Biography of Primary Presenter

Mrs oxford began working with individuals with disabilities in a summer camp setting in high school. After graduation she attended the University of Georgia and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. In 2001 she began teaching in a self-contained elementary GNETS classroom. Mrs. Oxford completed a Master of Education in 2006 with a concentration in behavior disorders. In 2007 Mrs. Oxford enrolled in a performance based leadership program at Berry College for an Education Specialist degree and began working as an Area Administrator for the GNETS program. In July of 2016 she became the Assistant Director for the Northwest GNETS program. Mrs. Oxford works continuously to develop relationships with families, community mental health supports, and local school systems to promote student success.

Highest Degree of Primary Presenter

Specialist Degree

Presentation Abstract

Social skills are the abilities that enable us to relate with people honestly and positively, to feel good about ourselves, and to make friends. Social Skills "Tools for Teacher" by the University of Massachusetts at Boston is intended to guide classroom teachers and other educational team members in developing these skills in school aged children. Its content is based upon the social cognitive model of social skills that has been validated in research for more than two decades. Instead of a curriculum to purchase it is an approach to analyzing and lesson planning based on existing state standards. This presentation will be an overview of the "Tools for Teachers" resource and will help teachers begin the journey to determine what skills students need to learn, mapping what to teach, and how to teach social cognitive skills. Best of all the complete "Tools for Teachers" handbook and all resources shared in the presentation are free to download.

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Social Skills Tools for Teachers

Social skills are the abilities that enable us to relate with people honestly and positively, to feel good about ourselves, and to make friends. Social Skills "Tools for Teacher" by the University of Massachusetts at Boston is intended to guide classroom teachers and other educational team members in developing these skills in school aged children. Its content is based upon the social cognitive model of social skills that has been validated in research for more than two decades. Instead of a curriculum to purchase it is an approach to analyzing and lesson planning based on existing state standards. This presentation will be an overview of the "Tools for Teachers" resource and will help teachers begin the journey to determine what skills students need to learn, mapping what to teach, and how to teach social cognitive skills. Best of all the complete "Tools for Teachers" handbook and all resources shared in the presentation are free to download.