Training through the OrPATS project focuses on essential components of effective professional development activities including content focus, active learning and coaching.
Regional workshops are available throughout the year. Workshops train educators on evidence-based strategies using appropriate curricula. Workshops are scheduled in each region of the state based on specific needs of the school districts within the region. Workshops target either a preschool/elementary focus or a secondary focus.
Click here for a list of the evidence-based strategies taught at OrPATS workshops.
Click here for a list of currently scheduled workshops.
Training site development and maintenance is provided through on-site classroom consultation for teachers, instructional assistants, autism consultants and other related service staff. Training consists of:
- Discrete trial training
- Pivotal response training
- Teaching functional routines
- Visual schedule systems
- Individualized communication systems
- Positive behavioral support planning
In addition, school teams can visit a training site and then receive additional follow-up coaching at their classroom. This additional follow-up support can be provided by OrPATS consultants and local autism consultants.
OrPATS has developed a variety of professional development opportunities for staff via web-based interactive learning opportunities. Follow-up webinars are now available for participants after attending a workshop or training opportunity. General educators can have access, through their autism consultant, to an on-line training module to support students with high functioning autism in general education settings.
Substitute Release Funds Available
The Oregon Department of Education has made a small amount of funds available to reimburse participating agencies for staff substitute pay. These funds are available to provide release time to staff to be involved in OrPATS training (Workshops and/or visits to OrPATS Training Sites). Please view the form below for detailed information on requesting substitute reimbursements. If you have questions or need additional information about reimbursements please contact Kathi Dehm via email.