Participants will learn specific methods for teaching interpersonal (social) skills, communication skills, and self-management skills to all students. Methods apply to universal implementation as well as to students requiring increasing levels of support within a multi-tiered system. Specific methods will include Modeling, Antecedent intervention, Self-Management, and Story Based intervention. A variety of specific strategies that support these methods will be introduced and practiced throughout the strand.
For each method presented, participants will develop lesson plans and systems for data collection. Also included will be a process for data based decision making and use of professional expertise when designing instruction to meet the needs of a multitude of diverse learners.
Julie Erdelyi, M.A. is the Program Manager for Communication Services at the Stern Center for Language and Learning in Williston, Vermont. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Vermont, and her Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Julie's passion for teaching led her to work in early childhood education and then adult learning before becoming a classroom teacher in Minnesota. Upon returning to her home state of Vermont, Julie began work at the Stern Center where she provides instruction for clients of all ages and offers multiple professional learning opportunities for educators including BEST 2011 -2013, continuing education workshops, and two graduate courses in social cognition.