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Monday, July 29
 

7:00am

8:00am

Welcome/Opening
Speakers
DR

Dr. Ray Reutzel

Dean, University of Wyoming College of Education
D. Ray Reutzel has served as Dean of the College of Education at the University of Wyoming since 2015.  Previous to his current position, he was the Emma Eccles Jones Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair of Early Literacy Education at Utah State University, a position he held... Read More →


Monday July 29, 2019 8:00am - 8:15am
Gateway Ballroom

8:15am

Program Introduction - Housekeeping
Speakers
avatar for Margee Robertson

Margee Robertson

Director, Special Education Programs, Wyoming Department of Education
Margee Robertson is the Director of the Special Education Programs Division for the Wyoming Department of Education.   Margee has been a teacher at the high school, junior high, and elementary level. She has also worked as a building level administrator in Wyoming for 8 years.


Monday July 29, 2019 8:15am - 8:30am
Gateway Ballroom

8:15am

Keynote Address
Best Practices

Speakers
DD

Don Deshler

University of Kansas
Don Deshler is the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Special Education and the director of the Center for Research on Learning (CRL) at the University of Kansas. Deshler serves as an advisor on adolescent achievement to several organizations including the Carnegie... Read More →



Monday July 29, 2019 8:15am - 10:00am
Gateway Ballroom

10:15am

A Path to Pride and Success
Participants will be able to:
  • Summarize how evidence-based practices and strategies can empower students with disabilities
  • Describe the importance of disability identity to reduce stigma and improve student engagement and disability pride
  • List sources of mentors and role models to help students build a meaningful connection to the disability community
  • Apply strategies to support students to develop a positive identity as people with a disability

Speakers
LH

LeDerick Horne

Speaker, Author, SPED Education Consultant
LeDerick Horne is a poet, advocate, and co-author of the book “Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success” – Released by Brookes Publishing Co.   Within this presentation, LeDerick Horne will share his own experience as a student with a learning... Read More →


Monday July 29, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
UW Conference Center - Salon D
  • Biography A Path to Pride and Success - LeDerick Horne is a poet, advocate, and co-author of the book “Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success” – Released by Brookes Publishing Co. Within this presentation, LeDerick Horne will share his own experience as a student with a learning disability who was able to graduate from college with a BA in mathematics. LeDerick is now one of the nation’s most sought after speakers dedicated to improving the outcomes of youth with disabilities. During this family focused presentation, LeDerick will give advice to help all students develop positive identities as people with disabilities. Strategies for helping students reach their transition goals will as be shared as well as advice on helping students develop positive relationships in school and the adult world.

10:15am

Applying Universal Design for Learning
Applying Universal Design for Learning and Increasing Accessibility with OER (Open Educational Resources)

Speakers
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Alisa Cook

Personalized Learning Consultant, Wyoming Department of Education
Alisa Cook is the Personalized Learning Consultant with the Wyoming Department of Education. Alisa is passionate about meeting the needs of every student in the classroom. She provides support to districts, schools and teachers through Open Educational Resources, Digital Learning... Read More →


Monday July 29, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Gateway Center - B/C

10:15am

Data Teams
Speakers
SW

Stephanie Weaver

Pingora Consulting
DS

Dr. Susan Wagner

President/CEO, Data Driven Enterprises


Monday July 29, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
UW Conference Center - Salon C

10:15am

HB 297
The reading science behind House Bill297 and how to think about implementing the bill in your district.

Speakers
HF

Heather Fleming

Literacy Consulting LLC
Heather’s first career was as a Managing Director with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in NewYork City. She is currently completing her master’s degree in Reading Science. Her son wasdiagnosed with dyslexia in 3rd grade at which point she moved with him from Wyoming toColorado so... Read More →
KR

Kari Roden

Reading Consultant LLC
Kari has a master’s degree in Literacy and worked for 12 years as an Elementary educator inLaramie County School District #1. In 2017, at the age of 7, Kari’s daughter was diagnosed withdyslexia. Realizing that teachers receive little to no training about dyslexia or evidence-basedreading... Read More →



Monday July 29, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Gateway Center - A

10:15am

Part C - Evaluation, Eligibility, Drafting the IFSP, Developing Outcomes, Measuring Progress and IFSP Meetings
Speakers
avatar for Kathi Gillaspy

Kathi Gillaspy

Technical Assistance Program Director, AnLar
Ms. Gillaspy has over 25 years of experience as an early intervention and early childhood special education provider, program administrator, project coordinator, trainer and technical assistance provider. She currently serves as the Technical Assistance Program Director at AnLar... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Sarah Geldart

Dr. Sarah Geldart

Senior Technical Assistance Specialist, AnLar
Dr. Geldart has extensive experience providing early childhood technical assistance and strategic planning at the state, district, and program level. At AnLar, Dr. Geldart oversees change management and capacity building projects, including work focusing on early childhood special... Read More →


Monday July 29, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
UW Conference Center F/G

10:15am

Team Problem Solving
For your school or classroom to become a place of continuous improvement, you need a process to support problem-solving.  In this sessions, participations will identify an area in their school or classroom where student behavior could be improved.  Participants will learn how to apply the STOIC problem-solving format to identify new strategies to improve overall behavior.

Speakers
TB

Tricia Berg

International Education Consultant
Tricia Berg is a national and international education consultant who has worked with schools, districts, and states to develop multi-tiered systems of support for students.  She has provided professional development and coaching support to educational organizations in the areas of... Read More →


Monday July 29, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
UW Conference Center - Salon E

10:15am

The Power of Implementing an Integrated Approach
Participants in this session will experience the approach, and leave with ideas and tools to utilize and work through the difficult question of how to fit it all in.  Utilizing Carol Dwek's Growth Mindset work, focusing on our Why, and best practices to cultivate an inclusive community in which learners can take risks will be focused on.

Speakers
VB

Valerie Bruce

Teacher, Rozet Elementary
Inspired by her grandmother who taught for 42 years, Valerie Bruce knew from a young age that she wanted to be a teacher. With the purpose of helping others learn, sharing curiosities, igniting passions, and aiding children in finding their futures, Valerie began her pursuit at the... Read More →


Monday July 29, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
UW Conference Center - Salon A
  • Biography Valerie Bruce is currently serving as the 2019 Wyoming Teacher of the Year and was chosen as a 2018 PAEMST State Finalist. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Montana-Missoula--Go GRIZ!!! And her Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction from Chadron State College in 2017. She is passionate about all things education, but has recently found a fire for supporting teachers and leaders in the work they do to ensure ALL learners have the best opportunity to grow, persevere, and fall in love with learning. Connect with and follow her journey as a lifelong learner and student of leadership @wytoy19.

10:15am

10:15am

What are Microcredentials and How Might They influence my Practice in Wyoming
This presentation will explore the emerging concept of micro-credentials and their use in providing personalized professional development to teachers and educators in the state of Wyoming. Participants will learn the definition of micro-credentials, be provided examples from the field, and will be introduced to Wyoming specific micro-credentials that they may earn following the session. In addition, faculty from the University of Wyoming will share their experiences and lessons learned from piloting the first PTSB supported micro-credentials in the state. 







Speakers
DT

Dr. Tiffany Lynn Hunt

University of Wyoming
Tiffany L. Hunt is a faculty member in the Special Education Program at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Hunt's research interests include bullying and students with disabilities, school violence, social and emotional disabilities, special education leadership, competency based learning... Read More →
DR

Dr. Richard Carter

Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming
Richard Allen Carter, Jr. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Advocacy, and Design (CLAD) at the University of Wyoming. Richard earned his doctoral degree at the University of Kansas, specializing in Instructional Design, Technology, and Innovation... Read More →


Monday July 29, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Gateway Center - D/E

10:15am

WYABLE
Speakers
avatar for Aleyta Zimmerman

Aleyta Zimmerman

Projects Manager/Policy Analyst, Wyoming Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
Aleyta Zimmerman is the Projects Manager/Policy Analyst for the WGCDD.  She is also the state administrator for WYABLE Accounts. Her dual roles at the council office provides a wealth of opportunities to network with many people in the field of disabilities about a variety of issues... Read More →



Monday July 29, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
UW Conference Center - Salon B

11:30am

12:30pm

ALT Access Work Group
In this session, WDE will describe the identification process of English Learners (ELs) and give updates on the EL assessments, ACCESS for students in Grades K-12 and ALT ACCESS for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The term English proficient will be defined and the methodology for determining English Language proficiency (ELP) will be reviewed.  

Speakers
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Antoinette Hallam

Antoinette is an English Learner and Foreign Language Consultant at the Wyoming Department of Education and has been part of the Standards and Assessment Team since October 2017.  She holds a Master’s degree, is ELL certified, and is a National Board Certified Teacher who has... Read More →


Monday July 29, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Gateway Center - B/C

12:30pm

Knowing and Applying the Science of Early Reading Instruction (K-3) in Tier 1 Classroom Instruction
Speakers
DR

Dr. Ray Reutzel

Dean, University of Wyoming College of Education
D. Ray Reutzel has served as Dean of the College of Education at the University of Wyoming since 2015.  Previous to his current position, he was the Emma Eccles Jones Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair of Early Literacy Education at Utah State University, a position he held... Read More →



Monday July 29, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
UW Conference Center - Salon E

12:30pm

Literacy for Littles
Speakers
JC

Janine Cole

Supervisor for Outreach Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Wyoming Department of Education
Janine Cole, is the Supervisor for Outreach Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing at the Wyoming Department of Education. She holds a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming, and an MA from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, in Special Education with an... Read More →
SF

Susan Fischer

Speech Language Pathologist, Private Practice
Susan Fischer is a speech language pathologist with over 20 years of extensive experience working with children with hearing loss, autism and a wide range of other unique learning needs. She has a private practice in Fort Collins Colorado. She also works with Wyoming Families for... Read More →



Monday July 29, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
UW Conference Center - Salon B

12:30pm

MTSS Tier 1
Tier 1 is the foundation for all services provided in an MTSS framework.  Simply put, it is the research-based instructional practices and materials that we use for all students.   During this session we will review the essential components of tier 1.

Objectives Of The Webinar:

    • Explain the critical features of a high-quality Tier I system
    • Identify high-leverage practices essential for Tier I
Intended Audience: 
Those interested in learning about and implementing a strong tier 1.

Speakers

Monday July 29, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
UW Conference Center - Salon C

12:30pm

Part C - Evaluation, Eligibility, Drafting the IFSP, Developing Outcomes, Measuring Progress and IFSP Meetings
Speakers
avatar for Kathi Gillaspy

Kathi Gillaspy

Technical Assistance Program Director, AnLar
Ms. Gillaspy has over 25 years of experience as an early intervention and early childhood special education provider, program administrator, project coordinator, trainer and technical assistance provider. She currently serves as the Technical Assistance Program Director at AnLar... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Sarah Geldart

Dr. Sarah Geldart

Senior Technical Assistance Specialist, AnLar
Dr. Geldart has extensive experience providing early childhood technical assistance and strategic planning at the state, district, and program level. At AnLar, Dr. Geldart oversees change management and capacity building projects, including work focusing on early childhood special... Read More →


Monday July 29, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
UW Conference Center F/G

12:30pm

Recipe for Success Part 1: Ingredients for Meaningful Goal Development
Speakers
PD

Penny Dell

Adjunct Professor, University of Denver
Penny has been in field of special education since 1976. Her experience includes classroom teacher; early childhood consultant to public preschool programs, Head Start disabilities consultant, Part C interventionist and administrator, consultant and trainer for Colorado’s PTI, and... Read More →



Monday July 29, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
UW Conference Center - Salon A

12:30pm

Trauma Informed Practices and PBIS
This session will review federal regulations and policies related to positive behavior and school climate,
and examine trauma informed practices as they relate to school mental health, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).


Speakers

Monday July 29, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Gateway Center - D/E

12:30pm

Understanding Wyoming Dispute Resolution Procedures, The how the when and the why
This presentation will focus on IDEA and Wyoming Chapter 7 Dispute Resolution
policies and procedures. Attendees will gain a better understanding of first steps and best
practices when a dispute between parents and districts arises. Topics of discussion will include:
Family engagement, procedural safeguards, informal meetings, mediation, state complaint
process, and due process procedures that are tailored for Wyoming special education
stakeholders.


Speakers
JB

Jordan Brock

Dispute Resolution Coordinator, Wyoming Dept. of Education
Jordan Brock has worked as the Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the Wyoming Department of Education, Special Education Programs Division since 2016. He has a M.S. in Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution from Creighton University. Jordan is a certified mediator and trained... Read More →
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Erin Swilling

Director, Parent Information Center
Erin Swilling, B.S.; University of Wyoming.  Ms. Swilling is the parent of a sixteen year old son who was diagnosed with a disability at 20 months of age.In addition to being an advocate for her son, she has also been instrumental in her work in early childhood education and intervention... Read More →



Monday July 29, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
UW Conference Center - Salon D

12:30pm

Vocational Rehabilitation Services: What we are doing? and How we can help you?
Speakers
AA

Ann Armel

Counselor & Consultant, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Ann Armel has been with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation since 2005. She has worked as a counselor and consultant in that time. As a counselor she worked with eight (8) high schools in two (2) counties. Ann serves on the WY Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD... Read More →
JM

Jessica McComb

Program Consultant, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Jessica McComb has been with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation since 2013. She worked as a counselor for four years and in 2018  and started as one of two Program Consultants for the Division. As a Program Consultant, Jessica works to establish or advance disability and employment... Read More →



Monday July 29, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Gateway Center - A

12:30pm

1:45pm

BREAK
Monday July 29, 2019 1:45pm - 2:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

Inclusion in Expanded Learning Programs: Shifting Program Design Mindsets
Speakers
avatar for Karen Bierhaus

Karen Bierhaus

21stCCLC Program Consultant, Wyoming Department of Education
Karen has worked in the education field for over 20 years including time in a school district and the last 5 years with the Wyoming Department of Education. She received her BS degree from the University of Wyoming in secondary science education studying geology, Native American... Read More →


Monday July 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
UW Conference Center - Salon B

2:00pm

What are Microcredentials and How Might They influence my Practice in Wyoming
This presentation will explore the emerging concept of micro-credentials and their use in providing personalized professional development to teachers and educators in the state of Wyoming. Participants will learn the definition of micro-credentials, be provided examples from the field, and will be introduced to Wyoming specific micro-credentials that they may earn following the session. In addition, faculty from the University of Wyoming will share their experiences and lessons learned from piloting the first PTSB supported micro-credentials in the state. 







Speakers
DT

Dr. Tiffany Lynn Hunt

University of Wyoming
Tiffany L. Hunt is a faculty member in the Special Education Program at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Hunt's research interests include bullying and students with disabilities, school violence, social and emotional disabilities, special education leadership, competency based learning... Read More →
DR

Dr. Richard Carter

Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming
Richard Allen Carter, Jr. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Advocacy, and Design (CLAD) at the University of Wyoming. Richard earned his doctoral degree at the University of Kansas, specializing in Instructional Design, Technology, and Innovation... Read More →


Monday July 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
UW Conference Center - Salon C

2:00pm

A Path to Pride and Success
Participants will be able to:
  • Summarize how evidence-based practices and strategies can empower students with disabilities
  • Describe the importance of disability identity to reduce stigma and improve student engagement and disability pride
  • List sources of mentors and role models to help students build a meaningful connection to the disability community
  • Apply strategies to support students to develop a positive identity as people with a disability

Speakers
LH

LeDerick Horne

Speaker, Author, SPED Education Consultant
LeDerick Horne is a poet, advocate, and co-author of the book “Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success” – Released by Brookes Publishing Co.   Within this presentation, LeDerick Horne will share his own experience as a student with a learning... Read More →


Monday July 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
UW Conference Center - Salon D

2:00pm

Classroom Management Tips & Tricks
Teachers who want to improve their classroom management will benefit from strategies to manage student behavior and improve student motivation.  Teachers will learn tips and tricks that are proactive, positive, and apply an instructional approach to classroom management.  Strategies for organizing your classroom for student success, communicating clear expectations for student behavior, and motivating students to do their best will be covered.

Speakers
TB

Tricia Berg

International Education Consultant
Tricia Berg is a national and international education consultant who has worked with schools, districts, and states to develop multi-tiered systems of support for students.  She has provided professional development and coaching support to educational organizations in the areas of... Read More →


Monday July 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Gateway Center - D/E

2:00pm

2:00pm

Part C - Evaluation, Eligibility, Drafting the IFSP, Developing Outcomes, Measuring Progress and IFSP Meetings
Speakers
avatar for Kathi Gillaspy

Kathi Gillaspy

Technical Assistance Program Director, AnLar
Ms. Gillaspy has over 25 years of experience as an early intervention and early childhood special education provider, program administrator, project coordinator, trainer and technical assistance provider. She currently serves as the Technical Assistance Program Director at AnLar... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Sarah Geldart

Dr. Sarah Geldart

Senior Technical Assistance Specialist, AnLar
Dr. Geldart has extensive experience providing early childhood technical assistance and strategic planning at the state, district, and program level. At AnLar, Dr. Geldart oversees change management and capacity building projects, including work focusing on early childhood special... Read More →


Monday July 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
UW Conference Center F/G

2:00pm

Paths to Computer Science Endorsements
Speakers
LB

Laurel Ballard

Supervisor, Student and Teacher Resources Team, Wyoming Department of Education


Monday July 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
UW Conference Center - Salon A

2:00pm

Special Education Funding & MOE
Speakers
DM

Deb Montoya

Fiscal Analyst, Wyoming Department of Education
TG

Trystin Green

Wyoming Department of Education



Monday July 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Gateway Center - A

2:00pm

3:15pm

BREAK
Monday July 29, 2019 3:15pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Begin with the End in Mind
Come experience the journey of students with hearing loss from birth to young adulthood. This interactive presentation will help you understand the challenges a student identified with hearing loss “Can Overcome” with the knowledge of starting with the END in MIND. We would love to have you!

Speakers
JC

Janine Cole

Supervisor for Outreach Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Wyoming Department of Education
Janine Cole, is the Supervisor for Outreach Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing at the Wyoming Department of Education. She holds a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming, and an MA from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, in Special Education with an... Read More →
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Christie Fritz

Outreach Consultant, WDE
Christie Fritz is a Teacher of the Deaf who has worked as an educator in schools at all levels in South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. She currently serves as an Outreach Consultant for the Wyoming Department of Education, providing support to districts and child development... Read More →
BW

Billie Wortham

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Outreach as well as Special Education Compliance Consultant, Wyoming Department of Education
Billie Wortham is in her 9th year with the Wyoming Department of Education(WDE) and  has been in the field of Audiology/Special Education since 1981.  As part of WDE she has been part of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Outreach as well as Special Education Compliance.  She has training... Read More →



Monday July 29, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
UW Conference Center - Salon B

3:30pm

DBI Panel Discussion
Speakers
TJ

Thom Jones

WAVE Presenter, Laramie County School District #1
Thom Jones is the current State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) coordinator, and the State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) Director for the division Special Education Programs at the Wyoming Department of Education.  Thom spent nearly 15 years as a classroom teacher and as an... Read More →
avatar for Tessie R. Bailey

Tessie R. Bailey

Principal Technical Assistance Consultant, AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH
Dr. Tessie Rose Bailey is Principal Technical Assistance Consultant at American Institutes for Research. Her primary responsibility is providing high quality technical assistance and professional development in data-based individualization within MTSS/RTI to states, districts, and... Read More →



Monday July 29, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
UW Conference Center - Salon D

3:30pm

HB 297
Speakers
HF

Heather Fleming

Literacy Consulting LLC
Heather’s first career was as a Managing Director with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in NewYork City. She is currently completing her master’s degree in Reading Science. Her son wasdiagnosed with dyslexia in 3rd grade at which point she moved with him from Wyoming toColorado so... Read More →
KR

Kari Roden

Reading Consultant LLC
Kari has a master’s degree in Literacy and worked for 12 years as an Elementary educator inLaramie County School District #1. In 2017, at the age of 7, Kari’s daughter was diagnosed withdyslexia. Realizing that teachers receive little to no training about dyslexia or evidence-basedreading... Read More →


Monday July 29, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Gateway Center - A

3:30pm

MTSS Using the MTSS Fidelity Rubric To Create An Action Plan
Using the MTSS Fidelity Rubric during the implementation of MTSS allows teams to accurately assess their progress and set meaningful goals.  During this session we will look at a process for reviewing benchmark and summative data to identify areas of need within an MTSS framework and then create an action plan for addressing those needs.  

Objectives Of The Webinar:
  • Review MTSS Fidelity Rubric and its role in implementing MTSS with fidelity.
  • Better understand the process of looking at summative/benchmark data to identify areas of need within an MTSS framework.
  • Review Goal setting practice using the MTSS fidelity rubric.  
Intended Audience: MTSS team members involved in evaluating the implementation of MTSS in their school or district.  

Speakers

Monday July 29, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
UW Conference Center - Salon E

3:30pm

Part C - Evaluation, Eligibility, Drafting the IFSP, Developing Outcomes, Measuring Progress and IFSP Meetings
Speakers
avatar for Kathi Gillaspy

Kathi Gillaspy

Technical Assistance Program Director, AnLar
Ms. Gillaspy has over 25 years of experience as an early intervention and early childhood special education provider, program administrator, project coordinator, trainer and technical assistance provider. She currently serves as the Technical Assistance Program Director at AnLar... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Sarah Geldart

Dr. Sarah Geldart

Senior Technical Assistance Specialist, AnLar
Dr. Geldart has extensive experience providing early childhood technical assistance and strategic planning at the state, district, and program level. At AnLar, Dr. Geldart oversees change management and capacity building projects, including work focusing on early childhood special... Read More →


Monday July 29, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
UW Conference Center F/G

3:30pm

Perkins V Update
Perkins V is currently being written for Wyoming! In Perkins V there is a renewed emphasis on special populations and making sure that all students have access to high quality career and technical education programs. Come and help assure that we have thought of how we can best serve all of Wyoming's students regardless of the challenges a student may face. Explore the new work based learning definitions and how this may impact work experiences and opportunities.

Speakers
MA

Michelle Aldrich

State CTE Director, State of Wyoming
Dr. Michelle Aldrich is the Wyoming State CTE director for the Wyoming Department of Education. Aldrich is a long time educator at the secondary and post secondary level as a Family & Consumer Sciences teacher most recently at Triumph High School in Cheyenne, WY.


Monday July 29, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Gateway Center - B/C

3:30pm

Recipe for Success Part 2: Ingredients for Successful Service Delivery
Speakers
PD

Penny Dell

Adjunct Professor, University of Denver
Penny has been in field of special education since 1976. Her experience includes classroom teacher; early childhood consultant to public preschool programs, Head Start disabilities consultant, Part C interventionist and administrator, consultant and trainer for Colorado’s PTI, and... Read More →



Monday July 29, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
UW Conference Center - Salon A

3:30pm

3:30pm

3:30pm

What are Microcredentials and How Might They influence my Practice in Wyoming
This presentation will explore the emerging concept of micro-credentials and their use in providing personalized professional development to teachers and educators in the state of Wyoming. Participants will learn the definition of micro-credentials, be provided examples from the field, and will be introduced to Wyoming specific micro-credentials that they may earn following the session. In addition, faculty from the University of Wyoming will share their experiences and lessons learned from piloting the first PTSB supported micro-credentials in the state. 







Speakers
DT

Dr. Tiffany Lynn Hunt

University of Wyoming
Tiffany L. Hunt is a faculty member in the Special Education Program at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Hunt's research interests include bullying and students with disabilities, school violence, social and emotional disabilities, special education leadership, competency based learning... Read More →
DR

Dr. Richard Carter

Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming
Richard Allen Carter, Jr. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Advocacy, and Design (CLAD) at the University of Wyoming. Richard earned his doctoral degree at the University of Kansas, specializing in Instructional Design, Technology, and Innovation... Read More →


Monday July 29, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
UW Conference Center - Salon C
 
Tuesday, July 30
 

8:00am

Welcome and Introductions
Speakers
avatar for Margee Robertson

Margee Robertson

Director, Special Education Programs, Wyoming Department of Education
Margee Robertson is the Director of the Special Education Programs Division for the Wyoming Department of Education.   Margee has been a teacher at the high school, junior high, and elementary level. She has also worked as a building level administrator in Wyoming for 8 years.


Tuesday July 30, 2019 8:00am - 8:15am
Gateway Ballroom

8:15am

Keynote Address
The education and disability advocacy communities have been pushing for inclusion for years. Today, our classrooms and our communities are more inclusive than ever, and yet, have we really put the right supports in place to ensure that students with learning disabilities get what they need to succeed? Our outcomes suggest we still need to do more.
 
NCLD has done a deep dive into a few areas that educators, parents, policy makers, and vendors must examine if we are really going to live up to the promise of inclusion. In this session we'll discuss things like, what do general education teachers need to know about the diverse learnings in their classrooms? How can they work better with all of the learning specialists in their buildings? And in a world filled with more and more apps and tech in every classroom, how can we all do better to ensure all apps, tech, etc is accessible to all students? Finally, self-advocacy skills - what more we need to do for 1 in 5 with learning and attention issues and why it will make such a big difference to all students.

Speakers
LJ

Lindsay Jones

President/CEO, NCLD
Lindsay E. Jones is the President and CEO of NCLD, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 individuals with learning disabilities and attention issues. Lindsay has been with NCLD for over 5 years and previously served as NCLD’s Vice President... Read More →


Tuesday July 30, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am
Gateway Ballroom

9:15am

Co-Teaching
Co-Teaching is changing! There are new co-teaching models and best practices based on current educational research. Considering what students need most in their multi-faceted and dynamic classrooms, Dr. Patrick Schwarz will illustrate current best practices of co-teaching and five updated models will be illustrated that allow co-teaching teams to work successfully together in all learning situations. Also, advanced hybrid co-teaching models will be discussed. New focus areas include making the professional marriage work and promoting student leadership in the context of co-teaching. This session is for new and existing co-teaching constituents, including general educators, special educators, bilingual teachers, ESL teachers, related service professionals, paraeducators and leaders. The models will also be role-played for deeper understanding. In addition, new and updated collaborative processes of planning, teaching and assessment will be taught and applied. Collaborative applications will be utilized to increase the success of co-teachers. Participants will be able to apply practices they have learned to their own classrooms, learning situations and teams.

Speakers
PS

Patrick Schwarz

President, Creative Culture Consulting LLC
Dr. Patrick Schwarz is a dynamic and engaging professor, author, motivational speaker and leader in Education (Inclusive Education, Special Education, General Education, Educational Leadership) and Human Services. He is the CEO of Creative Culture Consulting LLC and Professor Emeritus... Read More →


Tuesday July 30, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am
Gateway Ballroom

10:30am

BREAK
Tuesday July 30, 2019 10:30am - 10:45am
TBA

10:45am

Co-Teaching
Co-Teaching is changing! There are new co-teaching models and best practices based on current educational research. Considering what students need most in their multi-faceted and dynamic classrooms, Dr. Patrick Schwarz will illustrate current best practices of co-teaching and five updated models will be illustrated that allow co-teaching teams to work successfully together in all learning situations. Also, advanced hybrid co-teaching models will be discussed. New focus areas include making the professional marriage work and promoting student leadership in the context of co-teaching. This session is for new and existing co-teaching constituents, including general educators, special educators, bilingual teachers, ESL teachers, related service professionals, paraeducators and leaders. The models will also be role-played for deeper understanding. In addition, new and updated collaborative processes of planning, teaching and assessment will be taught and applied. Collaborative applications will be utilized to increase the success of co-teachers. Participants will be able to apply practices they have learned to their own classrooms, learning situations and teams.

Speakers
PS

Patrick Schwarz

President, Creative Culture Consulting LLC
Dr. Patrick Schwarz is a dynamic and engaging professor, author, motivational speaker and leader in Education (Inclusive Education, Special Education, General Education, Educational Leadership) and Human Services. He is the CEO of Creative Culture Consulting LLC and Professor Emeritus... Read More →


Tuesday July 30, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Gateway Ballroom

12:15pm

1:30pm

Panel Discussion - All Attorneys
Speakers
SA

Selene Almazan

Legal Director
Selene Almazan has represented students and families for over 30 years.  Selene is a former Supervising Attorney for the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland where she represented children in the foster care system, including representation in special education matters. For nearly 23 years... Read More →
DR

David Richards

Partner, Richards Lindsay & Martin, LLP
David Richards is a partner in the Austin law firm RICHARDS LINDSAY & MARTIN, L.L.P., where his practice is focused on the defense of school districts and special education co-ops. He is the General Counsel for the Council of Educators for Students with Disabilities and is a frequent... Read More →
JM

Jose Martin

Partner, Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P
Jose Martín is a partner with the school law firm of Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P. in Austin, Texas. For the last twenty years, his practice has focused on matters involving the education of disabled students under the IDEA and Section 504. He is a graduate of the University... Read More →
KM

Kathleen Mehfoud

Senior Counsel, Reed Smith LLP
Kathleen S. Mehfoud is Senior Counsel in the Richmond, Virginia office of the international law firm of Reed Smith LLP.  She has practiced law for 40 years and has concentrated her practice in education law and, most particularly, in special education law.  Ms. Mehfoud provides... Read More →
JB

Jason Ballum

Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Jason H. Ballum is a partner in the Richmond, Virginia office of the international law firm of Reed Smith LLP.  Jason has practiced law for over 16 years and his practice focuses on the representation of public school boards and assisting school boards in disputes regarding special... Read More →
PZ

Perry Zirkel

Professor Emeritus, Lehigh University
Perry A. Zirkel is university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University, where he formerly was dean of the College of Education, subsequently held the Iacocca Chair in Education for its five-year term, and continues to co-direct the Lehigh Special Education Law... Read More →


Tuesday July 30, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Gateway Ballroom

3:00pm

BREAK
Tuesday July 30, 2019 3:00pm - 3:15pm
TBA

3:15pm

Determining the Need for ESY Services: How 10th Circuit Caselaw Informs the Decision-Making
Speakers
JM

Jose Martin

Partner, Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P
Jose Martín is a partner with the school law firm of Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P. in Austin, Texas. For the last twenty years, his practice has focused on matters involving the education of disabled students under the IDEA and Section 504. He is a graduate of the University... Read More →


Tuesday July 30, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm
UW Conference Center - Salon D

3:15pm

Developing Efficient IEP’s Development-Providing FAPE without Endless Meanings
Speakers
KM

Kathleen Mehfoud

Senior Counsel, Reed Smith LLP
Kathleen S. Mehfoud is Senior Counsel in the Richmond, Virginia office of the international law firm of Reed Smith LLP.  She has practiced law for 40 years and has concentrated her practice in education law and, most particularly, in special education law.  Ms. Mehfoud provides... Read More →



Tuesday July 30, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm
UW Conference Center - Salon E

3:15pm

IDEA Procedural Safeguards & the Schools Relationship with the Special Ed Parent
Speakers
DR

David Richards

Partner, Richards Lindsay & Martin, LLP
David Richards is a partner in the Austin law firm RICHARDS LINDSAY & MARTIN, L.L.P., where his practice is focused on the defense of school districts and special education co-ops. He is the General Counsel for the Council of Educators for Students with Disabilities and is a frequent... Read More →



Tuesday July 30, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm
UW Conference Center - Salon C

3:15pm

Measuring Progress Under Endrew F
The Supreme Court in Endrew F. v. Douglas Cty. Sch. Dist. RE-1, 137 S. Ct. 988 (2017) made clear that the IEPs of children with disabilities must be “appropriately ambitious” to enable them to make progress in the general education curriculum in light of their unique abilities.    The Court explained that children with disabilities are to be challenged to reach their potential progress just as their non-disabled peers are.  For most students, this progress happens most effectively when children with disabilities are given access to the general education curriculum and included in the general education classrooms with their peers without disabilities. IEPs that are just deemed to be “more appropriate” without regard to the children’s least restrictive environment do not provide children with the ability to meet their true potential, nor do they satisfy the Congressional mandate under IDEA. How does this happen at the IEP table? What are the questions to ask when measuring progress? A parent attorney will give examples and real-life application to these questions.

Speakers
SA

Selene Almazan

Legal Director
Selene Almazan has represented students and families for over 30 years.  Selene is a former Supervising Attorney for the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland where she represented children in the foster care system, including representation in special education matters. For nearly 23 years... Read More →


Tuesday July 30, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm
UW Conference Center A/B

3:15pm

The Four Faces of FAPE: The Latest Developments
This session will enumerate and explain each of the successively evolving “faces,” or dimensions, of the core IDEA requirement for “free appropriate public education” (FAPE): (1) procedural, (2) substantive, (3) failure to implement, and (4) capable of implementing.  For each face, the presentation will provide the current legal status in the adjudicative analyses for denial of FAPE, along with illustrative case citations.  The presentation will also show the corresponding but different standards upon viewing these four claims via the lenses of the complaint investigation process and the local professional norms.

Speakers
PZ

Perry Zirkel

Professor Emeritus, Lehigh University
Perry A. Zirkel is university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University, where he formerly was dean of the College of Education, subsequently held the Iacocca Chair in Education for its five-year term, and continues to co-direct the Lehigh Special Education Law... Read More →


Tuesday July 30, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Gateway Ballroom
  • Biography Perry A. Zirkel is university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University, where he formerly was dean of the College of Education, subsequently held the Iacocca Chair in Education for its five-year term, and continues to co-direct the Lehigh Special Education Law Symposium. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut, and a Master of Laws degree from Yale University. He has done presentations in every state in the U.S. He has written more than 1,550 publications on various aspects of school law, with an emphasis on legal issues in special education. He writes a regular column for Exceptionality journal, NAESP’s Principal magazine and NASP’s Communiqué newsletter, and he did so previously for Phi Delta Kappan and Teaching Exceptional Children. Past president of the Education Law Association and co-chair of the Pennsylvania special education appeals panel from 1990 to 2007, he is the author of the CEC monograph The Legal Meaning of Specific Learning Disability; the more recently published books, A Digest of Supreme Court Decisions Affecting Education and Student Teaching and the Law; and the two-volume reference Section 504, the ADA and the Schools, now in its fourth edition. In 2012, he received the Research into Practice Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Excellence in Research Award from AERA’s Division A (Administration, Organization & Leadership). In 2013, he received the University Council for Educational Administration’s Edwin Bridges award for significant contributions to the preparation and development of school leaders. In 2016, he received the Education Law Association’s Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law, and in 2017 he received the Council for Exceptional Children’s Special Education Research Award.

3:15pm

Top Ten Mistakes in Special Education – Identifying the Issues and Tips to Avoid the Problems
Speakers
JB

Jason Ballum

Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Jason H. Ballum is a partner in the Richmond, Virginia office of the international law firm of Reed Smith LLP.  Jason has practiced law for over 16 years and his practice focuses on the representation of public school boards and assisting school boards in disputes regarding special... Read More →



Tuesday July 30, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Gateway Center - A
  • Biography Jason H. Ballum is a partner in the Richmond, Virginia office of the international law firm of Reed Smith LLP. Jason has practiced law for over 16 years and his practice focuses on the representation of public school boards and assisting school boards in disputes regarding special education. Jason also represents school boards in the areas of: student discipline, student privacy and records, policy development, employment, and constitutional law issues. Jason has experience in state and federal court litigation, due process hearings, all manner of school-related administrative hearings, and he represents school boards during state and federal government investigations and enforcement proceedings. Jason is a regular presenter at state-wide and national conferences on legal issues that impact public school boards. Jason received his undergraduate education at Colgate University and was a double major in education and psychology. He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia.

5:00pm

 
Wednesday, July 31
 

8:00am

WDE Update
Speakers
JB

Jillian Balow

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Wyoming Department of Education
Jillian Balow was elected to a second term as Wyoming’s twenty-second State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2018. As State Superintendent, Jillian serves as one of Wyoming’s five statewide elected officials. She is constitutionally entrusted with supervision of Wyoming’s... Read More →


Wednesday July 31, 2019 8:00am - 8:15am
Gateway Ballroom

8:15am

Legislative Update
Speakers
DS

Dicky Shanor

Chief of Staff, Wyoming Department of Education
Dicky currently serves as Chief of Staff at the Wyoming Department of Education. In this capacity, he oversees the policy and operations of the 128 employee, $2 billion Department of Education charged with serving Wyoming's 48 school districts and 93,000 students in the K-12 system... Read More →


Wednesday July 31, 2019 8:15am - 9:00am
Gateway Ballroom

9:05am

Determining the Need for ESY Services: How 10th Circuit Caselaw Informs the Decision-Making
Speakers
JM

Jose Martin

Partner, Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P
Jose Martín is a partner with the school law firm of Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P. in Austin, Texas. For the last twenty years, his practice has focused on matters involving the education of disabled students under the IDEA and Section 504. He is a graduate of the University... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 9:05am - 10:30am
UW Conference Center - Salon D

9:05am

Developing Efficient IEP’s Development-Providing FAPE without Endless Meanings
Speakers
KM

Kathleen Mehfoud

Senior Counsel, Reed Smith LLP
Kathleen S. Mehfoud is Senior Counsel in the Richmond, Virginia office of the international law firm of Reed Smith LLP.  She has practiced law for 40 years and has concentrated her practice in education law and, most particularly, in special education law.  Ms. Mehfoud provides... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 9:05am - 10:30am
UW Conference Center - Salon E

9:05am

IDEA Procedural Safeguards & the Schools Relationship with the Special Ed Parent
Speakers
DR

David Richards

Partner, Richards Lindsay & Martin, LLP
David Richards is a partner in the Austin law firm RICHARDS LINDSAY & MARTIN, L.L.P., where his practice is focused on the defense of school districts and special education co-ops. He is the General Counsel for the Council of Educators for Students with Disabilities and is a frequent... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 9:05am - 10:30am
UW Conference Center - Salon C

9:05am

Measuring Progress Under Endrew F
The Supreme Court in Endrew F. v. Douglas Cty. Sch. Dist. RE-1, 137 S. Ct. 988 (2017) made clear that the IEPs of children with disabilities must be “appropriately ambitious” to enable them to make progress in the general education curriculum in light of their unique abilities.    The Court explained that children with disabilities are to be challenged to reach their potential progress just as their non-disabled peers are.  For most students, this progress happens most effectively when children with disabilities are given access to the general education curriculum and included in the general education classrooms with their peers without disabilities. IEPs that are just deemed to be “more appropriate” without regard to the children’s least restrictive environment do not provide children with the ability to meet their true potential, nor do they satisfy the Congressional mandate under IDEA. How does this happen at the IEP table? What are the questions to ask when measuring progress? A parent attorney will give examples and real-life application to these questions.

Speakers
SA

Selene Almazan

Legal Director
Selene Almazan has represented students and families for over 30 years.  Selene is a former Supervising Attorney for the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland where she represented children in the foster care system, including representation in special education matters. For nearly 23 years... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 9:05am - 10:30am
UW Conference Center A/B
  • Biography Selene Almazan has represented students and families for over 30 years. Selene is a former Supervising Attorney for the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland where she represented children in the foster care system, including representation in special education matters. For nearly 23 years, Selene represented parents in special education matters with a primary focus on least restrictive environment (LRE) issues at the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education. Selene is the Legal Director for the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) where she supports the work of the Amicus Committee as well as works on federal and local policy issues. In this position she writes appellate amicus briefs for appellate courts as well as the United States Supreme Court. Selene maintains a private practice focusing on parent and student representation in special education matters, including LRE. Selene represents families at IEP team meetings, state complaint proceedings, mediations, due process hearings, suspension/expulsion proceedings and federal court proceedings, including matters involving violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. She has extensive experience training families, teachers, school administrators, attorneys and advocates on legal issues related to special education law as well as disability discrimination issues.

9:05am

The Four Faces of FAPE: The Latest Developments
This session will enumerate and explain each of the successively evolving “faces,” or dimensions, of the core IDEA requirement for “free appropriate public education” (FAPE): (1) procedural, (2) substantive, (3) failure to implement, and (4) capable of implementing.  For each face, the presentation will provide the current legal status in the adjudicative analyses for denial of FAPE, along with illustrative case citations.  The presentation will also show the corresponding but different standards upon viewing these four claims via the lenses of the complaint investigation process and the local professional norms.

Speakers
PZ

Perry Zirkel

Professor Emeritus, Lehigh University
Perry A. Zirkel is university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University, where he formerly was dean of the College of Education, subsequently held the Iacocca Chair in Education for its five-year term, and continues to co-direct the Lehigh Special Education Law... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 9:05am - 10:30am
Gateway Ballroom

9:05am

Top Ten Mistakes in Special Education – Identifying the Issues and Tips to Avoid the Problems
Speakers
JB

Jason Ballum

Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Jason H. Ballum is a partner in the Richmond, Virginia office of the international law firm of Reed Smith LLP.  Jason has practiced law for over 16 years and his practice focuses on the representation of public school boards and assisting school boards in disputes regarding special... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 9:05am - 10:30am
UW Conference Center F/G

10:30am

BREAK
Wednesday July 31, 2019 10:30am - 10:45am
TBA

10:45am

Evaluations and Eligibility-Making Successful Determinations for Students
Speakers
KM

Kathleen Mehfoud

Senior Counsel, Reed Smith LLP
Kathleen S. Mehfoud is Senior Counsel in the Richmond, Virginia office of the international law firm of Reed Smith LLP.  She has practiced law for 40 years and has concentrated her practice in education law and, most particularly, in special education law.  Ms. Mehfoud provides... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
UW Conference Center - Salon E

10:45am

FBA’s and BIPs and Discipline
IDEA mandates the use of positive behavioral supports where a child’s behavior impedes the child’s learning. The development of behavioral intervention services stem from a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) . Based upon the results of the FBA, a school district creates a BIP, which is a plan designed to manage the interfering behaviors.  The BIP develops strategies to address these behaviors based upon the FBAs analysis as to why the student exhibits the behaviors. Thus, the creation of the BIP is dependent upon the FBA, much as the creation of the IEP is dependent upon evaluations and observations. The FBA and BIP assist parents and school officials at IEP meetings to select interventions and strategies that directly address the problem behavior. Lack of appropriate FBAs and BIPs lead to unnecessary discipline issues in schools. A parent side attorney will discuss the importance of FBAs and BIPs and the discipline issues that may arise from a lack of support.

Speakers
SA

Selene Almazan

Legal Director
Selene Almazan has represented students and families for over 30 years.  Selene is a former Supervising Attorney for the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland where she represented children in the foster care system, including representation in special education matters. For nearly 23 years... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
UW Conference Center A/B

10:45am

How to Apply the LRE Requirement: Regulations, LRE Analyses, and Special Contexts.
Speakers
JM

Jose Martin

Partner, Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P
Jose Martín is a partner with the school law firm of Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P. in Austin, Texas. For the last twenty years, his practice has focused on matters involving the education of disabled students under the IDEA and Section 504. He is a graduate of the University... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
UW Conference Center - Salon D

10:45am

IDEA Discipline Procedures and Manifestation Determination Reviews
Speakers
JB

Jason Ballum

Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Jason H. Ballum is a partner in the Richmond, Virginia office of the international law firm of Reed Smith LLP.  Jason has practiced law for over 16 years and his practice focuses on the representation of public school boards and assisting school boards in disputes regarding special... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
UW Conference Center F/G

10:45am

Key Issues in Special Education Law: Present and Future
This session will identify and illustrate a “Top Ten” of the leading legal issues under the IDEA,
Section 504/ADA, and their intersection with the ESSA and state disability-related laws. The
presentation will provide a snapshot of the current and emerging developments for each of the
selected issues. The election includes the ADAAA, RTI/MTSS, Endrew F., Fry, autism,
dyslexia, and parental participation.


Speakers
PZ

Perry Zirkel

Professor Emeritus, Lehigh University
Perry A. Zirkel is university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University, where he formerly was dean of the College of Education, subsequently held the Iacocca Chair in Education for its five-year term, and continues to co-direct the Lehigh Special Education Law... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Gateway Ballroom

10:45am

Modern Issues in Creating 504 Plans (including pre-school)
Speakers
DR

David Richards

Partner, Richards Lindsay & Martin, LLP
David Richards is a partner in the Austin law firm RICHARDS LINDSAY & MARTIN, L.L.P., where his practice is focused on the defense of school districts and special education co-ops. He is the General Counsel for the Council of Educators for Students with Disabilities and is a frequent... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
UW Conference Center - Salon C

12:15pm

1:30pm

Evaluations and Eligibility-Making Successful Determinations for Students
Speakers
KM

Kathleen Mehfoud

Senior Counsel, Reed Smith LLP
Kathleen S. Mehfoud is Senior Counsel in the Richmond, Virginia office of the international law firm of Reed Smith LLP.  She has practiced law for 40 years and has concentrated her practice in education law and, most particularly, in special education law.  Ms. Mehfoud provides... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
UW Conference Center - Salon E

1:30pm

FBA’s and BIPs and Discipline
IDEA mandates the use of positive behavioral supports where a child’s behavior impedes the child’s learning. The development of behavioral intervention services stem from a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) . Based upon the results of the FBA, a school district creates a BIP, which is a plan designed to manage the interfering behaviors.  The BIP develops strategies to address these behaviors based upon the FBAs analysis as to why the student exhibits the behaviors. Thus, the creation of the BIP is dependent upon the FBA, much as the creation of the IEP is dependent upon evaluations and observations. The FBA and BIP assist parents and school officials at IEP meetings to select interventions and strategies that directly address the problem behavior. Lack of appropriate FBAs and BIPs lead to unnecessary discipline issues in schools. A parent side attorney will discuss the importance of FBAs and BIPs and the discipline issues that may arise from a lack of support.

Speakers
SA

Selene Almazan

Legal Director
Selene Almazan has represented students and families for over 30 years.  Selene is a former Supervising Attorney for the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland where she represented children in the foster care system, including representation in special education matters. For nearly 23 years... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
UW Conference Center A/B

1:30pm

How to Apply the LRE Requirement: Regulations, LRE Analyses, and Special Contexts.
Speakers
JM

Jose Martin

Partner, Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P
Jose Martín is a partner with the school law firm of Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P. in Austin, Texas. For the last twenty years, his practice has focused on matters involving the education of disabled students under the IDEA and Section 504. He is a graduate of the University... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
UW Conference Center - Salon D

1:30pm

IDEA Discipline Procedures and Manifestation Determination Reviews
Speakers
JB

Jason Ballum

Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Jason H. Ballum is a partner in the Richmond, Virginia office of the international law firm of Reed Smith LLP.  Jason has practiced law for over 16 years and his practice focuses on the representation of public school boards and assisting school boards in disputes regarding special... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
UW Conference Center F/G

1:30pm

Key Issues in Special Education Law: Present and Future
This session will identify and illustrate a “Top Ten” of the leading legal issues under the IDEA,
Section 504/ADA, and their intersection with the ESSA and state disability-related laws. The
presentation will provide a snapshot of the current and emerging developments for each of the
selected issues. The election includes the ADAAA, RTI/MTSS, Endrew F., Fry, autism,
dyslexia, and parental participation.


Speakers
PZ

Perry Zirkel

Professor Emeritus, Lehigh University
Perry A. Zirkel is university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University, where he formerly was dean of the College of Education, subsequently held the Iacocca Chair in Education for its five-year term, and continues to co-direct the Lehigh Special Education Law... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Gateway Ballroom

1:30pm

Modern Issues in Creating 504 Plans (including pre-school)
Speakers
DR

David Richards

Partner, Richards Lindsay & Martin, LLP
David Richards is a partner in the Austin law firm RICHARDS LINDSAY & MARTIN, L.L.P., where his practice is focused on the defense of school districts and special education co-ops. He is the General Counsel for the Council of Educators for Students with Disabilities and is a frequent... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
UW Conference Center - Salon C

3:00pm

BREAK
Wednesday July 31, 2019 3:00pm - 3:15pm
TBA

3:15pm

Panel Discussion - Hot Topics in Wyoming
Panel discussion around the "hot topics" in Special Education around the state of Wyoming.

Speakers
SA

Selene Almazan

Legal Director
Selene Almazan has represented students and families for over 30 years.  Selene is a former Supervising Attorney for the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland where she represented children in the foster care system, including representation in special education matters. For nearly 23 years... Read More →
DR

David Richards

Partner, Richards Lindsay & Martin, LLP
David Richards is a partner in the Austin law firm RICHARDS LINDSAY & MARTIN, L.L.P., where his practice is focused on the defense of school districts and special education co-ops. He is the General Counsel for the Council of Educators for Students with Disabilities and is a frequent... Read More →
JM

Jose Martin

Partner, Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P
Jose Martín is a partner with the school law firm of Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P. in Austin, Texas. For the last twenty years, his practice has focused on matters involving the education of disabled students under the IDEA and Section 504. He is a graduate of the University... Read More →
KM

Kathleen Mehfoud

Senior Counsel, Reed Smith LLP
Kathleen S. Mehfoud is Senior Counsel in the Richmond, Virginia office of the international law firm of Reed Smith LLP.  She has practiced law for 40 years and has concentrated her practice in education law and, most particularly, in special education law.  Ms. Mehfoud provides... Read More →
JB

Jason Ballum

Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Jason H. Ballum is a partner in the Richmond, Virginia office of the international law firm of Reed Smith LLP.  Jason has practiced law for over 16 years and his practice focuses on the representation of public school boards and assisting school boards in disputes regarding special... Read More →
PZ

Perry Zirkel

Professor Emeritus, Lehigh University
Perry A. Zirkel is university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University, where he formerly was dean of the College of Education, subsequently held the Iacocca Chair in Education for its five-year term, and continues to co-direct the Lehigh Special Education Law... Read More →


Wednesday July 31, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Gateway Ballroom