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Wise Online Employment Academy: Systematic Instruction: Teaching, Learning, and Retaining Jobs

March 1, 2021

Even the most complex tasks, if broken down and taught using the techniques of Systematic Instruction, can be learned and mastered by people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Here is a chance for those who support people with disabilities to learn and practice these powerful techniques, and dramatically enhance their ability to teach people new tasks at home, in the community, and in the workplace.

The course consists of 4 instructor-led webinars and offline skill-building activities. The instructors will guide the learner through concepts including:

  • designing tasks
  • analyzing how and where to focus teaching
  • different teaching strategies
  • facilitating job starts
  • fading supports
  • use of diverse supports such as natural, visual and customized supports
  • long-term retention and follow-along services

Instructors will also cover intersecting topics such as learning styles, teaching strategies and understanding behavior throughout the series.

This course is for support staff (e.g. employment, school, residential, community connectors and developers, etc.) who want a thorough understanding of how to help someone learn complex tasks in natural environments.

Webinar Dates (US PST/EST shown – adjust for your timezone) :
March 1 – 11:30 am – 2 pm PST/2:30-5:00 pm EST
March 8 – 11:30 am – 2 pm PST/2:30-5:00 pm EST
March 11 – 11:30 am – 2 pm PST/2:30-5:00 pm EST
March15– 11:30 am – 2 pm PST/2:30-5:00 pm EST

New Zealand Time Zone (NZT):
March 2 – 8:30-11:00 am
March 9 – 8:30-11:00 am
March 12 – 8:30-11:00 am
March 16 – 8:30-11:00 am

The total expected time to complete this course, including offline skill-building activities, is 12 hours. Students will be expected to present and share their homework on the webinars as part of the learning experience.

Cost:  $200, WA State residents may seek reimbursement for successful completion of the course.  Contact your County Coordinator for verification.

Space is limited to 100 participants; Registration closes once capacity is reached.

Note: Participation in and earning a certificate of completion for this Course requires: 1) Registering for and using the Wise Online Learning Platform, 2) Attending all 4 webinars and not missing more than one hour for the course and completing assignments outside of course webinar time.

All coursework must be completed within 1 week of the final webinar to earn a certificate.  Unless an approved exception request is granted in advance, if coursework is not completed by the deadline, students would need register, pay and to retake the course to earn a certificate.

Your Instructors:

Image: Circular headshot of Wise TA and Training Director, Brandi Monts.

Brandi Monts, TA and Training Director

Brandi has a life-long personal connection to developmental disabilities, as well as over 16 years of work experience in the field. Her previous positions include residential services, supported employment, transition from school to work, teaching, and county government. Realizing her commitment to the disability field early in her education, Brandi earned a BA in Social Work from the University of Washington and later went on to obtain a Master in Public Administration, with a focus on Public Policy at The Evergreen State College. Brandi’s interests and expertise include agency organization, public policy and practice, community organizing, service systems collaboration, curriculum development and wrap around service coordination for people with significant support needs. Brandi has also taught English in Japan and is interested in multi-cultural service coordination and international disability issues. With an employment consultant background in high school and adult service programs, Brandi has experience providing supports in a range of workplace settings and systems. Focusing on efficiency, independence and holistic supports, Brandi offers consultation, coaching and accommodation development in the following areas: Helping individuals and their teams identify workplace settings and skills, systematic instruction, task design and analysis, resources for independence in the community, team organizing and coordination, service planning and implementation, family and residential communication and support development. Assisting employers to develop customized accommodations, hiring processes, co-worker education, job description design and efficient work-flow systems.

Image: Circular headshot of Wise Senior Program Manager, Robyn Slocom.

Robyn Slocom, Program Manager

Seeking more independence or more success at work? Not sure how to set up a fading plan from the beginning? Need some additional teaching and assessment strategies for success? Struggling to break down steps in a way that works for the business and the employee? Wondering how to foster natural supports? Robyn would love to put her over 25 years of experience in the field to work and explore how person-centered application of systematic instruction and lean management techniques can answer these questions and more with you.

Image: Circular headshot of Wise Senior Program Manager, Shaun Wood, BCBA.

Shaun Wood, Senior Program Manager

Shaun is a community developer who is passionate about social justice and equality of opportunity, and has worked to support people with disabilities since 2002. Since then, he continues to work in schools, people’s homes, and job sites helping to build inclusive communities. Shaun is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a certified Employment Specialist. He served in the United States Peace Corps in Bulgaria and surrounding countries, and has both his M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis and his B.A. in Political Science and Human Rights from the University of Washington. Shaun is particularly interested in using ABA, emerging technology, reflective processes, and mentorship to drive employment outcomes. When he isn’t working, he enjoys tending to his garden, drinking black coffee, staring at his topical fish tank, and jogging circles around his small hometown of Burien, Washington.

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