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2019 Special Education Leadership Summer Academy

July 22, 2019


1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
2019 Special Education Leadership Summer Academy
This session registers you for the conference, but you must continue through each half day schedule and select the individual sessions you wish to attend. Act 48 clock hours will be awarded by 1/2 day. You will automatically be registered for the keynote and mandatory sessions for each day you choose to attend. Again, please make sure to choose the breakout sessions you wish to attend on each day before clicking on the "Register" button.

Multiple Presenters

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07/22/2019 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Registration begins at 10:00 AM Bedford Springs Conference Center
07/23/2019 8:30 AM - 4:15 PM Registration begins at 8:00 AM Bedford Springs Conference Center
07/24/2019 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM Registration begins at 7:30 AM Bedford Springs Conference Center
07/25/2019 8:15 AM - 11:30 AM Bedford Springs Conference Center
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0 0 $225.00
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
The Special Education Leadership Summer Academy: Leading Programs from K - 12

Our Opening Keynote will highlight the highs and lows of special education administration, as well as energize participants to effectuate positive changes in our students as they grow from early intervention through post-school outcomes. The following session will provide an overview of our state’s accountability system and focus on Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (A-TSI).

 

Objectives:

Participants will:
1. Identify a list of responsibilities encompassed as a special education leader.
2. Create a list of self-advocacy skills.
3. Define two types of support available in our state’s accountability system.

 

Target Audience:

New and aspiring special education leaders
Veteran special education leaders
Anyone responsible for providing leadership to those who work with students with disabilities

Individuals attending the Special Education Leadership Academy must arrive on time and stay the duration of each session in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Credit hours will be applied by half-day hours. In order to receive any credit hours, participants must complete the survey provided, with codes for appropriate sessions throughout all the time frames, by the deadline.


Multiple Presenters

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07/22/2019 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Registration starts at 10:00 AM Bedford Springs Conference Center
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July 23, 2019


8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

The Special Education Leadership Summer Academy: Pathways to Leadership

This session will offer concurrent presentations to assist special education administrators in their understanding of how to support systematic change and strengthen successful special education programs and services.

 

Objectives: 

Participants who attend this day of the Academy will:

1. Identify the purpose and indicators for an Early Warning System (EWS).
2. Map the Career Education and Work Standards across the curriculum through the review of appropriate resources.
3. Describe how to apply legal requirements to school disciplinary situations.

 

Target Audience:

New and aspiring special education leaders
Veteran special education leaders
Anyone responsible for providing leadership to those who work with students with disabilities

 

Individuals attending the Special Education Leadership Academy must arrive on time and stay the duration of each session in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Credit hours will be applied by the half-day. In order to receive any credit hours for a day, participants must complete the survey provided, with codes for appropriate sessions throughout all time frames, by the deadline.


Multiple Presenters

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07/23/2019 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM Registration starts at 8:00 AM Bedford Springs Conference Center
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0 3
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Creating Career Ready Students

Under the requirements of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Pennsylvania identified Career Readiness as one of six indicators for measuring school performance for all students, including students with disabilities.

During this session, participants will engage in learning activities to explore career portfolio requirements, the individual career plan requirements, and resources to engage district level teams in mapping of the Career Education and Work Standards across the curriculum to create opportunities for sources of evidence within student portfolios. Emphasis will be placed on methods to analyze the instructional, physical, and social environment in order to ensure meaningful inclusive participation for students with disabilities.

Christine Moon, Dr. Hillary Mangis
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07/23/2019 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Bedford Springs Conference Center

Leadership in Literacy: A Conversation to Introduce the New PILs Course
This informative session will provide participants insight into a NEW PA Inspired Leadership (PILs) course that will prepare school leaders to Promote Systemic Change to Build Success in Reading Achievement for ALL Students. Administrators will be advised of best practices to initiate and foster sustainability over time.
Nichole Kopco
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07/23/2019 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Bedford Springs Conference Center

Think Before you Discipline: Lessons Learned in the Field
Federal and state laws and regulations provide protections for students identified as eligible for special education services who are receiving disciplinary exclusions, as well as processes for LEAs to follow when implementing disciplinary actions. This session will provide an opportunity for participants to review the regulatory disciplinary requirements for school-age students with disabilities. Case studies of application of disciplinary procedures will be shared from a hearing officer perspective.
Diane Funsten, Cathy Skidmore - ODR
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07/23/2019 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Bedford Springs Conference Center

GRAD Is a Four-Letter Word That We All Want for Every Child
Schools in Pennsylvania are working to increase the graduation rate and decrease the dropout rate for students with disabilities. Two current projects sponsored by the Bureau of Special Education (BSE) include the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) focusing on high school students with disabilities as well as an OSEP affiliated grant project titled Middle School Success: The Path to Graduation (P2G) with an emphasis on middle school students with emotional behavioral disorder. This session will include a brief overview of both projects, will review the benefits of utilizing an Early Warning System (EWS), examine what evidence-based practices are being implemented in both projects to help students stay on track for graduation, and offer lessons learned in being a part of this process.
Jacki Lyster, Tracy Ficca, Dr. Laura Moran
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07/23/2019 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM Bedford Springs Conference Center

HELP! What do the regulations say about…
As new (or veteran) special educator, and you are employed in a brick/mortar or cyber charter school no one needs to tell you that you have a very difficult and demanding job. If you attended last year's conference you know that there were many more topics to discuss. This session focuses on the ‘grey’ areas in special education. There are many State and Federal procedures and policies that we, as special educators are required to follow but what about questions that have no easy answers? Typically, there is no cut and dry in our business. As BSE Advisers, many times we hear, "I never came across this before. What should I do"? The solutions require complex thoughts and actions; you may not be sure what to do or where to start.
If you want to be part of a lively discussion and you seek answers for real-life questions that cannot be answered with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ then this session is for you. Many current issues will be discussed in small group formats permitting us the opportunity to learn from each other. Most educators want to talk through their experiences at work. Now you have a chance. We cannot promise that you will leave this session with concrete solutions to challenging problems, however, having the opportunity to talk through strategies with peers can be meaningful and rewarding.
Come join us for an informative, engaging, and enjoyable time together.
Dr. Margaret Marvin, Kanesta Mack
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07/23/2019 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM Bedford Springs Conference Center

Parent Engagement in Alternative Dispute Resolution
A due process hearing is not the only way to solve a special education disagreement between parents and schools. The Office for Dispute Resolution provides an array of alternative dispute resolution options that allow schools and parents to work together toward a resolution. This session will highlight alternatives to the due process hearing, weaving in concepts of best practices in parent engagement when resolving special education disagreements. Participants will reflect on conflict scenarios and consider different approaches to resolution.
Samantha Pudlowski - ODR
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07/23/2019 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM Bedford Springs Conference Center

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM

The Special Education Leadership Summer Academy: Calling Leaders to Action

In this session participants will learn essential components to create a productive special education team, develop learning target for professional development and increase intentional outcomes. Sessions will be provided which address the needs of the novice, as well as veteran special education leader.

 Objectives:

Participants who attend this day of the Academy will:

1. State the differences between the school’s role and responsibility and the medical provider’s role and responsibility as it relates to academic accommodations.
2. List organizational supports that facilitate effective participation in the autism support process.

 Target Audience:

New and aspiring special education leaders

Veteran special education leaders

Anyone responsible for providing leadership to those who work with students with disabilities

 

Individuals attending the Special Education Leadership Academy must arrive on time and stay the duration of the workshop in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours.Credit hours will be applied by half-day. In order to receive any credit hours for a day, participants must complete the survey provided, with codes for appropriate sessions throughout all the time frames, by the deadline.


Multiple Presenters

DateTimeNotesLocation
07/23/2019 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM Registration starts at 8:00 AM Bedford Springs Conference Center
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0 3
0 0
Caring for the Caregiver-Creating a Community of Care
Special education administrators are called upon to wear many hats due to the complex nature of their work. On one hand, this work can be exhilarating. However, at times the work can also be depleting. This session will provide participants with strategies to energize and care for themselves as well as those they lead. Creating a Community of Care requires mindful and deliberate action on the part of members of the community. Presenters will use a variety of resources to engage participants in discussion and activities designed to foster thought and equip them to create a Community of Care within their organizations. Ideas gleaned from the research surrounding mindfulness, mindset, the power of gratitude, work-life balance, and leadership will be used to support the development of personal action plans. Participants will leave with ideas and tools that they can turn around and use with their teams. This session is for veteran participants.
Deborah Lock, Dr. Lenny Greaney
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07/23/2019 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Bedford Springs Conference Center

Concussion and Return to Learn: Best Practices for Consistent Student Management
Concussions are traumatic brain injuries. Returning to the full demands of school too soon will significantly increase and prolong symptoms. This period of recovery should be appropriately supported by school personnel until the concussion has resolved. Research states that 70% of students will recover in 4 weeks. However, research also shows that if students push through their symptoms early on in recovery, it can prolong their recovery from 20-30 days to approximately 100 days. With an increase in public knowledge due to recent media emphasis, as well as the passage of return to play laws, PA schools are experiencing an increasing number of identified students with concussion. Students must progress through a Return to Learn process, prior to beginning a Return to Play process. Striking a balance between the need for rest to recover yet keeping up with academic content is the greatest struggle for concussed students and educators. The BrainSTEPS: Return to Learn Concussion Management Team (CMT) Model is based on the fact that data should drive all decision making to assist student recovery, as well as to keep districts out of litigious situations. Data is required to implement, adjust, and end concussion accommodations or aid in establishing the need for more intensive educational supports over time. The session will describe the need for schools to establish a CMT. Over 2,400 PA teams have been trained since 2013. PA's model has also been adopted by the Colorado Department of Education. The latest research on this model will be discussed.
Brenda Eagan-Johnson
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07/23/2019 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Bedford Springs Conference Center

Essentials for Creating a Productive Team
This session for novices will heighten a participant’s understanding of one’s own communication style, behavioral tendencies, strengths and potential limiters, while offering insight into others. The personal interventions will help special education administrators move from reaction to response modes and become more aware of potential limiters. Participants will also learn ways to decrease unintentional consequences and increase intentional outcomes, and a brief introduction to E-Colors in Education will be introduced.
Leigh Dennick, Melissa Wyllie, Regan Weldon
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07/23/2019 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Bedford Springs Conference Center

Case Law: What Would You Do?
A perennial favorite! This session will provide participants with an opportunity to review special education regulations and requirements. Brief scenarios of actual Pennsylvania special education due process and court proceedings will be presented and participants will be asked to analyze how they would “judge” the case. Additional information will be provided from the Federal and state regulations to support the decision from the scenario.
Sandy Shacklady-White, Jeffery Coover
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07/23/2019 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM Bedford Springs Conference Center

Inclusive Practices for Secondary Transition
Essentially the job of every school is to help ALL students to learn, grow, and succeed in the classroom ---but more importantly--BEYOND the classroom. Research tells us that inclusion that has the characteristics of administrative support, a receptive school atmosphere, evaluation of programming, and multiple modes of instruction will result in improved education, employment, and independent living outcomes for all students, including those with significant disabilities. With legislation under Workforce Opportunities and Innovation Act (WIOA) and Employment First calling for competitive integrated employment, this need to create inclusive educational experiences is more important than ever.
Christine Moon, Dr. Hillary Mangis
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07/23/2019 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM Bedford Springs Conference Center

The Role of Administrators in the Delivery of Exemplary School-based Autism Support Programs
Students with Autism present complex needs that require an integrated team approach. This session will review the qualities of effective evidence-based approaches for students with autism and iterate the role of administrators in assuring quality educational programs. This session will provide guidance for establishing defensible instructional arrangements, data systems, and delivery. Considerations relevant to staff support, intervention integrity, parent communication, and instructional design will be reviewed. The presentation will include a review of resources that may assist administrators in evaluating and promoting effective practice for autism support personnel through the process of assessment, intervention, and program review.
Michael Miklos
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07/23/2019 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM Bedford Springs Conference Center

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Retirement – Lessons Learned
Have you thought about retiring, or are you actively in the process of planning for your retirement? This session is for you. Come and learn about key factors to remember when planning your retirement. Important issues that will be discussed include, PSERS, pension choices, financial factors, taxes and healthcare.

Judy Ball

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07/23/2019 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Bedford Springs Conference Center

July 24, 2019


7:45 AM - 8:30 AM
8:45 AM - 10:15 AM
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The Special Education Leadership Summer Academy: Supporting Change Across Special Education

Special education leaders will have many of their compliance questions answered during the opening session. Offerings in concurrent sessions will include opportunities to learn about successful strategies and practices to strengthen successful special education programs and services.

 

Objectives:

Participants who attend this day of the Academy will:

1. Define Emotional Disturbance and will learn national and PA case trends related to students with Emotional Disturbance.
2. List key components of collaborative networking.
3. Describe the distinction between the terms ‘evaluation’ and ‘assessment’ in identifying the AT needs of a student with an IEP.

Target Audience:

New and aspiring special education leaders
Veteran special education leaders
Anyone responsible for providing leadership to those who work with students with disabilities

Individuals attending the Special Education Leadership Academy must arrive on time and stay the duration of the workshop in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours.Credit hours will be provided by the half-day. In order to receive any credit hours for a day, participants must complete the survey provided, with codes for appropriate sessions throughout all the time frames, by the deadline.


Multiple Presenters

DateTimeNotesLocation
07/24/2019 7:45 AM - 12:00 PM Registration starts at 7:30 AM Bedford Springs Conference Center
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0 4
0 0
Special Education: Informing Practices, Building Support
This interactive session with the Bureau of Special Education Advisors will focus on questions and concerns of practicing administrators in the field.
Bureau of Special Education Staff
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07/24/2019 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM Bedford Springs Conference Center

Differentiating: Compliance Monitoring for Continuous Improvement
The goal of Differentiated Monitoring Support for LEAs is to jointly assess performance with IDEA requirements towards the improvement of results for students with disabilities. Results drive the intensity, type of technical assistance and improvement towards meeting compliance. Differentiated Monitoring Support provides LEAs with measures to assess their areas of need and support results towards outcomes. PDE and our partners will leverage resources to provide ongoing support to the LEAs with the focus on the outcomes of our students with disabilities.
Gina Colarossi - BSE
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07/24/2019 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Bedford Springs Conference Center

Fitting You to AT: Compliance and Best Practice in Provision of Assistive Technology for Leaders
As Special Education leaders, you don't need technical expertise in Assistive Technology. But leaders do need to be aware of what is required by IDEA, and Chapters 14, 711 regarding AT, and most importantly, how to support IEP teams in the consideration and provision of AT devices and services. This session will provide resources and discussion to assist leaders in examining their local processes for responding to AT needs and support.
Susan Gill
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07/24/2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Bedford Springs Conference Center

The Impact of Networking
This session is intended to provide insight into how to work with faculty and families to achieve unity and work together to help students succeed. The networking and sharing of stories about the undeniable abilities of students with diverse needs has a powerful impact on student success. This session will share the insights that the Pennsylvania Statewide Family Network gleaned during events, testimonials, and collaborations with LEAs about the power of networking. When parents, educators, and communities presume competence, hold high expectations, and work collaboratively, student outcomes are far reaching. Come and hear how FAMILIES TO THE MAX members have come together to lead change. As administrators, you are the perfect conduit to share these resources with your staff and school community to improve academic, behavioral, and social outcomes of all students.
Jacqui DiDomenico, Linda Cartwright
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07/24/2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Bedford Springs Conference Center

What’s Trending in Emotional Disturbance Identification?
Presented jointly by School Psychologist Jessica Dirsmith and School Solicitor Rebecca Heaton Hall, this session will discuss collaborating to promote student well-being through intervention, prevention, best practices in assessment and identification of students with emotional and behavioral needs, and legally defensible practices. The presenters will analyze national and Pennsylvania case law trends and operationalize interpretation of the five Emotional Disturbance characteristics and elements of the federal definition. They will discuss legally defensible assessment and identification practices and review specific assessment methods and instruments with a focus on economic, cultural, language, and gender considerations.
Rebecca Heaton Hall, Jessica Dirsmith
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07/24/2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Bedford Springs Conference Center