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Distance Teaching for Special Education: Power Hacks and Pro Tips

Learn how to best use digital tools and techniques in distance learning for special education (SPED) students in this online course for primary teachers.

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All learners will receive a certificate for 10 professional development hours upon completion of a PowerPD unit
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"Loved the self-pace workshop. It was a nice refresher of remote learning for all students."
P. Maguire
North Middlesex Regional School District
      | 4.75 rating

Course Overview

Delivering on the promise of Special Education at a distance remains the most challenging aspect of remote learning in the era COVID-19.

School districts are crafting and tweaking plans to facilitate high quality instruction while continuing to keep staff and families safe. Regardless of what plan of action your particular school or district has employed this year, remote learning is sure to be a feature. Do you feel properly equipped and prepared? 
If you still have doubts about whether or not you can be equally effective using the tools and techniques associated with remote learning, then this Online Professional Development Course is for you. Together we will cover all of the elements and factors involved in delivering quality content to your students and unlock the tools to maximize distance education.
Course Objectives
By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Explore digital learning tools and techniques applicable to meeting the needs of students with disabilities
  • Identify SEL and UDL practices that most closely align with academic subject-based goals and can be easily incorporated into their current online-based methods
  • Develop lesson plans and practice using new tools and techniques tailored to their unique environment and situation
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"The Brain Power Academy's PowerPDs have been a great way to earn PD on my own time and at my own pace in the comfort of my home. During these unprecedented times both time and money are at a minimum, so I appreciate these PD opportunities. "
Kelly Mulvehill
Attleboro Public Schools
      | 4.25 rating
Who this course is for
This course is recommended for classroom teachers and special education teachers, particularly those who work with students in grades 3 - 9. Additionally, support staff and other individuals who work with students to support their social-emotional development would benefit from the skills and strategies mentioned throughout this course. 
Course Structure
All Brain Power Academy Online Professional Development Courses consist of a blend of learning elements to engage you and empower you to implement new strategies and techniques with your students. 
Lessons consist of:
  • Engaging videos
  • Reading materials
  • Lesson assessments
  • Practice activities to apply strategies and techniques
  • Opportunities for reflection
  • Printable takeaways
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The Brain Power Academy Team

Experienced educators and neuroscientists.

The Brain Power Academy Team is composed of neuroscientists, educators, and mental health experts who are dedicated to creating the best PD to empower you in the classroom. We specialize in translating the latest neuroscience research into easy, ready-to-use techniques and exercises that assist teaching and learning in this new distanced-learning environment.
"This unit was helpful in helping me understand what else is out there to utilize!"
Alyssa Kazakevich
Mamaroneck Schools
     | 4.4 rating
"Brain Power Academy is a great way to keep your mind sharp!"

Brenda Morrow
Windham School District
4.67 rating
"I think Brain Power provides the viewer everything they need to be a successful Special Ed. Teacher!"
Ajay Martucci
Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union
      | 4.67 rating

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to effectively teach in today's challenging environment!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course take place?

All of our PowerPD units are self-guided so you can explore at your own pace! Once you enroll in a unit, you will have lifetime access through your Brain Power Academy account. 

Our units are setup to allow for free navigation; however, we recommending completing the lesson activities in order for full synthesis of the content. 
To navigate through a unit, click on the lesson from the unit's landing page, or click on “Continue Learning” to be redirected into the course player. By doing this, you will always continue straight from the last learning activity you have visited. 
Once inside a lesson, you will see all of the different learning activities on the left-hand menu, and the content will appear on the right. Use the left and right arrows to navigate.

How do I complete the course?

In order to complete a professional development course, learners must complete all learning activities within the course (including all videos, articles, reflection activities, assignments, and quizzes) in order to be awarded a certificate of completion. 

What kind of content can I expect to see in this course?

Access multimodal content including voiceover slide presentations, articles, videos, and other supplementary resources within all of the PowerPD lessons!

Can I receive professional development credit for this course?

All of Brain Power Academy's online professional development courses are eligible for 10 Professional Development Hours/Professional Development Points (PDPs). Learners must complete all learning activities within a unit (including all videos, articles, reflection activities, assignments, and quizzes) in order to be awarded a certificate of completion. 
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