Linn County Expo Center
3700 Knox Butte Road E.
Albany. Oregon 97322


Presenter: Dr. Knowles has diverse experiences as an educator and researcher in educational, home, and community contexts. She has worked as a special education professional for students with emotional and behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorder , and cognitive limitations across the developmental continuum. Her research interests are housed under the desire to improve equitable outcomes for individuals historically marginalized by the education system and society. She has taught courses in diversity in special education, foundations of disability, supporting students with low – incidence disability, introduction to behavior disorders, and child studies.

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August 15 (1:00 – 4:00 p.m.) – Overview of professional responsibilities and evidence-based practices

Audience: New educational assistants

Topics: Roles and responsibilities, confidentiality, communication and collaboration with your supervisor and team , an overview of evidence-based instructional and behavior management strategies.

September 2 (1:00 – 4:00 p.m.) – Behavior Management and Active Supervision

Audience: New or early career educational assistants (less than 3 years of experience) and EAs with experience who just want a refresher and overview of evidence-based practices.

Topics: Understanding behavioral function, the power of praise, an overview of active supervision strategies in unstructured settings, integrating student strengths and interests, and promoting a growth mindset.

October 7 (1:00 – 4:00 p.m.) – Skills for supporting students with emotional and behavioral challenges

Audience: Those working within special education programs, EAs who provide support at a schoolwide level (i.e., cafeteria, recess, hallway supervision }, and those interested to learn specialized strategies to support students experiencing emotional or behavioral challenges.

Topics: Understanding that behavior is communication, prevent ion strategies, an overview of evidence-based positive behavioral support strategies, considerations for building relationships with students who feel challenging, and repairing relationships after a rupture. This training is informed by evidence-based educational practices and counseling psychology.

November 4 (1:00 – 4:00 p.m.) – Better Together: Sharpen your school or classroom team dynamics to improve student outcomes

Audience: Whole or partial classroom or school-based teams are invited to t his PD opportunity.

Learning Objectives: You will learn about how to improve your team functioning as a mechanism for improved student outcomes. The emphasis is on specific, observable strategies for improved communication, collaboration, and promoting staff buy-in. This PD will also discuss how stress influences our interactions with our colleagues paired with suggestions to reduce the negative impacts.