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Professional Development

Southwest strives to provide support for member districts to meet the needs of continuing professional development. A mark of highly qualified teachers is the commitment to hone their craft and their willingness to learn new ways of teaching to meet the needs of their diverse students. However, we understand how difficult it can be for administrators to feed the constant demand for good quality, targeted, effective professional development. That’s where we come in!


Teacher Mentoring

The SWREC provides training and mentorship for teachers that is tailored to meet the needs of beginning professionals and continuing education while complying with state requirements for our three-tier licensure program. 

Teacher mentoring activities include:

  • Training in our three-tier licensure system and dossier preparation
  • State required monthly training for beginning teachers
  • Classroom observation
  • One-on-one assistance
  • Other district requested activities

Workshops

SWREC offers professional development and technical assistance workshops to groups and individuals to support the efforts of your district in meeting the needs of your students. We would be happy to enter the classroom and work directly with your teachers and staff or to schedule group trainings with directors and principals. However we can help to meet the individual needs of your school, we are happy to lend our expertise in these and many more areas:

  • 3-tier Literacy Intervention
  • Classroom Management
  • DIBELS
  • Paraprofessional Training
  • 6-trait Writing
  • Using Data for Decision Making
  • Multiple Intelligences and Differentiated Instruction
  • Parental Rights and Responsibilities
  • Safety Plans and Homeland Security
  • Classroom Modifications and Accommodations

Special Education Specific Workshops

We also provide professional development opportunities and resources that are specific to special education and IDEA laws. Some of our workshops include:

  • Least Restrictive Environment Overview
  • Behavior Manifestations
  • Writing Goals and Objectives for IEPs
  • IDEA Law
  • Behavior Intervention Plans
  • Transition
  • Medicaid in Schools
  • Facilitating IEPs
  • Functional Behavioral Assessments
  • Identifying the Gifted Child

Schedule a Workshop

Do you have a professional development workshop need or idea? Give us a call! Let’s collaborate and meet the needs of your school. Contact our special projects coordinator, Bruce Cranmer  for more information.



Online Workshops

Need some professional development hours that will fit your schedule? We’ve collected several links to workshops that are conducted entirely online at your convenience. Some are provided free of charge, some are provided for college credit. Browse the links below to find out more.



Current Workshops

As we schedule workshops or have information about upcoming professional development opportunities in our area, we at Southwest will inform you through our News page  and calendar. As it is appropriate, we will provide links here to additional workshop information.



Additional Information

Here are a few additional links you may find helpful in planning and administrating professional development for your staff.