Most popular workshops include …
I work primarily with school districts, family groups, and advocacy organizations. Most of my work is
focused on helping teachers, advocates, and parents learn about inclusive education, differentiated instruction and collaboration.
Most events are booked six months or more in advance. Sharing your dates early in the planning process helps to ensure availability.
A few of my most popular workshops are:
Presume Competence, Prioritize Peers & 10 Other Things Every Paraprofessional Needs to Know
Paraprofessionals assigned to support students with disabilities in the general education classrooms are critical members of inclusive schooling teams. Many, however, feel they do have adequate background knowledge about the “what”, “why” and “how” of inclusive schools. This workshop is designed to support new and veteran paraprofessionals who work in inclusive classrooms and need skills to collaborate with colleagues and support diverse groups of learners.
This strategy-packed workshop will provide paraprofessionals with a few “big ideas” about supporting students with disabilities (e.g., presuming competence, honoring the “least dangerous assumption”, considering the dignity of risk, teaching up). It will also be filled with practical, easy-to-integrate techniques and strategies that can be used in K-12 inclusive classrooms (e.g., visual supports, indirect communication, choices, natural supports).
Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?
Based on the book by the same title, this presentation is not only filled with ideas for teaching diverse learners, but is also focused on change itself. More specifically, it is focused on how those concerned about inclusion can create change even when they are not in positions of power. The activities, examples, and illustrations in this workshop are designed to help participants refine their vision and their skills when it comes to inclusion. The ideas are no or low cost, and many can be achieved by any number of stakeholders—including students and families. Learn tried-and-true techniques, as well as some out-of-the box solutions such as involving traditional and social media, “shrinking” the change, phoning for help, advertising, and writing your way to progress.
You’re Going To Love This Kid!: Educating Students with Autism In Inclusive Schools
Based on Paula’s book, this interactive session, participants will learn practical ways of supporting students with autism spectrum labels and other disabilities within a general education classroom. Topics addressed include defining (and redefining) autism, listening to the voices of those on the spectrum, differentiating instruction, creating more active and responsive lessons, making the classroom comfortable, and providing opportunities for communication and social skill support.
Note: this workshop can also be adapted to address all students with special needs.
From Text Maps to Memory Caps: Differentiating Instruction in K-12 Classrooms
This idea-filled, interactive workshop is focused on using teacher-created materials to meet the needs of all learners in inclusive schools. Educators will learn ways to engage, motivate, support, and inspire a diverse group of students by creating classroom games, study aids, visuals supports, teaching tools, and review materials. Participants will learn about strategies and adaptations and will have opportunities to try some of them out as well.
Joyful Learning: Using Active and Collaborative Structures to Differentiate Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
Too often a “one-size-fits- all” approach is used to design lessons leaving some learners struggling to participate and leaving teachers feeling they have not reached all of their students. In this interactive session, participants will apply principles of differentiation by exploring a number of collaborative, active, and brain-compatible learning techniques aimed at engaging students and making learning joyful. In this workshop, participants will apply principles of differentiation by exploring a number of collaborative, active, and brain-compatible learning techniques. The session is based on her book by the same title, and is appropriate for teachers in K-12 classrooms.
We Thought You’d Never Ask: Voices From the Spectrum
In this keynote presentation, Paula will explore the gap between the dominant discourse in autism and the stories of people on the spectrum themselves. She will share excerpts from her documentary film on the voices of people with autism and discuss what their voices and messages mean for our daily work in schools and communities.
A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism
Too many on the spectrum are excluded from literacy experiences that are inclusive, rich, and appropriately challenging. In this workshop that is based on her book by the same title, the reasons for these exclusions will be explored and a rationale for providing inclusive supports will be offered. Several strategies for supporting students with autism and Asperger syndrome in reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities will also be shared.