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Directors of Special Education - Fall 2020 Meeting

COVID-19 and Special Education

View information for educators and parents to support students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 resources for special education
Background

This conference was presented virtually.

When: November 12-13, 2020

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October 13th - 15th, 2021

Agenda Descriptions & Handouts

 

Thursday, November 12, 2020
9:00 - 10:00 Keynote Address (100)

What in the World is Going On? A Federal Update

Valerie Williams, Director of Government Relations, NASDSE

​Handouts: 

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30 -11:45 - Session 1 (101)

Ascend Colorado

Kerry Whitmore & AnLar

Handout: 

11:45-12:30 Break

12:30 - 1:45 Concurrent Session

Continuity of Learning for Special Education Students (102A)

Candace Hawkins and Paul Foster

This pre-recorded session will address the continuity of learning for students with disabilities during and as a result of COVID-19. For those of you who may have attended the CASE Winter Conference, Paul Foster and Candace Hawkins also shared this information at that event. There will be no live Q & A session, but participants may submit questions via chat and we will do our best to respond after the Directors’ meeting.

 

CO Deafblind Project Resources and Supports including Interveners (102B)

Gina Herrera and Jessica Meisel

Many districts have a student or several students who are deafblind – even though they may be counted in other eligibility categories, such as multiple disabilities.  The CO Deafblind Project, housed at the Colorado Department of Education, has many resources available to support your teams that are serving these students.  Also, have you had a parent approach you asking for an intervener for their student and you had no idea what that was?  We are seeing an increase and want to be sure that you have an awareness of who interveners are and what needs to occur to meet this request. This session’s content is prerecorded. Gina Herrera and Jennifer Meisel will be available for live Q & A at the end of the presentation.

Handouts: 

 

Ascend IEP System Introduction (102C)

Kerry Whitmore & AnLar Team

Kerry Whitmore and the team from AnLar will share information about building the IEP System for Colorado. This session will be a live presentation. Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance (information forthcoming). As time permits, some questions might be answered during the session. We will do our best to respond to others after the meeting.

Handout: 

 

1:45 - 2:15 Break

2:15-3:15 Discussion Session

These are interactive sessions where participants will be encouraged to turn on their web cameras and engage in discussion around a selected topic. 

State Systemic Improvement Plan Stakeholder Input (103A)

Facilitator: Wendy Sawtell

How are AUs/facilities handling remote/hybrid instruction for SWD?  (103B)

Facilitator: Jeanne Boice-Wiley  

Specialized Services (SLP, PT, etc.) during COVID: What’s working? (103C)

Facilitator: Frances Woolery-Jones  

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30 - 4:45 Concurrent Session

Continuity of Learning for Special Education Students (REPEAT) (104A)

Candace Hawkins and Paul Foster

This pre-recorded session will address the continuity of learning for students with disabilities during and as a result of COVID-19. For those of you who may have attended the CASE Winter Conference, Paul Foster and Candace Hawkins also shared this information at that event. There will be no live Q & A session, but participants may submit questions via chat and we will do our best to respond after the Directors’ meeting.

The Tween Indicators: Directors’ Guide to Navigating 11, 12, and 13 (104B)

Gloria Durosko and Miki Imura

Come along with Gloria Durosko and Miki Imura as they take you on a journey through the path of these compliance indicators, from initial data collection by the AU to the correction of any noncompliance. They will provide resources and tips to help ensure you meet the required 100% compliance targets based on recent CDE audit results. This live session will include a live Q & A opportunity.

Handouts:

 

 

Starting from Equity (104C)

Michael Ramirez

This initial conversation about Equity begins with creating a safe-space to identify grounding assumptions and beliefs about meeting the needs of every student.  Using data to uncover possible areas of transformation, this session will provide key questions to identify exiting policies and practices that contribute to inequities. Michael Ramirez, Supervisor of Equity Projects in the ESSU, will conduct this session. Participants will have the opportunity for small group discussion in breakout rooms.

Handout: 

 

Friday, November 13, 2020
9:00 - 10:15 Morning Session (200)

What's Happening in Colorado? 

Paul Foster, Executive Director, Exceptional Student Services Unit

Special Education Directors’ Consortium Update

Lucinda Hundley

​Handout: 

10:15-10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:00 - Concurrent Sessions

The Tween Indicators: Directors’ Guide to Navigating 11, 12, and 13 (201A)

Gloria Durosko and Miki Imura

Come along with Gloria Durosko and Miki Imura as they take you on a journey through the path of these compliance indicators, from initial data collection by the AU to the correction of any noncompliance. They will provide resources and tips to help ensure you meet the required 100% compliance targets based on recent CDE audit results. This live session will include a live Q&A opportunity.

Handouts:

Ascend IEP System Introduction  (201B)

Kerry Whitmore & AnLar Team

Kerry Whitmore and the team from AnLar will share information about building the IEP System for Colorado. This session will be a live presentation. Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance (information forthcoming). As time permits, some questions might be answered during the session. We will do our best to respond to others after the meeting.

Handout: 

Special Education Evaluation During COVID-19 (201C)

Krista Klabo

This session will address important information regarding evaluation for eligibility and continuing services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Krista Klabo will be available during Session 201C for live Q & A. Session 203C will be only prerecorded.

Handout:

12:00 - 12:45 Lunch

12:45 - 1:45 Discussion Session

These are interactive sessions where participants will be encouraged to turn on their web cameras and engage in discussion around a selected topic. 

State Systemic Improvement Plan Stakeholder Input (202A)

Facilitator: Wendy Sawtell

How are AUs/facilities handling remote/hybrid instruction for SWD? (202B)

Facilitator: Marietta Sears 

Specialized Services (SLP, PT, etc.) during COVID: What’s working? (202C)

Facilitator: Frances Woolery-Jones 

1:45 - 2:00 Break

2:00 - 3:15 Concurrent Session

Starting from Equity (203A)

Michael Ramirez

This initial conversation about Equity begins with creating a safe-space to identify grounding assumptions and beliefs about meeting the needs of every student.  Using data to uncover possible areas of transformation, this session will provide key questions to identify exiting policies and practices that contribute to inequities. Michael Ramirez, Supervisor of Equity Projects in the ESSU, will conduct this session. Participants will have the opportunity for small group discussion in breakout rooms.

Handout: 

CO Deafblind Project Resources and Supports including Interveners (203B)

Gina Herrera and Jessica Meisel

Many districts have a student or several students who are deafblind – even though they may be counted in other eligibility categories, such as multiple disabilities.  The CO Deafblind Project, housed at the Colorado Department of Education, has many resources available to support your teams that are serving these students.  Also, have you had a parent approach you asking for an intervener for their student and you had no idea what that was?  We are seeing an increase and want to be sure that you have an awareness of who interveners are and what needs to occur to meet this request. This session’s content is prerecorded. Gina Herrera and Jennifer Meisel will be available for live Q&A at the end of the presentation.

Handouts: 

Special Education Evaluation During COVID-19 (203C)

Krista Klabo

This session will address important information regarding evaluation for eligibility and continuing services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Krista Klabo will be available during Session 201C for live Q & A. Session 203C will be only prerecorded.

Handout:

 


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