May Institute

Workshops & Training for School Systems

May Institute's approach to training and consultation is based upon competency development, research-based practices, time-effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness. Many of the school districts we have worked with have achieved substantial savings in the cost of specialized out-of-district placements.

We offer a wide variety of workshops to districts and organizations interested in hiring us to provide group trainings. We do not provide these trainings to individuals. 

These trainings include:

Collecting and Analyzing Behavioral Data - For special education teachers, classroom aides, and student support personnel

Curriculum-based Measurement - For special and regular education teachers, and student support personnel

Early Intervention for Children with PDD - For special education teachers, classroom aides, and parents

Effective Disciplinary Practices - For special and regular education teachers, classroom aides, student support personnel, and administrators

Functional Behavior Assessment - For special education teachers and student support personnel

Inclusion Strategies for Children with PDD - For special and regular education teachers, classroom aides, student support personnel, administrators, and parents

Individual Social Skills Assessment - For special education teachers and student support personnel)

Overview of Mental Health Disorders - For special and regular education teachers, student support personnel, administrators, and parents

Preventing Bullying - For special and regular education teachers, student support personnel, and administrators

Preventing School Violence - For special and regular education teachers, student support personnel, and administrators

Preventing Substance Abuse - For special and regular education teachers, student support personnel, and administrators

School-wide Social Skills Screening - For student support personnel and administrators

Social Skills Training - For special and regular education teachers, classroom aides, student support personnel, and parents

Writing Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives - For special education teachers, student support personnel, and administrators

 

 


 

 

Collecting and Analyzing Behavioral Data
Participants in this workshop will learn how to:

  • Identify the target behavior

  • Define the target behavior so it can be measured objectively

  • Choose the most appropriate parameter of measurement

  • Choose an appropriate collection strategy

  • Analyze trends across various time intervals

  • Use the data analysis to design and evaluate effective interventions.

Curriculum-based Measurement
This workshop provides an overview of curriculum-based measurement (CBM) strategies used to monitor the effective development of basic skills. CBM refers to a set of simple, short, standard measures of reading, spelling, written expression, and mathematical computation. CBM was developed to serve as a general outcome indicator of student achievement in the important areas of basic skills or literacy.

Early Intervention for Children with PDD
This workshop is designed to introduce pre-school and kindergarten staff to the characteristics of pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), and to the educational practices that are considered most effective with these students (e.g., discrete trial training, applied behavior analysis). Using a case study approach, as well as informal exercises, participants will gain a hands-on exposure to current best practices for pre-school children with PDD.

Effective Disciplinary Practices
In this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • The nature of student antisocial behavior in the school setting

  • The direct and indirect school-related factors that can increase or prevent student disciplinary problems

  • Research-based strategies in the establishment of effective school disciplinary practices that are both cost-effective and efficient

Functional Behavior Assessment
The reauthorization of IDEA requires schools to conduct Functional Behavior Assessments on students who have disciplinary problems. Participants in this workshop will learn how to conduct a functional behavioral assessment, using structured interviews and classroom observation tools. They will also learn how to use this information to develop an effective behavior support plan.

Inclusion Strategies for Children with PDD
Participants will learn best practices for:

  • Effective inclusion of children with PDD

  • Generalization and maintenance of skills in the natural environment

  • Increasing on-task behaviors and independent study skills

  • Collecting behavioral data

Individual Social Skills Assessment
Participants will learn how to:

  • Administer and interpret research-based assessment tools (e.g., the Walker-McConnell Scale of Social Competence and School Adjustment)

  • Use the results of such assessments to design individual interventions and to monitor their effectiveness

  • Incorporate social skills assessment data into the student's Individualized Education Plan

Overview of Mental Health Disorders
This workshop provides an overview of the most common mental health disorders and other syndromes that impact the learning environment. Participants will become familiar with symptoms and behaviors of students diagnosed with mental health disorders, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, mental retardation, conduct disorder, and mood disorders. Participants will also learn about effective interventions for children with these various disorders.

Preventing Bullying
Participants will learn about:

  • The nature of bullying and its impact on the bully and the victim

  • The direct and indirect school-related factors that can increase or prevent the occurrence of bullying

  • Effective strategies in the assessment and prevention of bullying

Preventing School Violence
Participants will learn about:

  • The causes of youth violence

  • The direct and indirect school-related factors that can increase or prevent the occurrence of school violence

  • Research-based, effective strategies in the prevention of school violence

Preventing Substance Abuse
This workshop presents an overview of risk factors that predispose youngsters to the early use of alcohol and other recreational drugs, as well as the protective factors that serve to delay such involvement. Participants will learn about best practice, research-based approaches to substance abuse prevention, how to select and implement such a program, and how to evaluate its effectiveness.

School-wide Social Skills Screening
With an emphasis on the early identification of children who are at risk for behavioral problems due to social skills deficits, this workshop will teach participants how to:

  • Select an appropriate, empirically-validated screening

  • Design and implement a school-wide social screening program

  • Develop a protocol for further evaluation of at-risk children

Social Skills Training
This workshop will provide an overview of:

  • Normal social skills development from infancy through adolescence

  • Empirically based social skills assessment tools

  • Effective curriculum materials (e.g., Skillstreaming, ACCESS) and instructional practices for enhancing the development of social skills

Writing Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives
This workshop will teach participants how to write objective and measurable IEP objectives that meet the standards of IDEA and the new Commonwealth of Massachusetts IEP regulations. Participants will be taught the components of a measurable IEP objective and how to evaluate their current student's IEP objectives. Based on the above information, participants will develop objectives that meet the standards of federal and state regulations.

For more information, contact us at info@mayinstitute.org.