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MAC SELPA Professional Development

Please see the information below for Professional Development and Training Opportunities available for Special Ed employees within the SELPA

Professional Development and Training Opportunities offered during the 2017-2018 school year.

We have two great Diagnostic Center trainings available during the 2017-18 school year. Registration will be done using Google Forms - the flyers and registration links are provided below. Thank you - looking forward to seeing you throughout the 2017-18 year!



The Diagnostic Center Trainings - The 2017-18 offerings include the following: 

        • Assessment of English Language Learners:  An Overview  Presenter:  Liz Arenas, M.S., CCC-SLP-L, Speech Language Pathologist.  January 18, 2018 - 12:00 - 3:00 PM.  Location:  Castro Valley USD, 4400 Alma Ave., Castro Valley, Staff Development Center.  Intended Audience:  Speech-Language Pathologists

          Click this link to view the flyer and register for this class

        • Creating a Safe and Supportive Learning Environment:  Universal Tier-One Classroom Supports for the Mental Wellness of all Students Presenter: Tara Zombres, M. Ed/. BCBA.  April 11, 2018 - 9 AM to 12 Noon, , Castro Valley USD, 4400 Alma Ave., Castro Valley, Board Room.  Intended Audience:  Special Education and General Education Teachers serving students with emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs. 

          Click this link to view the flyer and register for this class


    • Hayward Unified School District is hosting a training on March 5, 2018
      • Assessment of English Language Learners:  Evidence-based evaluation and best practice.
        • The presenter will be Dr. Sam Ortiz
          • The Learning Objectives will enable participants to:
  1. Understand the true nature of bias in testing as a function of construct validity.
  2. Identify the two main variables that affect test score validity for English learners
  3. Identify the limitations of various approaches to testing English learners and the extent to which validity is undermined by cultural and linguistic factors.
  4. Apply research findings in a manner that permits a "true peer" comparison for English learners.
  5. Learn how to apply and use the Culture-Language Test Classifications and Interpretive Matrix as a method for evaluating the extent to which cultural and linguistic factors may have compromised the validity of test performance and results.
  6. Integrate the Ortiz PVAT to enhance the quality and diagnostic validity of testing.
  7. Use a systematic process for evaluation of English learners that constitutes current best practice.
  • More details to follow - please check back soon.

    PDF document icon EL001 Assessment of English Language Learners.pdf — PDF document, 553 KB (566666 bytes)

    PDF document icon MH00504-11-18.pdf — PDF document, 557 KB (570598 bytes)

    PDF document icon The Silent Garden - DHH presentation at Fresno State.pdf — PDF document, 109 KB (112275 bytes)