The education field has a great need for high quality professional development for educators and related service providers in the field of special education. The Teaching Research Institute is proud to offer teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and other agency partners evidence-based training. Full day sessions will include the presentation of the material and hands-on learning activity sessions which can be adapted to fit the needs of the audience. Trainers encourage break-out sections for diverse audiences.
Jackie Burr is a Special Education Secondary Transition Specialist. She has over 40 years of experience in education, including State level special education monitoring, professional development, special education administration and special/general education teaching. Jackie Burr brings many years of secondary transition experience to the professional development sessions to prepare districts, agencies, students and professionals for the successful transition of students from education to successful outcomes with the most appropriate diploma option.
Her prior working experience includes working at the Oregon Department of Education as the Secondary Transition Specialist and the West Virginia Department of Education as a Special Education Specialist. Jackie holds two Master of Education degrees from West Virginia University.
New Teacher Training
Do you have special education teachers starting their first year of teaching? Are they in need of information about how to get started? How to prepare for IEP meetings? How to analyze and collect data for each section of the IEP? How to handle difficult procedural questions?
Paraeducator Supervision/Training Series
Have you developed all of the skills needed for supervising the paraeducators that are assigned to you to assure student success? Are you in need of training components for Paraeducators?
Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
Need help writing post secondary goals based on age appropriate assessment that you have already completed? Do you know when to ask another agency to get involved? Want to get transition students involved in the IEP process of deciding what they want to do when they get out of school?
Are families actively participating in the IEP process? Are IEP teams able to function in an open manner to make the best student decisions possible?
Do you know how to analyze your Post Secondary Outcome Data? Do you know how to use those results for program improvement?
Do you have questions about the Oregon Diploma for students with disabilities? Modified Diploma? Extended Diploma? Alternative Certificate? How do the Essential Skills Rules apply to other diploma options?
Need help writing post secondary goals based on age appropriate assessment that you have already completed? Do you know when to ask another agency to get involved? Is it hard to get your transition students involved in the IEP process of deciding what they want to do when they get out of school?
Sandra Gruhn is a Special Education Professional Development Specialist. She has over 30 years of experience in the field of special education. Her experience includes professional development, special education administration and special education teaching. She brings her experience to the trainings on IEP development, meeting facilitation, working effectively with families, paraeducator supervision and secondary transition.
Her prior working experience includes working at the Oregon Department of Education as the High School Transition Specialist. and a Professional Development specialist for the Northwest Regional Education Service District. She has served as the Special Education Coordinator in small and large districts in Oregon. Her education includes a Master’s of Education degree from the University of Oregon and an Administrative License from Lewis and Clark College
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