edWeb and STAGES Learning Host Professional Learning Community on Teaching Students with Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month, and edWeb.net is especially thankful to announce that STAGES Learning will be the new sponsor of Teaching Students with Autism, a free professional learning community on edWeb that provides ideas and resources for teachers working with students with autism. The community has nearly 30,000 members and has been an important resource for educators for many years, providing free professional learning edWebinars and support, especially during the pandemic.

STAGES Learning hosted their first edWebinar for the community on March 28th, “Behavior in the Classroom: Set Yourself up for Success Working with Students with Autism,” and it has already been viewed by more than 2,500 educators. Frankie Kietzman, Ed.S., Special Education Teacher, and Rachel Emmer, Teaching & Learning Ambassador, presented information on several preventative classroom/behavior-management strategies for all levels that can be used while working with students with autism to make the classroom a safe and positive environment for everyone. The recording is available here. STAGES Learning will continue to present helpful edWebinars for the community all year long and provide additional free resources.

Lisa Schmucki, the founder and CEO of edWeb.net, commented, “Our autism community is one of the first communities we created on edWeb.net. Over the past 10 years, we’ve hosted over 120 edWebinars that have been viewed over 250,000 times. There is such a need for professional learning help for special ed teachers, classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and all educators who work with students with autism. We are so delighted that STAGES Learning is taking on the leadership of this community. It’s been great to get to know Angela Nelson, the founder, and her wonderful team and their passion for creating exceptional resources for teachers and students.”

Angela Nelson, the founder and CEO of STAGES Learning, commented, “I am so excited that STAGES will be supporting this vibrant network of educators who have dedicated their lives to creating the best opportunities for learners on the autism spectrum. Special educators have worked so hard over the past couple of years to mitigate learning loss for these students, who already face so many challenges. We look forward to being a part of everything that edWeb is doing to create top-quality professional learning opportunities.”

Educators are invited to join the Teaching Students with Autism community.

About STAGES Learning

For 25 years, STAGES Learning has been dedicated to creating quality teaching tools to help educators provide the best learning opportunities for students on the autism spectrum. Since our first product, Language Builder: Picture Cards, was introduced in 1997, millions of children around the world have benefited from our products. Today, STAGES’ offerings include award-winning, photo-based teaching tools, manipulatives, games, puzzles, posters and sensory items, culminating in our recently launched complete curriculum for children with autism or other cognitive delays. Our Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System, or ARIS to those who love us, pairs the full line of photo cards and manipulatives with 202 comprehensive, easy to follow lesson plans, a behavior management system, assessment and placement tools, and an extensive implementation process with professional development opportunities. ARIS is the most complete curriculum for students with autism and other language delays available today. We look forward to many more decades of innovation to support the learning needs of children on the autism spectrum. We believe information and tools empower teachers to support student learning at the highest level. We are committed to ensuring equitable access to the best possible education for learners of all abilities. We believe every child can learn and thrive. Learn more at STAGES Learning. Follow @stageslearning.