Instructional Services

Southwest REC 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!


To support your efforts as you work to meet the needs of the students in your school district, SWREC offers professional development and technical assistance workshops to groups and individuals. We are happy to enter the classroom and work directly with your teachers and staff or to schedule group training sessions with directors and principals. We’ll do whatever we can to lend our expertise in the following and many more areas to help meet the individual needs of your school:

  • Structured Literacy-Core and Support for LETRS Trained Teachers
  • Secondary Literacy
    • Layer 1-UDL
    • Layer 2 & 3-Interventions and Role of SAT
  • Istation
  • Using Data for Decision Making
  • Instructional Strategies
    • Cooperative Groups
    • Positive Talk
  • Classroom Management
  • Dictado-ELD Support/Support for L2
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Standards and Instructional Alignment Training
  • Math
  • Leadership Academy
  • Instructional Coach Training
  • Principal & Teacher Mentorship
  • Paraprofessional/Teacher Team Training
  • Parent and Family Engagement
  • Technology Integration

Special Education Workshops & Services

  • Special Education Teacher Mentoring
  • Cooperative Goal Writing
  • IDEA Law
  • Behavior Intervention Plans
  • Facilitating IEPs
  • Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Planning Specially Designed Instruction
  • Prior Written Notice
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • SPED 101
  • Modifications and Accommodations
  • File Reviews
  • CPI
  • Parental Rights
  • Data Collection and Present Levels
  • Understanding Diagnostician Evaluation
  • TEAM

Current Workshops

As we schedule workshops or have information about upcoming professional development opportunities in our area, we at Southwest REC will keep you informed through our newsletter, on our calendar, and as it is appropriate, we will provide additional workshop information here as well.

Explore our offerings by navigating through this interactive slideshow. Should you find a training that piques your interest, utilize the links within the slideshow or visit our calendar to secure your spot by registering!

Online Workshops & Distance Education

Need some professional development hours that will fit your schedule? We’ve collected links to workshops that are conducted entirely online at your convenience. All are free of charge. Browse these resources to find out more.

Teacher Mentoring

The SWREC provides training and mentorship for teachers. We’ve tailored our training to meet the needs of beginning professionals and continuing education while complying with state requirements for the licensure program. Teacher mentoring activities include the following:

  • Provide face-to-face and virtual trainings
  • Use Coaching Cycle to develop goals, plan, establish metrics and timelines, and provide opportunities for teacher reflection to improve instructional practices
  • Assistance for administrators to ensure ongoing support for new and alternatively licensure teachers
  • Support districts to develop on-site mentors as requested or as needed
  • Provide on-site support for real-time instruction to include:
    • Modeling—whole group and small group
    • Classroom management support
    • Co-teaching
    • Non-evaluative observations
    • Face-to-face and virtual feedback sessions
    • Standards aligned Unit and Lesson Planning
    • PLC participation
    • Data analysis