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Course Date(s):

July 13-17, 2020
Grad credit project due July 27, 2020

Registration Deadline:

July 9, 2020 4PM


Online Facilitated




15 PDPs

Grad Credit:

Optional 1 credit from Worcester State University – $125 due upon initial registration


$275 TEC / EDCO Members / $320 Non-TEC / EDCO Members


Online | Facilitated


Administrators, General Education Teachers, Middle School Educators, PreK and Elementary Educators, Special Educators

Supporting Learners with Autism

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 59 children has a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 8. With such prevalent rates of diagnosis, the question for educators becomes how to effectively meet the needs of these learners in the school setting. In this course we will explore the hallmark characteristics of ASD, current research on causes and research-based interventions, the challenges faced by those with autism and their teachers in the school setting, and supports that have proven successful in the school setting in relation to social, behavioral, academic and emotional gains.  This course is open to anyone who is interested in expanding his/her knowledge of this medical diagnosis.

MA Educator Evaluation Strand and Indicator addressed by this workshop:  Indicator II-A: Uses instructional practices that reflect high expectations regarding content and quality of effort and work; engage all students; and are personalized to accommodate diverse learning styles …. Indicator II-B: Creates and maintains a safe and collaborate learning environment that motivates students to take academic risks, challenge themselves, and claim ownership of their learning.

About the Instructor

For eight years, Johanna Hoxie has held the position of Evaluation Team Supervisor for the Lexington Public Schools.  She works at the preschool and elementary levels, specifically with the district-wide program for students with autism and related disabilities.  

Prior to making the shift to administration, Johanna was a special education teacher for students with autism at the elementary and middle school levels.  She taught a wide range of students, including those who were included in general education learning environments for the majority of their school day and students who required substantially separate learning environments.

Johanna possesses a Master’s Degree in Special Education (severe disabilities), a Special Education Administrator’s license, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA).

To register for the course: Go online to You will be able to sign up for graduate credit at the time of registration.

Withdrawals:  No credits/refunds will be given unless TEC is notified 10 business days before the first class. All payments processed upon receipt.

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