Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 12:00 PM PST
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 2:30 PM PST

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

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.

This Course is part of the Wise Online Academy Customized ACRE-certified Employment Specialist Core Training Series.  Read more about the series and ACRE certification by clicking here.  * Those completing all four ACRE courses after June 1, 2021 will earn a Customized ACRE Certificate.  Those who completed one or more courses prior to June 2021 will earn a Basic ACRE Certificate.

Webinar Dates (US Pacific/Eastern shown - adjust for your timezone) :

  • November 17 – 12:00 (noon)–2:30 pm Pacific/3:00–5:30 pm Eastern
  • December 1 – 12:00 (noon)–2:30 pm Pacific/3:00–5:30 pm Eastern
  • December 7 – 12:00 (noon)–2:30 pm Pacific/3:00–5:30 pm Eastern
  • December 15– 12:00 (noon)–2:30 pm Pacific/3:00–5:30 pm Eastern

New Zealand Dates

  • 18 November – 9:00 am-11:30 am
  • 2 December – 9:00 am-11:30 am
  • 8 December – 9:00 am-11:30 am
  • 16 December – 9:00 am-11:30 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  The fee may be reimbursable to WA State DDA Employment Providers who successfully earn a certificate for the course.   Reimbursement is available for a limited time on a first-come first-served basis.  Colorado HCPF also has a reimbursement process.

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 successfully completing assignments outside of course webinar time.

All coursework must be completed by the assignment deadline.  Rare exceptions must be approved in advance of assignment deadline.  If an approved exception is granted or corrections to work are required, those assignments must be submitted in sufficient time to successfully complete the assignment no later than 1 week following the final webinar.  If recordings are requested, those must be viewed by the same timeline.  If coursework and live or recorded webinar viewing is not completed by the final deadline, students would need to register, pay and retake the course to earn a certificate.

Your Instructors:

Robyn Slocom, Program Manager

Robyn joined Wise in 2015 with over 25 years of comprehensive field experience serving children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a myriad of roles. BA degrees in Psychology and Sociology/Social Work and a Master’s degree in Business Administration seem like an odd combination, but not for Robyn; she loves to both explore the “big picture” of any situation and to figure out how to make the “details” really work.  She found a perfect fit with Wise, where she can focus on change management, consulting, training, and empowering people. She loves to apply Lean Management techniques to organizational and employment program practices, focusing on value-added and person-centered activities while requirements are met in a more manageable way. Robyn lives near Portland and loves to enjoy natural beauty with her family, whether it be camping, fishing, traveling, or her personal favorite, visiting a beautiful beach!

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.

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.