FDLRS / FIN Action Resource Center

Serving Florida Virtual School, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter and UCP

  FDLRS / FIN Action Resource Center


Instructional Engagement for Improved Behavior and Academics

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
The registration period has closed for this event.


Registration open through 2/7/2023 12:00 PM

Seats Available: 12


Target Audience: General Education and Exceptional Education Teachers (K-12) 


Course Objective: Participants will learn and practice instructional engagement strategies they can use to improve student participation that can lead to increased engagement, improved student behavior and academics.


Course Description: This course will consist of:

  • one live 90 minute facilitated module
  • a brief, asynchronous assignment involving reading or viewing video/s on the strategy the participant
  • selects for implementation
  • 3 week classroom implementation of the selected strategy with pre- and post-data submission


The course addresses opportunities to respond, various engagement strategies and actions to build cognitive capacity. Participants will select one of the presented strategies to implement in order to enhance behavior and learning outcomes in the educational environment.


Participants will understand:

  • Opportunities to respond
  • Engagement structures
  • Actions to build engagement and cognitive capacity
  • Strategies include:
  • Providing multiple ways and opportunities for students to engage and respond, virtually or face to face
  • Monitoring engagement
  • Concrete activities that enable students to practice thinking and executive functioning 


Implementation Activity: Implementation activity/assignment to be submitted to course instructors prior to receiving 5 inservice credits.


Follow-up Method: Email communication and coaching throughout the implementation period


If you have any questions related to this course please contact: Jen Borrelli: jennifer.borrelli@fdlrsaction.org


Jennifer (Jen) Borrelli

Jen graduated from University of Florida in 1987 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education. In 1996 she received her Master’s Degree in Communication from UCF. She is certified in K-12 ESE, Elementary Education and holds Reading Endorsement.

An educator for more than 25 years, Jen has taught students with behavior disorders, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities and general education students in inclusive and separate class settings, ages kindergarten through college. She has served as an MTSS coach and as a reading coach. Her roles at FDLRS as Learning & Technology Resources Specialist include providing professional learning, support and coaching in behavior, literacy, technology and Universal Design for Learning.




Elizabeth (Beth) McAulay M. Ed.

Elizabeth began her teaching career in 1997. She attended the University of Central Florida and earned a Masters of Education in Varying Exceptionalities. Her teaching experience includes working with students with physical impairments, significant cognitive disabilities and autism in both structured classroom and inclusive environment settings. Elizabeth broadened her reach as an educational professional while working as an Instructional Support Teacher at the district level supporting teachers and schools throughout Orange County Public Schools. Her role in this position included working with teachers, school staff, parents and administrators in creating effective learning environments for students with disabilities. Additionally, Elizabeth has been a certified CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention) instructor since 2004.

Elizabeth's areas of focus at FDLRS include: Behavioral MTSS at the school wide, classroom and individual student levels; instructional practices for students with significant cognitive disabilities; instructional practices for students with autism spectrum disorder, high functioning autism & Asperger's syndrome; and ESE compliance to include Quality IEP, Facilitated IEP and Matrix trainings.



Inservice Points: Points - 5