Currently, the HELPS One-on-One Program is the only HELPS Program that is completely available and has undergone thorough research and development. For this reason, the primary focus of HELPS workshops (unless requested otherwise by the workshop sponsor) will be to train teachers how to successfully implement the One-on-One Program. However, upon request, training may also include information and practice with using the HELPS Program for Small Groups (HELPS-SG) and/or the HELPS Program for Spanish speakers. In additions, HELPS workshops also allow for related types of training that should allow schools to maximize the benefits and feasibility of using the HELPS Programs. Some advantages to learning HELPS through a workshop are listed below.
Upcoming HELPS Workshops
During the 2011-2012 school year more than a dozen HELPS workshops were offered both nationally and internationally. At the present time we are planning our 2013 schedule and we are still able to add new workshop locations.
If you would like to attend a HELPS workshop and/or want to talk with us about possibly hosting a workshop in your area, please contact us.
Note that HELPS workshops can also be developed to integrate information about the HELPS Program for Small Groups, the HELPS Program for Spanish speakers, and/or the SOPAA model.
Help us Increase the Number of HELPS Workshops We Can Offer
There are two primary ways you may be able to assist us with increasing the number of HELPS workshops, including a workshop that is convenient for you to attend. First, as noted above, by contacting us to express your interest in attending a workshop and then responding to our brief questionnaire when it is sent to you, this will ultimately help to increase the number of HELPS workshops and may assist you with identifying a workshop that is easiest for you to attend.
Second, consider becoming one of our HELPS Certified Trainers. The process of becoming a trainer is relatively fast and free, and with more certified trainers we can offer more workshops for schools both nationally and internationally. Learn more about becoming a Certified HELPS Trainer by clicking here.
Primary Advantages of Attending a HELPS Workshop
1. The presenter can help teachers determine the most feasible way to integrate HELPS across multiple classrooms and with multiple types of teachers (e.g., regular education teachers, teacher assistants, well-trained school volunteers, etc.).
2. The presenter can more easily discuss and present information that should allow teachers to best maximize the benefits of the HELPS Program. Of course, this includes addressing the specific questions and needs of the teachers attending the HELPS workshop.
3. The presenter can offer teachers research-validated materials and strategies for training others in the school (or district) who would eventually benefit from learning the HELPS Program. For example, some schools greatly benefit from training committed school volunteers to implement the HELPS Program on days when other educators are not able to. Materials and/or strategies related to observing others’ implementation integrity is also presented during workshops.
4. Upon request, the presenter can provide information, materials, and practice opportunities related to other HELPS Programs, such as the HELPS Program for small groups (HELPS-SG) or the HELPS Program for Spanish speakers (Leamos para Avanzar).
5. Generally, live workshops allow teachers to learn the HELPS Program somewhat faster than if they were to learn the Program from the Teacher's Manual and Training Video.
6. Workshops tend to be more fun and engaging, compared to learning the HELPS Program only from the Teacher's Manual and Training Video. Click here to read some comments from attendees of recent HELPS Workshops.
7. Full-day HELPS workshops usually integrate brief training components that will support each teacher in becoming a Certified HELPS Trainer (if a teacher later chooses to obtain this certification). Note: becoming a Certified HELPS Trainer is not necessary to implement the HELPS Programs effectively.
8.Nearly always, teachers obtain continuing education credits/units (CEUs) for attending a HELPS Workshop. (The sponsor of the workshop takes the primary responsibility for processing the eligibility requirements for teachers to obtain CEUs, but the presenter assists the sponsor with needed information, as applicable).
9. HELPS workshops presented at schools or districts offer an opportunity for the school or district to build a professional relationship with the HELPS presenter, and that HELPS presenter can be available weeks and months after the workshop to address any additional questions that may arise from the school or district.
10. Related to the advantage listed above, HELPS workshops presented for a particular school or district allows the presenter to also meet individually with one or more “HELPS leaders” in the school who will ensure the best possible use of HELPS within the school. This meeting, which usually occurs after the larger workshop for all educators, is intended to ensure there is a sound infrastructure for maximizing the success and implementation integrity of HELPS in each school.
Options for Attending a HELPS Workshop
If you are interested in attending a HELPS workshop that is already confirmed, please see the workshop schedule listed toward the bottom of this page. Alternatively, if you are interested in assisting to initiate a workshop for your school, district, region, state, or professional organization, please contact us at email@example.com or through our Contact Us link (also read the section below, “How We Can Help You to Attend a Workshop”). Workshops can be arranged at very affordable costs and some schools and districts are eligible to apply for and receive a free HELPS Workshop (click here for more details). Workshops are usually provided for educators working in elementary and middle schools, though we have also hosted workshops for high schools that use HELPS as part of their intervention services.
At the present time, Dr. John Begeny (developer of the HELPS Programs) hosts the majority of HELPS Workshops throughout the country (if interested, click here for teacher comments about his workshops). For schools/districts that do not receive a free HELPS Workshop, Dr. Begeny donates all of his proceeds from the workshop to The Helps Education Fund.
How We can Help You to Attend a Workshop
New workshops are planned continuously throughout the year and we work hard to offer as many low- to no-cost workshops as possible. Based on regular contact we receive from educators who are interested in attending a HELPS Workshop, we are trying to create an efficient system for targeting optimal locations for workshops. Therefore, if you contact us regarding interest in attending a workshop, we will likely reply back asking you to answer a small number of questions that will help us determine how, when, and where we can offer a workshop for you to attend. Your responses to these questions are very valuable to us and will help us identify a workshop opportunity for you.