FETC 2010: Training & Consulting

Exhibit Hall CrowdAutismPro said Vermont’s Rutland City Public Schools has incorporated its software to support its autism and special-needs intervention program. AutismPro provides access to online professional development, thousands of research-based instructional resources, and a communication platform to help districts meet the needs of children with autism. Teachers and administrators can refer to a database of more than 5,000 lesson plans, teaching strategies, and behavioral supports to help them address individual student needs.

Toronto-based Blossom Learning, an online training company consisting of former educators and AV presentation professionals, debuted a SMART Board online training course for K-12 educators. The eight-chapter “Online Applied SMART Board Course” is available to teachers, administrators, and students for $69.95. Hosted by an avatar named Mrs. Blossom, the course comes with built-in LMS capabilities that allow administrators to assign chapters to individuals and groups and track their progress toward completion. The SMART Board course is the first in a series of planned online training courses designed to inspire a greater use of technology in the classroom, Blossom Learning said. The course is available immediately in English, with a French version expected in March and Spanish in June. Other languages will follow thereafter.

MGT of America, which helps in all areas of school management, highlighted some of its services, which include management and performance reviews; monitoring the use of stimulus money; facilities planning and evaluation; facility bond program audits; standards, assessment, and accountability reviews; comprehensive data systems consulting; Response to Intervention implementation; and other program evaluations.

PublicSchoolWORKS, which offers training and software to help schools with automated reporting and compliance, introduced a new Fraud Reporting System at FETC. The system is an online tool that gives school district employees an anonymous way to report fraudulent behavior, accounting inconsistencies, and other suspicious activity. When someone files a report, the system sends automatic notification to everyone who should receive it, along with reminders to make sure the district follows up as required by law. In many states, schools are required to report instances of fraud, although the exact requirements vary from state to state. PublicSchoolWORKS offers an accompanying training program to teach school employees what constitutes fraud, and how they must report it. The system is customized to meet the requirements of each state, the company said.

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