Professional Learning Sessions Upon Request

The following Professional Learning Sessions are available upon request during the 2018-19 school year. Complete details about each of the sessions can be found in the Professional Learning booklet or on the Coursewhere Registration site.

Academic Strategies for the Paraprofessional

This training will provide academic strategies in Reading and Mathematics tailored to the unique role of the paraprofessional. Skills are applicable for classroom support and small group skill building. This training is meant to be site-based for specific buildings or districts, so that particular needs can be better met through customized design.

To be scheduled by the district/building administrator by contacting Mike Wolf, Char-Em ISD Teacher Consultant, at These sessions are four hours.

Foundations of Mathematics (5 Days)

This training is designed to develop teachers’ mathematical content knowledge and ability to deliver a coherent mathematical message through instruction.

To be scheduled by the district/building administrator by contacting Scott Koziol, Char-Em ISD Director of Instructional Services at These sessions are four hours.

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention De-Escalation Training

The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) program is designed to teach participants critical skills for preventing and defusing disruptive or risk behaviors.  It meets the State Board of Education policy on the use of seclusion and restraint, and the requirements to have staff appropriately trained in techniques when emergency restraint is required. Policy requires schools to have behavioral support systems, awareness training for all instructional staff, and comprehensive training for key identified staff. Successful participants will be certified through the Crisis Prevention Institute.

Contact Vikki Hennard, PhD, Char-Em ISD Behavior Consultant, for details at

Using Data Teams to Drive School Improvement Onsite Support!

This is an opportunity for onsite (in your building) facilitation and modeling of data-driven practices and dialogues for the purposes of school improvement. Work is customizable to the data sets being utilized and team needs.

To be scheduled by the district/school Data Coordinator and/or Principal by contacting Julie Bergmann, Char-Em ISD School Improvement and Data Coordinator at

Online Professional Learning Sessions

Autism Internet Modules Ongoing through May 2019

Forty-five multi-media modules are available. The modules are created by experts in the field of autism and range from 30 minutes to three hours in length. Completing the modules will increase understanding of evidence-based interventions and other aspects of autism across the settings of home, school, community and work. No prior knowledge is needed to benefit from the modules. Participants can earn from 3 to 72 SCECHs.  Access the course outline, registration information, and access to the modules.

Guided Practice with Illuminate Sept. 4 – Dec. 15 and/or Jan. 2 – May 17

Are you interested in using Illuminate to help construct assessments or identify student learning needs, but just need a little support to get started or hone your skills? The videos and webinars accessible here might be just what you need. They are designed to help you assess which features of Illuminate might help you “work smarter not harder” to assess and identify individual student learning needs.

Contact Julie Bergmann, Char-Em ISD School Improvement and Data Coordinator, for details,

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