Professional Learning and Development Opportunities

  • Spring 2024 Online DRDP Professional Development Schedule

    Coffee Break Webinars: a quick look at resources and strategies for using the DRPD

    Learn Labs: in-depth one-hour sessions on linking DRDP results to instruction                         

    Registration Link: Click here to register.

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  • Building ONE team in Early Childhood!

    Dates: Fall Cohort (Nov. 2023 - Feb. 2024 or Spring Cohort (Mar. 2024-May 2024

    Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Building ONE student-centered team starts at the earliest level. The relationship between a family and a school district should be a shared responsibility that is taken seriously throughout a student's  educational career, and even all the more so when that child has special needs. No matter what your role, each ONE of us in that relationship shares ONE mission: to serve the best interests of the student. Therefore, step ONE is to build positive partnerships among all collaborative partners, resulting in less stress, fewer conflicts, better morale and more successful student outcomes! 

    These interactive and skill-based sessions, led by Marc Purchin, will offer proven tips and methods to do exactly that. Every participant will receive an electronic copy of Marc Purchin's new book Building Positive Parent and School Partnerships at no cost, which serves as a handy reference guide for staff and parents, as well as access to his podcasts. This new book explains more than 25 relevant communication skills and offers practical application for how to use them during student-focused meetings such as Individualized Education Program meetings (IEPs) and parent-teacher conferences. Every user-friendly chapter provides information and suggestions on how to practice each skill.  

    Registration Link: Click here to register.


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  • Zooming Ahead on Inclusive Practices

    Dates: 11/13/23, 12/18/23, 3/18/24, and 3/25/24

    Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Join us on our collective journey as we zoom out and zoom in on inclusive leadership practices with district and school leaders. 

    Session 1: Building Inclusive School Culture Through Leadership

    Session 2: The Impact of Inclusive Leadership

    Session 3: Collaborative Approaches for Inclusive Education

    Session 4: Navigating Inclusive Leadership Through Change 

    Registration Link: Click here to register. 


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  • Improving Outcomes for Multilingual Students with Exceptional Needs, 4-Part Series

    Dates: 11/9/23, 1/23/24, 3/5/24 and 5/10/24

    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    A Tiered of Approaching to Accessibility: Join us to learn more about the range of accessibility resources: Universal, Designated Supports, Accommodations, and Unlisted Resources, and the importance of implementing these supports for assessments and how to use them to inform daily instruction.

    Registration Link: Click  here  to register.

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  • Science of Reading Academy

    Dates: January to May 2024 Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    The Diagnostic Center Central is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our Spring 2024 Science of Reading Academy. This is a free, virtual professional learning opportunity for general and special educators, administrators, speech and language pathologists, and reading and literacy coaches, and paraprofessionals interested in learning more about how the brain learns to read and effective practices for teaching reading, including non-readers and those struggling to read. 

    Registration Link: Click here to register.


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  • An Updated Legal Blueprint to Challenging Behaviors and Other Discipline Issues for Special Education Administrators - Virtual Conference

    Date: February 28, 2024   Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Jose Martin, Esq. will review the fundamental limiting doctrines of IDEA applicable to disciplinary removals, including limits on short-term disciplinary removals, the manifestation determination review (MDR) requirement for disciplinary changes in placement and long-term removals, dealing with accumulations of short-term removals, the role of In-School Suspension (ISS), special offenses under IDEA, and pre-eligibility discipline protections for students that may be IDEA-eligible. In addition, the session will address the options available to schools in dealing with challenging and serious behaviors, including Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs), as well as extraordinary removal options, including hearing officer removals for dangerous behaviors and the potential for court injunctions. 

    Registration Link: Click here to register.

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  • The Interplay and Nuances of 504 and IDEA: What Special Education Administrators Need to Know - Virtual Conference

    Date: March 5, 2024   Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Alefia Mithaiwala, Esq., will share practical clarifications and guidelines of child find obligations under both the IDEA and Section 504 as well as compare and contrast eligibility determinations and the provision of FAPE under both laws. By attending this session, you'll learn:

    • How Section 504 and IDEA differ - and how they are similar - with respect to serving students with disabilities.
    • Key nuances about the criteria for eligibility under each law
    • Defining case law that sheds light on how these two laws are ruled on in court.

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  • "Be the One" Inaugural CalECSE Symposium

    Dates: March 7-8, 2024    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    The symposium will provide professional learning and capacity-building sessions for all participants, encouraging us all to "Be the One" in innovating our current systems to provide positive outcomes for California's youngest learners. 

    Topics Include (but not limited to):

    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Early Childhood Legal and Policy Updates
    • AAC & AT
    • Interagency Collaboration
    • Early Childhood Assessment Practices
    • Assessment Team Leadership 
    • Parent, Outreach, Support and Family Empowerment
    • Data Governance 
    • Innovative and Inclusive Preschool Practices
    • Evidence-Based Practices and Teaching/Therapy Techniques

    Registration Link: Click here to register.

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  • Best Practices in Non-Biased Assessment of English Learners With Potential Developmental Language Disorder - Virtual Conference

    Date: March 8, 2024   Time: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    There is an increasing number of culturally and linguistically diverse students who are English Learners (Els) in America's schools; many of these students come from undersaved, under-resourced communities. Professionals frequently experience challenges with differentiating language differences from Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) in EL students who are struggling in school. This workshop addresses non-biased assessment strategies and materials that can be used to differentiate language differences from DLD in EL students from any linguistic background. 

    Registration Link: Click here to register.

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  • Envisioning and Leading Equitable TK Classrooms

    Date: March 12, 2024   Tme: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    After exploring research and standards related to high-quality, developmentally appropriate instruction, leaders can identify specific "look fors" in TK classrooms to develop their instructional leadership for implementing California's UTK.

    Registration Link: Click here to register.

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  • Fostering Independent Executive Function Skills - Foundations Course, Virtual Conference

    Date: March 19, 2024   Time: 6:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

    Executive Functioning is an individual's ability to organize thoughts and activities, prioritize tasks, manage time efficiently, and make decisions. In this full-day training you will learn many strategies and techniques that you can bring to your classroom or practice that you can utilize immediately with your student/child with executive functioning deficits.

    Registration Link: Click here to register. 


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  • Impactful Strategies to Recruit, Support, and Retain a Racially Diverse Special Education Workforce - Virtual Conference

    Date: April 3, 2024   Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Dr. Liz Bettini and Ayana Bass, M.Ed., will discuss how districts can collaborate with teacher preparation programs to attract and sustain a more racially diverse special education workforce. You'll learn:

    • Underlying reasons our teacher workforce is disproportionately white
    • The evidence for why teachers of color are important
    • Collaborative, long-term strategies for attracting a more ethnoracially diverse special education workforce. 
    • The crucial importance of providing supportive, racially, and culturally affirming working conditions for retaining special educators of color. 

    Registration Link: Click here to register.

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  • How to Approach Student Discipline and the IDEA in 2024: Dotting Your "I"s and Crossing Your "T"s - Virtual Conference 

    Date: April 11, 2024   Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Rachel Nicholas, Esq., will provide practical insights into the IDEA's student discipline procedures during these more challenging times. You will learn:

    • What couts as a removal? Full day? 1 hour? Bus Suspension?
    • When does a removal equal a change in placement?
    • When is an MDR needed?
    • What is the difference between a pattern of removals and a  pattern of behavior?
    • Considerations for student discipline and remote learning.

    Registration Link: Click here to register.

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  • Universal Screenings for Reading Difficulties Including Dyslexia & Considerations for Future Implementation and Intervention

    Date: April 15, 2024   Time: 8:30 a.m.- 2:45 p.m.

    Adopted in July, Senate Bill 114 requires that by June 30, 2025, LEAs serving K-2 students must adopt one or more screening instruments from a state-approved list, and that by the 2025-26 school year and annually thereafter, LEAs must assess all K-2 students for risk of reading difficulties, and, if a student is identified as being at risk of having reading difficulties, LEAs must provide the student with supports and services. The professional learning experience, designed for both general education and special education professionals, brings together a variety of experts in dyslexia and reading difficulties, with the purpose to inspire, engage, and best prepare attendees for the important work ahead. 

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  • Legal Trends for 2024 - Virtual Conference

    Date: April 16, 2024   Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

    SELPA Administrators of California is proud to host this unique professional learning opportunity to help practitioners stay current on issues and trends to learn not only how to avoid frequent problem areas in the implementation of IDEA, but also how to work effectively with parents as partners in the IEP process. 

    Registration Link: Click here to register.

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  • CALPADS Special Education Data Spring Roadshow, InPerson and Virtual

    Date: April 18, 2024   Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    • The CDE will provide the latest updates on data collection in CALPADS End-of-Year 3 and 4 reporting for students with disabilities.

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  • How to Coach Teachers on Triangulating Data to Design Comprehensive IEPs - Virtual Conference

    Date: May 21, 2024   Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    In this session, you will learn: 

    • Key principles of data validation and data triangulation
    • Turnkey methods to utilize a diagnostic as a baseline and select additional assessments as needed
    • Practical tactics your teachers can implement to utilize data to inform goals and objectives and guide instruction

    Registration Link: Click here to register

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  • SIP Inclusion Conference - Driving Inclusion Forward: Shifting Beliefs into Action - Virtual Conference

    Date: May 9-10, 2024   Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    The conference will be a merging of visionary minds, featuring esteemed presenters firmly seated in the driver's position, steering us toward innovative inclusion strategies through their expertise and insights. Attendees will gain the tools needed to ignite change and sustain an environment where inclusivity isn't just a concept but a reality. 

    Registration Link: Click here to register.


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  • California Dyslexia Initiative Conference

    Date: June 11 - 12, 2024   Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

    This is a great virtual opportunity to see a variety of experts in the field of dyslexia, reading, and literacy. With 2 days of keynotes and sessions, we are sure you will enjoy this great event and carry knowledge and resources back to your classroom! Most sessions will be recorded and available for viewing for 30 days.

    Registration Link: Click here to register.

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