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Friday, July 19
 

8:30am PDT

KEYNOTE: Having Transition Conversations at Any Level
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Debbie Wilkes

Dr. Debbie Wilkes

Wilkes Consulting
Since 1974 Debbie Wilkes (click here to go to my vitae) has provided quality support to individuals with disabilities in the area of education, transition to post-secondary education, employment, self-advocacy and interdependent living. Through systems change she has instituted innovative programming. In 1993 she established a Transition Progra... Read More →


Friday July 19, 2019 8:30am - 10:15am PDT
Cafeteria

10:30am PDT

Meet the Experts: Trauma Informed Care
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
  • Develop an understanding of the effects of trauma on student achievement
  • Have an opportunity to discuss the problems of practice regarding students effected by trauma and solutions/strategies to support student achievement
Description of Learning Design:
Panels are a diverse and focused discussion around a particular topic that can include questions from the audience to gain a deeper understanding.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jill Schurr

Dr. Jill Schurr

Coordinator, Plano ISD
avatar for Tyler Aitken

Tyler Aitken

Special Education Coordinator, PLANO ISD,ADMINISTRATION


Friday July 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Cafeteria

10:30am PDT

Building Academic Vocabulary with RAZ Kids (Reading A to Z)
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
  • Define academic vocabulary
  • Experience Reading A to Z and Vocabulary A to Z to increase competency of words that are traditionally used in academic dialogue and text. Specifically, it refers to words that are not necessarily common or frequently encountered in informal conversation.
Description of Learning Design:
Playgrounds are informational, hands-on instructional experiences allowing the facilitators to highlight a technological idea.  Participants are able to explore their creative side within the provided time frame.

Speakers
DC

Dr. Cindy Soto

Consultant/Trainer, Learning A to Z


Friday July 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
LAB B116

10:30am PDT

Secondary Teacher Tales - Organizing ULS, Making the Most of the GPS, and Using News2You
Limited Capacity seats available

  • Rotation 1 - See a student using ULS (video or live)
  • Rotation 2 - GPS (Julie Reed)
  • Rotation 3 - Organizing ULS (HS/SHS website)
  • Rotation 4 - News 2 You and Supplemental Lessons (Additional Content)

Description: An instructional solution that does it all! The award-winning Unique Learning System is a one-of-a-kind program designed specifically to give students with complex learning needs meaningful access to the general education curriculum within a monthly thematic context. This round table event gets you up close and personal with teachers and special guests to see how you can organize monthly content, maximize the GPS, learn more about using News2You, and see the student platform in action.

Description of Learning Design:
Round Tables bring together experts for an informal and enlightening discussion on a specific topic. Participants will spend 20 minutes at each table before switching.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Tidwell & Wendy Thrash

Melissa Tidwell & Wendy Thrash

District Specialist, Plano ISD
avatar for Wendy Thrash

Wendy Thrash

Secondary Instructional Support Specialist, Plano ISD Special Education


Friday July 19, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
C108

10:30am PDT

Film Room and Discussion: I Can't Do This; But I Can Do That!
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
  • View I can’t do this but I can do that: A Film for Families about Learning Differences
  • Participate in a Core Conversation about the film for reflection on Disability Awareness
Film overview: The HBO Family documentary I CAN’T DO THIS BUT I CAN DO THAT: A FILM FOR FAMILIES ABOUT LEARNING DIFFERENCES, an inspiring account of children with LDs who have discovered real abilities, and have learned to use their strengths to overcome their learning struggles.

Description of Learning Designs:
Participants view a documentary or film related to a specific topic. The film is followed by a Core Conversation about the topic. Core Conversations are speaker-led, open conversations with participants around a particular topic.  They are also known as “Campfires.”

Speakers

Friday July 19, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
C101

10:30am PDT

All About the G's and Writing Impact Statements
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
  • Review the impact of the “G’s” on student ability
  • Rehearse and develop impact statements
Description of Learning Design:
Workshops are instructional session with hands-on learning with an emphasis on “make-and-take” ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Elisa Shepard

Elisa Shepard

Coordinator, Plano ISD
avatar for Amy Marciniak

Amy Marciniak

Coordinator, Plano ISD Special Education


Friday July 19, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
C103

10:30am PDT

Elementary Planning - What is my role in the PLC Process?
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will:
  • Discuss the planning process and research based practices to ensure student achievement
  • Define the role of special education in the collaborative planning process
  • Determine practical strategies to be a collaborative partner in the planning and PLC process
Description of Learning Design:
Workshops are instructional session with hands-on learning with an emphasis on “make-and-take” ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Oldfather

Robin Oldfather

Coordinator, Plano ISD Special Education


Friday July 19, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
C102

10:30am PDT

Secondary Planning - What is my role in the PLC Process?
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
  • Discuss the planning process and research based practices to ensure student achievement
  • Define the role of special education in the collaborative planning process
  • Determine practical strategies to be a collaborative partner in the planning and PLC process
Description of Learning Design:
Workshops are instructional session with hands-on learning with an emphasis on “make-and-take” ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Angie Davis

Dr. Angie Davis

Special Education Coordinator, Plano ISD
avatar for Ashley Washington

Ashley Washington

Campus Specialist, Plano ISD Frankford Middle School
Ashley attended Stephen F Austin State university, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and is currently completing SFA's Master of Educational Leadership program. She began her teaching career in Plano ISD in 2005 and has previously served... Read More →


Friday July 19, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Library

10:30am PDT

Accessibility and Differentiation with Technology
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will:
  • Experience technology to support student learning in all settings and access to the general curriculum
  • Discuss technology that provides practical strategies for modifications and accommodations
Description of Learning Design:
Playgrounds are informational, hands-on instructional experiences allowing the facilitators to highlight a technological idea.  Participants are able to explore their creative side within the provided time frame.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Heerema

Leah Heerema

Digital Learning Specialist, Plano ISD
Digital Learning Specialist, Plano ISDCertified Teacher (Business, Marketing, Tech Apps, Speech)Google Certified Trainer and Google Certified Educator Levels 1 & 2Presenter at state and local conferences, including TCEA & Region 10
avatar for Fern Johnson

Fern Johnson

Digital Learning Specialist, Plano ISD
I'm currently a Digital Learning Specialist in Plano ISD and a former math teacher and technology auditor. I can talk about Google all day long and have earned my Google Certified Trainer as well as Level 1 and 2 designations. Let's connect, innovate, and share!


Friday July 19, 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm PDT
LAB B115

10:30am PDT

Understanding the Parent Perspective in the Transition Process
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
  • Develop an understanding of the parent perspective when planning for their child’s post-secondary success
  • Discuss strategies and a gain a deeper understanding of the grief process parents often experience throughout the transition planning process
Description of Learning Design:
Summits are in-depth instructional sessions with hands-on learning and specific takeaways.

Speakers
SC

Shelley Crowder

Director, Adult Transition Services, Plano ISD


Friday July 19, 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm PDT
C112-113

12:30pm PDT

Meet the Experts: Understanding Mental Health
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will:
  • Develop an understanding of mental illness
  • Have an opportunity to discuss the problems of practice regarding students effected by mental illness and solutions/strategies to support student achievement
Description of Learning Design:
Panels are a diverse and focused discussion around a particular topic that can include questions from the audience to gain a deeper understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jill Schurr

Dr. Jill Schurr

Coordinator, Plano ISD
avatar for Tyler Aitken

Tyler Aitken

Special Education Coordinator, PLANO ISD,ADMINISTRATION


Friday July 19, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Cafeteria

12:30pm PDT

Film Room and Conversation: Educating Peter - Down Syndrome
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
  • View, Educating Peter
  • Participate in a Core Conversation about the film for reflection on Disability Awareness
Film overview: Educating Peter is a 1992 American short documentary film directed by Gerardine Wurzburg about Peter Gwazdauskas, a special needs student with Down's syndrome, and his inclusion in a standard third grade classroom in Blacksburg, Virginia. It won an Oscar at the 65th Academy Awards in 1993 for Documentary Short Subject.

Description of Learning Designs:
Participants view a documentary or film related to a specific topic. The film is followed by a Core Conversation about the topic. Core Conversations are speaker-led, open conversations with participants around a particular topic.  They are also known as “Campfires.”

Speakers

Friday July 19, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
C101

12:30pm PDT

RAZ Kids - Learning A to Z and Differentiation - Elementary Only
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
  • Define ways to utilize Learning A to Z for differentiation and make the most of the robust programing
  • Experience Reading A to Z and Vocabulary A to Z to increase competency of reading skills across curricular areas
Description of Learning Design:
Playgrounds are informational, hands-on instructional experiences allowing the facilitators to highlight a technological idea.  Participants are able to explore their creative side within the provided time frame.

Speakers
DC

Dr. Cindy Soto

Consultant/Trainer, Learning A to Z


Friday July 19, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
LAB B116

1:00pm PDT

All About the G's and Writing Impact Statements
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
  • Review the impact of the “G’s” on student ability
  • Rehearse and develop impact statements
Description of Learning Design:
Workshops are instructional session with hands-on learning with an emphasis on “make-and-take” ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Elisa Shepard

Elisa Shepard

Coordinator, Plano ISD
avatar for Amy Marciniak

Amy Marciniak

Coordinator, Plano ISD Special Education


Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
C103

1:00pm PDT

Tips and Tricks to Monitor Student Progress in the Inclusion Setting
Limited Capacity filling up

What does the guidance say? Come find out and learn some quick ways to plan ahead and automate progress monitoring. We will take a look at activating Google, using student portfolios, and lesson planning as ways to work smarter in reporting student progress.

Description of Learning Design:
Show and Tell is a forum for sharing about a topic, practice, or idea.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Tidwell & Wendy Thrash

Melissa Tidwell & Wendy Thrash

District Specialist, Plano ISD


Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
C108

1:00pm PDT

Accessibility and Differentiation with Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
  • Experience technology to support student learning in all settings and access to the general curriculum
  • Discuss technology that provides practical strategies for modifications and accommodations
Description of Learning Design:
Playgrounds are informational, hands-on instructional experiences allowing the facilitators to highlight a technological idea.  Participants are able to explore their creative side within the provided time frame.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
LAB B115

1:00pm PDT

Elementary Collaboration with General Education - Stories from the Field
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
  • Experience the general education and special education perspectives on collaboration
  • Discuss strategies to collaborate with general education staff
Description of Learning Design:
Workshops are instructional session with hands-on learning with an emphasis on “make-and-take” ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Oldfather

Robin Oldfather

Coordinator, Plano ISD Special Education


Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Library

1:00pm PDT

Secondary Collaboration with General Education - Stories from the Field
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
  • Experience the general education and special education perspectives on collaboration
  • Discuss strategies to collaborate with general education staff
Description of Learning Design:
Workshops are instructional session with hands-on learning with an emphasis on “make-and-take” ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Angie Davis

Dr. Angie Davis

Special Education Coordinator, Plano ISD
avatar for Ashley Washington

Ashley Washington

Campus Specialist, Plano ISD Frankford Middle School
Ashley attended Stephen F Austin State university, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and is currently completing SFA's Master of Educational Leadership program. She began her teaching career in Plano ISD in 2005 and has previously served... Read More →


Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Library

1:00pm PDT

Strategies to Increase Independence
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
  • Review soft skills and strategies to increase student independence to ensure post- secondary success
  • Learn practical strategies to increase student independence
Description of Learning Design:
Summits are in-depth instructional sessions with hands-on learning and specific takeaways

Speakers
SC

Shelley Crowder

Director, Adult Transition Services, Plano ISD


Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
C112-113

1:45pm PDT

Meet the Experts: Practical Behavioral Strategies for In-Class Support
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will:
  • Develop an understanding of Positive Behavioral Supports
  • Have an opportunity to discuss the problems of practice regarding students effected by behvaior in the inclusion settings and solutions/strategies to support student achievement
Description of Learning Design:
Panels are a diverse and focused discussion around a particular topic that can include questions from the audience to gain a deeper understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jill Schurr

Dr. Jill Schurr

Coordinator, Plano ISD
avatar for Tyler Aitken

Tyler Aitken

Special Education Coordinator, PLANO ISD,ADMINISTRATION


Friday July 19, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm PDT
Cafeteria

2:45pm PDT

Film and Discussion: Breaking the Silence, Real Stories of Mental Illness
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
  • View, Short videos titled Breaking the Silence, Real Stories of Mental Illness
  • Participate in a Core Conversation about the film for reflection on Disability Awareness
Film overview: Despite the increased awareness of mental illness and the reduction of stigma against people like me who live with a mental illness, it is still difficult to be open about what it is like to live with a mental illness. Brain disorders have a stigma that other illnesses do not have and yet there is no health without mental health.

Description of Learning Designs:
Participants view a documentary or film related to a specific topic. The film is followed by a Core Conversation about the topic. Core Conversations are speaker-led, open conversations with participants around a particular topic.  They are also known as “Campfires.”

Speakers
KA

Kevin Aitken

LSSP, Plano ISD Special Education


Friday July 19, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
C101

2:45pm PDT

10 Things You Never Knew About Reading A to Z
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
  • Investigate resources beyond leveled books
  • Implement ideas shared by educators
  • Leverage new features
  • Set up a shared File Cabinet across your school or district
Description of Learning Design:
Playgrounds are informational, hands-on instructional experiences allowing the facilitators to highlight a technological idea.  Participants are able to explore their creative side within the provided time frame.

Speakers
DC

Dr. Cindy Soto

Consultant/Trainer, Learning A to Z


Friday July 19, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
LAB B116

2:45pm PDT

Documenting Progress in the Self-Contained Setting Setting
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Stumped when it comes to keeping up with progress monitoring on all those IEP goals? Learn some quick ways to plan ahead and activate progress monitoring practices.

Description of Learning Design:
Show and Tell is a forum for sharing about a topic, practice, or idea.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Thrash

Wendy Thrash

Secondary Instructional Support Specialist, Plano ISD Special Education


Friday July 19, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
C108

3:30pm PDT

Mentor Conversations with Behavior Team and LSSPs
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
Have an opportunity to discuss and receive advice and guidance in a particular field or topic.

Description of Learning Design:
One-on-one talks to receive advice and guidance in a particular field or topic.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jill Schurr

Dr. Jill Schurr

Coordinator, Plano ISD
avatar for Tyler Aitken

Tyler Aitken

Special Education Coordinator, PLANO ISD,ADMINISTRATION


Friday July 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Cafeteria

3:30pm PDT

Mentor Conversations with Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
Have an opportunity to discuss and receive advice and guidance in a particular field or topic.

Description of Learning Design:
One-on-one talks to receive advice and guidance in a particular field or topic.

Friday July 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
LAB B115

3:30pm PDT

Mentor Conversations with Elementary Sped Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will:
Have an opportunity to discuss and receive advice and guidance in a particular field or topic.

Description of Learning Design:
One-on-one talks to receive advice and guidance in a particular field or topic.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Oldfather

Robin Oldfather

Coordinator, Plano ISD Special Education


Friday July 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
C102

3:30pm PDT

Mentor Conversations with Secondary Sped Curriculum
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Participants will:
Have an opportunity to discuss and receive advice and guidance in a particular field or topic.

Description of Learning Design:
One-on-one talks to receive advice and guidance in a particular field or topic.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Angie Davis

Dr. Angie Davis

Special Education Coordinator, Plano ISD


Friday July 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Library

3:30pm PDT

Mentor Conversations with Transition
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will:
Have an opportunity to discuss and receive advice and guidance in a particular field or topic.

Description of Learning Design:
One-on-one talks to receive advice and guidance in a particular field or topic.

Speakers
SC

Shelley Crowder

Director, Adult Transition Services, Plano ISD


Friday July 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
C112-113