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 Special Sessions


AbleGeorgia​ GVRA Strand

Presenters:

The Georgia Vocation and Rehabilitation Services strand will provide critical information for planning for post-secondary education and career. A few of the topics include, Move on When Ready, CTAE opportunities and more.

Health and Well Being Strand

This strand includes sessions related to promoting, achieving, and maintaining health and well-being at all ages. Presentation themes include; Supportive school climate, resilience and protective factors, access to services, and self-care.​

Make and Takes (Invited Speakers)

Presenters: Juanita Pritchard and Jessie Moreau

Bio: Both Juanita and Jessie are active in supporting teachers of students with severe cognitive disabilities.  Juanita retired after more than 30 years in Georgia Public Schools while Jessie is still on staff in Gwinnett County. They both have experiences of working as classroom teachers, community based vocation instructors, and assistive technology specialists.  They support teachers to provide students access to the curriculum in a meaningful way. They are strong supporters of active learning and the right of all children to have meaningful educational support.

Additional support for the workshops is provided by LaWanda Dalton, Hart County and Susan Murray, Columbia County.

Elementary -  Limit 25 participants (Tickets available onsite in registration area)

New Science Standards?  Don’t Panic.  This make and take session will help you create materials to provide access for your Moderate to Severely Cognitively Impaired students focusing on the new standards.   Presenters are experienced in the classroom and will share materials designed to help the most significantly impaired access these new standards in fun and functional ways.  Participants will create activities that they can take back and use in their classrooms

New Social Studies standards? Don’t Panic.   This make and take session will help you create materials to provide access for your Moderate to Severely Cognitively Impaired students focusing on the new standards.   Presenters are experienced in the classroom and will share materials designed to help the most significantly impaired access these new standards in fun and functional ways.  Participants will create activities that they can take back and use in their classrooms

High - Limit 25 participants (Tickets available onsite in registration area)

New Science Standards?  Don’t Panic.  This make and take session will help you create materials to provide access for your Moderate to Severely Cognitively Impaired students focusing on the new standards.   Presenters are experienced in the classroom and will share materials designed to help the most significantly impaired access these new standards in fun and functional ways.  Participants will create activities that they can take back and use in their classrooms

New Social Studies standards? Don’t Panic.   This make and take session will help you create materials to provide access for your Moderate to Severely Cognitively Impaired students focusing on the new standards.   Presenters are experienced in the classroom and will share materials designed to help the most significantly impaired access these new standards in fun and functional ways.  Participants will create activities that they can take back and use in their classrooms

Tech Talks in the Tabby Strand


Join us for Tech Talks in the Tabby! Back by popular demand, these 25 minute talks will take place in the Tabby House on Thursday, June 8 throughout the day. This is your opportunity to meet and interact with a few select IDEAS exhibitors outside of the Exhibit Hall. Tech Talks are not traditional sessions which gives exhibitors an opportunity to showcase their products and resources to you in an intimate setting! During this time, these sessions may provide a brief presentation, have open demonstration time, hold a Q&A, and more. Conference participants will have the opportunity to receive continuing education units for Tech Talks.

Workshops (Invited Speakers)

Reading

Presenter: Scott DeSimone

Bio: Scott is a co-founder of a reading instruction company dedicated to the belief that every student has the right to appropriate, high-quality, foundational-skills reading instruction. He provides educational services by conducting instructional courses, workshops, and seminars in the fields of reading and phonics. Scott 's extensive knowledge of reading instruction and tools are the foundation of his message that allow educators to use simple to administer assessments in order to determine decoding issues so that they can effectively diagnose and remediate decoding issues for students of all ages.

Title: Erasing the Misery of Reading and Spelling Multi-syllable Words

Abstract:​ Participants will learn how to teach students to read and spell long words using some very functional, simple techniques. Explicit instruction and scaffolded teaching with various multi-sensory techniques is demonstrated.  Additionally, participants will learn a scope and sequence in which to teach powerful multi-syllabic words, and they will receive a list of words that are effective for teaching parts of the scope and sequence.  Participants will learn to use syllable boards, which are dry erasable 3” x 5” whiteboards to ensure that they understand the true impact of the learning.

Writing (Coming Soon)

Math

Presenter: Bonnie Angel

Bio: Bonnie resides in Epworth, about 5 miles from Tennessee and 10 miles from North Carolina.  She holds a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University in Discrete Applied Mathematics with emphasis in Computer Science, a Masters of Education in Middle Grades Education from North Georgia College and State University, and an Education Specialist in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.

Bonnie is employed by North Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) as the K-12 Mathematics Mentor.  She has been a middle school math and science teacher, a middle school assistant principal, and an elementary school principal.  She has written and taught the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement courses for her RESA.  Her current position allows her to work with curriculum directors, administrators, coaches, teachers and students to help support best mathematical instructional practices and increase understanding of mathematics.  She is also serving as President of GCTM (Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics).

Title: Using IKAN and GloSS Assessments to Develop Students’ Number Sense

Abstract: In this session, participants will be introduced to the New Zealand Numeracy Development Project and the Number Framework.  The Number Framework provides a progression for student learning in number and consists of a sequence of stages describing the strategies students use to solve number problems and the key pieces of knowledge students need to learn in order to effectively solve number problems.  Participants will experience taking the IKAN written assessment, giving the GloSS interview assessment, scoring both assessments, grouping students, and planning for instruction.

Specialized Instruction

Presenter: Kathy Arnold, Cobb County Schools

Bio: Kathy has worked in education for 26 years. She has taught general education, special education, and various adult education classes. Kathy has presented workshops and trainings on specialized instruction at the university level, GCASE and CEC. Kathy is currently a supervisor of Specialized Teaching and Learning in Cobb County School District and she is completing her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.

Titles: Specialized Instruction Grades K-5 and Specialized Instruction Grades 6-12

Abstract: The participants will focus on the use students profiles and data to specialize instruction for students with high incidence disabilities in co-taught and small group high classrooms. Participants will sue specialized instruction lesson planner, and plan templates to enable them to design individualized supports for their students. NOTE: The strand will be broken into two segments for K-5 and 6-12.



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