SESC Classes

Standard course offerings are delivered by SESC Cadre trainers through instructive and interactive means allowing for participant understanding of topic elements. Customized workshops tailored to the unique needs/circumstances of the requesting group can also be provided on a limited basis. SESC professional learning courses are available throughout the year. For current offerings, visit the WEA Website.

The Special Education Support Center (SESC) offers professional learning courses to schools, districts, community groups, advocacy organizations, and individuals upon request. Customized workshops tailored to the unique needs/circumstances of the requesting group can also be provided on a limited basis. Professional learning courses are offered to groups with a minimum of 15 and maximum of 50 participants. For more information contact Special Populations Program Coordinator Phyllis Campano (

Below is a list of all the trainings that have occurred. Note that that these courses may not be currently available. For the current list of courses, please visit the Online Courses page.


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This course provides participants with clarification around the definition of IEP and 504 Plan accommodations, IEP modifications, and specially designed instruction as well as practical strategies to use in the classroom to support all students. The course covers accommodation and modification options, how to select and define using data based decision making, and how to ensure compliance through implementation of the IEP or 504 Plan.
This course provides participants with practical strategies to use in the classroom to support all students, including those with disabilities. The course covers a variety of possible accommodations, categorized by presentation, setting, response, and timing/scheduling. Modifications to curriculum will be discussed and examples will be provided. Additionally, a small portion of the course will address how staff can advocate for student accommodations and modifications during an IEP.
An introductory course defining autism and characteristics of autism. This presentation also introduces teaching strategies, on an introductory level, that can be implemented in a General Education classroom as well as special education classroom.
This course is designed to look at defining and implementing Evidence Based Practices for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) across multiple settings. It will include some review of how ASD is defined and diagnosed. The course will cover the following evidence-based practices and strategies: Visual Supports, Antecedent-based Interventions, Discrete Trial Teaching, Prompting, Social stories, and Self-Management. Kitten
Participants in the Behavior Workshop learn why behavior interventions are necessary and effective in setting the context for quality instruction and learning. This 20- clock hour course will follow two PLC-style learning cycles: The first cycle provides a grounding in behavior intervention strategies and provides tools to assess current practice as it relates to assuring a productive learning environment. In the second cycle, participants use the self-assessment as a reference point in designing, implementing, and documenting outcomes from behavior intervention plans. This Behavior course extension alternates between synchronous Zoom sessions and asynchronous activity facilitated through SESC’s LearnDash LMS, as follows: A 2-hour Zoom, [date/time], presenting the why & what of Behavior Intervention Two weeks, [dates], for reading, reflection, & self-assessment A 2-hour Zoom, [date/time], focusing on Behavior Intervention planning. Four weeks for designing, implementing, and monitoring student outcomes resulting from the participant’s Behavior Intervention plan. A 2-hour Zoom, [date/time], for sharing reflections on gains in student learning, recent impact on practice, and next steps/challenges moving forward.
Participants will be cultivating a growth mindset when working with students with social, emotional, and behavioral needs. They will learn about the different lens of behavior and high leverage practices for supporting students with social, emotional, and behavioral needs in inclusive classrooms. They will identify the root causes and different functions of behavior.
This course looks beyond self-motivation and the innate desire to succeed. It examines the difference between rewards and bribes while taking into consideration the need for all student to feel successful. The participants will compare adult and student perspectives to understand the underlying principles that drive motivation. Using positive behavior supports and these perspectives, the participant will obtain ideas and resources to effectively create, track, and facilitate a reward system within a variety of academic settings to include distance learning.
This webinar will help teachers foster imagination and purposeful action around community, hospitality, and justice.
This course emphasizes the use of communication, non-verbal gestures, and questions to build empathy and increase student engagement in rigorous curricular lessons.
This webinar will discuss how to teach students necessary skills to confidently navigate virtual learning communities and also help students transition to virtual/remote learning that seems familiar to face-to-face instruction.