Neurodiversity in Special Settings through COVID and Beyond

Participants will learn how to maximize classroom set-up and scheduling, develop a scope and sequence using alternative standards, and implement progress monitoring systems. They will also learn the TEACCH principles to instruct individuals with ASD skills in the areas of academics, communication, social and coping strategies.

Target Audience
Special Education Teachers and General Education Teachers

Participant Outcomes
Earn up to four microcredentials


Foundations of Literacy to Address COVID Reading Loss

Participants will learn how to provide effective reading instruction to students reading at a kindergarten to third-grade reading level.  Topics will address the five areas of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension.

Target Audience
Early Elementary Teachers, Reading Interventionists, and Special Education Teachers

Participant Outcomes
Earn up to four microcredentials


Trauma-Informed Instructional Strategies through COVID and Beyond

Participants will learn how trauma manifests in students and apply a trauma-informed framework for classroom interventions and student assessment.

Target Audience
Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, and Behavior Support Specialists.

Participant Outcomes
Earn up to four microcredentials


Specialized Development Cohort Program Elements

Fellow Training Sessions

These five formal training sessions occur during the school year and target the development of instructional strategies and content pedagogy. During these sessions Fellows are introduced to new key competences, practice emerging skills, and deepen their learning of previously introduced concepts.

Job-Embedded Coaching

Each Fellow receives a minimum of 6 one-on-one coaching sessions. Coaches provide responsive support to Fellows aimed at:
  • Providing feedback on instructional observations
  • Improving Fellows’ skills to more effectively lead in their classrooms
  • Supporting Fellows to advocate for change through partnership and service to students.

Professional Learning Communities

Professional learning communities occur throughout the school year and provide a structured space for Fellows to collaborate and find solutions to solve common challenges.

Embedding Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

SDC has worked with Roots ConnectED to embed components of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into professional learning communities. The topics addressed include identity webs and cognitive bias, intersectionality, and understanding and responding to microaggressions. The focus of the work is applying this learning to our locus of control as educators in schools.

Identity Webs and Cognitive Bias


Understanding and Responding to Microagressions


What is the commitment? (annual and monthly)

  • All Specialized Development Cohorts are 10 months in length and run from August-May of the school year.
  • Each Specialized Development Cohort has a full-day kickoff training followed by monthly touchpoints.

What are the program elements?

All Specialized Development Cohorts have three components: in-person fellow training sessions, virtual professional learning communities, one-on-one job-embedded coaching.

Who is the intended audience?

The Specialized Development Cohorts are targeted towards special education teachers, general education teachers, reading interventionists, and instructional coaches.

What are the requirements to apply?

The application process includes an online application.

Have any questions?

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