About Special Education Planning Workshops


Leanne LongfellowWho is the presenter?

Leanne Longfellow is a special education teacher, academic researcher and a parent of a young adult with disabilities. She has taught in a variety of special education settings over a thirty year period, provided numerous professional learning sessions for educators, presented at Australian and international educational conferences, taught education in a university context and is in the final stages of completing doctoral research in special education at UniSA.

What Special Education Planning does

Special Education Planning offers researched based professional learning sessions in special education.  The professional learning sessions provide the foundation for successful planning in special education, either as a classroom teacher, support staff, school leader or relief teacher. Planning refers to the formulation of goals, objectives, programs, ideas and strategies to achieve successful outcomes. The planning process is a vital, complex, collaborative, creative task ignited through effective professional learning.


What are the workshops on offer?

The workshops include but are not limited to:

  • Parent/ School Relationships
  • Maximising Learning Outcomes for Students with Individual / Negotiated Education Plans
  • Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities: Ten Essentials
  • Student Engagement
  • Collaboration between Teachers and Teacher Assistants: The Double Act
  • Students with Diverse Learning Needs: Strategies for Educators
  • Students with Autism: Strategies for Educators

How are these workshops presented?

Sessions are currently presented in the short, sharp and shiny format meaning:

  • Short: after- school sessions between 90 minutes to two hours in length
  • Sharp: to the point with hints, tips and tools focused on providing solutions
  • Shiny: affordable, community based, accessible and fun.

 

What do sessions include?

Sessions include suggestions for further reading that enable participants to build on the knowledge gained from the workshop and to add to professional learning hours. All participants receive certificates of attendance referenced to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


What are the core beliefs of this workshop?

Five core statements underpin the professional learning offered by Special Education Planning:

  1. Education programs require careful planning to ensure students with disabilities experience respect, dignity, protection and success.
  2. Parents/ guardians are the first and continuing educators of their children.
  3. Schools require flexibility in catering for different family and cultural backgrounds.
  4. Within this flexible model, structure is required to develop, implement and evaluate student’s individual learning plans.
  5. Collaboration is a key element in planning for successful educational outcomes.