Professional Development

Professional development workshops will be tailored to your faculty's unique needs. Here is a sampling of engaging workshops previously given

Special Education and the Common Core
This workshop looks at how to "level the playing field" for special education students so they can access the Common Core curriculum. It also provides instruction and practice in writing IEP goals that are in line with CCSS.

Maximum Achievement for Struggling Readers
This workshop will demonstrate how to use data to develop a targeted intervention program that is proven to raise the achievement for struggling readers. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of reading instruction, how to identify what is getting in the way of reading achievement, and how to develop a successful intervention plan. Attendees will walk away with tools and resources.

Learning and the Brain 
This is a series of three, two hour workshops, Reading and the Brain, Writing and the Brain, and Math and the Brain. In these experiential workshops participants will learn about the cognitive underpinnings of learning and how to use that information to target intervention or adapt classroom practices to meet the needs of complex learners. 

Reading Intervention Beyond the Program
Pinpont the specific areas in reading in which each child needs intervention. Learn multi-sensory intervention techniques for grades K-3. Learn interdisciplinary techniques for grades 4-8 and 9-12.

Phonics Unveiled
Research shows that for struggling readers, sequential and explicit instruction in phonics can actually improve brain activity when reading. Learn how to teach phonics from letter sounds to multi-syllabic words. This workshop is great for teachers who are teaching young students to read for the first time, as well as intervention teachers of older students who are struggling with reading.

Attention and Learning
Learn the 15 subcategories of attention, how they look in the classroom, and strategies for addressing them.

Special Education Classifications, What Are They, What Do They Mean and What Do You Do Now?

Differentiation From the Inside, Out
The first step toward a differentiated classroom is to understand the students. In this experiential workshop, participants will experience what it feels like to be a learning disabled student in a general education classroom. Attendees will leave with quick and easy-to-implement strategies and tools for differentiation.

Differentiated Instruction - Learn various methods for reaching and engaging a variety of abilities in your classroom. Learn how to take a lesson plan and adapt it for differentiation.

Behavior Management
Learn effective strategies to use in your classroom. Learn how to implement the "Magic Circle," a daily therapeutic group. Hollis' years of working with emotionally disturbed students in "day treatment" gave her a plethora of proven strategies.

Effective Assessments
Learn how to create, find and/or utilize pre-existing assessments to pinpoint the specific breakdowns in a child's academic performance. With these results develop a plan to meet the needs of these students.

How to Analyze Data for Effective Intervention
You have the results from the state tests or in-house assessments, now what? How to use this information to design the most effective intervention for each student.

Project Based Learning
Keep your students engaged with tools learned in this hands-on workshop.

"I had the pleasure of attending one of Ms. Dannaham's workshops on Learning and the Brain.
She did an excellent job of taking a complicated subject and making it meaningful and applicable to our
daily lives as educators. Ms. Dannaham is a fabulous presenter and has a wonderful presence.
I would highly recommend her workshops."

— Laura Jensen, Library Media Specialist, Rippowam-Cisqua School