Diverse Learners PLC


We plan to meet 8 times this school year. 

Please add all our meeting dates to your calendar and join us.


October 20, 2021| 3:00 - 4:00 PM | Virtual

November 17, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM | Virtual

December 15, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM | Virtual

January 19, 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM | Virtual

February 16, 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM | Virtual

March 16, 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM | Virtual

April 20, 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM | Virtual

May 18, 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM | Virtual






Registration open through 5/17/2022 12:00 PM

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A professional learning community is a chance to develop your own professional network of colleagues who teach diverse learners with high needs. During this time, teachers will be able to collaborate, share resources, learn new strategies, and have support from teachers who “get it.”


Topics include: assistive technology, ULS and other curricula, reading, math, and writing strategies, life skills/daily living, behavior management strategies, and utilizing universal OT/speech resources in the classroom.


Continuing Education

SCECH: Hours - 8


Heather Burleson, MA


Heather Burleson, MA Heather is an Instructional Consultant for the BRIDGE Team at VBISD. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English at Michigan State University -- GO SPARTANS!! She earned her Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Cross Categorical Special Education at the University of Phoenix. She also earned a Cognitive Impairment Endorsement at Western Michigan University and is currently pursuing a K-12 Admin Certification with a Special Education Supervisor/Director Approval at Grand Valley University. Heather has worked in education for 14 years working as a paraprofessional and special education teacher. She has experience teaching at both the elementary and high school levels at the local level and at the ISD level. Heather has a passion for student and teacher learning related to curriculum, PBIS, classroom management, and personal growth. She is committed to helping teachers create effective programming designed around students' mental, physical, emotional, and academic needs.

Heather Burleson

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The Van Buren ISD Instructional Services Team is comprised of a unique team of individuals with various expertise working together to provide schools with resources, training and coaching with the whole child in mind. Our team is made up of literacy coaches, MTSS coordinators, and mental health clinicians. Each of us have our own areas of knowledge and training that allow us to collectively assist schools in addressing both learning and social emotional needs for students and staff within and beyond Van Buren County.