SIESE Sessions

Professional Development Options
Check out the professional development sessions that are being offered this year at the Summer Institute for Excellence in Special Education!

July 25th, 2022

These sessions are part of the full day of breakout sessions

Keynote with Amber Latta

Amber Latta will share the latest updates coming to WebKIDSS this fall. You will be the first to know and get a first hand look at what is coming your way.

Assistive Technology & AAC: S'MORRES Approach presented by Samantha Moran and Jennifer Svaty

This session will cover an overview of Assistive Technology and AAC. You will learn about encouraging communication for students with complex needs and get some hands-on experience with different AAC systems.

Goal Writing presented by Amber Latta

Goal-writing: This session will review the basics of writing IEP goals that contain the required components necessary to meet compliance standards. We will discuss the goal requirements, common misunderstandings, and frequently made mistakes as well as review some examples and non-examples of compliant goals.

Behavioral Instructional Strategies presented by Eileen Webster

 Fill up your toolbox with instructional strategies that help alleviate problem behaviors before they even begin. This training will cover antecedent strategies (things to implement before problem behaviors occur to help prevent them in the first place) as well as some handy techniques for when behavior does arise to ensure it is stopped in its tracks.

We are CKCIE presented by Jeff Hayes

Jeff is wrapping up his first year as director of CKCIE. He realizes that there are times when special educators can feel disconnected from their building, the cooperative, and/or colleagues.  Jeff is looking forward to connecting with everyone and sharing some insights into CKCIE. Sit back, relax, and enjoy Jeff's warm message. WE are CKCIE.

Behavioral Data 101: If you are not taking data, are you really even a special education teacher? Presented by Eileen Webster

The Who, what, when, where, and how to, of taking behavioral data as well as what to do with that data once it is collected (You mean we actually use it for something?)

Working with Parents presented by Sarah J. Loquist

Come learn from our General Counsel about why interactions in IEP meetings can become difficult or strained and things you can do to make IEP meetings go more smoothly and try to rebuild trust.

Sometimes I Just Want to Eat Cake presented by Kim Specht

Somedays are hard and as adults we often want to crawl under a blanket, take a nap, or even eat some cake, yet we often hold our students to a higher standard than we hold adults. In this session, you will gain insights on how to honor the feelings of our students and how to encourage them to work through feelings in a positive manner.

This session will be the full day of training on July 25th

Orton Gillingham presented by Jenna Gourley and Angi Mitchell

Orton-Gillingham is a highly structured approach that breaks reading and spelling down into smaller skills involving letters and sounds and then builds on these skills over time. We will give you some basics to help you get started with Orton-Gillingham skills in your classroom. Orton-Gillingham is a proven phonics based strategy that helps students who have dyslexia and other reading difficulties. You will walk away with worksheets that will help you set up some easy basic things you can apply to your classroom, a shared google folder with resources, and some fun jingles to help your students apply the rules and strategies.

July 26th, 2022

These sessions are part of the full day of breakout sessions

Keynote with Amber Latta

Amber Latta will share the latest updates coming to WebKIDSS this fall. You will be the first to know and get a first hand look at what is coming your way.

S’MORRES and Classroom Implementation Presented by Jennifer Svaty and Samantha Moran

Do you have a student who uses AAC? Do you have a student who might benefit from AAC? Then join us for an interactive workshop style session where we look at how to incorporate AAC use throughout the student’s day.

Prior Written Notice presented by Amber Latta

This session will involve the process for completing a PWN. While there is no set statement(s) that can be put into the notice every time to guarantee compliance, there are some tips and tricks to help you remember best practices. This training will be based on your agency-specific form that is currently being utilized in practice.

What’s the Function?!  Looking at Functional Behavior Assessments through a New Lens presented by Megan Lady

Struggling to figure out why a student is behaving a specific way? Need a systematic process and teammates to help figure it out? When working with students who present complex behavioral needs, it can be difficult to know how to craft an effective behavior plan. There’s good news! Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA’s) are the precursor that can help guide your specially designed plans.  This session will provide an overview of the FBA, outline the process, and provide examples and resources for the school team.

Keynote with Trooper Ben

Trooper Ben’s journey through school is woven together with Individual Education Plans (IEP’s), passionate supportive teachers, and a strong desire to become something. You’ll leave feeling motivated, inspired and ready to help others become the best person they can aspire to be.

Behavior Intervention Plans presented by David Robinett

 This session touches on the basics of behavior intervention plans (BIPs). Learn how to utilize functional behavior assessments to create meaningful BIPs. David will provide training on how to teach new replacement skills, the new skills that need to be taught in order to learn a replacement behavior, to improve general skills, or to improve self-control. He will take you step by step through the BIP and give examples. Finally, you will explore setting goals and how to effectively establish them to be measurable.

How To Train and Manage Paras presented by Sarah J.  Loquist

Learn from our General Counsel some of the best practices in training and managing paras, including collaboration, training on behavior plans, effective scheduling, and more.

Transition Assessment Tools presented by Christina Scherberger

This presentation will focus on transition for middle and high school students. One topic will include how to start the transition process with students. We will discuss Individualized Education Plan requirements for transition and to how to make these individualized for each student. Steps will be shown on how to organize your workload for efficiency and how to make sure transition steps are followed. We will discuss what to consider when choosing a formal or informal transition assessment. We will also discuss different ways to engage parents in the transition process as well as how to connect families with community resources. Other transition activities to be discussed will include community work sites, task boxes, job skills groups and life skills classes.

This session will be the full day of training on July 26th

Structured Teaching & VB MAP presented by Eileen Webster & Kim Specht

Structured Teaching- Developed from the TEACHH Program, an evidence-based practice, and methodology of how to structure your classroom for optimal success for visual learners such as students with autism, ADHD, and much more.

Verbal Behavior- Have you ever heard someone say, "Behavior is Communication"? This training will help you understand the true meaning behind that concept as you gain insight into the science of all behavior (good or bad) as it relates to learning how to communicate. This is highly recommended for teachers that work with our more functional learners, early learners, and/or students with Autism that have communication deficits.