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UPCOMING 2018 CONFERENCES

New Orleans

April 12th and 13th

We are returning for our 4th MTSS/RTI Conference in New Orleans. This year, we've expanded our team of national experts to include Drs. Clayton Cook, Alisia Moutry, Ramel Smith, and Frank Gresham, to provide you "something new"--expansions of last year's MTSS content in:

  • trauma-related evidence-based mental health interventions,
  • diversity in team building, and
  • severe disruptive behavior.

We also promise something "old," our core group of nationally recognized experts (Jack Fletcher, Mark R. Shinn, Alan Coulter, Kim Gibbons, and Nancy Marchand Martella) with updated content for 2018--critical features to support high quality implementation such as:

  • identification and treatment of dyslexia,
  • research-based language arts interventions across tiers,
  • how to strength your core language arts curriculum,
  • practical basic skills screening,
  • progress monitoring,
  • MTSS and special education decision making, and
  • lessons learned in successful implementation.

This year, we are also offering sessions guided by our experts specifically designed to customize your "strategic doing" (aka planning for changes) in 2018-19. You'll leave New Orleans with a written plan you can be accountable for.

For More Complete Conference Details, Download the Brochure in the Link Box Below This Column and Go the Conference's Dedicated Page On This Site.

Due to space limitations, we will cap attendance at 300. Register early. We already have more than 30 attendees registered!

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Skokie, IL

April 30th, 2018

Many educators struggle with the legal requirements for students with disabilities, in part, due to insufficient preservice preparation and lack of differentiation between “lore” and law when "learning on the job." The majority of inservice legal professional development is on the requirements of the IDEA, which leaves Section 504 as a misunderstood and often misapplied “consolation prize.” As a result, short-term concerns with high-stakes tests and other academic hurdles expend limited local resources under this “unfunded mandate” for band-aid forms and accommodations that, in the long term, compound rather than resolve the interest in educational success.

For More Complete Conference Details, Download the Brochure in the Link Box Below This Column and Go the Conference's Dedicated Page On This Site

This full-day program will provide the latest legal lessons for both general and special educators under Section 504 and the ADA for K–12 students. The agenda provides successive half-day segments on basic and more advanced issues.

Because of frequent confusions between 504 and IDEA requirements and legal issues, this professional development will show the latest corresponding IDEA developments as the baseline for systematic, updated differentiation.

Morning Session 8:30-11:45

The morning session focuses on the basic building blocks of an effective school program in relation to Section 504 and its sister statute, the ADA.

Afternoon Session 12:30-3:15

The afternoon session focuses on the latest legal developments for K–12 students under Section 504/ADA, including (1) service animals, (2) CART, (3) bullying, (4) concussions, and (5) the DOJ's September 2016 eligibility standards. This session will also address other current complicated issues for students entitled to not only 504 plans (i.e., “504- only”) but also IDEA IEPs (i.e., “double-covered”).

Due to space limitations, we will cap attendance at 120. 

 

Naperville, IL

May 21st and 22nd

Illinois and the Midwest historically have been among the nation's leaders in implementing Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) or Response to Intervention (RTI). Our team of national experts in research and practice wants to help you get to the next level of implementation, based on "lessons learned" in more than 30 years of practice and gains in the professional literature about "what works." In conjunction with the School Psychology Program at Northern Illinois University, we will be bringing to you a version of the conferences we have hosted in New Orleans for 4 years and our recent partnerships with state departments of education in Nebraska and Oklahoma.

On Monday and Tuesday, May 21st and 22nd, our team of national experts (Drs. Randy Sprick, Mark R. Shinn, Robert Pasternack, Alan Coulter, Kim Gibbons, and Nancy Marchand Martella) will work with you bring "something new" to your current efforts, including:

  • research-based reading instruction and intervention across Tiers,
  • strengthening your core language arts program,
  • dyslexia and issues in identifiation and treatment of reading difficulties, and
  • more scientifically sound and practical screening and progress monitoring practices to promote proactive MTSS design.

We also promise something "familiar" to many Midwesterners, with key attention to lessons learned in to make MTSS more successful, including

  • creating positive school climate and behavior supports across tiers and especially within the classroom
  • more efficient teams and teaming,
  • secondary implementation,
  • assessing fidelity of implementation, and
  • the roles of leadership from the school to the district level.

For More Complete Conference Details, Download the Brochure in the Link Box Below This Column and Go the Conference's Dedicated Page On This Site.

Due to space limitations, we will cap attendance at 300. Register early. We already have attendees!

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