Project ACCESS Training

As we are all aware, the news on COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. With the declaration of a national state of emergency and, more specifically for Missouri, we are following the precautions set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as state and local officials.

 

Everyone’s health and safety are our first concern. To that end, we are cancelling the June 11th Autism Edcamp and the June 12th Summer Conference, featuring Michelle Garcia-Winner of Social Thinking®. At this point, our 2020 Summer Educators' Academy remains on the schedule, with updates as needed. 

 

In the meantime, Project ACCESS staff members are committed to continuing to be available to assist you as much as possible. We hope that we may stay connected to you, so please contact us at projectaccess@missouristate.edu  or 866-481-3841. Also, please consider using our free online Autism Helpline as a portal to remain connected to your colleagues.

Project ACCESS featured training video: How to Complete the Online Version of Introduction to the Education of Students with Autism

More about Project ACCESS Training

Project ACCESS offers several types of training in different formats. Many of our workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of single school districts and offered onsite. Please contact us if your district is interested in hosting an onsite workshop that might be for your staff only or might be available to neighboring districts as well.

We have some workshops that are available in your choice of an online or face-to-face format, others that are hybrids with two days of online training and two days of face-to-face training, spread across a number of weeks, and still others that are face-to-face only. You can learn more about all of these workshops by reading the workshop descriptions and you can sign up for them by locating the desired workshop on the Project ACCESS calendar of training events. Simply follow the calendar link to MyLearningPlan.com and you can register there. MyLearningPlan.com is the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's recommended registration system for school district personnel seeking professional development opportunities. Your school or your local Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) can create a MyLearningPlan.com account if you need one.

Project ACCESS also sponsors a number of workshops offered by third party training organizations. Frequently we host these larger trainings in a central part of the state (an example is Ziggurat training). Or we may offer scholarships to events planned by the organization itself (an example is PECS training). Scholarships make the training itself free although you will have to cover your own travel expenses. A listing of these sponsored autism workshops is available.

Our Introduction to the Education of Students with Autism is available completely online for those who prefer that format. It should be noted that the online training is equivalent to our two-day face-to-face training. The online training consists of reading materials, videos to watch and assignments to submit, with review and comments by instructors. A pre- and post-test is included, also, on which participants must score 80% or above.    We also offer a special workshop that is not specifically autism training per se, but is more about how to be an effective autism consultant (IDAC) for your district.

Lastly, we have shorter informational online trainings delivered via asynchronous-viewable-on-demand modes like podcasts and webinars, and in synchronous modes like live webcasts. These are generally available to you through membership in our online community of practice (CoP). CoP alerts regarding these special events are sent out to CoP members via email. If you are interested, please request a CoP membership account and you might also consider signing up for our general mailing list.

  • What are educators saying about our trainings?

    "The presenter was very knowledgeable and showed the trainees simple and clear ideas and resources for teaching the material to all levels of abilities and disabilities."

  • What are educators saying about our trainings?

    "This workshop connects to every PD plan I can think of for my particular classroom. I believe it will also help me connect with the overall school improvement plan by means of relaying information gained to the General Ed teachers as well."

  • What are educators saying about our trainings?

    "After learning more about behaviors and education strategies, I can engage parents more effectively in educational activities."

  • What are educators saying about our trainings?

    "This training will help me implement research based practices to better meet the educational needs of my students, those with autism as well as those with challenging behaviors."

  • What are educators saying about our trainings?

    "As a para, this training will increase my effectiveness in the classroom as well as other areas of interaction with my students. My development plan is to assist my children in becoming functioning members of society."

  • What are educators saying about our trainings?

    "Knowing there is an excellent resource within Project ACCESS that I can contact any time I have questions or concerns is one of the most important aspects of the training."

  • What are educators saying about our trainings?

    "The presenter was very knowledgeable and showed the trainees simple and clear ideas and resources for teaching the material to all levels of abilities and disabilities."

  • What are educators saying about our trainings?

    "I am more aware of the characteristics to look for with my current and/or future students and some methods I can use to assist them in the classroom."

  • What are educators saying about our trainings?

    "Reinforcing what you have been thinking and doing with this challenging type of student makes you want to come back and work harder to make the breakthroughs that are there waiting to be tapped."