Here you will find Webinars on a variety of IRIS resources that can be used in college coursework and PD activities. Many IRIS Webinars are held in collaboration with other organizations and centers and have been viewed by thousands of educational professionals.
Early Childhood Environments: Designing Effective Classrooms: Hosted by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTAC), this session overviews the IRIS Center Module Early Childhood Environments: Designing Effective Classrooms. Presenters Amy Harris (IRIS Center), Rob Corso (Vanderbilt University), and Ilene Schwartz (University of Washington) provide details about the interrelated physical, social, and temporal components of effective early childhood environments, as well as information on the ways in which well-designed early childhood environments benefit all young children. Additional emphasis is placed on how to navigate the IRIS Center Website, IRIS Resource Locator tool, and STAR Legacy Modules.
Dual Language Learners with Disabilities: Supporting Young Children in the Classroom: Hosted by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTAC), this session offers an overview of young dual language learners, highlighting the importance of maintaining children and families’ home language at the same time they are learning a new or second language. Further information on screening and assessing these children is discussed, as are strategies for supporting them in inclusive preschool programs.
What Does It Take To Implement MTSS? Finding Professional Development: Ongoing sustained professional development that allows educators to continuously examine, reflect upon, and improve instructional practice, data-based decision making, and delivery of interventions is essential for implementing a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). Where do we find resources to provide this professional development? In this Webinar, NCII, the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR), the Center on Response to Intervention at American Institutes for Research, and the IRIS Center shared training modules, resources, and supports that can be used by practitioners, teacher educators, and local and state education agencies to support the implementation of MTSS.
IRIS Module on Autism Spectrum Disorder: Hosted by the Technical Assistance Coordination Center (TACC), this Webinar covered our recent Module on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Among the topics covered were the early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the difference between a medical diagnosis and an educational determination of ASD. Additionally, we explored multiple videos comparing typical and atypical development and behaviors in children, as well as videos featuring children with ASD interacting with their families.
IRIS Module on Early Childhood Behavior Management: Hosted by the Technical Assistance Coordination Center (TACC), this Webinar covered our recent Module on early childhood behavior management. Presenters Mary Louise Hemmeter, Professor in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University; Jessica Hardy, Research Associate at Vanderbilt University; and Amy Harris, Program Manager and Module developer at the IRIS Center guided participants through the resource and addressed questions. Additional Webinar materials can be downloaded here.
Behavior and Classroom Management: Online Professional Development Modules and Resources for Implementation: Learn how a classroom teacher and a school psychologist use the free, online professional development Modules and resources provided by the IRIS Center. Moderated by Silvia DeRuvo, WestEd. (Note that this Webinar refers to earlier versions of our Classroom Management [Parts 1 & 2] Modules, though the information presented is still pertinent.) View transcript
IRIS Modules about Evidence-Based Practices and Programs (EBPs): Hosted by the Technical Assistance Coordination Center (TACC), this Webinar covered information related to the importance of identifying and selecting evidence-based practices, implementation with fidelity, and how to evaluate whether this type of program is effective for the young children or students with whom you are working.
Fidelity of Implementation: Selecting and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices and Programs: Hear more about the nuts and bolts of fidelity of implementation and IRIS Module on the subject. Presenters include Larry Wexler, U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP); Mel Riddile, Associate Director of High School Services at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP); and Silvia DeRuvo, Senior Program Associate at the California Comprehensive Center at WestEd. View transcript
Response to Intervention: Online Professional Development Modules and Resources for Implementation: This Webinar highlights the Center’s resources about response to intervention (RTI). Learn more about how these online professional development training materials are effective teaching tools for professional developers, district and site administrators, and teacher trainers. View transcript