Before pencils were sharpened and walls were made “Pinterest fabulous,” teachers at High Road School of Anne Arundel County committed themselves to an intensive week of professional development. They dedicated time to learning best practices for proactively implementing a high-quality therapeutic and academic model that will meet the needs of each and every learner.

This year, teachers focused upon learning new and innovative ways to implement High Leverage Practices for Special Education, the top 22 practices that the Office of Special Education recommends to effectively collaborate, assess, support social-emotional learning, and instruct. During these training sessions, teachers and assistant teachers celebrated all that they do in their classrooms to embrace these practices, such as using multiple sources of data to make individualized, targeted decisions in the classroom. Likewise, they used this opportunity to learn new ways to engage their students and collaborate with colleagues and stakeholders.

Through activities, discussion, open sharing, and strategic planning, each teacher left the week equipped to leverage the strengths of all students and address any areas of potential growth.

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