The goal of the SWCEC Professional Development is to present a variety of opportunities to member and non-member districts that are of high quality, timely, engaging as well as informative.  some of the Collaborative's focus areas include: restraint training; surface behavior management; therapy programming in the school system; adapted physcial education; special education law and much more.

Applied Non-Violence

This three day educator in-service training is designed to meet the requirements set forth by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education under 603 CMR 46.00. Participants are offered the Applied Non-Violence Novice course which entails the basic, full introduction to the Applied Non-Violence approach to addressing violent or acting-out behaviors in a safe and effective manner. Participants are coached on how to intervene verbally and physically as necessary to maintain a safe, nurturing learning environment. Participants will receive a certificate after completion of the course which expires after 13 months. Additionally, the SWCEC provides a six-hour recertification course.

Least Restrictive Environment

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Para professional Training

Special Education Process from start to finish.  Attendees will learn about IEP process, receive an overview of disability categories and the roles and responsibilities of a paraprofessional in special education programs

This program is design to help professionals work with individuals with complex communication needs to determine the most appropriate technologies and communication strategies for communicating with partners in various contexts.

Augmentative Alternative Communications

This educator in-service training is a workshop-based experience which focuses on identifying and remediating a number of factors associated with student behavior. Participants will be asked to reflect on current practices of behavior intervention and management, with specific emphasis on the role of teachers’ personal values, sensitivities, and preferences in setting rules or expectations and in determining acceptable or unacceptable conduct. Student behavior will be addressed by examining possible causative factors associated with behavioral choices, largely through identifying potential emotional foundations which largely dictate students’ behavioral choices.

Surface Behavior Management

Contact Dr. Melissa Manzi to discuss how SWCEC Professional Development can assist your school district.