Schedule

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Presentation topics and schedule are subject to change

8:00-8:45am CHECK-IN / BREAKFAST
8:45-10:00am KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Dan Habib
Dan Habib didn’t give much thought to disability — until his son Samuel was born with cerebral palsy. In this eye-opening talk, the filmmaker and disability-rights advocate describes his family’s fight to ensure an inclusive education for Samuel, and makes a powerful case for ending the systemic segregation of students with disabilities. Dan shares how inclusive education is not only preparing Samuel for his adult life in the community, but also describes the powerful impact that inclusion has on students without disabilities. Dan will also share a preview of his new film, Intelligent Lives (working title). The film challenges narrow measures of intelligence, and puts a human face on a new paradigm for inclusion in high school, college and employment
10:15-11:45am SESSION 1 MEETINGS
Katherine McKnight Differentiating Texts to Create Rigor & Relevance for All Readers Grades 4-12
Explore text complexity and review the reason for differentiating in your classroom. Look at samples of differentiated texts and consider how they would work for your students and content area. Learn why text differentiation matters and why it raises achievement.
Paula Kluth and Sheila Danaher It Takes Two: Tips for Surviving & Thriving in the Co-Taught Classroom
It’s the end of the year and you have been role sharing, station teaching, and co-planning your hearts out for months. Are things getting a little stale? Are you and your co-teaching partner ready to learn a few ideas for “shaking things up” in your co-taught classroom? If so, come to this interactive co-taught workshop that will provide you (or hopefully you and your partner) with tips for communicating and connecting, learning from one another, and “punching up” your daily plans.
Susan Fitzell Differentiated Instruction Strategy Blast
Susan presents a smorgasbord of strategies that are simple, common sense, and effective. Discover how to keep learners engaged, to help students with organization and memorization, increase critical thinking skills, and make learning fun and meaningful. All strategies are based on solid educational theory and current research. Learn strategies that differentiate instruction and motivate ALL students in the general classroom. Gain proven, easy to implement research-based techniques that make teaching more efficient by reducing the need to re-teach, motivating the hard to reach learner and promoting responsiveness to instruction.
Michele Yates-Wickus, Christine Weymouth Equitable Learning for All
Equitable learning is the key focus of our school district. It is the framework with which we develop practices, respond to learners and develop professional measures to enhance student engagement and learning. In this session, we will talk about some of the practices we are using to enhance equitable learning opportunities for all and some strategies to encourage the continuation of these opportunities for ALL students. Both administrators and educators are welcome.
11:45am-1:00pm LUNCH
1:00-2:15pm SESSION 2 MEETINGS
Katherine McKnight Reading Strategies to Support Struggling Readers in All Content Areas Teachers Grades 4-12
Help struggling students learn content and understand their world. This session will present research-based, classroom-tested strategies for engaging students in rigorous texts that are relevant to a discipline or content area. Participants will learn how to develop a classroom environment that supports reading for learning. Specific strategies support student comprehension of content-based texts.
Paula Kluth You’re Going to Love This Kid!
In this interactive session, participants will learn practical ways of supporting students on the autism spectrum in general education classrooms. Topics addressed will include listening to the voices of those on the spectrum, differentiating instruction, honoring fascinations and interests, and providing opportunities for communication and social skill support.
Susan Fitzell Memorization & Test Mastery
Participants will learn realistic strategies to foster memory and recall in the classroom for all learners and to bypass memory difficulties for students with special needs and learning difficulties. We will discuss concrete instructional strategies that assist ALL students in the general classroom while improving short and long term memory. From reading recall and retention to the effects of anxiety on working memory, this session provides teachers with tools that address memory-related issues, allowing them more time to provide rich instruction that reaches all learners, especially students with special education needs.
Carrie Bergeron The True Colors of My Life
Carrie Bergeron, now forty years old, will present an overview of her life as a person with Down syndrome. I.D.E.A was implemented the year before she was born. The services she received from six weeks of age had a huge, positive impact. She was ‘mainstreamed’ (today inclusion) throughout her schooling, attended a community college and has been in a NYS Consolidated Support Services program for thirteen years, living independently with 45 hours/weekly staff support. Her goal is to “Carrie on” and to continue to share with others that those with disabilities are ‘more alike than different’.
2:30-4:00pm SESSION 3 MEETINGS
Katherine McKnight Improv in the Classroom: Developing Literacy Skills & Content Knowledge Grades K-8
Based on Dr. McKnight’s co-authored book, The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom: Using Improvisation to Teach Skills and Boost Learning. Most people know The Second City as an innovative school for improvisation that has turned out leading talents such as Alan Arkin, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey. This groundbreaking company has also trained thousands of educators and students through its Improvisation for Creative Pedagogy program, which uses improv exercises to teach a wide variety of content areas and boost skills that are crucial for student learning: listening, teamwork, communication, idea-generation, vocabulary, and more.
Susan Fitzell Differentiated Instruction Strategy Blast (repeat)
Susan presents a smorgasbord of strategies that are simple, common sense, and effective. Discover how to keep learners engaged, to help students with organization and memorization, increase critical thinking skills, and make learning fun and meaningful. All strategies are based on solid educational theory and current research. Learn strategies that differentiate instruction and motivate ALL students in the general classroom. Gain proven, easy to implement research-based techniques that make teaching more efficient by reducing the need to re-teach, motivating the hard to reach learner and promoting responsiveness to instruction.
Emily Ropers & Ann Kremer of Early Choices Amazing Tools to Adapt Routines and Environments for Young Children
Using CARA’s Kit and other resources, this session will explore evidence based practices to adapt activities and routines. Attendees will learn strategies to put into practice today to support high quality inclusion for young children.
Carrie Bergeron The True Colors of My Life
Carrie Bergeron, now forty years old, will present an overview of her life as a person with Down syndrome. I.D.E.A was implemented the year before she was born. The services she received from six weeks of age had a huge, positive impact. She was ‘mainstreamed’ (today inclusion) throughout her schooling, attended a community college and has been in a NYS Consolidated Support Services program for thirteen years, living independently with 45 hours/weekly staff support. Her goal is to “Carrie on” and to continue to share with others that those with disabilities are ‘more alike than different’.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Presentation topics and schedule are subject to change

8:00-8:45am CHECK-IN / BREAKFAST
8:45-10:00am KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Paula Kluth Universal Design Daily: Supporting All Students in the Diverse Classroom
It’s undoubtedly important to teach in ways that honor learning differences and to structure lessons that are engaging, varied, and appropriately challenging. However, in this era focused on universal design for all, it is also critical to explore the underlying habits of mind related to “teaching them all.” Based on a new book of the same title, this keynote presentation centers on big ideas related to teaching and learning. Paula will discuss the role of “teaching up” and presuming both competence and complexity. She will explore the need to focus on student strengths, passions, and interests. She will also talk about the need to design lessons that are responsive and dynamic. This presentation contains video clips, classroom stories, examples, and illustrations. It will provide both points of reflection and practical strategies. More importantly, it features ideas to help all teachers better respond to the diversity that exists in their classrooms every single day.
10:15-11:45am SESSION 1 MEETINGS
Kathy Oehler and Cheryl Boucher I Hate to Write! Rescuing our Reluctant Writers
Writing is a high stakes skill, affecting both behavior and student achievement. Many of our reluctant writers have executive functioning differences that make the act of writing very difficult. Even simple writing tasks require skills in language, organization, sensory regulation, and motor control. Difficulties in these areas often lead to poor achievement, frustration, and refusal to write.This session, presented by a Speech / Language Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist, will look at the writing process through the eyes of a student with executive functioning differences such as autism, learning disability, ADD, ADHD, Behavior Disorder, etc. Combining best practice strategies of an SLP and an OT, the presenters will offer specific, easy to use strategies to help ALL students become happy, successful writers.
Barb Gruber and Elissa Turner (MCIE) 3 “Must Use” Planning Tools: Individualizing Supports for Students with Significant Learning Challenges in General Education Classrooms
In this session we will learn how teams collaborate to support individual students. We will focus on the purpose and implementation of planning tools that can be used across grade levels to increase membership and participation for a variety of students.
Patrick Schwarz From Possibility to Success: Achieving Student Outcomes
With the goal of building lifelong skills, Patrick offers authentic processes and supports that help educators plan lessons and units while at the same time embracing students’ interests and passions, working toward students’ dreams, promoting leadership, self-advocacy, self-determination, and membership in both school and the community. With an overview of supports and compelling stories of how they have helped real students in real classrooms, Patrick empowers educators to combine the science and art of teaching all learners. This motivating and empowering keynote gives everyone hope, direction, and inspiration to turn learning possibility into educational success!
Shannon Stuart A Whole School Framework for Mindfulness
This session provides a framework for implementing mindfulness supports within a school that adheres to the principles of whole schooling. First, the presenter provides empirical evidence related to the use of mindfulness-based activities in schools. Next, she provides a framework for implementing mindfulness supports within a school that adheres to the principles of whole schooling. She also discusses the implications of supporting students at the tier 1 level.
11:45am-1:00pm LUNCH
1:00-2:15pm SESSION 2 MEETINGS
Kathy Oehler and Cheryl Boucher Sensory Strategies for Classroom Success
Many students have challenges with sensory processing. They are bombarded by sights, sounds, smells, and movement throughout the school day. Many of our students, especially those with executive functioning differences such as ASD, ADHD, learning disabilities, etc, struggle with this bombardment. Learning and behavior are affected. A student who is overactive, under active, refuses to work, invades others’ space, or shuts down may be showing us that he needs help with sensory regulation. This session, presented by an OT and an SLP, will focus on effective, easy, fun ways teachers can integrate sensory friendly strategies into the classroom. When students’ sensory needs are met, ALL students benefit.
Shannon Stuart A Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum Inclusive to All Students
Shannon Stuart describes DBT-Steps A®, a social emotional learning curriculum designed for use at the tier 1 and tier 2 levels in schools. Included is a documentation of this program’s success, rationale for the need for this type of curriculum, and a clear description of the program. Details of the actual operation of the curriculum are included so that audience members can determine the feasibility implementing the program.
Hasan Davis Strategies for engaging students in classroom success: Setting ground rules for classroom success
Learn how to reset classroom norms by showing your students the R.O.P.E.S. (Rules Of Properly Engaging in Success) method of setting ground rules.
Objective 1: Attendees will role-play the development of group specific ground rules.
Objective 2: Explore and troubleshoot possibilities and potential challenges to implementing R.O.P.E.S.
Barb Gruber and Elissa Turner (MCIE) Collaborative Leadership Teams: Changing School Practices to Include ALL Learners
Get to know the essential components for effective collaborative teaming. We will identify priorities and methods for professional learning based on MCIE’s school-wide implementation framework. Participants will gain a better understanding of how the integration of organizational and instructional changes can impact teacher practices.
2:30-3:30pm CLOSING KEYNOTE
Hasan Davis Away from No Way: A Transformational Journey from J.D. to J.D
Hasan Davis will share his journey through the education, justice and social service systems. Systems that, more often than not, failed to provide him the support he needed to be successful. Hasan was lucky to find that on his journey there were, within each system, outliers and resisters who found a way to engage, encourage and empower him. With their support, he transcended his mounting list of “failures” to become an advocate for himself and eventually a champion for others facing difficult. Hasan believes that each person in the community has the opportunity, and the responsibility, to influence and change the way youth encounter the education, justice and social service systems. Hasan will share the simple strategies his personal champions employed to help him complete the “JD shuffle” and go from Hasan Davis Juvenile Delinquent to Hasan Davis Juris Doctor