Project ACCESS is reaching out to you today to invite your school district to participate in a
bold new teacher training initiative
. The goal of this initiative is to improve services and outcomes for children who have autism. For several years, we have been having a quiet dialog with your teachers through our online community of practice. We have been purposefully collecting feedback at the many trainings we do. We have been visiting with you, directors of special education, at conferences and events. We have conducted surveys. Importantly, we have carefully considered recent research regarding best practices in teacher professional development. The “sit-and-get” professional development model doesn’t always translate into the classroom changes we believe are important. After much reflection, the time has arrived for us to expand our repertoire of teacher training in a bold new way.