PCAST Training

There are two virtual training options available for all PCAST workshops. Each option will require the same amount of time to complete as the other. Please select the one option that will best meet your needs as a virtual learner:

  • OPTION 1: Interactive, instructor-led, live remote workshops.
  • OPTION 2: Self-paced online courses that includes periodic live support sessions.

    The PCAST workshops include information on person-centered thinking skills and tools, facilitated planning methods, improving the IEP process, and implementing instructional approaches for groups of students in classroom settings. New Jersey educators and family members can access all three PCAST workshops below with either the Option 1 or Option 2 format. Both options are delivered through the Rutgers Canvas Learning Management System. Registration deadlines are two weeks prior to the start of each course. See Registration Details for additional information.
PCAST: An Introduction to Person-Centered Planning and Implementation for Families and Professionals
PCAST: Utilizing Person-Centered Approaches to Improve IEP Meetings
PCAST: Developing Group Person-Centered Planning with Students in Classroom Settings

Registration Details

  • Registration:
    Register using the links provided under each course option. The registration deadline for each course is two weeks prior to the course start date.
  • Canvas Account:
    Each registrant will be provided with a Rutgers Canvas account to access their workshop(s).  
    When a user is added to a course, they receive an email from Rutgers University Canvas <notifications@instructure.com>
  • No matter how early you register for a workshop, you will not receive a Course Invitation from Rutgers University Canvas <notifications@instructure.com> until 3-10 days prior to the workshop start date.
  • First time Canvas users will need to reset their passwords. Navigate on your browser to https://rutgers.instructure.com/login/canvas and click Forgot Password?. YOU MUST RESET YOUR PASSWORD AND LOGIN PRIOR TO THE COURSE START DATE.
  • Next, enter the email address you registered with for the Login ID. A secure email will be sent to you with a link to establish your new password.
  • Once you have logged in, you will be brought to your dashboard. The dashboard will display information about your current courses, announcements, and a global activity stream that shows recent activity in all your current courses.
  • If you do not see your course in the dashboard or under the courses tab, then it may not be available to access yet. Please contact your instructor for further guidance with questions related to the course.
  • First-time Users: We recommend you review the notification settings to make sure you receive email notifications from your course and instructor. You can also add a phone number should you wish to receive notifications via SMS text messaging.
  • For further directions on Canvas Login visit:  https://canvas.rutgers.edu/documentation/general/log-into-canvas-with-email/
  • For General Assistance regarding PCAST Workshops, contact:
    Kellyann Giudice at 
  • Technology Requirements:
    A computer, internet access, and a webcam are required for PCAST Workshops.
    Once you are enrolled in the course, if assistance is needed with Canvas, contact: 
  • Professional Development Hours:
    Certificates of Attendance with NJ Department of Education Professional Development Hours will be provided upon completion of PCAST Workshops.