2014 Conference Theme - Catalyst for Change 2014 Conference Times - Noon on Tuesday. October 14, through Noon, Thursday, October 16, 2014 2014 Conference Fee - $100 (A purchase order number is required when paying by purchase order) You are invited to register for Ohio's 8th Annual Special Education Leadership Conference that will be held on October 14-16, 2014 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Education's Office for Exceptional Children (ODE/OEC), this year's conference theme is Catalyst for Change. Check in for the Conference opens at 11 AM on Tuesday, October 14, and Tuesday’s sessions are from 1 – 5:00 PM. The Conference fee is $100 for all or any of the days of the Conference. Sue Zake, Director of the Office for Exceptional Children, will open the Conference at 1:00 PM on Tuesday October 14, 2014 and will provide state updates and share other information pertinent to children with disabilities in Ohio. Dr. Zake will also present the 2014 Kathe Shelby Leadership Award to the selected recipient(s). Phillip Moses, Associate Director of The National Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) and Flyod Witherspoon, Associate Dean for Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs and Professor of Law, Capital University Law School will follow with a "kick-off" session for Dispute Resolution, one of the themes of the Conference. The focus will be on alternative dispute resolution.
Superintendent Richard Ross has been invited to welcome and address attendees at 8:30 AM on Wednesday. October 15, 2014. He will be followed by keynote speaker Phyllis Hunter, an international educational consultant and author who coined the phrase, "reading is the new civil right." Mrs. Hunter will also present a Reading Master Session. Dr. Eric Hartwig, author and principle trainer on the Just-in-Time: Behavioral Initiative Project, will present The Transformational Director: What It Takes to Prepare Special Ed Staff for Change. Melissa Nowatzke of the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training from the University of Oregon will present on the Effects of Trauma on Learning and Behavior. The session hours for Wednesday are 8:30 AM through 5:00 PM. On Thursday, October 16th, a continental breakfast will be available in the Exhibit area beginning at 7:30 AM. Breakout sessions begin at 9:00 AM. The closing session on Thursday will feature Bernadette Laughlin, Due Process Coordinator, Office for Exceptional Children, who will moderate a panel including Ronald Alexander, Attorney at Law, Impartial Hearing Officer, Office for Exceptional Children; Laura Anthony, Attorney for Districts, Bricker & Eckler LLP; and Kerry Agins, Attorney for Parents, Siegel, Agins & Gilman LLC. who will discuss Resolving Disputes through Due Process. There will be a heavy emphasis on mediation and facilitation as a way to avoid due process or resolve due process and rebuild communication between parties. The Conference will address an array of topics that include Shared Leadership; Improved Learning Outcomes; Effects of Trauma on Learning and Behavior; Results Driven Accountability; and Dispute Resolution. ODE staff members will share information on a variety of program and procedural topics. Presentations by local educators, technical assistance providers, and university faculty from across the state will highlight research and effective practices that have proven to make a positive difference for children with disabilities.
Organization meetings will also be held during the last Breakout session on Wednesday, October 15. In addition, OEC staff members will convene table discussions for various learning communities to engage in open dialogue on emerging issues and priorities that have an impact when working with children with disabilities. The time and location for table discussions will be listed in the agenda on the Conference app. Topics include Third Grade Reading Guarantee (TGRG); English Language Learners with Disabilities, and Twice Exceptional Students.
Audience: Conference participants typically include Special Education Directors, Supervisors, Coordinators, other administrative professionals, Special Education instructional personnel, general education teachers, parents, and representatives from organizations.
Resources: Both commercial and non-profit exhibitors and some of ODE’s Funded Projects will showcase their latest products and services. Select vendors will conduct hands-on sessions giving participants opportunities to learn more about their research and services.
Ohio's Annual Special Education Leadership Conference provides high quality professional development offered by the Office for Exceptional Children. Special educators and others have the opportunity to share their expertise with others, network with colleagues, and learn new strategies to improve their efforts to be catalysts for change as they support children with disabilities.
From Tuesday, October 14, 2014 12:00 PM through Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:00 PM
Greater Columbus Convention Center400 North High StreetColumbus, Ohio 43215614-827-2661
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