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Classroom Practices to Support Improved Outcomes for Students with Autism and Other Disabilities

We invite you to apply for a training series developed through a partnership between the Statewide Autism Resources and Training Project (START) and the SVSU School/University Partnership Office (SUPO) to learn about evidence-based classroom practices to support students with autism and other disabilities. 

APPLICATION DUE: Friday, September 10, 2021  (space is limited – so we urge you to apply early)

NOTIFICATION OF SELECTION TO PARTCIPATE: September 15, 2021 (START/SVSU reserves the right to accept or reject any or all applications.)


In this training, we will use the Classroom Environment and Teaching Assessment – Revised (CETA-R) as a process tool for teams to assess strengths and needs related to current implementation of evidence-based practices at the classroom level and develop action steps to strengthen implementation of practices for improved outcomes for students. In following sessions, examples of implementation support, such as scripts and plans, will be reviewed and collection of fidelity data will be discussed. Teams will review their CETA-R data and create an implementation plan for improving the use of specific practices from their CETA-R data. Finally, teams will be provided with a guided review of their progress with strengthening implementation of evidence-based practices. Use of the CETA-R as an ongoing tool for continuous improvement will be discussed and a team plan created relative to its use.


Public School Academies, Local School Districts, Intermediate School Districts, and Local Education Agencies should be the primary applicants. Preference will be given to districts/ISDs who:

  • Establish a committed team and a team leader.
  • Provide release/sub time for team members for both the training series and team planning and implementation meetings.
  • Support the team to implement strategies learned in this training series.


Module presenters and training materials will be provided by START and the SVSU/SUPO at no cost to participating teams. The costs to your building include sub costs, as necessary for your team members to participate. All trainings will be conducted virtually using the Zoom meeting platform.


Introductory Overview & Preparation for PD Series (REQUIRED)      9/20/21 - 3:30-4:30 pm  -OR-
                                                                                                                       9/21/21 - 8:00-9:00 am

Session 1 - Classroom Environment and Teaching Assessment       10/7/21 - 8:00-10:00 am

Session 2 - Implement Evidence-based Classroom Practices            11/10/21 - 8:00-10:00 am

Session 3 - Implement of Evidence-based Classroom Practices II     12/14/21 - 8:00-10:00 am

Teams work on Implementation                                                             Jan-Mar (2-3 x/month)

Session 4 - Progress Review & Problem Solving Moving Forward      3/15/22 - 8:00-10:00 am


If you have questions about the training or application process, contact: Cindy Shinsky at or cell:  616-915-1844 (application process/logistics) - or - Amy Mathews at for more information about the content.



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