PaTTANpod is a discussion forum produced by the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN). Our goal is to spread quality professional development material to practitioners throughout the field while inspiring educational growth.
Intervene with Classwide Interventions
To achieve positive outcomes for students, our tier 1 instruction, the instruction we provide to all students, needs to be robust. In order to bolster and support those efforts, particularly in math and reading, we need to consider classwide interventions. Dr. Matthew Burns joins PaTTANpod to discuss classwide interventions.
Improving Pennsylvania Through STEM S4 Ep 3
Intersection Between Spelling and Reading
If we think about the traditional language arts block in a classroom, we see evidence of reading instruction and often times a separate block of time for spelling that is typically shorter in duration. Spelling is important on its own and we need to provide spelling instruction in conjuction with reading instruction. Dr. Rebecca Treiman joins PaTTANpod to discuss ther intersection between reading and spelling.
Reading Comprehension: Product or Process? S4 Episode 1
Dr. Hugh Catts joins PaTTANpod to discuss the multidimensional nature of reading comprehension. Listen as he shares how educators need to frame reading comprehension, how we provide meaningful instruction, and assess utilizing reliable methods.
School Psychologist as Change Agents
Providing mental health services, supporting students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach, assisting families in navigating the educational landscape… school psychologists have the expertise to do all this and more. Individuals in the school psychologist role have the ability to bring about positive change in the lives of students and families. Join the panel of school psychologists to hear how this role leads to transformational change.
Interconnectivity Between General and Special Education
Guest Dr. Johanna Fitzgerald shares why special education is not a place rather a continuum of services matched to student needs.
Dr Johanna Fitzgerald is Head of Educational Psychology, Inclusive and Special Education in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland. She worked as a post-primary teacher, SENCO and Special Education Teacher for a number of years, both in Ireland and the UK. She also worked with the Special Education Support Service as an Assistant National Coordinator. She is involved with a number of outreach projects with national management bodies and organisations. She is Chairperson of the Joint Managerial Body SEN Advisory Group and Education. She also provides CPD to post-primary schools and is Chairperson of the MIC SENCO Forum, a professional learning network for SENCOs. Current research interests include: leadership in education, with a particular emphasis on developing the role of Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) as strategic leaders; teacher professional learning; and inclusive and special education.