Educator Training Opportunities 2022-23

TRIAD is a proud member of the newly developed Tennessee Technical Assistance Network (TN-TAN) through the Tennessee Department of Education. Through this network, we provide interactive training and consultation for administrators, teachers, paraeducators, school psychologists, and other professionals serving Tennessee students, including students with autism, in K-12 school settings. Learn more about upcoming workshops below. Click the arrows to see descriptions.

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Academic Consults [Virtual]
Academic consultations provide support to educators teaching reading, writing, or math to any level of learner, in any setting. Educators can pick specific student(s) or a group of students to target, or can identify an instructional practice for their focus, like increasing engagement, or providing instructional adjustments.
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Increasing Academic Engagement for All: High Quality Education [In-person]
This is an in-person opportunity to engage with other educators and TRIAD consultants about strategies to keep students engaged and learning.
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Instructional Planning and Delivery: Administrator-Led Book Study or Professional Development [Virtual]
We are excited to provide administrators and instructional leaders an opportunity to use Explicit Instruction to plan and deliver a professional development opportunity, or lead a book study, with their staff, with an emphasis on instructional planning and delivery.
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TRIAD School Leadership Academy (TSLA)
TRIAD will provide a one-day workshop designed specifically for School Leaders. The purpose of the workshop is to provide administrators (i.e., superintendents, directors of school, special education directors/coordinators/supervisors, principals, assistant principals, etc.) with information on evidence-based practices for students with autism so that school leaders may evaluate programs to provide teacher, parent, and student support.
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Instructional Planning and Delivery: Administrator-Led Book Study or Professional Development [Virtual]
We are excited to provide administrators and instructional leaders an opportunity to use Explicit Instruction to plan and deliver a professional development opportunity, or lead a book study, with their staff, with an emphasis on instructional planning and delivery.
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Supporting Students with Challenging Behavior [Virtual]
TRIAD will provide a series of webinars focused on supporting students engaging in challenging behavior through research-based strategies and learning about proper documentation for the state. Topics include Common Underlying Reasons for Challenging Behavior, De-escalation and Prevention, IEAD/FAPE, and FBA/BIPs. Participants must register for each webinar, but all webinar sessions are not required.
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Behavior Services [Virtual]
Do you work with a school-age student who engages in behavior threatening student or staff safety, interfering with learning, and/or limiting the student’s access to educational and social opportunities? Has student behavior been unresponsive to tier 1 and 2 behavior supports? Are you and your fellow educators eager to engage in professional development and consultation that would make it easier for you to help this kind of student to be more engaged, safe, included, and independent? Vanderbilt’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) will provide coaching and consultation service for teams of school personnel designed to build the team’s capacity to support students with this profile.
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TRIAD Communication Services [Virtual]
Building partnerships through learning opportunities between TRIAD, educators, and families throughout Tennessee who are interested in supporting individuals’ varied communication needs. Communication strategies and supports span from brief quick-tip videos, tip sheets and webinars to community of practice series.

  • Online Resources
    Free access to videos, tip sheets, and brief online modules designed to promote communication skills through supports and strategies with a focus on functional communication skills for all learners, including autistic and neurodivergent students.
  • TRIAD Community of Practice Series: Autism and Communication
    Open to school-based speech-language pathologists/therapists and educators across the State of Tennessee with professional learning goals related to these topics. The purpose of this series is to build professional relationships and develop shared practices related to autism and communication. Virtual sessions occur between January to March 2023. Participants can earn up to 6 hours of professional development.
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Early Childhood Inclusionary Practices (ECIP) [Virtual]
ECIP is a program specifically for early childhood teachers aimed at supporting those working in inclusive settings to implement evidence-based practices into their school day to increase student engagement and success. ECIP uses professional development (in the form of webinars and self-paced learning), individualized coaching, and a collaborative community of early childhood educators to achieve the ultimate goal of increasing self-directedness as an educator.
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Educator Classwide Coaching and Support [Virtual]
TRIAD’s Educator Classwide Coaching and Support promotes the engagement of all students through the use of evidence-based practices in a variety of educational settings.

  • Foundations Strategy Coaching
    A flexible, highly individualized coaching relationship between a TRIAD consultant and a special or general education teacher with the aim of helping educators implement an evidence based practice (token systems, prompting, schedules, visuals) into portions of their school day to increase students’ independence and engagement. The coaching relationship can be as short as 8 weeks or last through the entire school year, depending on participant goals and needs. Educators will participate in self-paced e-learning, video self-reflection, and virtual coaching calls to increase their confidence and fidelity when implementing EBPs.

  • Evidence-Based Practices Asynchronous Course
    The purpose this course is to increase educator capacity to meet the needs of students in their learning environments, including autistic students, through the use of evidence-based strategies. This course is for LEA faculty and staff in Tennessee who directly serve autistic students in a K-12 setting.

  • Myth Busters: Autism Edition Webinar [Virtual]
    Tuesday, January 24, 2023 – 3:30-4:30 CST
    This 1-hour webinar will focus on neuromyths and neuro-truths related to autism. This webinar is intended for educators and school staff in the state of Tennessee who teach autistic students. The webinar will contain didactic information and interactive activities to build participant knowledge about autism and how it impacts students in their learning environments.

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Transition Facilitator Asynchronous Learning Course [Virtual]
This course is an online module series that will help participants with transition planning for middle and high school students. The curriculum includes seven interactive lessons, each focusing on a transition-related topic and including a video interview with a topical expert sharing additional insight and guidance. Participants are encouraged to download the Implementation Planning Guide to create an individualized plan for incorporating these tools and strategies into their transition work.
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TRIAD Para Online Pathways (POP) [Virtual]
TRIAD consultants will use online learning tools and remote coaching to help school-district teams plan and coach para-educators in evidence-based practices for working with students diagnosed with autism.
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ParaEducator Asynchronous Learning Course [Virtual]
A set of online modules designed specifically for paraeducators who serve students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in kindergarten through high school settings to work through at their own pace.
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School Psychology and Related Service Provider Support
This program is designed to provide curated professional development opportunities for the unique roles that school psychologists and related service providers play in buildings and districts across the state of Tennessee. School psychologists and related service providers bring unique and invaluable skillsets to the students, educators, and families they support, and therefore, have a need for unique professional learning opportunities designed for their distinctive and varied roles and responsibilities. Our professional learning opportunities are specifically designed to support school psychologists and related service providers build collaborative opportunities between themselves and the other team members they support to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities, including those with autism.
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Social and Personal Competencies (SPC) [Virtual]
Social and Personal Competencies services support the social and emotional engagement of all students through learning opportunities designed to refine and expand the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and practices of educators, families, and students. SPC provides learning opportunities that are grounded in research, easily accessible, and customizable. Learning opportunities span from brief videos and tip sheets to topic-specific webinars, workshops, and curated online courses.

SPC Service Options including Descriptions, Participant Requirements, Training Topics, and Format:

  • Online Resources
  • SPC Webinar
  • SPC Partnerships
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TRIAD offers Brief Online Training Sessions (BOTS) to provide information on evidence-based practices for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Check our online learning portal to access these free trainings and resources.

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Webinars are intended to create a professional learning community that engages participants in interactive learning opportunities through live video training. Each year our webinars include a variety of topics that will enhance professional knowledge in serving individuals with ASD. Participants receive a certificate of completion after attending our webinars and are provided the opportunity to engage with TRIAD consultants for coaching and feedback during the online events.

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