Special Education Directors,
Please see below for the IDEA Conference offerings in March:
March 2, 2021 from 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Supportive Decision Making
Presented by George Garcia, Jon Meyers, Sey In, and Juliana Huerena
Searching for an alternative to Legal Guardianship for people with disabilities? Join us in this session to learn more about how Supported Decision-Making serves as a less restrictive alternative to Guardianship and how to develop a plan of support that will allow a person with a disability to keep his or her rights while getting the support he or she needs to live independently.
March 4, 2021 from 2:45–4:00 p.m.
The Burnout Cure
Presented by Chase Mielke
In this engaging, humorous, and heartfelt talk, Chase shares his experience as a veteran educator and provides key insights on how the science of small, positive moments creates thriving adults, learners, and communities. The audience will be empowered to take care of themselves so they can better take care of the young adults who need them. Participants will learn about:
- OPTIMISM—Refocus on the good in order to reignite our love for teaching,
- OWNERSHIP—Take control of our own well-being through simple, research-based actions that boost purpose and happiness,
- MINDFULNESS—Be present and turn minor moments into major momentum to thrive personally and professionally, and
- COMMUNITY—Cultivate positive relationships with kids and adults to build supportive and resilient cultures.
March 16, 2021 from 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Skills to Pay the Bills: Let’s Explore Enthusiasm and Attitude!
Presented by Arizona Youth Leaders of Diverse Ability Incorporated
Join the Arizona Youth Leaders of Diverse Ability Incorporated for an opportunity to highlight your strengths related to positive attitude and enthusiasm.
March 25, 2021 from 2:45–4:00 p.m.
The Iron is HOT: Using UDL in the Virtual Classroom
Presented by Paula Kluth
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.” This presentation centers on big ideas related to teaching and learning. The presenter, Paula Kluth, 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 will contain video clips, classroom stories, examples, and illustrations. It will provide both points of reflection and practical strategies. More importantly, it will feature ideas to help all teachers better respond to the diversity that exists in their classrooms every single day.
You can register by selecting sessions listed above or please visit the IDEA Conference web page:
- The Professional sessions will take place on Thursday afternoons from 2:45–4:00 p.m.
- Youth and Family sessions will take place on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00–5:00 p.m.
- Participants must register 48 hours in advance to guarantee needed accommodations.
If you have questions, please email the conference inbox.