Monday

Directors Ins cover 2014

Directors Institute
25 Years of Excellence
September 22-24, 2014


Registration
Schedule Monday
Presenters Tuesday
Vendors Wednesday

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Monday, September 22

7:30 — 8:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast — Event Center

8:15 — 8:30 Welcome —Angela Denning, Deputy Associate Superintendent—Exceptional Student Services

8:30 — 9:30 Keynote: “Leadership for Improving Results and Closing Gaps”
Dr. Melody Musgrove, Director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

We know that high expectations lead to improved student performance. Dr. Musgrove will discuss the role that leaders should play in changing expectations and improving results for all students, especially students with disabilities.

9:30 — 10:00 Break, Vendor/Exhibitor Area Open—Solana E

10:00 — 11:10 Breakout Sessions

Ann Brusca, Cathie Devers, Lisa Kunz, and Marge Rehberg
The Exceptional Student Services/Program Support and Monitoring unit of ADE is pleased to present the new system of general supervision to districts and charter schools throughout the state. This session will provide an overview of the new system, the activities that will take place during each year of the Examining Practices cycle, and how the ESS education program specialists will be guiding and training the districts and charter schools along the way.
Handouts: PowerPoint
Dr. Teresa Cardon
Video modeling has been around for decades but with the arrival of new technology, it is easier to use than ever. This presentation will focus on current video modeling research and teach you how you can implement video modeling to impact skill acquisition.
Handouts: PowerPoint and Handout
Connie Hill
In this session, federal IDEA (special education) entitlement and supplemental grants available to Arizona local education agencies (LEAs) will be discussed. This presentation will also provide guidance on the intended uses of IDEA funds, applicant reporting requirements, and LEA annual maintenance of effort requirements and testing.
Handouts: PowerPoint
Sherry Zeeb and Mary Wennersten
Participants will become familiar with the newly revised Move On When Reading (MOWR) legislation, review the expectations for K–3 Literacy Plan submission and requirements, review strategies for retention prevention, and review the three-tiered system of support, along with strategies for effective intervention/remediation.
Handouts: PowerPoint
Cynthia Roller and Audra Ahumada
This session will take a deeper dive into the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Instructional Supports and Resources, including how to incorporate these resources into lesson planning, designing instruction, and using progress monitoring.
Handouts: PowerPoint
Nicol Russell and Lauren Zbyszinski
This session will focus on what brain research tells us about the developing brain in young learners and what that means for their social skills.
Dr. Melody Musgrove and Angela Denning
Join the Director of Special Education Programs along with the Deputy Associate Superintendent of Exceptional Student Services as they field questions regarding RDA and the SSIP.
Todd Liolios
Participants will learn how to improve psychological services through the development of job-performance evaluation tools linking professional standards and job responsibilities to the creation of rubric-based evaluations. The model can be applied to other professionals, including counselors and therapists.
Handouts: PowerPoint and Handout
Dr. Chris Borgmeier
This presentation will provide an overview of Tier 2 Systems of Positive Behavior Support within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports. Features of Tier 2 Systems will be described with an emphasis on efficiency and a focus on integrating interventions with data and teaming for decision making. Check-In Check-Out and other interventions commonly identified as Tier 2 will be discussed, as well as examining advantages and challenges of different interventions within a Tier 2 system.
Handouts: PowerPoint
Karen Harris and Dr. Steve Graham
This session provides an overview of how to teach students strategies for planning, drafting, and revising their writing using the Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) model. This model has proven to be the most effective method for improving struggling and typically developing students’ writing.
Handouts: PowerPoint and Handout

11:10 — 11:30 Break, Vendors/Exhibitors

11:30 — 12:30 Lunch — Event Center

12:30 — 1:40 Breakout Sessions

Dr. Teresa Cardon
This presentation will discuss the latest changes and research as it is associated with autism spectrum disorder. Specifically, new information from the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), current prevalence rates, and potential contributing factors will be discussed. In addition, up-to-date information on evidence-based practices and autism intervention will be reviewed.
Handouts: PowerPoint
Audra Ahumada and Dr. Sandra Laine
All students should have an equal opportunity to be successful and be equally prepared for college and career. To accomplish that goal, we must provide all students with access to the general education curriculum. Come learn how to collaboratively write IEPs so that all students with special needs have access to the standards.
Handouts: PowerPoint, Handout (PDF)
Dr. Jane Mullins, AnnMarie Short, Susan Smith, Theresa Samuelian, and Beth Jahsman
Participants will discuss ways to create an internal system of supervision for IDEA compliance. The session will help administrators develop a system to meet this need including resources, trainings, and a focus on meeting this need in a variety of environments.
Handouts: PowerPoint, Handout 1, Handout 2, and Handout 3
Marianne Marts
DB101 helps users work through the myths and confusion of Social Security benefits, health care, and employment. Use DB101 in effective transition planning with or without a student’s being on benefits. Learn how DB101 eases fears and empowers people in decision making that leads to financially productive lives.
Handouts: PowerPoint
Dr. Steve Graham
Writing is a difficult skill to master, especially for students who experience difficulty with learning. All children can learn to write if they are taught effectively. This presentation shares evidence-based practices that improve the writing of all students.
Handouts: PowerPoint and Handout
Nicol Russell and Lori Masseur
This session will provide a look at some root causes of challenging behavior, as well as strategies for coping with the behavior in the early childhood (pre-k and kindergarten) classroom.
Dr. Dan Davidson
Since 2009 there has been a growing interest in the reduction of seclusion and restraints (S/R) in schools. Nineteen states have enacted meaningful protections against the dangerous and unnecessary use of S/R. At the heart of most laws and recommendations lies adequate training and careful implementation of a multi-tiered system of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). This presentation is an overview of how PBIS can be used to reduce unnecessary and dangerous instances of S/R, and best practices the districts and charters should follow when deciding protocol regarding S/R, including how a good incident reporting system can offer information helpful to the prevention future instances.
Handout: PowerPoint
Rules Committee
The Special Education Rules Committee’s purpose is to examine the Arizona State Board of Education 401 rules for special education; to propose rules that are clear, instructive, and aligned to the IDEA; and to provide guidance for implementation. In this session, committee members will share proposed rule language for child find and evaluation, and get feedback from session attendees on these proposed changes.
Handouts: PowerPoint, Handout, and Link to Rule Committee Communiques
Dr. Chris Borgmeier
This presentation will describe the features of a Tier 3 system of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support. Common barriers and supports to implementation of Tier 3 support will be discussed. A focus will be on maximizing efforts of behavior specialists by building capacity in schools to support students with intense behavioral needs using the “Basic FBA to BSP” training curriculum.
Handouts: PowerPoint
Andi Asel
The presenter will introduce the required components of a transition plan in terms of best practices and discuss the practices that are the best predictors of successful post-school outcomes. Participants will go away with an understanding of the legal requirements and the benefits of early and appropriate planning.
Handouts: PowerPoint

1:40 — 2:00 Break

2:00 — 3:10 Breakout Sessions

Mary Bowerman, Ann Gortarez, and Patricia Reynolds
Participants will come away with a global understanding of the role of technology in setting up, delivering, and reporting assessment results to LEAs and states. The challenges and opportunities of computer-based testing will be explored. Additionally, the technological features such as accessibility tools and functions, PNP (Personal Needs Profile) development, and entry of accommodations for students with disabilities, English learners, and students on 504 plans will be featured. Resources explaining the appropriate use of these features will be outlined with opportunities for questions following.
Handouts: PowerPoint
Travis Sherbourne, Lisa Abbett, Dr. Jennifer Huber, and Teresa Kirkman
In this interactive, activity-based session, participants will learn all about data use. Participants will consider data sources and what to do with data in order to improve students’ outcomes and practice participating in a statewide data-use framework.
Handouts: PowerPoint
Darleen Sithole, Jan Cawthorne, and Lorrie Sheehy
Beginning in June 2015, all schools serving students ages 16 and over will be required to participate in the PSO Survey each year, not just once every six years. This is a big change. Come hear about the change and the resources available to assist schools with this requirement. Participants will learn how the revised requirement will enable stakeholders at the local and state level to better understand what youth in Arizona are doing one year after leaving school and how that information can be used to improve secondary transition programs. Participants will leave the presentation with materials, resources, and tips that can be used immediately for an efficient and effective participation in Everyone Counts, Everyone In: Arizona’s PSO Survey.
Handouts: PowerPoint
Dr. Steve Graham
Writing is a difficult skill to master, especially for students who experience difficulty with learning. All children can learn to write if they are taught effectively. This presentation shares evidence-based practices that improve the writing of all students.
Handouts: PowerPoint and Handout
Dr. Teresa Cardon
Video modeling has been around for decades but with the arrival of new technology, it is easier to use than ever. This presentation will focus on current video modeling research and teach you how you can implement video modeling to impact skill acquisition.
Handouts: PowerPoint and Handout
Nicole Armstrong and Peggy Staples
Looking for the keys to success in data management? The ESS Data Management team will share everything you need to know through an overview presentation on the three data collection requirements used for state and federal reporting purposes.
Handouts: PowerPoint
Dr. Chris Borgmeier, Joni Cesario, and Amber Burwell +
This presentation will describe the features of a Tier 3 system of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support. Common barriers and supports to implementation of Tier 3 support will be discussed. A focus will be on maximizing efforts of behavior specialists by building capacity in schools to support students with intense behavioral needs using the “Basic FBA to BSP” training curriculum.
Handouts: PowerPoint, Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3, Handout 4, and Handout 5
Lauren Zbyszinski and Nicol Russell
This session is about brain development and the four-part processor involved in reading. It will incorporate accommodations and adaptations that may be needed when helping young learners develop precursor skills needed for reading.
Lisa Ball and the Special Olympics Arizona Youth Activation Committee
Promoting Social Inclusion on Campus
Project UNIFY’s goal is to empower youth to develop school communities in which young people are agents of change. Project UNIFY gives students the opportunity to lead the next generation of the Special Olympics movement.
Handouts: PowerPoint
Dr. Lisa Aaroe, Verginia Stodola, and Audra Ahumada
During this session, participants will learn the framework and foundational principles of Arizona’s teacher evaluation instrument. Additionally, participants will become familiar with nationwide research, practices, and resources to assist them with the implementation of teacher evaluation for special educators (e.g., observations, setting student learning objectives, point allocations, etc.).
Handouts: PowerPoint