November 5 Berkshire County Educators Prof. Development

SESSIONS AS FOLLOW:

ECEMHS10: Assistive Technology 101
Presented by:
Salvatore Garozzo
Intended Grade Level Audience: Early Childhood Educators, Elementary School Educators, Middle
School Educators, High School Educators
Intended Content/Focus Area: Special Education
Objectives: Each participant will be able to identify 3 potential AT devices for their students to use.
Narrative: The purpose of this workshop will be to cover some of the basic assistive technology
devices as well as some of the latest devices to help children with disabilities live their lives. Practical
case examples will be provided.
Location: Lenox Memorial Middle and High School
Demonstration of Professional Learning: Each participant can pick 1 student to introduce AT into
their lives
Maximum Number of Participants: 50

MHS16: Supporting LGBTQ Students in our Health Rooms, Medicare Reimbursement- the
Steps Needed, Self-Care Steps for Health Professionals
Presented by:
Joan Roy, Erica Baptist, Lisa Hoag.
Intended Grade Level Audience:Middle School Educators, High School Educators
Intended Content/Focus Area: OT/PT/SLP; School Nurses; Phys. Ed./Health; SPED
Objectives:Supporting our LGBTQ student population in our practice; Submitting for Medicare
Reimbursement to steps needed and care planning documents; Self-care steps for School Health
care professionals.
Narrative:The Safe Schools Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and
Questioning (LGBTQ) Students is a joint initiative between the Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth.
They are providing breakout sessions for health care professionals, physical education during the PD
day. Medicare reimbursement billing is now the responsibility of all districts. The health care
professionals will receive the details and instructions of what is needed with billing. Care planning and
providing proof of services provided. Letting go of that “stress full ” day – learning how to provide
self-care as medical professional through meditation and yoga movements.
Erica Baptist’s
Assessing common musculoskeletal injuries and immediate first aid.
Location: Lenox Memorial Middle and High School
Demonstration of Professional
l Learning:
Health Care professionals could provide evidence of how they supported students in their
practice, care plans templates could be provided for use with all
health care professionals. Learning skills for self-care could be shared with

ECEMHS29: The ABCs of Behavior Management
Presented by
: Sopheap Nhim
Intended Grade Level Audience: Early Childhood Educators, Elementary School Educators, Middle
School Educators, High School Educators
Intended Content/Focus Area: Psych/SAC/Guidance; Special Education
Objectives:1. Participants will have a general understanding of behavior principles and variables
affecting behavior. 2. Participants will learn about replacement behaviors.3. Participants will learn
about classroom management.4. Participants will have a general understanding of implementing
positive behavior supports in a school setting.
Narrative:Participants will learn the principles of applied behavior analysis and positive behavior
supports to identify functions of behavior, replacement skills, and interventions for classroom
management. Participants will be provided with tools to implement interventions for behavior change
in the classroom, home, and community setting.
Location:Lenox Memorial Middle and High School
Demonstration of Professional Learning:Participants will be able to identify a challenging
behavior with a student, determine the function, and replacement behaviors to reinforce. Participants
will make these decisions based on data collected. We will have materials for extension projects
created and given to participants at the end of the workshop. Assignments can be emailed to
presenters and/or administration.
Maximum Number of Participants: 30

ECEMHS34: Berkshire’s Best 2019: A Hands-On Workshop for Berkshire County Physical
Education and Health Educators
Presented by:
Sarah Burdsall
Intended Grade Level Audience: Early Childhood Educators, Elementary School Educators, Middle
School Educators; High School Educators
Intended Content/Focus Area: Physical Education / Health
Objectives:The objective of this professional learning opportunity is to meet as a group to explore
innovative ways in which physical educators reach their diverse populations. To this end, the
morning workshop will focus on teaching and learning and the afternoon session will address issues
of safety, diversity, and equity.
Narrative:The day will be divided into a morning and an afternoon session. In the morning,
educators will teach an innovative game or activity to the group. This is a hands-on workshop in
which all participants will be fully engaged and active in the lessons being facilitated. After lunch, a
trainer from the Safe Schools Program will join us for a 90-minute workshop to help us address
issues concerning equity, safety, and diversity as it relates to our roles in the schools as Physical
Educators, Health Educators, coaches and athletic directors. The participants will receive game and
activity materials in a booklet from the morning session that will be shared with all, and should expect
to receive materials from the Safe Schools training in the afternoon as well.
Location:Lenox Memorial Middle and High School
Demonstration of Professional Learning:A four-hour extension can be earned from this workshop
through a variety of measures. Participants can create units and lessons based on activities learned.
Participants can also use the afternoon workshop as an example of discussions and changes that
may need to be made in their respective schools in regard to gender identity and past practice.
Maximum Number of Participants: 50

ECEMH39: It’s An Emergency! Preparing for an Emergency for an Individual with Autism and
Other Disabilities
Presented by:
The Autism Collaborative of Berkshire County
Intended Grade Level Audience: Early Childhood Educators, Elementary School Educators, Middle
School Educators, High School Educators
PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is being offered in
the AM ONLY! Attendees will have the opportunity to attend the SAFE SCHOOLS
PRESENTATION in the PM.
Intended Content/Focus Area:
Emergency preparedness
Objectives:1. Educate about the need to pre-plan for emergencies for individuals with autism or
other disabilities 2. Importance of have an evacuation plan. 3. Importance of practicing 4. Tools
and strategies that can be utilized to keep individuals with disabilities safe. 5. The option of having a
“To go bag” available to help an individual “cope” with the stress of an emergency.
Narrative:The workshop is the quarterly meeting for the Berkshire County Autism Collaborative and
will be open to service providers and families in addition to school staff. Our goal is to educate all
about the need for a person centered safety plan and the possibility of the need for the plan to be a
part of a student’s IEP or ISP. Jason Dorval, an Autism Law Enforcement Training Consultant, and a
father of a child who is on the spectrum will provide an overview of his training. Lili Dwight founder of
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Galactic Fire alarms will talk about her product and the option of adaptive fire alarm equipment.
Members of the Collaborative will share stories about how they have developed adaptive emergency
plans. We will have samples of “To Go Bags” that families and professionals could use as a tool to
calm an individual during an emergency.
Location:Lenox Memorial Middle and High School
Demonstration of Professional Learning:School professionals will develop a plan for a student
described in a case study.
Maximum Number of Participants: 50