Thursday, March 30, 2017

Please read the notice below for some significant changes coming to the SERC Library -

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Equinox!!!!

Old Farmer's Almanac picture
Happy Spring Equinox - are we New Englanders happy for this day or what!    Spring officially began today Monday, March 20th at 6:29 am EDT, still had to warm up my car since it was only around 22 this morning at 7:15 am in the sun in the car, however, for a great many of us, we are still looking at the remains of the snow fall from Tuesday, March 14th.  We definitely are hopeful that "March has come in like a lion and will leave like a lamb"!  Well we can always be optimistic, opening day at Fenway is April 3rd, now you know which metropolitan city gets my loyalty!  To learn more about the Spring Equinox,  check out the links below:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Free Webinar - Tuesday, March 21st


Strategies to Improve Behavior and Instruction in the Classroom

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Strategies to Improve Behavior
Presented by Lee Kern, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Center for Promoting Research to Practice; with Michael George, Ed.D., Director, Centennial School of Lehigh University
Sponsored by Brookes Publishing
If you attend the live session, you’ll be emailed a CE certificate within 24 hours of the webinar. If you view the recording and would like a CE certificate, join theTeaching All Students: Practical Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms community and go to the Webinar Archives folder to take the CE quiz.
In this webinar, Lee Kern, Ph.D., and Michael George, Ed.D., will provide basic classroom management and instructional strategies that have a large impact on problem behavior and learning. They will introduce three basic behavior management strategies and three powerful instructional strategies that will greatly improve student behavior and learning. Specific steps of each strategy will be described in detail so that participants can readily implement the interventions in their own classrooms with little additional preparation.
Dr. Kern and Dr. George will familiarize you with assessments that will allow you to take a deeper look at your classroom environment in order to optimize behavior and learning over the long term. Attendees will be introduced to assessments that will help them determine strengths in their classroom and identify areas needing improvement. The information will link directly to classroom improvements.
Dr. Kern and Dr. George will share how to:
  • Identify classroom features that contribute to optimal learning and appropriate behavior
  • Assess the environment in your own classroom to determine variables contributing to behavior and learning problems
  • Describe three strategies to improve student behavioral outcomes and three instructional approaches that will enhance student engagement and motivation
There will be time for Dr. Kern and Dr. George to answer your questions after their presentation. This webinar is designed for classroom teachers, staff, and administrators at all grade levels.
About the Presenters
Lee KernLee Kern, Ph.D., received her doctorate in special education from the University of South Florida. She is currently Professor of special education at Lehigh University and Director of the Center for Promoting Research to Practice. Dr. Kern has worked in the field of special education for more than 35 years as a classroom teacher, behavior specialist, professor, and consultant. Her research interests are in the area of interventions to reduce challenging behavior. She has published numerous articles, book chapters, and two books on topics related to problem behavior. Dr. Kern has received more than $20 million in grant support from the U.S. Department of Education and National Institutes of Mental Health to pursue research in behavior problems. She is currently Co-editor of Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.
Michael GeorgeMichael P. George, Ed.D., received his doctorate in special education from the University of Missouri–Columbia and is presently Director of Centennial School of Lehigh University. He has been an administrator of programs for children and youth with the most severe social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties for nearly 30 years. Dr. George has served as a director of day school programs in St. Louis County, Missouri; Eugene, Oregon; and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His work on behalf of students and families has received numerous accolades over the years, including recognition by the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, the American Institutes for Research, CNN, and ABC’s Nightline.

Join the Teaching All Students: Practical Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms community to participate in online discussions with peers, for invitations to upcoming webinars, to view past webinar recordings, to take a quiz and receive a CE certificate for a past webinar, and for access to more resources.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Special hours for Friday, March 17th!

Due to all the weather related closings, the SERLibrary will open on Friday, March 17th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Resources due this week will be due on Friday and we will hold all reserves until Tuesday, March 21st.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

IEP Workshops - Space is Limited!

If you are interested in learning about IEPs, The SERC Library is offering a series of 3 IEP workshops - space is limited! Click HERE to register.  All workshops are FREE!

All workshops are on a Wednesday evening from 5:30 pm to 7 pm - register for all three or just the one you are interested in!

March 22nd - Building Bridges:  Working with school staff to inform IEP programming for you child

April 5th - Become Knowledgeable:  Understanding the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and IEP process

April 19th - Intensify Focus:  Connecting the role of advocacy to your child's success in meeting IEP goals