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2018 Fall Conference

2018 ODE/COSA Special Education Administrators Annual Fall Conference

When

October 3, 2018 to October 5, 2018

Where

Hilton Conference Center
66 East 6th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401

Preconference sessions

Thursday & Friday Sessions

Access Abilities: Designing for All Learners

Join us to learn about tools and resources from Apple that allow all students to explore, communicate, and create in new and powerful ways. Explore the built-in accessibility features included on every iPad, Mac, and Apple TV that can be customized to help diverse learners succeed.

Presenters:
Apple Education

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities and CTE

Leslie Soenen, a Learning Specialist at the Sabin-Schellenberg Center assists IEP Case Managers with writing accommodations for students with disabilities specifically in Career and Technical Education (CTE). She has a unique position, in that she speaks the language of both IEPs and CTE and will be able provide insights into how to get creative with accommodations to ensure students with disabilities are able to benefit from CTE.

Presenters:
Leslie Soenen, Sabin-Schellenberg Technical Center
Lauren Dressen, ODE

Administrators' Conversations w/ODE

This session is an opportunity for administrators to discuss issues that they are facing in their current work. A collaborative, problem-solving approach will be the focus. The Assistant Superintendent leads this interactive session.

Presenter:
Candace Pelt, ODE

Aspiring to the Superintendency in Oregon Districts

Interested in the superintendency? Power up for the next phase in your career. Take your leadership skills to the highest level in leading a district to achieve student success. Learn how to apply for the many superintendent vacancies that will be available in Oregon for the 2019-2020 school year and how to be prepared for the process.

Learn how to apply for COSA’s Aspiring Superintendent Seminar to be held in February 2019. Hear from national superintendent search consultants on what boards and districts are looking for in a superintendent. This seminar will show you the many rewards and challenges today’s superintendents face, the politics of the position, how to work with school boards, negotiating your contract, developing a system for all students to be successful and most importantly: what administrators DON’T know about the position!

Presenters:
Krista Parent, COSA
Colin Cameron, COSA

Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview of Revisions to the Eligibility Criteria and Required Components

A revised evaluation process and criteria have been established for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Special Education Eligibility. Participants will learn about the specific components of the ASD evaluation process and the updated criteria that needs to be utilized when determining an ASD eligibility. The revised rules go into effect January 1, 2019.  Learning Targets: 1. Develop an understanding of the revised ASD evaluation required components. 2. Develop an understanding of the revised ASD criteria to establish special education eligibility.

Presenters:
Linda Brown, ODE
Brad Hendershott, Columbia Regional Program
Nancy Lawson, NW Autism Ed Services

Bridging the Digital Divide with Accessible Communication

As educators, it is important to make our interactions meaningful and accessible to as many people as possible. Inclusion in communication is often spoken of, but rarely seen. Assistive Technology Specialist (and former educator), Brian Sacre from Access Technologies Inc. will demonstrate both accessible and inaccessible documents then show techniques to help you integrate accessibility into electronic communications you provide to your students, parents and educational professionals alike.

Presenters:
Lauri Brooks, Access Technologies INC
Brian Sacre, Access Technologies INC

Building District/School Capacity for Specific Learning Disability (SLD) Decision Making Using RTI

This presentation will provide participants with the steps necessary to build the infrastructure needed to use RTI to determine SLD eligibility.  This includes developing appropriate policy, procedures, training, and monitoring components.  Participants will receive resources and tools to assist in this process and will be given time to ask questions and receive guidance from people with experience in this work.  The presentation is geared towards administrators and others in leadership roles that want to help develop the capacity to use RTI for SLD in their school or district. Participants will:

  • Learn about the policy, procedures, training, and monitoring components need to support purposeful and accurate eligibility determinations
  • Gain tools and resources to support this process
  • Have an opportunity to ask questions and receive guidance on how to best develop this capacity

Presenter:
Lisa Bates, OrRTI

Bullying Prevention and Early Intervention strategies: An Upstream Approach to Creating Safe Schools

There is an increase in need to address bullying more than ever. More than one out of five students report being bullied. This presentation covers key messages and information about Bullying and ways to intervene early. The session comprises of bully prevention ideas for schools, including bringing programs as early as Elementary grades in addition to Middle and High Schools. Topics will cover ways to bring more bully prevention programs to schools, and the approach of providing training for School staff, Parents/Caregivers, and Youth.

Presenter:
Maria Gdontakis Pos, Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs

Cameras, Recording Devices, and Other Technology in Special Education

Presentation will cover multiple technological questions, including: What right does a parent have to record an IEP meeting? Does a parent have the right to access your personal cell phone? What happens when video cameras are placed in classrooms? At what point can you limit the number of emails you are receiving from a parent? What do you do when you find out a parent has used an electronic device located on his/her child to listen to what is happening in the classroom?

Presenter:
Joel Hungerford, The Hungerford Law Firm

CIPs and CPs: Aligning Continuous Improvement Plans and Processes within the Oregon Integrated Systems (ORIS) Framework

Engage with ODE in thinking outside of traditionally siloed general and special education improvement plans and processes. Join ODE staff in exploring how the Oregon Integrated Systems (ORIS) Framework can help districts align efforts to serve students with and without disabilities. You will become familiar with the Agency’s revamped approach to continuous improvement, including the comprehensive needs assessment process. Analyze how IDEA indicator data reported to the Office of Special Education Programs offers districts one source of information for priority identification and action planning. Offer feedback about how ODE can provide a continuum of unified supports for district continuous improvement efforts.

Presenters:
Sarah Soltz, ODE
Brad Lenhardt, ODE

Completing Your PreAL and ProAL Administrative Licensure Requirements

The COSA-CUC Licensure and Degree programs offer both Pre and Pro Administrative Licensure programs as well as masters and doctoral degrees. This fully CAEP accredited program is a leader in the country and is delivered at a reasonable cost and is conducive to working professional’s busy schedules.

We have a commitment to leadership and the drive to provide both aspiring and current educational leaders with the tools and knowledge necessary for improving teaching and learning in schools and districts. Our online coursework and job-embedded, focused internships drive relevant and productive experiences for all students.

Presenters:
Krista Parent, COSA
Colin Cameron, COSA

Creating Inclusive Cultures: Lessons Learned from Year 1

In September of 2017, Newberg Public Schools made major moves towards the commitment of serving all students in their neighborhood schools, and in their general education classes as much as possible. Since then, we have faced many challenges, and had many incredible successes. Participants in this session will gain an understanding of the struggles that Newberg Public Schools faced in Year One of implementing Inclusive cultures district-wide. Participants will understand the perspective of a variety of stakeholders including parents, general education teachers, and specialists. Utilizing lessons learned, we will identify tips for participants who are considering or in the beginning stages of implementing inclusive cultures. Participants will also hear about the many successes that continue to fuel our commitment to providing inclusive spaces for all learners.

Presenters:
Newberg School District team

Creating Mental Health Awareness and Avoiding Crisis: A Mental Health First Aid Approach in Schools

Mental illness is common; and as we are increasingly aware of this within schools, it is crucial to have the necessary background information to appropriately assist youth and adults in need of help. This presentation provides an overview of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and how administrators, educators, and staff can implement this in schools by building from successful schools.  MHFA is an empirically-backed public education and prevention tool. Similar to traditional First Aid CPR, MHFA trains individuals to assist a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves.

Presenter:
Maria Gdontakis Pos, Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs

Determining Difference from Disability: A Culturally Responsive Approach

This presentation will offer clear guidelines for determining if the Culturally Linguistically Diverse (CLD) students/English Language Learners (ELL) in your classroom are experiencing typical language differences, learning disabilities, or both. We will provide a framework for differentiating instruction that uses culturally appropriate interventions to build upon student strengths while creating a foundation for further learn and achievement.

You will discover how to:

  1. Connect your own and your students' cultural assets to classroom content,
  2. move from a traditional behavioristic perspective to a more culturally responsive perspective, and
  3. identify patterns in formal assessments and informal instruction in order to distinguish between language differences and learning disabilities.

Presenters:
Gerald McCain, Southern Oregon University
Megan Farnsworth, Southern Oregon University

Developmental Delay Eligibility in School Age Special Education

This session will include information about House Bill 4067, which expands the definition of "child with a disability" for purposes of special education to include school age children up through age 9. Participants will review the law that goes into effect on July 1, 2019, and will explore practices regarding eligibility, evaluation and assessment, provision of services, and re-evaluation. This session will also provide an opportunity to discuss the appropriate use of the developmental delay eligibility category and other commonly asked questions.

Presenter:
Nicole Garcia, ODE

District and School Improvement under ESSA

This presentation will provide an overview of the efforts districts and schools will undergo as part of the ESSA Oregon plan.  This session will look at how schools and districts will be identified, why this data is important and how the school and district improvement plans will be based on a locally developed Needs Assessment. We will highlight how these data and these efforts may affect services for students with disabilities.

Presenters:
Johnathan Wiens, ODE
Tim Boyd, ODE

Early Screening for Risk Factors of Dyslexia

Oregon's newest dyslexia legislation, SB 1003, requires that districts universally screen for risk factors of dyslexia in kindergarten. This presentation will focus on how districts can meet the new screening requirement within a multi-tiered system of support. Information on the types of screeners that have been approved by the state will be provided, along with guidelines on when to administer them. Participants will learn how the process of providing tiered support, monitoring progress, and collecting additional informal diagnostic information can help intensify and individualize intervention to meet the needs of students at risk of dyslexia and prevent reading difficulties early on.

Presenter:
Carrie Thomas-Beck, ODE

ESSA: Educational Stability for Students Experiencing Foster Care

Children and youth in foster care placement represent one of the most vulnerable student groups in Oregon.  New requirements under ESSA highlight the need to provide educational stability for children in Child Welfare foster care. These requirements emphasize the importance of limiting educational disruptions by keeping students in foster care in their school of origin unless it is determined  by the juvenile court it is in the best interest of the student to change schools. Come learn about the School of Origin/Best Interest determination and transportation process.

Presenters:
Linda Brown, ODE
Catherine Stelzer, DHS

Evidence-based Methods for Teaching Children and Youth with Autism

This session will share the latest information on the evidence-based educational treatments for students with autism. The presenter will provide information on how to implement practical solutions for teaching young children with autism communication and social skills. They will also provide information on methods for working with middle and high school students. The audience will learn about the resources available from the Oregon Program Autism Training Sites and Supports Project including access to model training sites, workshops and hands-on training.

Presenter:
Darby Lasley, OrPATS

General Supervision 101: District Performance, Review, and Improvement

System Performance Review and Improvement (SPR&I) 101: This is an overview of general supervision responsibilities for districts (LEAs) per IDEA. Specifically, this session is focused on the mechanism in place to support districts in this effort: SPR&I. This session is for new SPED directors or staff who direct, implement and/or support districts general supervision responsibilities. Participants will learn about the two-fold complementary components of these responsibilities: Procedural Compliance Review (PCR) and  Consolidated Planning including: 1) Accessing and navigating the SPR&I website, 2) Reading the SPR&I dashboard, and 3) Identifying and exploring the PCR and Consolidated Plan data and resources. Please check with your school district security administrator to ensure that you have access to this system prior to the training.  Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Presenters:
Stella Brown, ODE
Brad Lenhardt, ODE

High-Quality IEPs for Students Who Are English Learners and Eligible for Special Education Services

This presentation will explore requirements and best practices around the development and implementation of high-quality IEPs for students who are English learners and eligible for special education services. Participants will collaborate with State representatives to develop a toolkit of best practices for the development and implementation of high-quality IEPs for students who are both eligible for special education services and language acquisition supports. This session will elevate the need for alignment and strong through lines in the process of IEP development and collaboration between Special education, general education, and language supports.

Presenters:
Mariana Praschnik, ODE
Taffy Carlisle, ODE

Imagine at Work: Creating a Culture of Innovation

The presentation will focus on how people are our most valuable resource and how an organization can transform into a culture of innovation. Participants will learn ways to engage in an organizational shift encouraging creative thinking and risk taking. Examples of innovative ideas will be shared, as well as approaches to consider when highlighting this creative work. Additionally, ideas will be shared on ways to partner with districts and other community organizations. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in conversations brainstorming potential innovative ideas to implement in their own district or region. Participants will leave with the following takeaways: *how to create a culture of innovation *examples of innovative ideas *how to see staff as our most valuable resource *a potential innovative idea to implement *how to partner with others."

Presenters:
Sandra Bishop, HESD
Sue Hayes, HESD

Improving Child Abuse Reporting: The New Oregon Child Abuse Hotline

This presentation will inform attendees of the ODE/COSA conference (educators and allied professionals) about the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline. With goals of “Safety, Consistency & Customer Service” will enhance the way reports of abuse and neglect are received and processed. Learning targets will identify who is involved in this project and how the state’s Child Abuse Hotline will affect working with DHS. Takeaways from this presentation should reinforce DHS’s commitment to its partners stakeholders and its paramount mission to keep kids safe. Additionally, our presentation will allay any fears of difficulty in reporting abuse and neglect and/or working and partnering with a local branch.

Presenters:
Alain Datcher, DHS
Mary Moller, DHS
Sonya Faulkner, DHS

Improving Transition Services With What We Learned from Former Students and Families

Yearly, as part of the post-school outcomes(PSO), former students are asked, "If you could tell your school one thing, what would you tell them?" Local data are returned to districts for use as appropriate. This session will report on the collective analysis of comments made by former students and their designees.

Presenters:
Sally Simich, ODE
Charlotte Alverson, UofO

Inclusion: Theory and Practice

Inclusion is a hot topic in the world of special education, and for good reason! During this session we will dive deep into the concept of inclusion and investigate how this concept intersect with equity, civil rights, and IDEA’s requirement for Least Restrictive Environment. This session will culminate in participants exploring inclusionary strengths and areas of opportunity and collaboratively developing ideas for leveraging those strengths to shore-up inclusionary practices.

Presenters:
Mariana Praschnik, ODE
Nicole Garcia, ODE

Inclusive Kindergarten Training - Promoting Success for Children with Social and Behavioral Challenges

Columbia Regional Program (CRP) developed a training and coaching framework to promote inclusive practices and train kindergarten teachers to use practical, evidence-based strategies to support children with significant social and behavioral challenges - including those with autism spectrum disorder. The increase in recent years of incoming kindergarteners lacking essential social emotional and readiness-to-learn skills has placed a strain on district staff and resources. We theorized that providing kindergarten teachers with intensive training, materials including social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum, and follow-up support would lead to improved student learning and participation while reducing the frequency and intensity of challenging behaviors. Over the last two years, the Inclusive Kindergarten Training (IKT) has trained 42 kindergarten teachers and 40 support staff from across 12 school districts. Each kindergarten teacher was provided with an inclusive practices “toolkit” to assist with implementation. The toolkit included various visual supports, SEL curriculum, structured teaching materials, and other resources to support implementation. Following the training, our specialists visit each kindergarten classroom to observe, coach, and debrief. Participants were surveyed to assess program efficacy. Results indicated many positive effects classroom-wide and for individual students with social and behavioral challenges.

Presenters:
Brad Hendershott, Columbia Regional Program
Jessica Lyeria, Columbia Regional Program
Marci Hammel, Columbia Regional Program

Interagency Collaboration for Transition Aged Youth- State/Regional Partnerships

This session will provide updates supporting Oregon's Employment First Policy. Presenters from Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), and Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) will provide updates and share training/technical assistance opportunities to improve successful transition from school to work for students in Oregon.

Presenters:
Keith Ozols, Vocational Rehabilitation
Heather Lindsey, ODE
Acacia Mcguire-Anderson, Office of Developmental Disability Services

Legal Update - 2017-2018

The presentation will review state complaint final orders and other notable decisions from the previous school year.

Presenter:
Elliot Field, ODE

Making Grade Level Content Accessible for Students With Cognitive Disabilities

This session will introduce participants to a: 1) Process for systematically reducing the depth, breadth, and complexity of standards to remain strongly linked to the CCSS and the NGSS (i.e., "Essentialization"), and 2) Process of taking these "essentialized" standards and developing instructional templates in ELA, Math, and Science.

Presenter:
Brad Lenhardt, ODE

Making it Work in Public Charter Schools

The Oregon Department of Education and Salem-Keizer School District share effective practices on how to develop collaborative relationships with local charter schools to best serve students, understand innovative learning models, and navigate tricky situations. In this session we will discuss contract negotiation, setting expectations between charter school staff and the district staff, how to be flexible within the charter school's curriculum, and what to do when it's just not working.

Presenters:

Kate Pattison, ODE
Eric Richards, Salem-Keizer SD
Laura Petschauer, Salem-Keizer SD

Medicaid Billing in Education: A Pilot Project and Future Opportunities

This presentation will provide an overview of school Medicaid billing. School districts can receive reimbursement of school based health services (SBHS), provided by a school district, to a Medicaid and IDEA eligible student. Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority are excited to provide information regarding recent changes to the program, ODE's school Medicaid billing pilot project, and be available to answer questions.; Participants will take away an increased understanding of how SBHS Medicaid billing works as well as opportunities to increase reimbursement and better fund school nurses and other school health providers and services.

Presenters:
Ely Sanders, ODE
Linda Williams, OHA

Mental Health IS School Health: The Important Role of School Nurses

Students’ mental and physical health impacts academic achievement and attendance. Mental health-related challenges continue to increase among students across the state. Participants will gain knowledge around state and federal requirements to provide school physical and mental health services, including prevention and health education. In addition, participants will discuss pressing issues related to school health and explore potential solutions.

Presenters:
Jamie Smith, OHA
Sasha Grenier, ODE

Networking with ODE Staff and Peers

This is a time to network and build your professional contacts. Drop in to this open session to exchange business cards and ideas with your colleagues! County Contacts from the Office of Student Services will be also available to meet staff during this time.

Presenters:
ODE County Contacts

New Legislation Regarding FBA and BIP: Best Practices and Implementation Resources

This presentation will unpack HB 3318 requirements for participants and provide district exemplars and resources for implementation. HB 3318 establishes procedures for conducting functional behavioral assessments and for developing, reviewing and revising behavior intervention plans for students with individualized education programs or 504 Plans.

Session participants will:

  • Understand the requirements pertaining to FBA/BIP for students on IEPs and 504 plans.
  • Understand promising practices in implementation of FBA/BIP via district exemplars.
  • Understand the free resources available for staff training to be qualified in conducting FBAs and writing BIPs.

Presenters:
Lisa Bateman, ODE
Lisa Suchman, Bethel SD
Shasta Quigley, Eugene SD

New Standards for English Learners with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

ESSA requires states to have an English language proficiency assessment for English learners with significant cognitive disabilities. This presentation will share national work on the creation of English Proficiency Standards for ELs with Significant Cognitive Disabilities. Participants will have the opportunity to hear about the national work group, see the draft standards, and discuss with colleagues. These standards may be used to create Oregon's Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessment. Participants will be able to receive a copy of the draft standards to take back with them to their districts.

Presenters:
Kim Miller, ODE
Linda Brown, ODE
Brad Lendardt, ODE
Taffy Carlisle, ODE

ODE Legislative Update

We will provide an overview of legislation passed in the 2018 short Legislative Session. We will highlight legislation related to special education. Attendees will come away with an understanding of the highlights and requirements of recently enacted legislation related to special education.

Presenters:
Jessica Ventura, ODE
Jennifer Donovan, ODE

ODE Medicaid Pilot Project - School District Cohort Meeting (Invite Only)

The Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority will provide a training School districts participating in the School Medicaid Pilot Project. This is workshop is by invitation only and will provide guidance, updates, and networking opportunities for participants related to the pilot project.

Presenters:
Ely Sanders, ODE
Linda Williams, OHA

Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation: Serving Transition Aged Youth

Join us in a learning about how the Oregon VR is supporting transition aged youth. Explore the services VR may offer such as, Pre-Employment Transition Services, Youth Transition Program, summer employment opportunities and more. Gain understanding in how and when students can begin to navigate the VR system, who to contact, and when to start. Attendees will discover free transition related resources and training materials that are available for educators.

Presenters:
Nicole Perdue, Vocational Rehabilitation
Toni DePeel, Vocational Rehabilitation
Lisa Catherwood, Vocational Rehabilitation
CJ Webb, Vocational Rehabilitation

Oregon’s Alternate (“Extended”) Assessment: Update

The focus of this presentation is provide participants with updates and developments related to Oregon's Alternate (Extended) Assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities including: 1) Accessibility Supports, 2) "Oregon Observational Rating Assessment", 3) Tablet Administration and, 4) Curriculum & Instruction moodle site

Presenter:
Brad Lenhardt, ODE

Regional Collaboration Works! Providing Technical Assistance and Supports Across Oregon - Rural and Urban

The Transition Network Facilitator (TNF) provides technical assistance to school districts to promote a culture which focuses on employment skills at an earlier age, implements best practice strategies, develops curriculum supporting vocational exploration, work experience, and post-secondary goal setting for students of transition age (16-21), and assists Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams to identify appropriate resources such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Developmental Disabilities Services, and Mental Health. The TNF provides a seamless transition between school districts and local stakeholders (Employment First), and develops strategies to improve consistency and increase engagement in the transition process. Examples of strategies for rural and urban areas of the state are highlighted.

Presenters:
Jodi Johnson, Multnomah ESD
Kathi Morris, Reynolds SD
Cathy Noles, Corbett SD
Loretta Stites, Reynolds SD

Restraint & Seclusion Policy to Practice: Dispelling Myths and Discussing Facts

Session will address current issues and policy requirements surrounding restraint and seclusion in public schools.

Session participants will:

  • Understand the requirements pertaining to Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion in public education programs
  • Understand best practices regarding both implementation and reporting requirements
  • Receive answers to the most common questions regarding restraint and seclusion in public education programs
  • Discuss ethical issues and impromptu Q&A

Presenter:
Lisa Bateman, ODE

Section 504, the ADA (Title II) & Students with Disabilities in Public Schools: Lessons Learned

An Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Civil Rights Education Specialist will discuss the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). He will explain the responsibilities of public schools to educate students with disabilities and provide them equal opportunity. He will also answer your burning questions about Section 504, the ADA (Title II) and ADAAA.

Presenter:
Winston Cornwall, ODE

Sex Ed in Oregon: Comprehensive and Inclusive for all Students

The new Health Education Standards, rolling out this year in all school districts in Oregon, expand on the required knowledge and skills related to comprehensive sexuality education. They broaden the notion of what sexual health is, covering areas including body image and confidence, media literacy, gender roles, relationships, sexual assault prevention, and communication. The presentation will focus on creating accessible, inclusive, and safe sex ed classrooms for all students, regardless of ability or identity. We will explore why sex ed for all students is so important for equitable student well-being, success, health, and safety.

Presenter:
Sasha Grenier, ODE

Significant Disproportionality: A Standard Approach for All and Impact on Districts (Updates)

The Office of Special Education Programs new significant disproportionality regulations (December 2016) aim to promote equity by targeting widespread disparities in special education identification, placement, and discipline. The rules create a standard approach across states for identifying significant disproportionality in the representation of students in special education. In November of 2017, ODE met with stakeholders and districts for their input, and will present on the decisions made with their recommendations. This session will go over impact to districts and will set up expectations for CEIS requirements.

Presenters:
Jackie McKim, ODE
James Foutch, ODE

Special Ed Directors Share Innovations for Positive Change

This presentation will feature special education administrators leading districts through small- and large-scale system and program changes utilizing up-and-coming best practices in inclusive education and universal design. Hear their stories and experiences, including motivations, obstacles, and solutions, and get connected to a budding community of practice. Join us to get inspired, ask questions, and roll up your sleeves for positive change! Facilitated by Caitlin Shockley, FACT Oregon

Presenters:
Caitlin Shockley, FACT
Michael Salitore, Molalla River SD
Elaine Fox, Hillsboro SD
Jennifer Spencer-Ilams

Special Education Budget 101

General fund, IDEA, ESD credits/resolution dollars, and many more grants can make your head spin. Come and learn about the different Special Education funding sources and how they are interconnected, disconnected, or just gain ideas on how best to spend funds.

Presenters:
Danielle Hudson, Beaverton SD
Elaine Fox, Hillsboro SD
Kevin Carroll, Cascade SD

Special Education in Virtual Schools

In this session we will discuss how students with IEPs are being served in virtual settings around Oregon. We will outline some of the challenges, successes, and ways educators can specially design instruction using virtual and online tools to meet students' needs.

Presenters:
Kate Pattison, ODE
Rae Ann Ray, ODE

Special Education Post-School Outcomes and Career and Technical Education (CTE)

This will be a discussion on the impact Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs can have on special education students' post-school outcomes. We will be comparing the outcomes of those special education students who participated in CTE programs vs. those who did not.

Presenter:
James Foutch, ODE

Strategies and Lessons Learned from Long-Term-Care-Treatment Programs

Participants will be provided a very brief overview of the Long Term Care and Treatment Program that services students with mental health needs in residential and day treatment sites. After the very brief overview, teachers and staff from Hope Academy (HDESD – Redmond – gr. K-6), Klamath Based Behavioral Health (Klamath Falls SD – Klamath Falls – gr. K-12), and Oak Grove Academy (Forest Grove SD – Forest Grove/Hillsboro – gr. 9 – 12th) will share instructional and behavioral strategies employed at their sites to meet the academic, mental, and social emotional needs of the students. Participants will walk with a few strategies that they will be able to utilize in their classrooms.

Presenters:
Sam Ko, ODE
Dena Haudenshild, Klamath Falls SD
Sandy Bishop, High Desert ESD
Cassie Kenney, Forest Grove SD

Student Wellbeing Begins with Teacher and Staff Wellbeing

Did you know you can be involved in up to 1000 interpersonal contacts a day? (Holmes, 2005) The quality of these interactions can diminish or enhance wellbeing (Falecki, 2018). Teachers are among those professionals with the highest level of job stress and burnout across many countries (Stoeber, J., & Rennert, D., 2008). Teachers recognize that focusing on their own wellbeing is crucial in supporting student wellbeing (Roffey, S., 2012). We will explore five pillars of wellbeing: positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment as identified by Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology. These pillars will provide the foundation for discussions and activities designed to support teacher and staff wellbeing. Participants in this session will learn how to support themselves and others’ wellbeing in stressful and overwhelming environments. This presentation will explore ways to help participants get “unstuck” from these situations and move in the direction of valued living.

Presenter:
Renee Van Norman, ODE

Teachers' Conversations w/ODE

This session is an opportunity for teachers to discuss issues that they are facing in their current work. A collaborative, problem-solving approach will be the focus. The Assistant Superintendent leads this interactive session.

Presenter:
Candace Pelt, ODE

Transition Resource Handbook is here for 2018-19

If you are a special education professional, working with students 16 and older then you will need to be fully informed of all the areas involved in transition planning. This session will cover the new resource book and the many ways that it can be used for individual transition planning, professional development with staff, information, and support.

Presenter:
Sally Simich, ODE

Transition Services for youth with Oregon Commission for the Blind & Vocational Rehabilitation

Overview of vocational rehabilitation services at OCB & VR and transition services available to all students with disabilities. Discussion of strengths in partnerships between VR & OCB agencies with Special Education. Correlation of transition services and improved post school outcomes explored. YTP and Summer Work programs outlined.By the end of presentation, participants will have an understanding of resources available to Special Education and ideas to increase transition services at schools.

Presenters:
Ashely Jopling, Oregon Commission for the Blind
Lisa Catherwood, Vocational Rehabilitation

Using RTI to Determine Initial Specific Learning Disability Eligibility

Using an RTI model for determining Specific Learning Disability (SLD) eligibility is a comprehensive process. This session will describe the critical questions that need to be answered and delineate the data sources can be used to address them when determining SLD eligibility in Oregon. A comprehensive evaluation using an RTI approach, however, does much more than address essential eligibility questions. This approach provides invaluable information regarding the demonstrated instructional needs of the student, identifies the specially designed instruction that will effectively address those needs, and guides the development of IEPs that ensure student success.

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • The RTI approach to determining SLD eligibility
  • Specific, critical questions addressed in an RTI approach to eligibility
  • The data and decision-making process used to legally and substantively make an SLD determination

Presenter:
Nicole Kaye, OrRti

Utilizing High Leverage Instructional Practices in Academically Inclusive Classrooms

Participants will examine barriers to closing the opportunity, achievement, and excellence gap through an interwoven exploration of research based instructional best practices designed to enhance and elevate equitable student learning outcomes for all students in academically inclusive classrooms. Attendees will engage in best practices as they are modeled throughout the session and have multiple opportunities to discuss and reflect in topics addressed (i.e. culturally responsive practices, differentiation vs. personalized learning, DOK (Depth of Knowledge), visible thinking/learning, formative assessment as a process, mindset, etc.)

Presenter:
Angela Allen, ODE

Who are "Potential English Learners" and How can I implement this in my district?

This presentation will build on the Potential English Learner presentation from 2017. Over the 17-18 school year, districts have created processes to assist in determining potential ELs. This promising practices will be shared along with information on Potential English learner data collection requirements. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from their peers and ODE.

Presenters:
Kim Miller, ODE
Linda Brown, ODE

Yes Means Yes: Supporting Equitable Student Success by Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment

This presentation will discuss strategies, tools, and resources that schools can use to support student safety and achievement.

We will:

  • Describe how sexual violence relates to equity and social-emotional well-being of students.
  • Explore how consent is key to prevent sexual violence.
  • Provide an opportunity to practice vocabulary for practicing, teaching, and promoting consent in K-12 settings.
  • Discuss how Title IX and Erin’s Law protect students from gender-based violence and child abuse.
  • Explain other laws related to mandatory reporting, responsible employee reporting, and the “Romeo & Juliet clause.”

Presenters:
Sasha Grenier, ODE
Karin Moscon, ODE

Your FBA is a Fantasy: Creating Trauma-Informed, Brain-Based, Skill-Focused FBA's & BSP's that Improve Emotional/Behavioral Functioning & Academic Performance

Stop chasing “temporary compliance” and start building skills! Come learn how the evidence-based and innovative Collaborative Problem Solving Model (Think:Kids, MGH, Harvard), and neuroscience and trauma research can inform the creation and use of FBA’s and BSP’s that are trauma-informed, brain-based and skill-focused. Traditional approaches to making behavioral change through the use of Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Support Plans have long fallen short of getting the results we hope for, and continue to fail those children to whom they are applied most. With our conclusions about the “why” of behavior being based in something kids want to “get” or “avoid”, it has left us with little to do but attempt to externally motivate through rewards and consequences. Learn what these two evidence-based approaches tell us about how you can stop chasing compliance and start building skills.

Presenters:
Doris Bowman, Newberg SD
Rick Bowman, Newberg SD

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