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Wednesday, February 13
 

10:00am

Registration
Wednesday February 13, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm
Marquis Foyer

1:00pm

A School Counselor, Psychologist, Social Worker and Nurse Walk Into a Bar...
…And figured out how to implement measures for their successful LCAP. School administrators may not be aware that they have experts in mental health, physical health, school climate and learning already working to make their schools great. Give a counselor a behaviorally challenged student and see what can happen. Take a school psychologist out of testing-assessing-IEP meeting mode and see what new and interesting school climate ideas can take shape. As for school nurses and credentialed social workers, try hiring a few and see what happens to that chronic absenteeism problem. Empower these innovators, who usually attend continuing education events to constantly improve their skills. These pupil personnel services professionals know how to work together to create environments that allow all students to feel safe at school, to learn and to become tomorrow’s leaders. No alcohol needed.

Speakers
DA

Dawn Anderson, MA, RN

CA School Nurse Organization Member
BP

Brian P. Leung, Ph.D.

President, CA Association of School Psychologists
LW

Loretta Whitson, Ed.D.

Executive Director, CA Association School Counselors
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Steven France

Director, Acalanes Union High School District
My role as Director, Del Valle Education Center, in the Acalanes Union High School District, provides me the opportunity to support students, families, and staff with School Attendance Review Board (SARB), Home and Hospital Instruction, Summer School, and oversight of the Adult Education... Read More →
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Daniel McCarthy

California School Social Workers Association



Wednesday February 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Grand Ballroom JK

1:00pm

Chronic Absenteeism and the California School Dashboard: Best Practices
This presentation will address Chronic Absenteeism as a new indicator under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The role of the Attendance Supervisor will be discussed in identifying more effective strategies to track student attendance and promote a positive school climate. Best practices in supporting Chronic Absentees will be shared, including Parent Education, Attendance Recognition Events, Home Visits, Health Issues, and Expanded Learning programs. These questions and many others will be addressed by the presenters who lead the Attendance Leadership Academy.

Speakers
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Marian Chiara

Consultant II, Child Welfare and Attendance Unit, Los Angeles County Office of Education
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Dr. Victor C. Thompson

Director, Student Support Services, Los Angeles County Office of Education



Wednesday February 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Orange County 3

1:00pm

Imagining Equitable Education
Under contract with the California Department of Education (CDE) for more than a decade, SPP-TAP and its Technical Assistance Facilitators continue to lead the work of reducing disproportionality and significant disproportionality in California’s public schools. Collectively, the presenters have provided in-depth Technical Assistance facilitation in more than 60 districts throughout the state.

Due to expected changes in calculation methodologies, the number of disproportionate and significantly disproportionate school districts is projected to increase over the next three years, thus making this an essential session for all educators interested in equity.

Framing their work through a cultural lens, SPP-TAP Facilitators assist districts in determining the root causes of: 
  • Over identifying students from a particular racial or ethnic category in special education
  • Over identifying students from a particular racial or ethnic category under a specific disability category
  • Educating students from a particular racial or ethnic category in more restrictive settings
  • Utilizing inequitable discipline measures with students from a particular racial or ethnic category.

Created for CDE by national authorities in equitable education, SPP-TAP’s Four Phase Process uses evidence-based practices for systemic organizational change. Participants are invited to join us as SPP-TAP guides them through these practical, enactable, outcome-based activities.

Speakers
MB

Mildred Browne, Ed.D

Educational Consultant, Ascendency Solutions
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Jon Eyler, Ed.D

Educational Consultant, Collaborative Learning Solutions
MB

Mary Bacon, Ed.D

Educational Consultant, Images of a Culture
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Connie Silva

Director, Napa COE



Wednesday February 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Newport Beach / Rancho Las Palmas

1:00pm

Juvenile Diversion - Utilizing Community Resources to Design and "Sell" a Successful Restorative Program in Grades 6-12
This presentation will show how one school district in partnership with its city police department deliberately designed a juvenile diversion program to focus Tier III interventions on student Education Code and/or penal code offenders utilizing community resources. Students referred to this program must attend with their parents or guardian a scheduled meeting with a panel of educators and community members who assign specific tangible consequences and restorative practices, and given a time frame to complete. Students remain in the program with regular follow-up meetings until they complete or graduate the program. We will also teach the specifics of this program, how it was designed, and sources for further ideas. We will conclude with data on how the program has affected students suspension rates and incident rates at the high school and middle school.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BmJT-mgry4W3EorUfthat18n_I6jsoSLUzVp0OMbS6c/edit?usp=sharing


Speakers
MA

Michael Anthony Burchett, Jr. Ed.D

Assistant Principal, Woodlake Unified School District
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Mike Marquez

Chief of Police, City of Woodlake
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Megan Rinaldi

Learning Director, Woodlake Unified School District



Wednesday February 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Grand Ballroom GH

1:00pm

Listening and Spoken Language Options for Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Implications for Administrators and School Leaders
California’s 14,000 students, who have been identified with hearing loss, make up only 0.2 percent of the entire student population. Yet, it is estimated that more is spent on them per pupil than any other category of students, approximately $400 million annually. More and more students who are D/deaf or hard of hearing are now included in general education settings for all or part of their school day. Listening and spoken language (LSL) is the instructional approach used in California more than American Sign Language (ASL) or Total Communication (TC). School districts and programs throughout the state, which provide support services to these students, are struggling to locate therapists, teachers of the deaf, and interpreters to meet the needs of this population. The shortage is particularly acute in districts serving low-income, minority students where individuals are placed on “permits” when a fully credentialed D/HH teacher cannot be found. The goal of this presentation is to share information about LSL approaches with administrators: Auditory-Verbal (AVT); Auditory/LSL (AVEd); and Cued Speech. These terms or approaches are not included in the current or new California D/HH credential standards or new TPEs. Information about additional requirements beyond the credential will be presented.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plPw4H-ZsMg 
https://agbellacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Certification-Handbook.pdf 
https://www.agbell.org/Membership/Membership-Search 
http://www.letstalkavt.com/1st-grade


Speakers
MM

Maura Martindale, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Special Education, California Lutheran University



Wednesday February 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Orange County 4

1:00pm

Responding to School Violence
This workshop will be presented in a panel format, where panelists from law enforcement, education and the legal community will discuss what do you do when a student commits an act of violence at school, or threatens a violent act against students or staff. This workshop will focus on a series of “real-life experience” scenarios involving school violence, or the threat of school violence. By discussing these scenarios in a panel format, attendees will gain an understanding of when and how to involve law enforcement, as well as the how to design and implement a crisis response plan. Special attention will be given to OAH case law regarding aggressive students, so that attendees will have an understanding of the steps to take to  respond to school violence in a manner that is legally complaint, and fosters school safety.

Speakers


Wednesday February 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Orange County 1

1:00pm

Special Ed 101: I. Common Mistakes and Troublespots
In the first part of the Special Education 101 four-part track, we explore the most common miscues that can lead to costly and time-consuming litigation. We will cover issues, such as over-identification or misidentification of disabilities, faulty discipline decisions, inappropriate placement changes, and much more. Most importantly, we address several proven strategies for anticipating and avoiding these mistakes. Participants will receive a plethora of practical take a ways to improve IDEA compliance and help fine-tune their district’s special education programs.

Speakers
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Howard Fulfrost

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost



Wednesday February 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Orange County 2

2:30pm

Snack Break
Enjoy a light snack and fuel up for the afternoon sessions!

Wednesday February 13, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Marquis Foyer

2:45pm

Offering FAPE, Not Favors
No one enjoys being in a contentious IEP meeting, and saying, “Yes” to parent requests often seems like the easiest way to resolve conflicts and move forward. Unfortunately, there are many situations in which a parent’s requests are not supported by our team’s professional recommendations, and may even run contrary to what the school team believes is required for FAPE. This presentation will offer concrete strategies to address requests during IEP meetings, including model language for different scenarios, and help administrators evaluate when to compromise, when to gather more information, and when to refuse parent requests in the IEP meetings. For requests that cannot be resolved in the IEP meeting, we will review the legal requirements of prior written notice letters, and discuss when districts should consider using alternative dispute resolutions. Finally, we will give case examples where districts’ decisions to go along with parents’ requests ultimately resulted in findings that the district denied FAPE, and how to avoid similar outcomes pro-actively.

Speakers
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Courtney Brady

Education Attorney, Harbottle Law Group
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Tracy Petznick Johnson, J.D.

Education Attorney, Harbottle Law Group



Wednesday February 13, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Orange County 3

2:45pm

Promoting Postsecondary Education Equity: Students with ID—College 2 Career
As a result of inclusive higher education, experiences of students with ID in PSE programs focused on developing life skills beyond the classroom, impacting the culture of the college and community, increased acceptance amongst nondisabled peers, and created parallel adult development that led to fulfilling adult lives and deepened relationships. Participants will explore action items necessary to increase academic access for students with ID to PSE settings in an effort to improve career development.

Speakers
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Kathy Mercier

Program Specialist, Antelope Valley Union High School District



Wednesday February 13, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Grand Ballroom JK

2:45pm

Special Ed 101: II. IDEA Eligibility, Child Find and Procedural FAPE Regulations
Part 2 of this four-part track-designed to provide an overview of the need-to-know essentials of special education law, focuses on the legal standards for special education eligibility, including what it means to “need” special education. In addition, presenters will examine the increasingly litigated area of what districts need to do to comply with the IDEA’s “child find” requirement. Presenters will discuss compliance with the numerous procedural obligations of the law, including proper composition of IEP teams, the problem of predetermination, parental consent, and much more. After this session, participants will be ready to move on to Part 2 of Special Education 101.

Speakers
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Jan Tomsky

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost



Wednesday February 13, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Grand Ballroom GH

2:45pm

The Difficult Issue of When a Student’s Mental Health Condition Intertwines with the Student’s Education: A Legal and Clinical Examination
The intersection of students mental health needs and the responsibility of school districts to provide supports has become a truly complex issue for professional educators.  This session will review several recent cases on the issue and will include commentary on practical responses by a clinical neuro-psychologist.

Speakers
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Jack B. Clarke, Jr.

Partner, Best Best & Krieger



Wednesday February 13, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Orange County 4

2:45pm

Who Decides? Custody and Consent Issues at School
Parents have a fundamental right to make decisions regarding the education of their child. But what happens when the interests of a child’s parents are not aligned or the child does not have a traditional parent, for example when the natural parent is absent or when parents are divorced and not in agreement? In these situations, schools often find themselves thrust into the middle of familial disputes, faced with practical questions like: who can attend meetings; who can check the student out of school; who can access records; and who is ultimately responsible for making educational decisions for the student? This presentation will examine custody and consent requirements under state and federal law, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act’s requirement of parental consent before special education assessment and the Education Code’s requirement of parental consent before implementation of the individualized education program, and arm school staff with the information they need to navigate this omplex and murky area on a day-to-day basis.

Speakers
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Pamela Townsend

Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley


Wednesday February 13, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Newport Beach / Rancho Las Palmas

2:45pm

Featured Speaker Frank De Angelis –Leadership: Columbine Lessons
The tragedy at Columbine redefined the nation. Frank tells his story from the events to the aftermath.

Speakers


Wednesday February 13, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Marquis Grand Ballroom

4:30pm

Keynote Speaker - Brad Cohen
Living with Tourette Syndrome can be a challenge, but Brad Cohen believes he has overcome his disability by living life to its fullest. Brad has been a highly respected teacher for over 20 years. Brad is currently the Assistant Principal at Addison Elementary School in Cobb County Georgia, just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Brad previously taught second and third grade at Tritt and Mountain View Elementary in Cobb County and was the technology lab instructor at Stripling Elementary School in Gwinnett County. Brad has not only taught reading, math and computers, but he also teaches his students how to accept people for who they are, no matter what their disability may be. One of Brad’s biggest honors was the Sallie Mae First Year Teacher of the Year Award for the State of Georgia. Brad received this award for both his outstanding teaching and positive role model abilities. Brad is President of the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation, Inc. helping to raise money to support programs across the country for kids with Tourette syndrome. Brad has been active with the Tourette Syndrome Association of Georgia where he served on the Board of Directors. He started an overnight summer camp for children who have Tourette’s and has traveled around to help other camps in the US. He speaks to parents, teachers, children, and adults about his experiences with Tourette Syndrome.

Speakers

Wednesday February 13, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Marquis Grand Ballroom

6:00pm

Reception
Wednesday February 13, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Platinum III & IV
 
Thursday, February 14
 

8:30am

Creating a Community of Care with Restorative Practices
Restorative practices is based on the premise that people are happier, more productive and increasingly willing to make positive changes in their lives when people do things with them, rather than to or for them. Restorative practices works to proactively to create a safer school climate by strengthening relationships, building community while holding students accountable. This workshop will explore the basic framework of restorative practices, how to incorporate the principles into a school system and ways integrate with current discipline approaches by creating a community of care.


Thursday February 14, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Orange County 3

8:30am

Designing a Project-Based Independent Study Curriculum for At-Risk Students
A project-based learning approach to California’s longstanding Independent Study Programs has the potential to reach large numbers of at-risk students in a way that will improve their engagement in school and ultimately their academic performance. This new take on Independent Study has the additional potential to help California districts increase attendance by engaging gifted students’ families who may currently be homeschooling without district involvement. Our objectives for this session are to discuss the design of an IEP curriculum that can be provided for students’ independent study outside of the regular classroom setting, but that also leverages real-world application and projects to motivate students’ intrinsic desire to learn disciplinary core ideas in English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Furthermore, we will discuss the evidence base for why such an ISP curriculum will improve engagement and ultimately academic performance for at-risk students. Lastly, attendees will contribute from their expertise and experience to discuss the pros and cons of this approach to ISP.

Speakers
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Dr. David Kanter

Chief Learning Officer, Calvert Education



Thursday February 14, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Los Angeles/La Jolla

8:30am

Do It Yourself: Developing Specialized Programs and Services for Students with Autism
Identifying and meeting the social, learning to learn and academic needs of students with autism can challenge even the most experienced educator. Although all students may share common characteristics, they remain a diverse population requiring highly specialized programs and interventions to ensure access to the curriculum and success in the school environment. This session is for special education professionals who want to learn how to identify and address social skills, learning-to-learn skills and academic deficits for students with autism from pre-school through post-secondary. A comprehensive review of up-to-date legal decisions will provide you with insight into the development and implementation of “next-step” programs and services such as district operated behavioral programming, social communication classes, systematic functional academic and social skills classes. Participants will leave this presentation with cutting edge ideas and programmatic blueprints that they can use right away to start developing programs within their own districts. By utilizing a proactive approach to autism programming, attendees will learn how to ensure that needs of all students, from preschool through post-secondary, are comprehensively and meaningfully addressed.

Speakers
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Angela Falk

Program Coordinator, Las Virgenes Unified School District
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Wes Parsons

Attorney at Law, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
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Brandie Rosen

Program Specialist, Las Virgenes Unified School District



Thursday February 14, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Elite 1+2

8:30am

Don’t Get Lost in the Weeds - Medical Marijuana Administration for Special Education and General Education Students: A How-to or not to Guide on Student Access to Cannabis at School
School district personnel are increasingly being asked to administer medical marijuana for special education and general education students during the course of their school day. We will guide you through a “how to” on managing this newly developing scope of school responsibility, including compliance with applicable laws and regulations, keeping all students safe, and the pitfalls to avoid. In addition to logistical and practical considerations for administrators, we will also discuss applicable statutes, case law, and discuss actual scenarios where school districts and COEs were able to solve these complex issues.

Speakers
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Matthew Juhl-Darlington

Attorney at Law, Dannis Woliver Kelley
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Meagan Kinsey

Attorney at Law, Dannis Woliver Kelley


Thursday February 14, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom AB

8:30am

Redlands Unified School District’s Academic Case Carrier and Elementary Counselor Programs to Support Foster and Homeless Youth
This presentation will provide information about how Redlands USD has approached the unique needs of our foster, homeless, and other “at-risk” youth, and is broken into different sections of focus:
  • Overview of our district’s LCAP philosophy, focusing on these two particular programs that we have created; 
  • Specifics as to how students are identified; 
  • Different roles of the Academic Case Carriers and Elementary Counselors, as compared to site guidance counselors; 
  • Data to support the effectiveness of this program over the last three years; 
  • Perspectives of an Academic Case Carrier and an Elementary Counselor; and 
  • Time for questions that specific district personnel may have.

Speakers
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Jon Best

Director, Student Services, Redlands Unified School District
CC

Carolyn Cullen

Elementary Cunselor, Redlands Unified School District
JD

Juanita Douglas

Academic Case Carrier, Redlands Unified School District
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Peter Lock

Coordinator, Foster Youth and Student Support Services/Foster and Homeless Liaison, Redlands Unified School District
I have worked as an English teacher (six years at the high school level, and 19 teaching eighth grade English), as well as journalism, yearbook, and drama. This was followed by working as a middle school assistant principal for five and a half years, before taking on my current position... Read More →



Thursday February 14, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom GH

8:30am

S.H.E. is Me! A Curriculum for Girls
S.H.E. (Strong, Healthy, Educated) is Me! A Curriculum for Girls is designed for girls in both middle and high schools. S.H.E. is a group intervention designed to help girls learn and practice strategies that will help them tackle challenges faced in today’s world.

Speakers
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Natasha Kohls

Teacher, Alvord Continuation High School
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Lisa Pynn

Counselor, Alvord Unified School District



Thursday February 14, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Newport Beach / Rancho Las Palmas

8:30am

Special Ed 101: III. IEP Content and Substantive FAPE
Building on Part II, the third session of the Special Education 101 four-part track covers IDEA FAPE requirements from a substantive standpoint. Through real-life case examples and illustrations, attendees will grasp the essentials of IEP content requirements, the IDEA’s Rowley standard for educational benefit and appropriate placement in the least restrictive environment. Other FAPE-related issues covered will include assistive technology and other related services, disciplinary removals, the provision of postsecondary transition services and extended school year programming.

Speakers
HF

Howard Fulfrost

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost



Thursday February 14, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Orange County 2

8:30am

The Convergence of Section 504 and IDEA
In biology convergence is the tendency of unrelated animals and plants to evolve superficially similar characteristics under similar environmental conditions. This session will explore the similar characteristics alongside the differences of these two disability mandates. From child find and assessment to eligibility and discipline considerations, we will discuss the practical realities of distinguishing between IEPs and 504s and the legal considerations when navigating the crossroads.

Speakers
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Sarah L. Garcia

Partner, Lozano Smith



Thursday February 14, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Elite 3

8:30am

The Home-School (Dis)Connect: School Refusal & the New FAPE Frontier
A short 10 years ago, “school refusal” was barely spoken as a FAPE issue. The causes of school refusal are diffused, but related to disruption of family systems and to social media. Does the FAPE duty extend to ensuring adequate parenting? Is it the district’s obligation to fill family system voids? Where does the district’s obligation end? This presentation will consider supports for students who refuse to attend school; best practices in encouraging productive relationships with parents of affected students, and the staff members who serve them; and the inescapably uncomfortable intrusion of the FAPE obligation into homes and parenting.

Speakers
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Ernest Bell

Attorney at Law, Athinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
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Tiffany Hazlewood

Director of Student Services, San Dieguito Union High School District
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Robyn Moses

Huntington Beach Union High School District
CR

Cara Robinson

Director, Support Services, Fountain Valley School District


Thursday February 14, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom CD

8:30am

Utilizing Para-Educators in a Meaningful Way
Para-educators play an important role in the education of students with disabilities. It is critical that para-educators are included in the team communication loop, trained in providing research-based adaptions, and coached for effectively supporting students with disabilities across school settings. By proactively providing information and tools for para-educators focusing on the broad special education process, roles and responsibilities, and implementation of individualized adaptions, student outcomes will increase while legal compliance issues decrease.

Speakers
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Kirstin Comstock

Program Coordinator, EDCOE
Kirstin Comstock has worked in the field of special education for more than 20, years beginning her work as a general education teacher, then a visual impairment specialist, an education specialist, teacher on special assignment and is currently completing her 6th year working as... Read More →
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Alison Rose

Program Coordinator, El Dorado Charter SELPA



Thursday February 14, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Orange County 4

8:30am

Breaking the Cycle of the 3rd Grade Reading Level: Language and Literacy Achievement
This presentation will focus on the roots of the struggles that deaf and hard of hearing students face everyday in classrooms. As school administrators/educators, we will share information on how you can step in to influence and/or advocate changes within the education system.

Speakers
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Nancy Hlibok Amann, Ph.D.

Superintendent, California School for the Deaf, Riverside
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Clark Brooke

Superintendent, California School for the Deaf, Fremont


Thursday February 14, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom JK

10:00am

Coffee Break
Grab a cup of coffee with our sponsors and exhibitors!

Thursday February 14, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand Ballroom F

10:15am

Public Records Request - Show Us Your Papers (and Emails, Videos, Facebook Posts
As more districts go digital, what constitutes a student record? Are IEP notes included in an e-mail record? What about video, audio, social media postings? Get a legal update and practical tips from this education attorney, who has advised many districts and administrators on the legal definition of records and what is required for search and disclosure in response to a Public Records Act Request.

Speakers
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Carlos Villegas

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost



Thursday February 14, 2019 10:15am - 10:45am
Newport Beach / Rancho Las Palmas

10:15am

Catch 22: Providing FAPE When Parents Won’t Consent or Participate
If the difficulty of complying with special education timelines and requirements weren’t enough, federal and California laws also privilege parent’s participation in the IEP process, sometimes to the detriment of students’ educational interests. How can educators appropriately serve students if parents withhold consent at the many compliance steps along the way? Although intended to promote collaboration and cooperation, the obligation to facilitate parent participation can leave parents holding all the cards. This presentation will discuss how to navigate the compliance conundrum that results when parents refuse to come to the table; best practices for completing the FAPE offer or moving forward without parent consent; and tips for promoting and facilitating collaborative decision making between educators and parents.

Speakers
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Danielle R. Gigli

Attorney at Law, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
CR

Cara Robinson

Director, Placentia-Yorba Linda USD
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Lindsey Wrape

Attorney at Law, Athinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo


Thursday February 14, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Grand Ballroom AB

10:15am

CSEC and Human Trafficking: The Impact on Foster Care Youth
The children who fall prey to exploiters frequently have prior involvement with the child welfare system, through child protective service investigations or placement in foster care. Several studies indicate that between seventy and ninety percent of exploited children have experienced child sexual abuse before they are first commercially exploited. CSEC students are actively pursued and controlled by criminals, experience extreme levels of trauma that result in negative relationships and challenges in accessing educational supports.

Speakers
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Stephany Powell Ed.D

Executive Director, Journey Out
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Chanel Young-Smith

Coordinator III, Los Angeles County Office of Education


Thursday February 14, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Orange County 3

10:15am

Going Beyond the MTSS Model of Intervention to Reduce Disproportionality and Close the Achievement Gap
For decades, we’ve been trying to close the achievement gap. Leadership at Sanger USD is using data to drive student success, remove implicit bias, and outperform county and state graduation rates for ALL students. Learn how Sanger USD reduced disproportionality through a districtwide initiative that leverages real-time attendance tracking, proactive data analysis and consistent interventions. Discover the results and strategies Sanger leaders are implementing to increase school connectedness, to improve school climate and close the achievement gap.

Speakers
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Dennis Wiechman, Ed.D.

Director of Child Welfare and Attendance, Sanger Unified School District
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Erica Peterson

National Education Manager, School Innovations & Achievement


Thursday February 14, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Elite 1

10:15am

IEP Facilitation: Saves Money and Time
Why use IEP facilitation in every IEP meeting? It saves districts money and time. Complaints and due process decrease because meeting collaboration increases. IEP meeting facilitation builds and improves relationships between team members and most importantly, keeps the meeting content and process focused on the student. We will look at the art form of facilitation mixed with the research-based tools, showing how facilitation can be used in all meetings. We will provide information regarding proactive strategies to support IEP’s that improve communications, improve the efficiency of the meeting and result in less conflict. Participants will leave with specific strategies that districts can implement right away. In addition, we will share data related to complaints and due process from a SELPA in California where they have been using facilitation in every IEP meeting.

Speakers
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Mayra Nunes

Lancaster School District Coordinator, Special Education
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Robin O'Shea

Senior Associate, Key2Ed
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Cassie Velasquez

Senior Associate, Key2Ed



Thursday February 14, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Elite 3

10:15am

Instructional Equity that Supports Common Core and SBAC Success: Five Non-Negotiable Practices that Improve SBAC Performance
In an age where both inequity and inequality is the norm, summative testing certainly follows suit. Conquering instructional challenges is no easy feat with digital testing as the primary determinant of academic success. Not only are students up against the usual challenges in education, but they must also deal with the technological aspects that too hinder success. In this workshop, participants discover instructional practices that may or may not ensure testing success, but without them it will ensure testing failure. This session should particularity benefit teachers, principals, and district leaders as they explore key instructional practices and scaffolds necessary to level the playing field in the digital testing environment. This workshop will allow leaders to walk away with thorough knowledge of non-negotiable practices that must happen in the classroom, beginning day one.

Speakers
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Megan Faux

Instructional Coach, Inglewood Unified School District
ELA coach, author, and professional developer, Megan Faux, has been an outstanding educator for 20 plus years. She taught second grade four years, after which she was quickly spotted as one of the best and brightest; therefore, called upon to serve in the capacity of an Instructional... Read More →



Thursday February 14, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Grand Ballroom CD

10:15am

Meeting the Needs of English Learners with Severe Disabilities
This presentation is designed to identify best practices in providing Linguistically Appropriate Instruction to English Learners with severe disabilities and to provide guidance on appropriately reclassifying English Learners with severe disabilities as English Proficient through the use of the Ventura County Comprehensive Alternate Language Proficiency Assessment.

Speakers
avatar for Michael E. Cunningham Ed.D.

Michael E. Cunningham Ed.D.

Assistant SELPA Director, Bakersfield City Elementary SELPA



Thursday February 14, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Los Angeles/La Jolla

10:15am

Repair and Restore Relationship to Raise Resilience: An Intervention Model
This session examines the importance of schools to find creative ways to address challenging behaviors in non-exclusionary ways, since we know that punitive consequences seldom change behavior. Research shows us that the suspended student experiences a more difficult academic path, thus increasing the likelihood of dropping out and facing additional adverse life outcomes. Presenters will look at the qualitative and quantitative data from schools responding to a subject specific questionnaire and how they are positively impacting student lives. Attendees will hear from teachers working in effective settings and impacting student outcomes.

ACSA RR Feb. 14, 2019.pptx

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Debra Sacks

Dr. Debra Sacks

Educational Consultant, Collaborative Learning Solutions


Thursday February 14, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Grand Ballroom JK

10:15am

Special Ed 101: IV. Complaint Procedures and Due Process
IDEA due process hearings are the primary vehicle for resolving disputes between parents and districts concerning identification, evaluation, placement or the provision of FAPE to students with disabilities. In this third session of the Special Education 101 four-part track, we will look in-depth at “process of due process” from the filing of the complaint to the resolution meeting to the actual hearing before OAH. Along the way, we discuss witness preparation, settlement offers, mediation, appeals and other issues important to every special education administrator. We will also cover potential remedies for IDEA noncompliance.

Speakers
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Jonathan Read

Attorney at Law, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost



Thursday February 14, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Orange County 2

10:15am

Trauma-Informed Practices in Schools
Students may experience trauma at any grade-level, living in any community, and within any socio-economic status. Trauma manifests in a variety of ways depending upon age and developmental level of the student, but can adversely impact student learning, social engagement and have an ongoing impact to the student and larger school community. The integration of trauma-informed practices enables schools to create safe and supportive environments for all students, teachers, and administrators, as well as build strong support for families.

Speakers
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Tamara Clay

Director, EDCOE SELPA
Tamara Clay has been committed to improving outcomes for students with disabilities for over 20 years. She began her career as a special day class teacher, serving students with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Since then, Tamara has worked on behalf of students with disabilities... Read More →
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Kirstin Comstock

Program Coordinator, EDCOE
Kirstin Comstock has worked in the field of special education for more than 20, years beginning her work as a general education teacher, then a visual impairment specialist, an education specialist, teacher on special assignment and is currently completing her 6th year working as... Read More →



Thursday February 14, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Orange County 4

10:15am

What’s Hot with Pot?
The FDA just approved a cannabis-based drug. The laws are rapidly changing and may permit the administration of marijuana on campus. If marijuana or marijuana-based drugs are allowed on school campuses it will likely touch all aspects of the school-discipline, health, labor, Section 504, and special education to name just a few. This presentation will provide the latest information and provide useful guidance for administrators focus on the hazy issues surrounding marijuana.

Speakers
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L. Carlos Villegas

Attorney, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
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Laura Preston

Legislative Advocate, ACSA
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Anne Sherlock

Partner, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost



Thursday February 14, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Elite 2

10:15am

Featured Speaker – Lisa Gonzales, Ed.D. ACSA's Fatal School Violence Toolkit
Join members of ACSA’s Fatal School Violence Task Force as they unveil a new set of resources to assist school districts to better address issues of fatal school violence. From best practices around drills and staff training to templates for communication and crisis management, this workshop is intended to provide a one-stop shop for recommended practices, plans, and building capacity with staff. Leave with recommendations to address issues of safety before you need it.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Edds, Ed.D.

Holly Edds, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Orcutt Union School District
Dr. Holly Edds serves as the Assistant Superintendent for the Orcutt Union School District, where she has served the community for fourteen years. Her background includes regular and special education and has taught in both English and Spanish. Dr. Edds is a faculty member for Cal... Read More →
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Dean Waddell

Senior Consultant, Loss Control, Keenan & Associates
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Lisa Gonzales

ACSA President 2017/18



Thursday February 14, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Grand Ballroom GH

12:00pm

Lunch/Keynote Speaker - Marlee Matlin
Marlee lost much of her hearing at the age of eighteen months. That did not stop her from acting in a children's theater company at age seven; she was Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." Her deafness never held her back. As an adult she said it so eloquently: "I have always resisted putting limitations on myself, both professionally and personally." Marlee studied criminal justice at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, and maintained her passion for acting after graduating. Marlee serves as the national spokeswoman for the largest provider of TV closed captioning, and has spoken on behalf of CC in countries such as Australia, England, France, and Italy. She also serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations, including Very Special Arts, the Starlight Foundation, and other charities that primarily benefit children. As someone who loves children so much, it is only fitting that she has four of her own.

Speakers

Thursday February 14, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Marquis Grand Ballroom

2:15pm

All Means All: A School’s Co-Teaching and Inclusion Journey
What does All means All truly mean? At Blach Intermediate School, we bring this vision of meeting the individual needs of all learners to reality using Co-Teaching and Inclusion as our core value and focus. In this session, you will learn about our work from ground up including lessons learned as we implemented inclusive Co-Teaching practices across our school combined with an Inclusion focused school climate. We will share instructional and leadership resources, planning tools, master schedule examples and much more in this “tools you can use” session. You will learn from an experienced team of Administrators and Co-Teachers who will share both “a day in co-teaching life” as well as a systemic perspective to effect change in the service of our goal of ensuring high levels of learning for all students. Whether you are just starting on this journey or have been engaged in this work already, this interactive session is designed to support your thinking about your next steps.

Speakers
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Lisa Brett

Teacher, Blach Intermediate School
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Jason Dewberry

Teacher, Blach Intermediate School
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Mollie Kesselring

Teacher, Blach Intermediate School
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Pat Koren

Teacher, Blach Intermediate School
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Suzanne Lauritzen

Teacher, Blach Intermediate School
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Brandon Marquis

Teacher, Blach Intermediate School
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Hana Meckler

Teacher, Blach Intermediate School
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Bhavna Narula

Principal, Los Altos School District
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Diane Sasaki

Teacher, Blach Intermediate School



Thursday February 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Los Angeles/La Jolla

2:15pm

Capitalizing on Grit: Strategies for Working with Probation or Court-Involved Students
Let’s be honest, most educators, parents and even other students have negative opinions and attitudes about students on probation, or in juvenile hall school. Ultimately, students released from court schools will return to your school. How do you effectively address the many challenges of educating youth on probation? What does it take to have an impact on students who will seemingly give you every reason to send them packing? Let’s get to the bottom of these behaviors and talk about key strategies that will make the most difference in the least amount of time.

Speakers
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Kimberly Faulkner-Camacho

Senior Program Specialist, Los Angeles County Office of Education


Thursday February 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Grand Ballroom CD

2:15pm

CARE Model for Early Intervention
This is the story of our journey to create a community based non-educational 10 week evaluative treatment program for preschool aged children with intensive mental health needs. Pre and post assessment data, and parent interviews will be shared from eight cohorts. The outcomes show decreased behaviors in home; community; and school programs, with increased parenting satisfaction. Audio of parent reports included.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Estes

Counsel, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud and Romo
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Dorothy Rothenbaum

Director, Fairfield-Suisun USD
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Danielle Canales

CARE Coordinator Child Haven



Thursday February 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Elite 1

2:15pm

Difficult IEP Meetings: Using Mindfulness to Transform Adverse Relationships into Collaborative Partnerships
Mindfulness means being aware moment-to-moment, without judgement of one’s bodily sensations, thoughts, emotions, and consciousness, according to Len Riskin. Mindful communication helped us develop self-understanding, understanding others, express compassion and empathy, and facilitate collaboration. With several decades of combined experience in educational leadership, special education law, and dispute resolution, the presenters will apply mindfulness principles to transform difficult IEP meetings into collaborative partnerships. Participants will learn to effectively: (1) prepare for adversarial IEP meetings; (2) empathize with angry parents, and with dedicated staff members, to facilitate their common goal of educating children; and (3) make a defensible offer of FAPE, even when they anticipate parent refusal.

Speakers
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Richard Erhard

President, Richard J. Erhard & Associates
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Constance Taylor

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo


Thursday February 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Elite 3

2:15pm

Enhancing Local Education Agency’s Capacity to Effectively Support and Train Para-Educators
Effective utilization and training of para-educators are commonly reported challenges by
teachers and administrators. The presenter will highlight the ethical and liability issues
associated with the use of inadequately trained ns supervised para-educators. The session
will provide information with regards to developing policies to guide teachers and
administrators. Additionally, the presenter will share research based para-educator
supervision related functions and interactive tools that the licensed professionals in
schools can use, under the guidance of the school/district leaders, to direct, support, and monitor the work of the para-educators. Resources and tools with regards to in-service and
on-the job training of para-educators will also be shared. The presenter will also discuss
the critical role of the school and district leaders’ in providing supports for collaborative
working relationships among team members

Speakers
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Ritu Chopra, Ph.D.

Executive Director, PAR2A Center & Assistant Research Professor, University of Colorado



Thursday February 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Grand Ballroom GH

2:15pm

Independent Study Can Look Very Different Across California
Independent Study programs can serve a variety of students in a variety of ways. These presenters will share successful Independent Study Models that are very popular around California and are very successful options for students with various academic and social needs.

Speakers
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Lesley Clifton

Executive Director
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Machele Kilgore

Executive Director, California Consortium for Independent Study


Thursday February 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Orange County 3

2:15pm

Leveraging Federal Funds for Student Success
In California, millions of dollars enter the school system each year for special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and federal title programs. While earmarked for specific purposes, misconceptions about allowable use of these federal dollars often limit a district’s ability to leverage the funds to improve student outcomes. This session will assist special education administrators in identifying potential opportunities across a coherent continuum of federally funded initiatives. This session will present tools for analyzing state and local infrastructure to align identified areas of need with federal initiatives and other funding resources to maximize potential cross-program impact. Opportunities for participants to unpack real-world examples of how to braid federal funds to support LCAP priorities and initiatives will be provided.

Speakers
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Sara Doutre

Senior Program Associate, WestEd
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Tye Ripma

Program Associate, WestEd


Thursday February 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Elite 2

2:15pm

Preventing and Responding to Threats
Educators have a responsibility to ensure that students are safe while at school or engaged in school-based activities. Therefore, it is essential that school staff have the skills needed to effectively prevent and respond to threats of self-harm or suicide. This training opportunity is intended for school administrators and mental health team members who may be directly responsible for: building a site-based plan for threat response, responding to threats, and assessing rick to determine next steps to maintain student safety. Tools to be shared with teachers and other staff members will also be explored.

Speakers
avatar for Kirstin Comstock

Kirstin Comstock

Program Coordinator, EDCOE
Kirstin Comstock has worked in the field of special education for more than 20, years beginning her work as a general education teacher, then a visual impairment specialist, an education specialist, teacher on special assignment and is currently completing her 6th year working as... Read More →
avatar for Alison Rose

Alison Rose

Program Coordinator, El Dorado Charter SELPA



Thursday February 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Orange County 4

2:15pm

Responding to Inappropriate Sexual Behavior at School
Schools are increasingly confronted with the challenge of what to do when faced with inappropriate sexual behavior at school by students across all age ranges. This is particularly complicated when the student(s) involved are students with a disability. How do you navigate the waters of student safety while also fulfilling your legal obligations? During this presentation you will receive valuable information about programmatic considerations and steps we can take to address these behaviors and ensure student safety at school. Learn about the legal requirements and obligations to these students under the IDEA, Section 504, and Title IX, including tips learned from recent case law. We will also share best practices in conducting investigations of these incidents, and the importance of using trauma-informed practices when handling these issues.

Speakers
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Jennifer Fain

Attorney at Law, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
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Eve P Fichtner

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo


Thursday February 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Newport Beach / Rancho Las Palmas

2:15pm

Special Ed 201: Part I Multifaceted FAPE and IEP Substantive Compliance Challenges for the Experienced Special Education Practitioner
In Part I, we will focus on recent cases and guidance for an advanced discussion of the requirements for substantive FAPE under the IDEA. The highlighted decisions will be complex cases at the administrative and appellate level interpreting the requirements for compliant assessments, placement, services and discipline. This session will also address navigating unilateral private placements and requests for private school tuition reimbursement. The experienced practitioner will leave this session with a tool and tips on how to ensure solid assessments and programming to stave off disagreements and FAPE disputes.

Speakers
avatar for Marcy Gutierrez

Marcy Gutierrez

Attorney, Lozano Smith
avatar for Alyssa R. Bivins

Alyssa R. Bivins

Associate, Lozano Smith



Thursday February 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Orange County 2

2:15pm

Special Education Legal Update
In the legal landscape of special education, there are constant subtle, and at times, significant legal developments that impact school districts’ obligations in educating students with IEPs. During this presentation, we will review the current legal trends for some of the hottest litigated topics, including cases involving autism, dyslexia, and emotional disturbance. By taking an interactive approach, attendees will have an opportunity to closely analyze the facts of recent OAH decisions and gain a deeper understanding of their existing legal obligations.

Speakers
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Liz Harland

Attorney at Law, Adams Silva & McNally LLP
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Ric Silva

Partner, Adams Silva & McNally LLP
Ric Silva is a founding member of Adams Silva & McNally LLP. Ric's legal career has been dedicated to education law and provides him with diverse legal expertise including representation of school districts in special education, students, labor and employment matters, charter schools... Read More →



Thursday February 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Grand Ballroom JK

2:15pm

Tackling Capitol Hill
Join Adonai Mack and Jason Henderson, ACSA’s federal lobbyist as they discuss the latest musings of Congress, President Trump and the impact of federal legislation on education policy.  Will there be an on-time federal budget? Will IDEA be reauthorized? Will education programs be cut in the face of tax cuts from 2018? How will the mid-term elections impact the current congressional session? Come hear ACSA’s experts share their thoughts on the federal landscape and answer these compelling questions.

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Jason Henderson

Legislative Analyst, Federal Governmental Relations, ACSA
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Adonai Mack

Senior Director, Federal Governmental Relations, Association of California School Administrators


Thursday February 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Grand Ballroom AB

3:45pm

Afternoon Snack Break
Join our exhibitors or vendors for a sweet treat for your afternoon. 

Thursday February 14, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Grand Ballroom F

4:00pm

A Year in Review
AALRR attorneys will present an interactive overview of the prior year in special education, reporting relevant, significant cases and statutory developments. This presentation will be fast paced and audience-involved and will provide useful information to audience participants.

Speakers
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Sundee Johnson

Attorney at Law, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
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Adam Newman

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
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Jay Shinnfield

Attorney at Law, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
avatar for Constance Taylor

Constance Taylor

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo



Thursday February 14, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Elite 1+2

4:00pm

Developing a Strong Tier II Process: Preventing the Escalation of Behavior Through MTSS
One of the biggest challenges with implementing MTSS lies not in understanding what to do, but in understanding how to do it. In this session we will provide some of the much needed “how” by discussing a process for implementation, with a focus on developing a Tier II process. Participants will leave with a fillable flowchart worksheet to develop their own process.

Speakers
avatar for Chandra Boyd

Chandra Boyd

Education Consultant, Insights to Behavior
Chandra leads the consulting team from Insights to Behavior and has over 15 years experience assisting in the process of building strong organizations. She works with school district partners to define their vision and the outcomes they would like to achieve, articulate a strategy... Read More →
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Dr. Marilyn Shepherd

Education Consultant, Insights to Behavior


Thursday February 14, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Grand Ballroom JK

4:00pm

How to Evaluate Your School Psychologists
Every school district has school psychologists. However, few school districts have the tools to successfully evaluate their school psychologists. Instead of having evaluation tools that consider the roles of the school psychologist, administrators use evaluations based on the job of a teacher. And teacher’s do not do what school psychologists do, resulting in evaluations that are unsatisfactory to both the administrator and the school psychologist. CASP has developed a tool for administrators to use to chart how well their school psychologists are performing in their jobs. Based on the National Association of School Psychologists’ Standards, this tool allows administrators and school psychologists to determine goals and needed improvements during job evaluations.

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Armando Fernandez

Lead School Psychologist, Elk Grove Unified School District
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Dr. Brian Leung

CASP President, School Psychology Program Professor, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
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Maureen Schroeder

CA Delegate, National Association of School Psychologists



Thursday February 14, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Grand Ballroom AB

4:00pm

Predetermination and Parent Participation: Important Lessons Learned Since Deal v. Hamilton
It’s been over a decade since the landmark case of Deal v. Hamilton was issued by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals forming the line of cases that involve the procedural violation we know as “predetermination.” What was determined as “predetermination” of a District’s FAPE offer then and does it look any different now? This session will review highlights of the development of case law surrounding how districts should respond to parent requests, preferences and concerns when related to an IEP meeting or a FAPE offer. In the face of increasingly more common “predetermination” claims, what can you and your staff say at an IEP meeting? What should you not say? Can you say anything at all before an IEP meeting to discuss or review a district’s offer or provision of placement, program and services? Our session will review the important lessons of ensuring meaningful participation of parents/guardians at, and outside of, IEP meetings. You will receive key guidance on how to maintain procedural compliance while enhancing ways to convey information and responses to parent concerns and requests, and even how to respectfully “agree to disagree.”

Speakers
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Elizabeth Rho-Ng

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
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Jennifer Fain

Attorney at Law, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
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Michael J. Cullen

Associate, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo



Thursday February 14, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Newport Beach / Rancho Las Palmas

4:00pm

Providing FAPE During Periods of Suspension and Expulsion: The Use of Alternate to Suspension Placement Options
The purpose of this session is to identify best practices in providing FAPE to students with disabilities during time of suspension and pending expulsion hearing. To highlight what our district is doing to provide FAPE through the use of Alternate Placement Options to address being Disproportionate in the area of student suspension and expulsion.

Speakers
avatar for Michael E. Cunningham Ed.D.

Michael E. Cunningham Ed.D.

Assistant SELPA Director, Bakersfield City Elementary SELPA



Thursday February 14, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Grand Ballroom CD

4:00pm

Relational Leadership: The Foundation for a High-Performing Culture
Flip Flippen believes, “If you have a child’s heart, you have a child’s mind.” Culture is either random or intentional. Schools require several tiers of leadership and intervention to create a positive culture where students are motivated to learn. We will use research-based processes to equip educators with tools to build relationships and high-performing, self-managing teams which lead to achieving remarkable results: increases in attendance, student achievement and decreases in discipline referrals and drop-out rates. Join us for this exciting co-presentation and see how relational leadership can make all the difference in the lives of kids.

Speakers
avatar for Vern Hazard

Vern Hazard

Senior Vice President of Solutions, Flippen Group



Thursday February 14, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Los Angeles/La Jolla

4:00pm

Special Ed 201: Part II-Advanced Issues in Child Find, Special Education Eligibility, Aging Out and Exiting Special Education
In the second session of the four-part strand, we will focus on recent case law interpreting eligibility and age requirements under the IDEA, including problem-solving and analysis of complex cases involving child find or initial eligibility determinations, and students aging out and exiting from special education. Participants will leave this session poised to engage in Part III of the strand addressing substantive FAPE and IEP requirements.

Speakers
avatar for Marcy Gutierrez

Marcy Gutierrez

Attorney, Lozano Smith



Thursday February 14, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Orange County 2

4:00pm

The IDEA Students with Severe Disabilities and a Free Appropriate Public Education: Issues to Be Wary of From a Legal Perspective
This session will focus on Administrative and Court decisions concerning students who present with severe and sometimes complex disabilities.  The focus will be on avoiding legal pitfalls and on practical suggestions to help you improve your programs.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Holmes

Cathy Holmes

Partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP



Thursday February 14, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Orange County 3

4:00pm

Tiered Instruction for English Learners
Students who are learning English require careful and thoughtful instruction and interventions. English learners with disabilities require IEP that linguistically appropriate. The focus of this training is to ensure both the language acquisition and language processing needs of English Learners are being met by way of assessments, instructional strategies, reclassification best practices, and through the development of a reasonable calculated IEP.

Speakers
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Alison Rose

Program Coordinator, El Dorado Charter SELPA
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Kevin Schaefer

Director, Supporting Inclusive Practices, El Dorado County/Charter SELPA
Kevn Schaefer works diligently to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities through providing high quality leadership and support to LEAs throughout California. His varied background as a special education teacher, administrator, and national/state technical assistance... Read More →



Thursday February 14, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Orange County 4

4:00pm

Featured Speaker – Edwin Lou Javius: Our MTSS/PBIS Implementation is Missing Something! It Just Needs a Little More Salt!
The central theme of this presentation will provide a cultural overlay (seasoning salt) to support the deep implementation of PBIS and MTSS. The intentional infusion of cultural consideration to PBIS and MTSS which both have proven to be pivotal to addressing disproportionality in behavior and academic achievement for students of color. The presentation will assist behavior teams in identifying and addressing cultural incongruencies, which may be a root-cause that contributes to subjective discipline referrals by school personnel and lack of access to Tier I instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Edwin Javius

Edwin Javius

CEO/President, EDEquity, Inc.
Equity is not a Strategy! It is a Mindset! Dissatisfied by the un-changing narrowing of the racial achievement gap has been the driving force for Mr. Edwin Lou Javius. Advocating for students and school equity are two of the many talents of Edwin Lou Javius. Mr. Javius has established... Read More →



Thursday February 14, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Grand Ballroom GH
 
Friday, February 15
 

8:30am

Can You Have It All? Defensible, Cost Effective, and Efficacious Contemporary ABA Programs for Students with Autism
Presented by nationally recognized researcher, author, and practitioner in Autism, Dr. Mitch Taubman, and experienced Special Education administrator, presenter, and author, Mary Schillinger, this presentation will cover the critical attributes of comprehensive and defensible programs from preschool through high school for all functioning levels of students with autism. Find out what the essential components are that must be addressed in any IEP and program for your students with autism, and how to embed these components into your Autism programs. Learn about solid, effective, and contemporary ABA techniques and programs that are researched based, specific to the individual needs of each student and legally defensible. A model for building capacity within district staff for the training and implementation of Applied Behavior Intervention in all settings will be described with suggestions for addressing the unique needs of your district and students. Rigorous goals, programming, and expectations for addressing the unique needs of your district and students. Rigorous goals, programming, and expectations in light of Endrew F. will be discussed. Find out how a well-trained behavior team can reduce disruptive behaviors and conduct in-class models for intervention. Checklists for use in conducting a gap analysis of your district programs as well as resources, strategies, and forms will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Mitchell Taubman, Ph.D.

Mitchell Taubman, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Actum Clinical and Behavioral Services
Mitchell Taubman worked with Dr. Lovaas as an undergraduate at UCLA in the early 1970s. He treated children with autism, ADHD and other disorders. He then attended the University of Kansas, studying with such founders of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as Dr. Donald Baer, Dr. Todd... Read More →
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Mary Schillinger

Former Assist. Superintendent & Consultant, Collaboration for Success
Mary Schillinger is the former Assistant Superintendent of Education for Las Virgenes Unified School District in Southern California. Her experience includes general and special education teaching at all grade levels, and education administration. Mary was a Special Education Director... Read More →



Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom JK

8:30am

CAPTAIN: Effective Leadership to Ensure Implementation of EBPs for ASD
Implementing evidence-based practices (EBPs) for ASD in our schools is a challenging goal. However, we do know that leadership has been recognized as a critical element in this process. This presentation will describe how to capitalize on the characteristics and behaviors of effective leadership. Strategies to support a positive EBP implementation climate will be shared to improve the likelihood that EBPs for ASD are supported and implemented. Participants will hear about school districts that have connected their efforts to implement EBPs for ASD with their LCAP so that professional learning opportunities are strategically designed to improve outcomes for their students with ASD.

Speakers
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Patty Schetter, M.A., BCBA

Co-Coordinator CAPTAIN, Autism Education Initiatives & CEDD at the MIND Institute
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Ann England, M.A., CCC-SLP-L

Co-Coordinator CAPTAIN & Assistant Director, CAPTAIN Diagnostic Center, CDE
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Susan Scott

Program Specialist, San Joaquin County Office of Education



Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Newport Beach / Rancho Las Palmas

8:30am

Charting the Course: From Caring to Compliance
Special Education compliance isn’t enough to avoid expensive and adversarial legal battles. Conflict resolution begins with connection to parents. Today’s sociologists opine that our collective empathy today has significantly declined from rates in longevity studies of thirty years ago. The decline can often be seen in non-productive staff relationships with parents, and is particularly evident at IEP meetings, even without conflict. In an attempt to show knowledge, staff may project a smarty pants, non-caring tone that will create barriers to relationships. Sociologists have now concluded that empathy is not innate after all, but is a group of skills that can be learned. Neuroscientists have identified mirror neurons that create brain connections with emotions of others. The primary goals of the presentation are twofold; to persuade participants that demonstrating empathy, particularly in IEP meetings, will significantly improve parent connections and decrease expensive and time-consuming conflict and that through professional development, staff can learn to increase and apply their empathy skill sets.

Speakers
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Jeanne Davis, Ed.D.

La Puente Hills SELPA
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Doreen Lohnes M.A

Consultant Special Education, La Puente Hills SELPA
Jeannne Davis and Doreen Lohnes bring almost five decades of experience in special education administration as the chief special ed official wthin many souhern California school districts and as consultants in many more. Research supports their opinion that there is a general decline... Read More →



Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom AB

8:30am

Engaged Students Equals Decreased Suspensions and Expulsions
All students deserve to be connected to school in one way or another. Sometimes it takes multiple people who try multiple methods to engage a student who is not interested. However, it only takes a connection with one adult to make a difference. Come learn how one Southern California school district has made significant reductions in home suspensions and expulsions over the last decade. Through a change in philosophy and a variety of alternatives, not only has the number of suspensions and expulsions decreased, but the number of student behavior incidents has decreased as well. Developing a school-wide culture that values and respects all students is a priority in being able to increase student engagement in school. Creating a school-wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) model is a part of this; so too is the need for school leaders to be able to provide staff with the necessary alternative strategies to help prevent student choices that lead to discipline. In this session, we will dialogue about all of this and more and attendees will leave with useful strategies to take back to their school and district.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Behar

Steve Behar

Director, Child Welfare and Attendance, Lake Elsinore Unified School District



Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom CD

8:30am

Legally Defensible Practices Regarding Section 504
This presentation was developed by Carl D. Corbin, General Counsel, of the public law firm School and College Legal Services of California. The objectives of this presentation will be to review the laws, regulations, and legal decisions regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504") The workshop will be delivered through use of a Power Point presentation along with supplemental materials to include experts from legal decisions. The presentation should answer most common questions regarding Section 504 issues to include eligibility, assessment, and services. 

Speakers
avatar for Carl Corbin

Carl Corbin

General Counsel, School & College Legal Services of Caliofornia
Mr. Corbin assists districts to avoid litigation through preventive education by presenting at workshops and developing training and prevention materials including Legal Updates.  Mr. Corbin has successfully represented districts at the various stages of special education litigation... Read More →



Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Elite 3

8:30am

Legislative Update: The New Laws that Will Affect You in 2018-2019
This presentation will provide an overview of new laws affecting student services and special education practitioners, which will take effect in 2018-2019. Any news on college and career prepardedness? Any changes in the School Accountability Report Card? What are the guidelines on graduation ceremony adornments? What is the Trauma Informed Schools Initiative? Any new laws related to interdistrict attendance? Attendees will receive a synopsis of each new bill and recommendations regarding possible board policy revisions, notifications, and appropriations considerations.

Speakers
avatar for Vicente Bravo

Vicente Bravo

Project Director III - Child Welfare and Attendance Unit, Los Angeles County Office of Education
SC

Susan Chaides

Project Director III, Los Angeles County Office of Education
avatar for Marian Chiara

Marian Chiara

Consultant II, Child Welfare and Attendance Unit, Los Angeles County Office of Education
VT

Victor Thompson

Director, Student Support Services, Los Angeles County Office of Education



Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Orange County 4

8:30am

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support/Social Emotional Behavior
Educating children in the classroom takes a whole new approach. At Sycamore Elementary School, we continuously learn to be trauma-informed educators in order to effectively nurture, protect, enrich, educate, and heal children. We are successful in implementing a positive discipline system that includes student ownership in their choices of behavior. We developed a successful sensory intervention in a beautiful, safe, and functional calm-room to instruct students how to self-regulate and apply these skills. Students in need of self-regulation instruction receive 10-15 minutes, one to three times a day of sensory regulation routines, and then a reflection opportunity to practice the use of the strategies when they experience emotions in their “downstairs” brain. We will share our story and our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Bryant

Kim Bryant

Director Of Special Education, Redding School District
Kim has worked in the Redding School District for 27 years in the capacity as the Director of Special Education, School Psychologist, Middle School Counselor and Licensed Marriage Family Therapist.  Most recently, her focus and passion has been developing district-wide academic and... Read More →
avatar for Susanna Winstead

Susanna Winstead

Principal, Redding School District / Sycamore Elementary School
Susanna Winstead is currently a TK-5th grade principal at Sycamore Elementary School of a traditional & dual immersion (Spanish/English) program in Redding, Ca. Mrs. Winstead has been an administrator at the Elementary & Middle School levels for 12 years. She began teaching in... Read More →



Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Orange County 1

8:30am

Providing FAPE in a Small District
Small and mid-size school districts, defined as having an Average Daily Attendance under 5,000 students, have unique issues when it comes to offering a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to their students. Finding appropriate and qualified staff is often difficult, particularly for rural and/or isolated districts. Programmatic options often are limited. Additionally, a single due process complaint can put a yearly budget into a tailspin. This presentation will provide small and mid-size school districts with legal and practical advice on how to solve such issues. Ms. Nix will have Mindy Fattig, Director of the Humboldt-Del Norte SELPA, co-present to help address the practical issues associated with legal compliance with special education laws. Ms. Fattig serves 32 small and mid-size local educational agencies in a rural two-county area. The workshop will be delivered through a Power Point lecture with accompanying materials.

Speakers
JN

Jennifer Nix

Associate General Counsel, School & College Legal Services



Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Orange County 3

8:30am

Special Ed 201: Part III- Strategizing the Difficult Complaints for a Successful Resolution
In Part three of this four-part strand, we will highlight advanced level issues and solutions for complex complaints, including how to decide on whether the District should file for due process hearing or mediation-only and how to successfully handle the filing of simultaneous compliance complaints, due process hearings and/or OCR complaints. We will review case law and present tips and practices that experienced practitioners can incorporate into their procedures to reduce the number of disputes and to obtain favorable outcomes when disputes cannot be resolved amicably.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Baldassari

Jennifer Baldassari

Senior Counsel, Lozano Smith
avatar for Amanda E.Ruiz

Amanda E.Ruiz

Senior Counsel, Lozano Smith
Amanda E. Ruiz is Senior Counsel in Lozano Smith's Fresno office and co-chair of the firm's Special Education Practice Group. Ms. Ruiz represents school district clients, focusing on the Special Education, Students, Labor & Employment and Litigation practice areas. Ms. Ruiz assists... Read More →



Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Orange County 2

8:30am

The Best Kept Secret in Education: Alternative Education
Alternative education has historically been labeled as “the school to which the bad students are sent.” Due to recent legislation and the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to modify behaviors, the “alternative school” looks different in its purpose and population. Many school districts have converted their alternative schools into Independent Study programs, essentially eliminating the educational vehicle needed for those students who do not fit into the educational mainstream path. Alternative education students need to be seen, heard, and taught just like students in the comprehensive schools. By only offering Independent Study, other alternative educational vehicles are eliminated. Why the traditional alternative education model is the best kept secret is answered. At the end of this presentation, participants will: identify key issues at sites/districts that will result in student success when an action plan is developed and implemented with fidelity; define site/district/community needs and backwards design through a collaborative process and develop systems that will result in student success (academic, social, emotional); describe prior/current site/district challenges, a list of real and perceived problems must be identified, then strategically and realistically develop an action plan to resolve over a period of time (generally years); and discover the power of education when all stakeholders are united by the same vision, that each student will be seen, heard, and taught to reach their greatest potential.

Speakers
BB

Beatrice Blake

Colton JUSD - Washington High School
CB

Christian Burner

Principal, Colton JUSD - Washington High School


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Elite 1

8:30am

Beyond Braille: Serving Students with Visual Impairments
Have you ever had a blind or visually impaired student show up in your district and have no idea where to start? Have you had a parent insisting on VI eligibility or services, but your team was not in agreement? There is more to serving students with Visual Impairments than teaching them Braille. Let us demystify Visual Impairment and help you feel more prepared for your next VI student. In this session, we will provide an overview of definitions, eligibility, and services as they relate to students with Visual Impairments. We will also review issues arising from recent federal guidance related to eligibility and services for this population. Additionally, we will tackle issues related to recruitment and retention of Teachers of the Visually Impaired. The presenters will also cover the many no-cost or low-cost resources provided by the California School for the Blind, including short courses, technical assistance, consultation, assessments, and placements.

Speakers

Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom GH

10:00am

Coffee Break
Grab a cup of coffee with our sponsors and exhibitors!

Friday February 15, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand Ballroom F

10:15am

Accessing Abilities: Designing for All Learners
More students are coming to school with a varying array of abilities. And teachers are exploring new ways to not only support these learners, but to also personalize every student's learning experience. At Apple, we believe that technology should be accessible to everyone. Join us at this hands-on event to learn about tools and resources from Apple that allow all students to explore, communicate, and create in new and powerful ways.


Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Orange County 4

10:15am

Am I Listening
This session will address the following objectives: know the signs of trauma and understand the effects on the brain; learn techniques on being transformational in the lives of students; use a “one sentence” intervention to reach challenging students; and know the three steps to follow when a student has suicide ideation.

Speakers
JS

Jordy Sparks

Director of Student Services, Oceanside Unified School District
TW

Tim Ware

School Safety & Security, Oceanside Unified School District


Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Marquis Grand Ballroom

10:15am

Beyond the Binary: Supporting Gender Non-Conforming Students at School
Education Code section 221.5(f), went into effect approximately five years ago. This section reinforced existing law applicable to gender non-conforming students at school and ignited a state wide conversation about districts’ obligation to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all students, including key issues related to names and pronouns, mandatory records, privacy concerns, accessibility to single-sex facilities, dress codes, discipline, bullying, harassment and discrimination, and participation in physical education and extra-curricular athletics. This presentation will review practices that have been used to address these issues and discuss guidelines for administrators to fully comply with the letter and spirit of the law.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Townsend

Pamela Townsend

Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley


Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Elite 3

10:15am

Building Collaborative Partnerships with Multiple Agencies
In its third year of implementation, Tulare County located in rural Central California, has developed a partnership amongst educational systems, social services, mental health, probation and juvenile court system, and court appointed child advocates, to best work in collaboration to ensure services are being delivered to all students in need. This presentation will be a panel format, where county representatives will briefly speak to their specific departments and share the capacity in which they work with other partners at the table. Some specific cases will be shared as examples of obstacles faced and how to navigate through them by the partnerships of panelists and the additional support of Community Based Organizations and alternative Children’s Mental Health providers as options. With the main focus of positive graduate outcomes as well as maintaining LEA target growth, the team will share their vision and promotion of students reaching independent success, one learner at a time. There will be opportunities for Q & A at the end for participants.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Wilshire

Beth Wilshire

Foster youth Services Coordinator/Homeless Liaison, Tulare County Office of Education
avatar for Jennifer Biagio

Jennifer Biagio

Program Specialist, Tulare County Office of Education
avatar for Tiffany Stark

Tiffany Stark

Program Manager, Intervention Resource Classrooms
avatar for Anita Ortiz

Anita Ortiz

Director, Child Welfare Services
avatar for Honorable Juliet Boccone

Honorable Juliet Boccone

Presiding Juvenile Court Judge, Tulare County



Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Orange County 1

10:15am

Do We Need a 1:1 Para-Education: Yes, No, Maybe? An Administrator’s Dilemma
With over sixty percent of special needs students now spending 80% or more of their time in general education classes, requests for 1:1 Para-educators will likely increase. The Student Inventory for Behavior Support (SIBS) is designed to help administrators decide whether a student requires the intense support of a 1:1 Para-educator, and if not, what alternative interventions may be implemented in the classroom. The SIBS online system simplifies this decision making process by producing a data profile of student behavior based on classroom observations.

Participants will learn how SIBS converts classroom observations into a data profile of a student; learn from case illustrations how SIBS graphics yield data to understand the student’s ability to sustain work effort, and how much do non-engaged behaviors stop productivity; learn that the data profile from SIBS will give interventions based on a continuum of mild to intense for use in IEPs, 504 and RtI plans; and will receive a sample copy of an actual case with Comprehensive Narrative Report and supporting graphics to see the usefulness of the information for meetings with parents and teachers.

Speakers
JA

John A. Calisco, Ph.D.

Author Student Inventory for Behavior Support, Winsor Learning



Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Grand Ballroom AB

10:15am

Education Politics and Policy in 2019: Impact on California Schools - CANCELLED
Join this session for the latest information on the most significant education policy and political issues in 2019. The presentation will include an update on the Governor’s 2019-20 Budget proposal as well as a discussion of pressing legislative issues that will and could impact schools in the coming year. The ACSA staff will also examine the upcoming statewide elections and provide analysis on what it could mean for California schools.

Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Elite 2

10:15am

Parent Engagement Through the Lens of Equity
Creating inviting and welcoming school environments is essential for all school communities. Under LCAP, many school districts have added or strengthened parent engagement strategies. Traditional parent engagement strategies have involved “getting parents through the door.” Many parents and guardians from diverse backgrounds, however, have expressed concern that they do not feel welcome or comfortable in the school setting. Almost all teachers and administrators want to involve families in schools, but many have not been trained or prepared to build positive and productive partnerships with families from diverse cultures, backgrounds and ethnicities. Amid advances in technology, schools have opportunities to connect with parents and guardians in ways that did not exist ten years ago. This workshop will present innovative programs and strategies to increase parent engagement, with emphasis on meaningful engagement and empowerment of families of color.

Speakers
avatar for Mildred Browne, Ed.D.

Mildred Browne, Ed.D.

Consultant, SPP-TAP & Ascendency Solutions, Napa County Office of Education
avatar for Felicia Stuckey-Smith

Felicia Stuckey-Smith

Director, Student Services, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
avatar for James Wogan

James Wogan

Manager, Student Services, Berkeley Unified School District
James C. Wogan, LCSW, PPSC is a dedicated school administrator with Berkeley Unified School District in Alameda County, CA. Before joining Berkeley Unified in 2018 as Manager of the Student Services Department, James was a school administrator with Mt. Diablo Unified School District... Read More →



Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Elite 1+2

10:15am

Past Pattern of Behavior: Issues in Disciplining Students “Not Yet Eligible” for Special Education
The added layers of protection for students eligible for special education services requires that school districts carefully evaluate the effect of a child’s disability on that conduct. However, provisions in the IDEA also provide that students who are “not yet eligible” for special education services are entitled to the “same protection” in discipline as those already served with IEPs. Scant direction exists for school districts when a general education student violates a code of conduct and afterwards claims IDEA protections. This presentation will review the differing interpretations of this provision by the Office of Administrative Hearings and provide recommendations for general education disciplinary procedures that can limit complications from later claims that a student is “not yet eligible” for special education services.

Speakers
SO

Shawn Olson Brown

Attorney at Law, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
avatar for David Mishook

David Mishook

Attorney, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
David Mishook is a senior associate in F3's Oakland office and co-chair of the firm's Litigation Practice Group. An experienced trial and appellate litigator, Mr. Mishook has appeared in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the state. In addition to his work in... Read More →



Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Orange County 3

10:15am

Practical Legal Guidance for Supporting Students Who Have Experienced Trauma
School administrators are continuing to seek guidance regarding the intersection of trauma-informed education practices and legal obligations to students under Section 504 and the IDEA. Get valuable tips for effectively navigating this hot topic. This presentation will review recent cases addressing student trauma and the importance of implementing trauma-informed practices to appropriately addressing individual student needs.


Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Grand Ballroom JK

10:15am

Special Ed 201: Part IV-Practical Problem Solving and Case Management for the Experienced Special Education Administrator
In the final and fourth session of this advanced strand, we will present three cases or hypotheticals. We will ask participants to work in smaller groups to identify potential issues, liability, and solutions to address difficult cases involving residency, custody and decision making authority (i.e. determining the “parent” or decision maker); unconsented IEPs and attendance issues. This practical approach will build on the informed presented in the previous three sessions of the strand and allow for a facilitated discussion of avoiding compliance pitfalls and implementing best practices to avoid errors and liability.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah L. Garcia

Sarah L. Garcia

Partner, Lozano Smith



Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Orange County 2

10:15am

Support for General Education Students with Behavior Concerns: CARE
This presentation will focus on a Social Emotional Intervention; General Education CARE Class (Comprehensive Assessment, Research and Evaluation). This Tier III intervention is a 12 week program where students leave their home site and attend CARE Class. The class serves students with behaviors that are interfering with their access to the general education setting. It includes a wrap-around service, model classrooms for push in, mental health services, mindfulness for self-regulation and parenting classes. The purpose of this model is to address the needs of the student and family before any special education testing. We are in our second year of implementation and the success has been astounding. Students that would normally have been tested and maybe designated for special education for emotional disturbance are successfully returning to their home sites and managing in the general education setting. The presentation would include information on why this is so important, the data around the success and challenges of the program, referral process, funding and staffing, schedules, curriculum, parent commitment, content of parent classes and support as students transition back to their home schools.

 CARE Presentation for ACSA.pdf
 SLIDE 17 - Resource #1 "Sample CARE Plan upon E...
 SLIDE 17 - Resource #2 "OQ Measures - Mental He...
 SLIDE 17 - Resource #4 "Copy of Completed Data ...
 SLIDE 18 - Resource #2 "Brochure OQ Measures Tr...
 SLIDE 18 - Resource #3 "Referral Path".pdf
 SLIDE 18 - Resource #4 "CARE Referral Packet".pdf
 Z. BOOK: Research Article 1.pdf
 Z. BOOK: Research Article 2.pdf

Speakers
JB

Jennifer Benson

Mental Health Clinician and Coordinator
CB

Cindy Brown

Director of Elementary Education, Fairfield Suisun Unified School District
ML

Martha Lacy

Assistant Director of Elementary Education



Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Grand Ballroom CD

10:15am

Supporting Inclusive Practices: A Statewide Project
This interactive presentation begins with an overview of the California Department of Education’s Supporting Inclusive Practices (SIP) project, which is a collaborative effort between project the Riverside County Office of Education as a southern California partner and El Dorado County/Charter SELPA as a northern California partner. The purpose of SIP is to provide technical assistance to local educational agencies to build, implement, sustain, monitor, and scale up evidence-based practices within integrated educational systems of student support to increase inclusion of students with disabilities in general education settings. The SIP project assists the California Department of Education, Special Education Division in meeting federal requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B, and the California State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report Indicators 5, 6, and 7 focused on least restrictive environment and preschool student outcomes, and Indicator 3, statewide assessments specifically for students in preschool through third grade. For this important project to be successful, it is imperative that the most capable teams from both general education and special education arenas come together to support all learners viewing progress through results driven accountability and an educational justice lens. This presentation will provide an overview of SIP, project outcomes, and expansion plans as an exemplar technical assistance support for LEAs statewide; enhance participants’ understanding of improvement science and what it means in their school communities beginning with a shared vision, mission values, and goals; and review online resources with participants including access to free webinars and training events around specially designed instruction, universal design for learning, co-teaching, student engagement, organizational health, policy to practice, and professional learning communities.

There are several resources available for access and download on our website: www.sipinclusion.org

Speakers
KB

Kristin Brooks

Executive Director, Riverside County Office of Education



Friday February 15, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Grand Ballroom GH

12:00pm