Note: This workshop can be taken as one, six-hour workshop or two, three-hour workshops.

The California Education Code allows for three models when considering the eligibility classification of Specific Learning Disability. The morning presentation will allow participants to review the three SLD models:  discrepancy, response to instruction and intervention, as well as pattern of strengths and weaknesses (PSW). Participants will review the legal language surrounding the PSW model as well as discuss skills needed to implement and utilize the PSW model. The morning session will end with a review of strategy ideas to help your district move from a discrepancy model to a district using a PSW model for eligibility purposes.

The afternoon session will allow participants to dig deeper into the PSW model. Participants will explore different assessment tools and how their use and interpretation within a PSW Model are similar to and different from a Discrepancy model. A discussion of triennial reviews in a PSW model will explore possible obstacles and solutions. Participants will also review communicating results of a PSW assessment in both a written and verbal format. The afternoon session will end with a review of strategies and accommodations based on learning profiles that emerge.

Jenny Ponzuric, Educational Consultant, has been training on the topic of the Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses (PSW) Model for SLD identification for multiple years. Prior to working independently, Ponzuric worked as a school psychologist for 13 years and as an administrator for more than three years. In addition to providing in-person trainings across the state, Ponzuric also provides ongoing supports for school psychologists and other assessment team members as well as continues to provide psychoeducational assessments for students in both public and private schools. She is a Past President of both CASP and the Ventura County Association of School Psychologists. Ponzuric has also earned her Post-Graduate Certificate in School Neuropsychology.