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Solving Academic and Behavior Problems: RTI/MTSS Coaches' Training 


Margaret Searle and Marilyn Swartz invite you to participate in a seminar that will help your coaches with the intervention process for both general and special education students.


You will leave with practical ideas and procedures for implementing strength-based coaching meetings.


Learn how to solve learning and behavior problems more efficiently by first focusing on root causes.


Learn ways to help families and students become involved in the problem-solving process.


Seminar available at the following location:

Columbus Session:                         

Quest Conference Center              

9200 Worthington Rd.                         

Westerville, Ohio 43082                


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ASCD Best-Seller

Days 1 & 2 - Sept. 24 - 25, 2024

Days 3 & 4 - Oct. 22 - 23, 2024

Brain Basics: The Secret Ingredient for Student Success


A growing body of research from neuroscience has revealed many helpful ideas on ways to strengthen academics and improve student attendance and behavior. In this course, we will explore key strategies that help with attention span, memory, impulse control, problem-solving, organization and self-monitoring. These tools can easily be embedded into current lessons.

  • This seminar will help you ...what neurologists have discovered about executive function and its effects on  learning and behavior 

  • * Learn to support students who lack focus and self-regulation in the classroom


  • * Figure out where memory systems often break down and what

  •    instructional practices can help


  • * Discover what to do to solve the problem of missing and

  •    incomplete assignments


  • * Teach students how to plan and self-monitor -- their improvement

  •    in achievement can be stunning


  • * Learn ways to include students in intervention planning so they share

  •    responsibility for their success


  • * Improve parent involvement in intervention meetings - how to keep it safe, inviting and productive


Who should attend?

Administrators, supervisors, counselors, psychologists, special and general education teachers.


Most schools find it helpful to send teams made up of administrators, special ed. and general ed. teachers.

 Dates: to be announced.

Causes & Cures of Academic and Behavior Problems

Understanding how the executive brain develops helps explain why so many students have difficulty getting work completed or why they struggle with relationships and self-control. Poor study habits, inattentiveness, inefficient memory and disruptive behavior are generally symptoms of deeper problems that teachers and parents need to be aware of. This session helps participants identify root causes for learning and behavior problems and provides practical solutions that all teachers can apply in the classroom. (This training can be modified for parent seminars)


Target audiences -

K-12 general and special education teachers, psychologists, counselors and administrators.This training can be delivered as a keynote or full day training but is most effective as a two-day seminar followed with an advanced level two-day session about a month later. Many schools use this training to prepare key staff members as coaches for other teachers and parents in problem solving situations.

Progress Monitoring Data - Practical Ways to Use it

If you hear the comment, "We do more testing than teaching", something is radically wrong with your assessment system.



We can help you in a variety of ways:

1.  Teach you easier and faster ways to assess student growth 

2.  Show you what brain research says about using data with students

3.  Help you design authentic assessments that actually assist in deepening knowledge

4.  Demonstrate ways to turn data into a tool that drives instruction

Target audiences -

Grade level or content-specific teams including the intervention specialists they work with

(two design days with two days of follow-up is recommended).

Train the trainer workshops (two days of simulated design with two - four day follow-up consultations). 

Leadership training (one day with optional follow-up).



    1.   Avoiding the common pitfalls of personality and style clashes

    2.  Applying the basic models of quality delivery in the classroom

    3.  Designing plans that include research-based interventions

    4.  Sorting out roles and responsibilities

    5.  Agreeing upon efficient classroom management routines and procedures

    6.  Deciding upon student feedback and grading policies

    7.  Incorporating technology and small group instruction to frontload and re-teach


Target audiences -

Classroom administrators, supervisors, teachers Pre-K-12, Interventionists or any faculty charged with developing accommodations and interventions for all levels of learners. Sessions can be designed for one or more days. Follow-up days are recommended.


One of the most powerful and efficient ways to deliver Tier two interventions and to increase the achievement of students with disabilities is through quality co-teaching. Trainings can be designed to assist you with:

Demystifying Differentiation

Teams or individuals develop a differentiated unit as they learn the process of planning for individual learning and style differences. This session is jam-packed with demonstrations and suggestions of research-based strategies as well as classroom management tips that will assist teachers as they implement their differentiated plans.

Target audiences -

Complete grade level or content-specific teams including the intervention specialists they work with (two design days with optional follow-up).

Train the trainer workshops (two days of simulated design with two - four day follow-up consultations).

Leadership training (one day with optional follow-up).

It's Not About the Labels. It's About Meeting the Needs of ALL Learners (Making Inclusion Work)

General and special education teachers often struggle when faced with the challenge of providing the least restrictive environment for students with IEPs. In this workshop we help teams develop a specific plan that will not only provide special education students with full access to the general education curriculum, but also help general education students who struggle get the accommodations and interventions they need.

Target audiences -

Teams of general education teachers and the intervention specialists they work with, along with a building administrator (one day with optional follow-up consultations or training).

Train the trainer workshops (one or two day with optional follow-up consultation). 

Leadership training (one day with optional follow-up).

Setting up and Maintaining High Performing Teams

Attending inefficient team meetings can be frustrating and a drain on morale. This session will give groups an opportunity to develop and/or refine their effectiveness. Teams will work on the following traits:

    1.   Clarifying their purpose for working as a team

    2.  Learning how to empower each other

    3.  Improving communication and relationships

    4.  Learning ways to improve flexibility and efficiency

    5.  Developing ways to monitor their performance

    6.  Building and maintaining team morale


Target audiences -

Teams of any make-up who work together regularly (two days with optional follow-up consultations or training).

Leadership training (two days with optional follow-up).

(Groups of 25 or fewer are recommended).


Propose a Seminar

If your group has a specific need, we would be happy to assist you in designing on-site training, on-site coaching or other types of consulting custom-made to meet your needs.

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