Staff Development

Philosophy

We believe that learning is the construction of meaning that we engage in as we attempt to connect the signs and symbols of our external lives to the knowledge, thoughts, and feelings that inhabit our internal lives. Without creating a connection from the internal to the external there is no learning. Learning is the give and take between our environments and our selves. People can memorize facts or descriptions of phenomena, but those memories will be useless unless the learners can connect them to their own experiences. Because of this, we all very much believe in providing affective and constructivist learning opportunities for our participants.

Changes in educators’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions become changes in their practice which result in changes in students’ results.

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Standards for Professional Learning

We follow the Standards for Professional Learning put forward by learning forward.org that outline the characteristics of effective professional learning.

  • Learning Communities
    Effective professional development is part of a continuous process of bringing together diverse pieces of information and attempting to mesh it into the specific challenges in the institutional environment.
  • Leadership
    Effective professional development opportunities occur because someone provided the leadership to identify a need and create a plan for getting that need resolved.
  • Resources
    Effective professional development is a sustained initiative which includes access to a variety of resources over a period of time to be effective. It is not a one-and-done attack.
  • Data
    Learning is done through the analysis of data specific to the context of the identified needs.
  • Learning Designs
    Professional development is best achieved through using best practice methods and materials.
  • Implementation
    Effective professional development is undertaken based on the long-term needs of the institution and is completed as an iterative process.
  • Outcomes
    Effective professional development is grounded in goals set and monitored by the learning community and its leaders.

Conference Presentations

  • Cichy, B. E., & Bryant, L. C. (April, 2015). Culturally relevant teaching in the special education classroom. Presentation at the National Council of Exceptional Children Conference, San Diego, CA. (Attendance: approx. 119). Click here for handout.
  • Cichy, B. E., & Kliger, D. (April, 2015). Work environment and job opportunities for people with disabilities in Salvador, Brazil. Presentation at the National Council of Exceptional Children Conference, San Diego, CA. (Attendance: approx. 10). Click here for handout.
  • Bryant, L. C., & Cichy, B. E. (April, 2014). Building strong African American boys, instead of repairing broken African American men. Presentation at the National Council of Exceptional Children Conference, Philadelphia, PA. (Attendance: approx. 45).
  • Cichy, B. E. (April, 2013). Culturally responsive teaching in an environment of response to intervention. Presentation at the National Council for Exceptional Children’s Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX. (Attendance: approx.. 80).
  • Cichy, B. E. (October, 2012). Culturally responsive teaching in an environment of response to intervention. Presentation at the International Child & Adolescent Conference XVI, Bloomington, MN. (Attendance: approx.. 15).
  • Cichy, B. E. (April, 2012). Resuscitating an elementary EBD program. Presentation at the National Council for Exceptional Children’s Annual Conference. Denver, CO. (Attendance: 15).
  • Cichy, B. E. (September, 2011). The effects of culturally mediated behaviors on preservice teachers’ perceptions of African American and European American students. Presentation at the International Council for Children with Behavior Disorders Biennial Conference. New Orleans, LA. (Attendance: 4).
  • Cichy, B. E. (September 26, 2011). Culturally Responsive Teaching in an Environment of Response to Intervention. Rochester, MN: Midwest Instructional Leadership Council.
  • Cichy, B. E., & Bryant, L.C. (April, 2011). Lived experiences of teen-aged African American males in school: Two studies. Presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children’s Annual Conference. National Harbor, MD. (Poster).
  • Bryant, L. C., & Cichy, B. E. (April, 2011). Turn up my swagger: An exploratory and descriptive study of being young, black, and male in education. Presentation at the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. (Attendance: 20).
  • Turner, S., Craig-Unkefer, L., Cichy, B. E., Huang, J., & Peper, C. Career Interests and Self-Estimated Abilities of Young Adults with Disabilities. Poster at the American Psychological Association’s National Conference. San Diego, CA. (Poster)
  • Craig-Unkefer, L., Turner, S., Cichy, B. E., & Peper, C. The career development of young adults at a transition center. Poster at the National Council on Exceptional Children’s Annual Conference. Nashville, TN. (Poster)
  • Cichy, B. E. Dismantling institutional racism through functional behavior assessment. Presentation at the White Privilege Conference 10. Memphis, TN. (Attendance: 20)

School-Based Workshops

  • Cichy, B. E. (October 15, 2011). Overrepresentation of African American Students in Special Education. Minneapolis, MN: Pi Lambda Theta.
  • Cichy, B. E. (February 2011). Engaging African American learners in elementary school. Shoreview, MN: Mounds View Public Schools.
  • Cichy, B. E. (December 2010). Redesigning an elementary EBD program. St. Cloud, MN: St. Cloud Public Schools.
  • Cichy, B. E. (September 2010). Functional Behavior Assessment On-The-Fly. Brooklyn Center, MN: Brooklyn Center Schools.
  • Cichy, B. E. (February 2010). Black Children and Special Education. Savage, MN: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District.
  • Peters-Harden, S., & Cichy, B. E. (September 2009). Beyond The Culturally Responsive Classroom. Osseo, MN: Osseo Area Schools.
  • Cichy, B. E. (February 2009). Cross Cultural Family Services. Mendota Heights, MN: District 197.
  • Cichy, B. E. (September 2008). Reducing Bias in Special Education Assessment. Mendota Heights, MN: District 197.
  • Cichy, B. E. (August 2008). Teaching techniques to support all students in a technical education program. Rosemount, MN: Intermediate District 917.
  • Cichy, B. E. (August 2008). FBA on-the-fly. Improving behavior intervention in linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms. Three-hour training to special education teachers and administrators. St. Louis Park, MN: Saint Louis Park Public Schools.
  • Cichy, B. E. (March 2008). FBA on-the-fly: Improving behavior intervention in linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms. Four-hour training presented to school social workers and school psychologists. St. Paul, MN: Saint Paul Public Schools.
  • Cichy, B. E., & Blatchley, L. (February 2008). Functional behavioral assessment on-the-fly. Two-hour training session in pre-referral intervention. St. Louis Park, MN: Saint Louis Park Middle School.
  • Cichy, B. E. (January 2008). Facilitated discussion on the interaction of culture and disability at a federal setting IV EBD program for one hour. Shoreview, MN: Oak Grove School, Mounds View Public Schools.
  • Cichy, B. E. (November 2007). Classroom management and culture: Historical and practical perspectives for educators. Three-hour training session sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education. Roseville, MN.
  • Cichy, B. E. (October 2007). Classroom management and culture: Historical and practical perspectives for educators. Seven-hour training for Mounds View Public Schools Staff Development. Shoreview, MN.
  • Cichy, B. E. (June 2007). FBA-on-the-fly: Using functional behavior assessment to guide culturally appropriate decision-making. Twelve-hour workshop sponsored by a grant from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services to the Minnesota Department of Education and the office of Continuing and Professional Development, College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, MN.

University-Based Workshops

  • Bryant, L. C., & Cichy, B. E. (April, 2014). Building strong African American boys, instead of repairing broken African American men. Invited colloquium presentation at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Cichy, B. E. (October 10, 2013). Using rubrics in D2L. Presentation for interested faculty as part of the technology day sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, St. Cloud State University.
  • Cichy, B. E. (April 1, 2013). Classroom Management. St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN. Presented to 170 student teachers during their professional development day.
  • Cichy, B. E. (March 25, 2013). School to Prison Pipeline. St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN. Presented to 20 students in a criminal justice course.
  • Cichy, B. E. (November 5, 2012). Using Rubrics in D2L. St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.

Rates

All of our trainings are custom-designed to meet the needs of your particular context. Rates start at $900 per day, but can vary based on the level of outside research and preparation required. Institutional administrators are encouraged to call us for a free conversation to discuss the state of current research on their identified needs. Transportation expenses and per diem are billed separately.

Please contact Dr. Cichy at bryan.cichy@cichylearning.com or 612.385.9217 for more information.