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Special Education Summer Conference 2019 - Soaring To New Heights

The Region 17 Education Service Center is excited to announce the annual professional development conference dedicated to Special Education topics.  This two-day conference will provide many opportunities for participants to learn and engage in all specialty areas. 

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Region 17 is partnering with Texas Tech University Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research to provide the conference.

This conference will offer 6.0 CEs each day (pending approval) for LPCs, LSSPs, Social Workers and Speech Pathologist. 

Participants will only be granted credit for the breakout sessions attended. 

Location: Region 17 Education Service Center 1111 West Loop 289, Lubbock, TX  79416

Conference Fee: $25.00 Region 17 districts

                               $125.00 out of Region

Local agencies (within Region 17) call 806-281-5701 for registration code. 

If you are a parent of a child with special needs within Region 17 or have questions about the conference, contact Alma Reinhart or Evelyn Gilson.

Please have your method of payment available at the time of registration.

Registration closes May 24th.

Conference cancellations must be made by May 24th in order to receive a refund. 

For Registration questions contact Alma Reinhart at 806-281-5701 or areinhart@esc17.net

For Payment questions contact Evelyn Gilson at 806-281-5867 or egilson@esc17.net



Keynote (Required)
(Tuesday, June 04, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Session ID: 631783
“You Make a Difference”
Seats Filled: 461 / 600
Fee: $25.00
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference B

Important Breakout Information:
Join us as Anthony shares his personal story of challenges he experienced throughout his own childhood as he and his parents learned how to navigate his diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and how they overcame a multitude of challenges along the way.
Session 1 (Required)
(Tuesday, June 04, 2019 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM)
Session ID: 631784
Inferencing in the Elementary Classroom: Why is it so hard?
Seats Filled: 59 / 80
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference F

Important Breakout Information:
Learn strategies to help struggling learners make inferences at the secondary level. Practical and fun strategies for teaching inferencing will be presented that can be implemented in all classrooms. Susan Penny, a seasoned public school educator with 29 years experience, is full of energy and excitement. She has a lifelong love for all types of learners and believes all students can be successful. Objectives: Participants will 1) identify two inferencing techniques used in a secondary classroom. 2) identify two technology-based activities used with inferencing
Session ID: 631785
Special Education Strategic Plan Updates from TEA and Implications for Evaluation Personnel
Seats Filled: 53 / 80
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference A

Important Breakout Information:
This session will provide updates from TEA regarding the Special Education Strategic Plan and how that impacts Special Education evaluation personnel. The status of the Corrective Action Plan will also be reviewed and new resources from TEA for the 2019-20 school year will be shared.
Session ID: 631786
Service Intensity Tools and Decision-Making for Serving Students with Visual Impairments
Seats Filled: 15 / 60
Location:Region 17 ESC, Rogers

Important Breakout Information:
VISSIT/O&M VISSIT Service Intensity documents are essential parts of determining caseload size and intensity of services to students with visual impairments. VISSIT means Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity of Texas. Dr. Darst did the research for and helped to create these evidence-based tools for use by VI Teachers, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Special Education Directors. VISSIT/O&M VISSIT will help establish TVI caseload size, COMS caseload size, type/location of services, and frequency and length of services. Join us to learn more about these organizational, easy-to-use tools that will enhance the services you provide to students with visual impairments.
Session ID: 631787
Developing a Rocking PLAAFP
Seats Filled: 59 / 80
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference D

Important Breakout Information:
This session will focus on the portion of the ARD process related to developing a student's Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP). The PLAAFP is truly the “heart” of an IEP. Effective PLAAFPs create a firm foundation to support the remainder of the IEP. Resources and strategies will be discussed to help create a PLAAFP that will support developing enrolled grade level measurable annual academic & functional goals and specially designed instruction for your students.
Session ID: 631788
Teaching Students Self-Determination Skills for Post-Secondary Transition Planning
Seats Filled: 47 / 60
Location:Region 17 ESC, Douglas

Important Breakout Information:
The purpose of this session is to identify and share effective tools and strategies for teaching self-determination. Teaching students self-determination skills will increase their knowledge of the IEP/ARD process, assist them with setting and achieving post-secondary transition goals, and improve communication skills. Participants will gain knowledge, skills, and strategies for teaching post-secondary transition goal setting, assisting students with expressing their goals, and taking action to reach those goals.
Session ID: 631789
Student Discipline and Manifestation Determination (MD) ARD meetings
Seats Filled: 32 / 60
Location:Region 17 ESC, Neely

Important Breakout Information:
Participants will learn the federal and state requirements for disciplining students with disabilities This session will provide guidance and legal requirements for Manifestation Determination ARD meetings.
Session ID: 631790
Engagement Strategies for Struggling and Reluctant Learners
Seats Filled: 78 / 80
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference E

Important Breakout Information:
The key to student success is high levels of engagement with student-led activities and discussion that maintain and increase content rigor. This session takes common teaching strategies and delivery methods and layers on levels of individualization while turning up the fun! Participants will leave with the ability to incorporate research-based collaborative methods into daily lesson plans or home activities, learn innovative participation methods that move away from traditional hand raising response methods and have hands-on practice individualizing activities to meet individual student rigor needs.
Session ID: 631791
Discover Accommodation Central: An Online Tool for Finding and Implementing Accommodations
Seats Filled: 31 / 80
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference B

Important Breakout Information:
For many educators, finding, implementing, and monitoring accommodations can be a challenging and confusing task. But it doesn’t have to be! Accommodation Central is a free, online tool that provides current information on supports for students. Accommodation Central has everything educators need: quick access to accommodations that support student learning, practical tips, deeper learning, and a virtual community. This presentation will provide background information about accommodations and the Accommodation Central website. In addition, participants will explore all that Accommodation Central has to offer, including examples, steps for implementation, state testing allowability, downloadable resources, and instructional videos.
Session ID: 631792
It Takes a Village. Collaboration Between Schools, Families, and Outside Providers
Seats Filled: 76 / 80
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference C

Important Breakout Information:
Texas Tech Doctoral candidate and graduate research assistant, Cyndi O’Toole will share her experiences and the importance of creating a positive, collaborative team to best support students with disabilities.
Session ID: 631793
Unable to Attend Session 1
Seats Filled: 7 / 50
Location:Other, TBD

Important Breakout Information:
Choose this session if you are UNABLE to attend breakout Session 1. You will receive 0 credits
Session 2 (Required)
(Tuesday, June 04, 2019 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
Session ID: 631794
Inferencing in the Elementary Classroom: Why is it so hard?
Seats Filled: 76 / 100
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference F

Important Breakout Information:
Learn strategies to help struggling learners make inferences in elementary classroom settings. Practical and fun strategies for teaching inferencing will be presented that can be implemented in all subject areas. Susan Penny, a seasoned public school educator with 29 years experience, is full of energy and excitement. She has a lifelong love for all types of learners and believes all students can be successful. Objectives: Participants will 1) identify two inferencing techniques used in an elementary classroom. 2) identify two technology-based activities used with inferencing
Session ID: 631795
Special Education Strategic Plan Updates from TEA and Implications for Evaluation Personnel (Repeat)
Seats Filled: 29 / 60
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference A

Important Breakout Information:
This session will provide updates from TEA regarding the Special Education Strategic Plan and how that impacts Special Education evaluation personnel. The status of the Corrective Action Plan will also be reviewed and new resources from TEA for the 2019-20 school year will be shared.
Session ID: 631796
Service Intensity Tools and Decision-Making for Serving Students with Visual Impairments (Repeat)
Seats Filled: 17 / 60
Location:Region 17 ESC, Rogers

Important Breakout Information:
VISSIT/O&M VISSIT Service Intensity documents are essential parts of determining caseload size and intensity of services to students with visual impairments. VISSIT means Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity of Texas. Dr. Darst did the research for and helped to create these evidence-based tools for use by VI Teachers, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Special Education Directors. VISSIT/O&M VISSIT will help establish TVI caseload size, COMS caseload size, type/location of services, and frequency and length of services. Join us to learn more about these organizational, easy-to-use tools that will enhance the services you provide to students with visual impairments.
Session ID: 631797
Developing a Rocking PLAAFP (Repeat)
Seats Filled: 54 / 80
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference D

Important Breakout Information:
This session will focus on the portion of the ARD process related to developing a student's Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP). The PLAAFP is truly the “heart” of an IEP. Effective PLAAFPs create a firm foundation to support the remainder of the IEP. Resources and strategies will be discussed to help create a PLAAFP that will support developing enrolled grade level measurable annual academic & functional goals and specially designed instruction for your students
Session ID: 631798
Teaching Students Self-Determination Skills for Post-Secondary Transition Planning (Repeat)
Seats Filled: 36 / 60
Location:Region 17 ESC, Douglas

Important Breakout Information:
The purpose of this session is to identify and share effective tools and strategies for teaching self-determination. Teaching students self-determination skills will increase their knowledge of the IEP/ARD process, assist them with setting and achieving post-secondary transition goals, and improve communication skills. Participants will gain knowledge, skills, and strategies for teaching post-secondary transition goal setting, assisting students with expressing their goals, and taking action to reach those goals.
Session ID: 631799
Student Discipline and Manifestation Determination (MD) ARD meetings (Repeat)
Seats Filled: 44 / 60
Location:Region 17 ESC, Neely

Important Breakout Information:
Participants will learn the federal and state requirements for disciplining students with disabilities This session will provide guidance and legal requirements for Manifestation Determination ARD meetings.
Session ID: 631800
Engagement Strategies for Struggling and Reluctant Learners (Repeat)
Seats Filled: 80 / 80
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference E

Important Breakout Information:
The key to student success is high levels of engagement with student-led activities and discussion that maintain and increase content rigor. This session takes common teaching strategies and delivery methods and layers on levels of individualization while turning up the fun! Participants will leave with the ability to incorporate research-based collaborative methods into daily lesson plans or home activities, learn innovative participation methods that move away from traditional hand raising response methods and have hands-on practice individualizing activities to meet individual student rigor needs.
This session is full.
Session ID: 631801
Discover Accommodation Central: An Online Tool for Finding and Implementing Accommodations (Repeat)
Seats Filled: 70 / 80
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference B

Important Breakout Information:
For many educators, finding, implementing, and monitoring accommodations can be a challenging and confusing task. But it doesn’t have to be! Accommodation Central is a free, online tool that provides current information on supports for students. Accommodation Central has everything educators need: quick access to accommodations that support student learning, practical tips, deeper learning, and a virtual community. This presentation will provide background information about accommodations and the Accommodation Central website. In addition, participants will explore all that Accommodation Central has to offer, including examples, steps for implementation, state testing allowability, downloadable resources, and instructional videos.
Session ID: 631802
Measuring success in transition programs –what do positive outcomes look like for those working in adult settings
Seats Filled: 44 / 60
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference C

Important Breakout Information:
Dr. Dotson will look at what data and measures make up a successful transition program and how to develop one that will positively impact students the day the school bus stops coming.
Session ID: 631803
Unable to Attend Session 2
Seats Filled: 7 / 50
Location:Other, TBD

Important Breakout Information:
Choose this session if you are UNABLE to attend breakout Session 2. You will receive 0 credits
Session 3 (Required)
(Wednesday, June 05, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Session ID: 631804
Best Practices for FIE Writing and Documenting Growth in the FIE
Seats Filled: 59 / 65
Location:Region 17 ESC, Douglas

Important Breakout Information:
Communicating the results of the FIE in both written and spoken form can set the stage for the parent-school relationship for years to come. This session will assist participants to reach the following outcomes: a) improve readability and reporting of results b) write legally and defensible statements regarding eligibility c) communicate the results effectively The session will also provide information on documenting growth in the FIE to provide evidence of student progress.
Session ID: 631805
Legal Requirements for FAPE and ARD Committee
Seats Filled: 22 / 60
Location:Region 17 ESC, Neely

Important Breakout Information:
This session will focus on state and federal laws for providing FAPE to students with disabilities. Requirements for conducting a legally compliant ARD committee meeting will also be reviewed.
Session ID: 631806
Discipline with Dignity
Seats Filled: 113 / 125
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference A

Important Breakout Information:
This highly practical seminar was specifically developed to help you work more successfully with difficult-to-reach students. Brian will show you how to apply the renowned Discipline with Dignity® approach with tailored, new strategies that will help even your most challenging students. Numerous, highly effective methods of discipline prevention and intervention with difficult, unmotivated and hard-to-reach students will be offered. You’ll learn a variety of ways for diffusing power struggles; as well as problem solving; calming and self-control strategies; all while establishing a discipline program aimed at preventing most discipline problems before they occur. You’ll leave this seminar with a great variety of strategies you’ll be able to use immediately in your own classroom or school.
Session ID: 631807
Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Rules in Social Situations
Seats Filled: 71 / 80
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference B

Important Breakout Information:
The Hidden Curriculum refers to the set of rules or guidelines that are often not directly taught but are assumed to be known (Garrett, 1984; Hemmings, 2000; Jackson, 1968; Kanpur, 1989). This curriculum contains items that impact social interactions, school performance, and sometimes health and well-being. The curriculum also includes unspoken rules, slang, metaphors, body language, etc. While this information may be intuitive for neurotypical individuals, it is not for those with autism or other special needs. This session includes practical tips for teaching these hidden social needs to children and to adults and stresses the importance of making these a part of everyday life. At the end of the session, participants will be able to: 1.Define the hidden curriculum 2.Explain the hidden curriculum’s applicability to school, community, and home 3.Identify hidden curriculum areas and items across preschool, middle school, high school, and adulthood
Session ID: 631808
Reading IS a Life Skill! Literacy Instruction for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
Seats Filled: 69 / 80
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference D

Important Breakout Information:
Students with significant cognitive disabilities are individuals with unique learning needs and interests, who with the right supports, benefit greatly from literacy instruction. This session will provide strategies and resources to help create meaningful literacy and communication instruction.
Session ID: 631809
“Write On”
Seats Filled: 34 / 60
Location:Region 17 ESC, Rogers

Important Breakout Information:
Teaching writing to students with moderate to severe disabilities.
Session ID: 631810
Effective Strategies & Interventions to Address Problem Behavior in the School Setting
Seats Filled: 72 / 80
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference C

Important Breakout Information:
Dr. Hamrick will look at developing effective, functionally appropriate interventions that can be effectively implemented in the school environment.
Session ID: 631811
Unable to Attend Session 3
Seats Filled: 16 / 80
Location:Other, TBD

Important Breakout Information:
Choose this session if you are UNABLE to attend breakout Session 3. You will receive 0 credits
Session 4 (Required)
(Wednesday, June 05, 2019 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Session ID: 631812
Best Practices for FIE Writing and Documenting Growth in the FIE (Repeat)
Seats Filled: 32 / 60
Location:Region 17 ESC, Douglas

Important Breakout Information:
Communicating the results of the FIE in both written and spoken form can set the stage for the parent-school relationship for years to come. This session will assist participants to reach the following outcomes: a) improve readability and reporting of results b) write legally and defensible statements regarding eligibility c) communicate the results effectively The session will also provide information on documenting growth in the FIE to provide evidence of student progress.
Session ID: 631813
Legal Requirements for FAPE and ARD Committee meetings (Repeat)
Seats Filled: 60 / 65
Location:Region 17 ESC, Neely

Important Breakout Information:
This session will focus on state and federal laws for providing FAPE to students with disabilities. Requirements for conducting a legally compliant ARD committee meeting will also be reviewed.
Session ID: 631814
Motivating all students to Believe, Achieve, and Succeed
Seats Filled: 121 / 125
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference A

Important Breakout Information:
You know from experience that every year you will be given some difficult students who will challenge you to the ends of your patience. Their disruptive behavior will have a negative impact on you and their classmates. However, there are ways to deal with these difficult kids that not only prevents their disruptive behavior, but also gets them motivated and excited about school. This exciting seminar will give you specific strategies to use in the classroom immediately to get the best out of your difficult, disruptive and seemingly uninterested students.
Session ID: 631815
Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Rules in Social Situations (Repeat)
Seats Filled: 63 / 80
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference B

Important Breakout Information:
The Hidden Curriculum refers to the set of rules or guidelines that are often not directly taught but are assumed to be known (Garrett, 1984; Hemmings, 2000; Jackson, 1968; Kanpur, 1989). This curriculum contains items that impact social interactions, school performance, and sometimes health and well-being. The curriculum also includes unspoken rules, slang, metaphors, body language, etc. While this information may be intuitive for neurotypical individuals, it is not for those with autism or other special needs. This session includes practical tips for teaching these hidden social needs to children and to adults and stresses the importance of making these a part of everyday life. At the end of the session, participants will be able to: 1.Define the hidden curriculum 2.Explain the hidden curriculum’s applicability to school, community, and home 3.Identify hidden curriculum areas and items across preschool, middle school, high school, and adulthood
Session ID: 631816
Reading IS a Life Skill! Literacy Instruction for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (Repeat)
Seats Filled: 62 / 80
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference D

Important Breakout Information:
Students with significant cognitive disabilities are individuals with unique learning needs and interests, who with the right supports, benefit greatly from literacy instruction. This session will provide strategies and resources to help create meaningful literacy and communication instruction.
Session ID: 631817
“Write On” (Repeat)
Seats Filled: 47 / 60
Location:Region 17 ESC, Rogers

Important Breakout Information:
Teaching writing to students with moderate to severe disabilities.
Session ID: 631818
Multidisciplinary Interventions for Complex Cases: ABA, PCIT, & TFCBT
Seats Filled: 60 / 80
Location:Region 17 ESC, South Conference C

Important Breakout Information:
This collaborative workshop will look at the importance of embracing multidisciplinary approaches to intervention using applied behavior analysis, parent-child interaction therapy, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy to support students with complex needs. This session will also address the roles that schools may play as part of this collaborative team.
Session ID: 631819
Unable to Attend Session 4
Seats Filled: 13 / 50
Location:Other, TBD

Important Breakout Information:
Choose this session if you are UNABLE to attend breakout Session 4. You will receive 0 credits


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1111 West Loop 289 | Lubbock, TX 79416
Voice: 806-792-4000 | Fax: 806-792-1523


Business Hours: Monday - Friday | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Per HB 462, resources and services provided by Region 17 ESC are solely aligned with, and designed to support, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) adopted by the State Board of Education.