systematic approach to improve Reading. You will learn about neuroscience and instructional strategies for LD (i.e. Direct, Explicit, Systematic Instruction) and how they can be used in the classroom. As a Tier 3 support, you will also learn about the Amethyst program: how students apply and are accepted into the program, and what we do to improve Reading at Amethyst. This workshop includes a tour of the facility.
LD and Math: Ideas for Class
Date: Mar 28, 8:30am - 11:45am, registration closes Mar. 23, 2017
In this workshop we will review what LD is and what it can look like in Mathematics. We will share some ideas of strategies that we use in our classrooms that support students with LD but that are also good for the rest of the students in the classroom.
LD and Math: the IEP
Date: Mar 28, 1:00pm - 3:30pm, registration closes Mar. 23, 2017
In this workshop we will review what LD is and how it can impact students in the area of Mathematics. We will go over creating a student profile using data from a Psycho-Ed and how that profile can help you to develop IEPs with specific accommodations for Math. You will create a profile for a student with LD and use that profile and your knowledge of the student to develop accommodations for Math for the student’s IEP. We will provide you with an example Psycho-Ed report to use or you may bring one of your own to use.