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PCAST - Person-Centered Approaches in Schools and Transition

There are two virtual training options available for all PCAST workshops. Each option will require the same amount of time to complete as the other. Please select the one option that will best meet your needs as a virtual learner:

  • OPTION 1: A series of interactive, instructor-led, live remote modules. Please note, modules must be taken sequentially.

OR

  • OPTION 2: A self-paced online course that includes live support sessions to assist you throughout your learning.

PCAST workshops include information on facilitated planning methods, improving the IEP process, and implementing instructional approaches for groups of students. New Jersey educators and family members can access all three PCAST workshops below in either the Option 1 or Option 2 format. Both options are delivered through the Rutgers Canvas Learning Management System. Registration deadlines are two weeks prior to each course start date. See Registration Details for additional information.

 

PCAST: An Introduction to Person-Centered Planning and Implementation for Families and Professionals

Participants will be trained on the use and facilitation of a person-centered planning process. Participants will learn fundamental skills, how to use planning tools and processes to implement person-centered approaches with students. Also covered will be methods for gathering, organizing and presenting person-centered information, as well as implementing strategies designed to improve post-school outcomes for students.

 

OPTION 1: Interactive Instructor-Led Live Remote Delivery
This workshop includes five sequential live modules with all live instruction and one pre-recorded workshop orientation session to be taken before the first workshop session.

Section 1 Dates Duration Time
Module 1 – January 12, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 2 – January 14, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 3 – January 19, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 4 – January 21, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 5 January 26, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm 2:30 pm

 

Register for Option 1, Section 1 - PCAST: An Introduction to Person-Centered Planning and Implementation for Families and Professionals   SECTION CLOSED

Section 2 Dates Duration Time
Module 1 – March 10, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 2 – March 12, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 3 – March 17, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 4 – March 19, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 5 March 24, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm 2:30 pm

 

Register for Option 1, Section 2 - PCAST: An Introduction to Person-Centered Planning and Implementation for Families and Professionals  SECTION CLOSED

 

OPTION 2: Self-Paced, Online Learning Course with Live Support Sessions

Section 1
This course will start on Monday, January 11, 2021 and conclude on Friday, February 5, 2021. An easy to follow syllabus will be provided with all pertinent course information.

Register for Option 2, Section 1 - PCAST: An Introduction to Person-Centered Planning and Implementation for Families and Professionals  SECTION CLOSED

 

Section 2
This course will start on Monday, March 29, 2021 and conclude on Friday, April 23, 2021. An easy to follow syllabus will be provided with all pertinent course information.

Register for Option 2, Section 2 - PCAST: An Introduction to Person-Centered Planning and Implementation for Families and Professionals SECTION CLOSED


PCAST: Utilizing Person-Centered Approaches to Improve IEP Meetings

This workshop will teach person-centered thinking skills and introduce tools designed to improve the quality of collaborative meetings, especially IEP meetings. Participants will leave with practical strategies and tools related to pre-meeting preparation, effective communication, management of difficult conversations and situations, approaches to address sensitive topics, New Jersey Administrative Code requirements, and post-meeting implementation. Previous completion of “An Introduction to Person-Centered Planning and Implementation for Families and Professionals” is highly recommended but not required.

OPTION 1: Interactive Instructor-Led Live Remote Delivery

This workshop includes five sequential live modules with all live instruction and one pre-recorded workshop orientation session to be taken before the first workshop session.

Section 1 Dates Duration Time
Module 1 – February 10, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 2 – February 12, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 3 – February 17, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 4 – February 19, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 5 February 24, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

 

Register for Option 1, Section 1 - PCAST: Utilizing Person-Centered Approaches to Improve IEP Meetings SECTION CLOSED

Section 2 Dates Duration Time
Module 1 – April 6, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 2 – April 8, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 3 – April 13, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 4 – April 15, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 5 April 20, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

 

Register for Option 1, Section 2 - PCAST: Utilizing Person-Centered Approaches to Improve IEP Meetings SECTION CLOSED


OPTION 2: Self-Paced, Online Learning Course with Live Support Sessions

 

Section 1
This course will start on Monday, March 1, 2021 and conclude on Friday, March 26, 2021. An easy to follow syllabus will be provided with all pertinent course information.

Register for Option 2, Section 1 - PCAST: Utilizing Person-Centered Approaches to Improve IEP Meetings SECTION CLOSED

 

Section 2
This course will start on Monday, May 10, 2021 and conclude on Friday, June 4, 2021. An easy to follow syllabus will be provided with all pertinent course information.

Register for Option 2, Section 2 - PCAST: Utilizing Person-Centered Approaches to Improve IEP Meetings

PCAST: Developing Group Person-Centered Planning with Students in Classroom Settings


Participants will learn how to unbundle the skills and tools used in formal facilitated person-centered planning events for use with groups of students in both virtual and physical classrooms, while strengthening their person-centered planning skills. Each participant will draft a group instruction implementation plan with associated outcomes and actions that are designed to meet the needs of the students they will be supporting. Example implementation frameworks will be used to assist participants in customizing their individualized strategies. Previous completion of “An Introduction to Person-Centered Planning and Implementation for Families and Professionals” is highly recommended but not required.

OPTION 1: Interactive Instructor-Led Live Remote Delivery

This workshop includes three sequential live modules with all live instruction and one pre-recorded workshop orientation session to be taken before the first workshop session.

 

Section 1 Dates Duration Time
Module 1 – March 2, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 2 – March 4, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 3 March 9, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm 2:30 pm


Register for Option 1, Section 1 - Developing Group Person-Centered Planning with Students in Classroom Settings SECTION CLOSED

 

Section 2 Dates Duration Time
Module 1 – April 26, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 2 – April 28, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Module 3 April 30, 2021 1.5 hours 1:00 pm 2:30 pm


Register for Option 1, Section 2 - Developing Group Person-Centered Planning with Students in Classroom Settings SECTION CLOSED


OPTION 2: Self-Paced, Online Learning Course with Live Support Sessions

 

Section 1
This course will start on Monday, February 8, 2021 and conclude on Friday, February 19, 2021. An easy to follow syllabus will be provided with all pertinent course information.

Register for Option 2, Section 1 - PCAST: Developing Group Person-Centered Planning with Students in Classroom Settings SECTION CLOSED

Section 2
This course will start on Monday, April 26, 2021 and conclude on Friday, May 7, 2021. An easy to follow syllabus will be provided with all pertinent course information.

 

Register for Option 2, Section 2 - PCAST: Developing Group Person-Centered Planning with Students in Classroom Settings SECTION CLOSED


Registration Details

  • Registration:
    Register using the links provided under each course option. The registration deadline for each course is two weeks prior to the course start date.
  • Canvas Account:
    Each registrant will be provided with a Rutgers Canvas account to access their workshop(s). No matter how early you register for a workshop, you will not receive a “Welcome to Canvas” email until 3-10 days prior to the workshop start date. When your account has been created, you will receive a “Welcome to Canvas” email. Reset your password and login prior to the course start date.
  • For General Assistance regarding PCAST Workshops, contact:
    Kellyann Giudice at kellyann.giudice@rutgers.edu
  • Technology Requirements:
    A computer, internet access, and a web-cam are required for PCAST Workshops.
    Once you are enrolled in the course, if assistance is needed with Canvas, contact:

    help@oit.rutgers.edu

  • Professional Development Hours:
    Certificates of Attendance with NJ Department of Education Professional Development Hours will be provided upon completion of PCAST Workshops.
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