An Overview of Student Disabilities in the Classroom

Instructor: Kim Wilmot
Participants: Teachers, Para Professionals, Assistant Teachers,
Date/Times: 01/31/19,02/01/19 8:30-3:00
Location: 27 Russells Mills Rd, Dartmouth
Course #: 2019-11
Course Info Contact: Sherri Tetrault, 508-998-5599 ex 130,
Course Description: 01/31/19 8:30-3:00 at SMEC, 27 Russells Mills Rd, Dartmouth MA  02747
02/01/19 8:30-3:00 at SMEC, 27 Russells Mills Rd, Dartmouth MA 02747

District Member: $225
Non Member District:  $250 
As part of the requirement for relicensure for teachers commencing July 1, 2016, the following professional development activity is available through the SMEC.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: 15 Professional Development points in instruction of students with disabilities to fulfill the DESE requirement.

Instructor:  Kim Wilmot:
Kimberly Wilmot has been providing professional development related to special education and behavior management for the past 10 years. In addition to her current role as the Program Coordinator for SMEC’s Therapeutic Learning Center, she has been a special education teacher, special education program administrator, Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation and Specialty Clinics and a special education consultant.

COURSE OVERVIEW: An overview of the disabilities that teachers and specialists may encounter within their classrooms and specialists settings with an emphasis on Autism Spectrum Disorder, Behavior, Cognitive Issues and Learning Disabilities. Teaching strategies to accommodate students with these disabilities will be reviewed and include Response to Intervention, Universal Design for Learning, Multiple Intelligences and Differentiated Instruction. Teachers participating in this professional development training will have the opportunity to be exposed to the most recent research for teaching ALL students within the regular classroom and in specialized settings Participating teachers and specialists will have the opportunity to incorporate the course information in a group activity and determine what teaching strategy and learning style fits best for your teaching method and your students learning styles.

Registration: Requests for withdrawals and refunds must be made prior to deadline 12/20/18
. All cancellations subject to a $50 administration fee.
Questions email Sherri Tetrault at or call 508-9985599 ex 130.

We must be informed at the time of registration if you have any ADA needs or require special accommodations of any kind

Method of Payment: Check , Purchase Order, Money Order or Cash Please make check payable to SMEC. Mail payment and completed form to SMEC, 25 Russells Mills Rd, Dartmouth MA 02748. We do not accept charge cards.

All payments must be mailed to SMEC. Phone (508)998-5599ex130 FAX (508)998-5959 Email:

Mental Health Toolbox- The Impact of Trauma on Learning and Behavior

Instructor: Dr. Denise Howley
Participants: Paraprofessionals
Date/Times: 01/28/19,8:00-11:30
Location: Southworth Library 732 Dartmouth St. South Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02748
Course #: 2019-05
Course Info Contact: Sherri Tetrault, 508-998-5599 ex 130,
Course Description: This workshop will provide an overview of how trauma impacts children’s thinking and behavior. Strategies for helping students to manage their emotions and learn strategies for self-regulation will be practiced. 

3.5 Contact Hours PDP’s    
Cost:  $75

Method of Payment: Check , Purchase Order, Money Order or Cash
Please make check payable to SMEC.  Mail payment and completed form to SMEC, 25 Russells Mills Rd, Dartmouth MA 02748.
We do not accept charge cards.  All payments must be mailed to SMEC.
Phone (508)998-5599ex130  FAX (508)998-5959    Email:
*Dr. Denise Howley is Program coordinator of the North River Collaborative Behavioral Health Initiative, coordinating the Elementary Counseling grant implementation in NRC’s eight member school districts.  Dr. Howley is a licensed clinical social worker who has been a teacher and administrator with both special and regular education children and adolescents for over 25 years.  She has a BA in Religion from Allegheny College, a MA in Religious Education from Fordham University, a MSW from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College.  Dr. Howley has been adjunct professor at Northern Essex Community College, Mercyhurst University, Simmons College and Salem State University.  In addition to providing direct clinical work to individuals and families, she has taught mindfulness practices to children and adults in community and educational settings, and is committed to helping children and adults recognize the full potential of their brains toward the creation of genuinely happy and successful lives.

Spring 2019 SEI Admin Endorsement Course

Instructor: Michael Watson
Date/Times: 3/7/19,4/4/19,4/25/19,5/9/19,4:00-7:00
Location: SMEC 27 Russells Mills Rd Dartmouth MA 02748
Course #: 2019-10
Course Info Contact: Sherri Tetrault, 508-998-5599 ex 130,
Dates:  03/07/19,04/04/19,04/25/19,05/09/19
Time: 4:00-7:00
SEI Course

The purpose of this course is to prepare Massachusetts school administrators with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective reviewers and instructional leaders of educators who teach English language learners so that our growing population of English Language Learners (ELLs) can access curriculum, achieve academic success, and contribute their multilingual and multicultural resources as participants and future leaders in the 21st century global economy.

This course is aligned with the Massachusetts Administrator Endorsement Subject Matter Knowledge Standards:
1. Understanding of diversity and background of English language learner populations, including family systems, neighborhoods, and communities, and their impact on teaching and learning
2. Building a culture of equity and inclusiveness for linguistically and culturally diverse populations
3. Implementation of strategies for coordinating instruction for English Language Learners (SEI and English language development)
4. Demonstrates an understanding of the use of best practices for sheltering content for, and teaching academic language to, English Language Learners in the classroom
5. Understands and appreciates the challenges that English Language Learners face in the mastery of academic language and assures that educators are equipped to shelter content and scaffold instruction to promote the academic achievement of English Language Learners

The course has four overarching goals:

1. To enhance administrators’ leadership capacity so that they may effectively carry out their responsibility for:
         a. Building school cultures of equity and inclusiveness
         b. Developing and enhancing appropriate programs and services for all English Language Learners
         c. Ensuring a collaborative vision in which all members of the school community share the responsibility for the                        achievement of English Language Learners

2. To expand administrators’ understanding of how language affects English language and content learning, and how children and adolescents learn language in academic settings

3. To build administrators’ knowledge about:
         a. The English language learner student body within their schools; the heterogeneity of their English Language                       Learners
         b. Laws and regulations affecting the education of English Language Learners
         c. Effective program models that engage English Language Learners in acquiring English while they learn                                 academic content, and
         d. Research-based instructional practice that teachers employ to integrate subject area content, language, and                        literacy development—per the expectations of the Massachusetts English Language Development (ELD) World                   Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) standards—and thus to support ELL students’ success with                   the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for English Language Arts and Literacy and Mathematics and                   other Massachusetts content standards

4. To equip administrators to integrate the various initiatives throughout the Commonwealth as they relate to English language learners, including the new Educator Evaluation system Several Massachusetts documents were used in the preparation of this course.

        These include:
              • SEI Administrator Endorsement Subject Matter Knowledge Standards (SMK)
              • SEI Teacher Endorsement Subject Matter Knowledge Standards Course (SEIT) Administrator Endorsement                          Course Facilitator’s Manual
              • Guidelines for the Preparation of Administrative Leaders (PSAL) • Massachusetts Model System for Educator                                                 Evaluation, Part III: Guide to Rubrics for Superintendent, Administrator, and Teacher (MTRTE

The SEI Administrator Endorsement course:·         Systematically strengthens administrators’ capacity to ensure that their schools provide SEI effectively to all English Language Learners
·         Is integrated with and supported by three other major initiatives underway in the Commonwealth: the implementation of the 2011 standards for ELA and math (incorporating the Common Core State Standards), the implementation of WIDA ELD standards for all educators, and the new Educator Evaluation system
·         Acknowledges that to address the needs of ELLs, individual and collective ownership, collaborative practice between educators, and a whole-school approach are critical. The new SEI Administrator Endorsement course is cohesively connected to the SEI Teacher Endorsement course and supported by policies that require continuous educator growth over time
·         Is facilitated by approved instructors who have been vetted through a comprehensive application and interview process, have participated in a rigorous training program, and will be subject to ongoing performance evaluation
·         Is delivered in cohorts across the state. The cohorts will provide opportunities for online and in-district collaboration, peer support, and sharing of ideas and materials

SEI Administrator Course Session Overview
This SEI Administrator Endorsement course is made up of five three-hour sessions:
Session 1: Introduction, Law, & SEI Considerations for ELLs
Session 2: Vocabulary & Discourse
Session 3: Reading
Session 4: Writing & More
Session 5: Integration & Capstone
In each session, topics are explored within an overarching framework of guiding messages and guiding questions. Guiding messages stress the intersection of multiple laws, policies, standards, practices, tools, and resources that frame the responsibility for the academic success of English Language Learners shared by all stakeholders within a school and lead by school administrators. Guiding questions engage administrators in personal, school-based reflection on the implications of the course content they are learning: How does this affect my role and my responsibilities? How does this look in my school? How does this look in my teachers’ classrooms?
Most sessions assign participants a small observation project. Each assignment is debriefed at the beginning of the following session.
Member District: $240
Non Member District $265

DESE requirements, attendance is mandatory at all sessions in order to receive endorsement.