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Welcome to the Inspire ’17 Professional Development Day Website.  

This Participant-Driven PD Day has a wide variety of options for MURSD educators to explore new ideas, collaborate with colleagues and learn from one another.

Register for Sessions:  
  • Please view the schedule options and click on the sessions you would like to attend to register and to build your day’s schedule.  
  • This can be changed at any time leading up to the day.  
  • You can view the schedule in various forms (simple, expanded, grid, by venue) by clicking on the Schedule Dropdown arrow.
Logistics:  
  • The day will begin at 8:00, with the keynote presentation, starting promptly at 8:15 in the Nipmuc HS Auditorium. 
  • Once sessions are approaching capacity, registration maybe closed if we can’t find a larger venue.  
  • Some rooms may be changed between now and the day of the event.  
  • Some details of sessions may be adapted as well.
Search Features:  
  • You can use the filtering feature on the right by clicking on the topical categories. 
  • You can also use the search box to search by keyword, people, or tags.  
  • Want to know who is attending various sessions?  Click on the session and the attendees will be listed on the session page.  

Important Note:  
  • Please read the session information carefully.  Some of the sessions are open to all participants and others are for targeted groups only or ar individual projects.
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Dina Traniello

Fitchburg State University
Visiting Professor


Dina Traniello consults with schools and families to support students with significant disabilities, learning differences and challenging behaviors in general education settings.  She presents workshops/professional development on evidence-based practices around inclusion, conducting functional behavioral assessments and designing and implementing individual, classroom and whole-school positive behavior support and paraprofessional training. Additionally, she provides technical assistance and consultation and conducts research and evaluation around inclusion, special education programs, policies and practices, and aversive behavioral interventions.
Dr. Traniello is also a Visiting Professor at Fitchburg State University. She previously co-taught grant-funded courses Supporting Positive Behavior in an Inclusive Environment (graduate level) and Paraeducators in the Life of the School and Community (graduate and undergraduate level)She also supervises teacher candidates in severe and moderate disabilities.  Dina serves as the Co-President of TASH New England.  
 
Dina is the parent of two boys; her older son has a significant disability. While successfully included throughout his school-aged years, she was not prepared for the challenges their family faced during adulthood.