Action-Driven Professional Development

Many schools and districts report that special education students are underperforming compared to their general education peers. However, new research links more time spent in inclusive educational settings (aka, the “least restrictive environment”) to higher academic performance, better post-secondary outcomes, and more employment opportunities for students with disabilities. For special education to work, you have to start with the belief that all students deserve an excellent education and pair that steadfast belief with effective instruction. We can help you get there.

At Action Driven Education, we give districts, schools, and teachers–both general and special education–the tools they need to design a high-expectation individualized education for every student with special needs that fits within their unique classrooms. Our professional development helps shape the mindset of teachers and provides them with specific actions they can do to improve student achievement.

Our synchronous professional development is personalized for each organization and the participants involved, and is held on-site at the location of your choice.

Tim working with a district doing professional development.

Core Workshop: Tools for Effective Inclusion

In this professional development workshop, we explore what it takes to make inclusion work for every child with special needs.

Participants will:

    • Discover the right tools for effective inclusion
    • Develop an understanding of the function of accommodations
    • Learn how to use disengagement as a resource and a validation of your efforts
    • Learn and apply the variables used to select accommodations and modifications
    • Discover the importance of finding the “just right” level of support
    • Explore the two-tiered system of special education
    • Discover specific actions that can be shared with others to make inclusion work for all children

On-Demand Learning

Tools for Effective Inclusion is also available as an asynchronous course!

Additional Topics of Interest


Meeting Student Needs Through Two Tiers
Teachers will learn to write measurable goals/objectives that turn needs into strengths while concurrently developing appropriate accommodations and modifications to help students learn past their needs in all classes.


Developing an Inclusive Mindset
Learn how to educate your staff and eliminate ableism to restore high expectations for all students and ensure that each learner reaches their fullest potential.


Exploring the Power of Possibilities (PoP) Process
Given the individualized nature of educating students with special needs, it is impossible to provide the perfect accommodations and modifications for all students in every situation. When your staff understands how to use suggested accommodations and modifications as examples, they learn to develop their own ideas with ease.


Uncovering the Importance of Confidence and Trust
Teachers are guided in exploration of how student confidence and trust impact their willingness to take academic risks, what happens when a student isn’t willing to take a risk, and how Accomods changes this equation.


Engaging General Education Teachers
The law directs the involvement of general education teachers in a student’s IEP and evaluations, yet they often feel unempowered. Teachers will learn how to select and implement appropriate accommodations and modifications that get all members of your team involved in meaningful ways.

Don’t see what you’re looking for?

Please let us know if you have an idea for a session you’d like to offer your staff, and we’ll work with you to make it happen!