Educator Classwide Coaching and Support

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.

Vanderbilt’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) will provide remote coaching and support through brief, virtual coaching cycles specifically for LEA faculty and staff in Tennessee who directly serve autistic students in a K-12 setting. The purpose of Foundations Strategy Coaching 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. Coaching cycles last approximately 8 weeks, and participants can complete one or more cycles, depending on their needs and preferences.

Participant Requirements Participants in this project must:
  1. Work as special education teachers or general education teachers in the state of Tennessee.
  2. Create and upload several 10–15-minute videos of themselves teaching.
  3. Complete readings, online modules, or review other resources pertaining to strategy implementation.
  4. Commit 30 minutes a week for online learning and coaching meetings.
Additional details regarding participation requirements for ongoing collaboration are outlined in the participant agreement.
Training Topics
  • Evidence-based practices (EBPs) to use in structuring successful learning environments for autistic students
  • Strategies to integrate EBPs throughout the school day to optimize learning for all students
  • Video self-reflection as a means of teacher professional development
Training Format
  • Virtual coaching meetings for problem-solving and reflective discussions
  • Individualized classroom-based goal setting
  • Online, self-paced e-learning using TRIAD created courses
  • Video self-reflection for strategy implementation purposes
Coaching Format
  • Format: delivered remotely, with Zoom and/or video reflection
  • Technology required: webcam
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Coaching cycle length: minimum of 8 weeks, maximum of the remainder of the school year
Online Learning Assignments Upon enrollment in the project, participants will create an account for TRIAD’s online learning platform and receive a course code for enrollment. Together with their TRIAD consultant, participants will choose modules that are applicable to their students and learning environment. Between 1-5 modules may be assigned per coaching cycle, and modules typically take about 15 minutes to complete.
Proof of Attendance Participants can request certificates documenting their participation in Foundations Strategy Coaching and 5-10 hours of professional development.*
*Participant professional development hours will vary, depending upon e-learning courses assigned and amount of coaching meetings held.

Vanderbilt’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) will provide curated, asynchronous course for LEA faculty and staff in Tennessee who directly serve autistic students in a K-12 setting. The purpose the Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) Asynchronous 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.

Participant Requirements Participants in this project must:
  1. Work as special education teachers or general education teachers in the state of Tennessee.
  2. Review readings, online modules, and implementation guides on their own time, at their own pace.
  3. Complete and submit seven reflection sheets at the conclusion of each section of the course.
  4. Finalize the entire asynchronous course (including reflection sheets) before June 30, 2023, to be eligible to receive a certificate of completion.
Additional details regarding participation requirements are outlined in the participant agreement.
Training Topics
  • Characteristics of autism
  • Learning as a behavior
  • Overview of evidence-based practices
  • Environmental arrangement
  • Schedules
  • Prompting
  • Reinforcement
  • Class-wide reinforcement systems
  • Task analysis
Training Format
  • Interactive online course sequence containing seven sections with online modules, tip sheets, and implementation guides
  • Required reflection forms to be completed and uploaded by participants at the end of each section (seven total)
  • Optional 1:1 remote consultation sessions with TRIAD consultants to adjust implementation, request additional support, or seek further resources are available upon request
Online Learning Assignments Upon enrollment in the project, participants will create an account for TRIAD’s online learning platform and receive a course code for enrollment.  The course is made up of seven sections, containing online modules, tip sheets, implementation guides, and reflective homework.  The course is entirely self-paced, so participants can complete it when and how it fits best in their schedules.
Proof of Attendance Participants will receive certificates documenting their participation in the Evidence-Based Practices Asynchronous Course and 8 hours of professional development. The course must be completed by June 30, 2023 in order to receive a certificate.

Vanderbilt’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) will provide a 1-hour webinar focused 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.

January 24, 2023, 3:30-4:30 pm CST

Participant Requirements Participants in this webinar must:
  1. Work in education in the state of TN.
  2. Attend the entire webinar.
  3. Complete a post-webinar survey to receive a certificate of attendance.
Training Topics
  • Characteristics of autism
  • Common myths and truths about communication and social skills regarding students with autism
  • TRIAD-related professional development to help educators better serve autistic students
Proof of Attendance Participants who attend the entire webinar and complete the post-webinar survey will be eligible to receive a certificate for one hour of professional development.

Sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education, through the Tennessee Technical Assistance Network (TN-TAN) and available at no cost to LEAs in Tennessee.

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