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PD Provider: Smooth Sailing Professional Development Program - UMass Boston

Contact Information
Smooth Sailing Professional Development Program - UMass Boston
100 William T. Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

Narmene Hamsho
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Provider Details
Institution of Higher Education
Course, Mentoring/Coaching
10 events or fewer
0-5 years
Brief Description of Services
Smooth Sailing is an online professional development program, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, aimed at helping K-2nd grade general education teachers enhance their skills for supporting autistic students. The program offers strategies to develop positive relationships with autistic students and their families. The UMass Boston program creators collaborated with teachers in districts across Massachusetts to develop this program. Enrollment is open to K-2nd grade general education teachers who have a student diagnosed with autism or suspected autism in their class during the school year in which they plan to participate. The fully remote, 6-week program includes weekly completion of online modules (1 hr/wk), three individual meetings with a coach via Zoom in addition to ongoing coach support, and in-class practice of strategies with one student on the autism spectrum and their family. Teachers complete three brief survey packets. Recruitment is ongoing; enrolled teachers will be randomly assigned to receive the 4-week program in either Fall or Spring of the school year. Parent consent from the identified autistic student is required and is obtained by program staff. In addition to PDP credits, teachers receive $300 for participation and survey completion.

Content Area(s)
Content CategoryDetailsGrade LevelsEducator Evaluation Standards
Special Education-GeneralDisability Related Topics; Evidence-based Best Practice; Family and Community EngagementLower Elementary (Pre-K, K, 1, 2)T-I: Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment
T-II: Teaching All Students

An IndividualPrincipal from Duxbury School District
An IndividualPrincipal from Medway School District

Regions Served

Last Updated: March 1, 2015

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