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Moving Toward a Brighter Horizon - Directors of Special Education Spring Meeting April 7 - 8, 2022

Moving Toward a Better Tomorrow

We have some very exciting professional learning opportunities in store for you and your colleagues at the Spring Directors’ Meeting.  Our first day, Thursday, April 7th, will focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion and will feature two keynote addresses, question and answer sessions with the speakers, and important updates for all directors on ESSER III funds.

Our second day, Friday, April 8th, will focus on leadership, Universal Design for Learning, and strategies such as high dosage tutoring and accelerated learning, especially as they are in use as a result of the pandemic.  Presenters from CDE’s Office of Standards and Instructional Supports, Office of Accountability and Continuous Improvement, Office of Learning Supports, and the Exceptional Student Services Unit will share up-to-date information and ideas for success.

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Thursday April 7 Meeting Schedule

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM 

Welcome & Keynote

Igniting the Power of Us: Exploring our roles in the important work of equity, inclusivity & diversity

Presented by Dr. Dwinita Mosby Tyler

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 

Plenary Session

Effective Recruitment and Retention Practices in Diversifying the Teacher Workforce

Presented by Dr. Cindy Gutierrez

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM 

Concurrent Sessions (These sessions will repeat at 1:15 PM)

  • Meet Dr. Mosby-Tyler & Live Q&A 
  • Meet Dr. Gutierrez & Live Q&A

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM 

Concurrent Sessions

  • Meet Dr. Mosby-Tyler & Live Q&A 
  • Meet Dr. Gutierrez & Live Q&A

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM 

Plenary Session & Small Group Discussion

Preparing to Meet ARP ESSER III Planning and Budgeting Requirements

Presented by Tammy Giessinger, Kristin Crumley, Mackenzie Owens, & Shannon Wilson

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

  • When the LRE Might Be a Gifted Program/Classroom presented by Cynthia Rundquist, Ed.D., Colleen Anthony, Robin Greene, & Sarina Compoz
  • Ensuring Equity within the IEP process through Understanding and Consensus presented by Mary Anne Fleury, Ph.D.


Friday April 8 Meeting Schedule

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM 

Welcome & Keynote

Are Your Academic Interventions Catching Students Up or Leaving Them Behind?

Presented by Joanna Bruno, Susan Barrett 

Handout: Are Your Academic Interventions Catching Students Up or Leaving Them Behind? (PDF)

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 

Plenary Session

Universal Design for Learning: Creating Inclusive Learning Environments

Presented by Milcah Hawk Ed.S., NCSP &  Arlisha Lawson M.S., M.A.

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM 

Concurrent Sessions (these sessions will be repeated at 1:00 PM)

  • Accelerated Learning: High Quality Tutoring Strategies

​Presented by: Spencer Ellis & Joanna Bruno

Handout: High Impact Tutoring (PDF)

Presentation Slides: High Impact Tutoring (PDF)

  • UDL: A Deeper Dive into Universal Design for Learning: Ensuring Successful Implementation 

​Presented by: Milcah Hawk Ed.S., NCSP &  Arlisha Lawson M.S., M.A.

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM 

Concurrent Sessions (these sessions were presented at 11:30 AM)

  • Accelerating Learning: High Quality Tutoring Strategies 

Presented by Spencer Ellis & Joanna Bruno

Handout: High Impact Tutoring (PDF)

Presentation Slides: High Impact Tutoring (PDF)

  • UDL: A Deeper Dive into Universal Design for Learning: Ensuring Successful Implementation 

Presented by Milcah Hawk Ed.S., NCSP &  Arlisha Lawson M.S., M.A.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

Plenary Session 

Inclusion of Students with Hearing Loss through Specially Designed Instruction

Presented by Shauna Moden & Sandy Bowen

Handout Equitable Education for Students with Hearing Loss (PDF)

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions

  • Maintenance  of Effort Rules and Regulations

Presented by Evan Davis

More information about Maintenance of Effort

  • Colorado Early Childhood System Changes & Impacts on Preschool Special Education 

Presented by Heidi White, Marcia Blum & Mary Morin

Colorado Early Childhood Handout (PDF)


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