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Monday, June 17
 

TBA

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Monday June 17, 2019 TBA

8:00am

Registration
Monday June 17, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
1st Level

9:00am

Welcome
Monday June 17, 2019 9:00am - 9:15am
Exhibit Hall A&B

9:15am

Keynote
Speakers
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Todd Theobald

Insight Educational Solutions
A self-described



Monday June 17, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am
Exhibit Hall A&B

10:30am

Break
Monday June 17, 2019 10:30am - 10:45am
Hallway

10:45am

Building Blocks Overview: Supporting MTSS in Early Childhood
This is an introductory session on Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs. This guide is easy to use with any existing curriculum. Building Blocks gives educators three types of practical, research-based inclusion strategies that promote progress in critical areas like behavior, emergent literacy and peer relationships.

Speakers

Monday June 17, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Cascade A

10:45am

How Can We Ensure Tier III is Different from Tier II? By Systematically Applying the Taxonomy of Intervention Intensity!
If you and your MTSS team struggle to articulate what differentiates supports at Tier II and Tier III, this session is for you! This interactive session will introduce participants to the taxonomy of intervention intensity (Fuchs, Fuchs, & Malone, 2017), which provides a systematic structure for educators and teams to (1) identify evidence-based interventions or practices at Tier II and (2) apply the taxonomy to intensify those supports at Tier III for students with persistent academic and/or behavioral needs.

Speakers
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Teri Marx

American Institutes for Research
Teri Marx, Ph.D., a Senior Researcher in the Policy, Practice, and Systems Change Service Area, joined the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in 2014. Dr. Marx provides technical assistance and professional development to states and school districts, by providing expertise and... Read More →
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Sarah Benz

American Institutes for Research
Sarah Benz, Ph.D. is a researcher in the Policy, Practice, and Systems Change Service Area at American Institutes for Research. She joined AIR in 2017. Dr. Benz provides technical assistance and professional development to states and school districts under the National Center on Intensive... Read More →



Monday June 17, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Cascade B

10:45am

Increasing Literacy Learning through Teacher Clarity and Evidence-Based Instructional Delivery
This presentation will focus on the qualities of explicit, systematic instruction including alignment with standards, scaffolding, specific monitoring and feedback, and opportunities to respond to increase student learning. The terms explicit and systematic are often used interchangeably but they are not the same thing.The attributes of effective instruction have been studied extensively in many disciplines since the mid-1960s. Examples shared in this presentation will be taken from the scientific research base in reading/literacy and effective schools and teachers.

Speakers
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Rebecca Donaldson

Utah State Board of Education
Dr. Rebecca Donaldson earned a B.S. in Elementary Education at BYU. She completed a M.Ed. and Ph.D. at Utah State University with an emphasis in literacy. Becky currently serves as an educational coordinator for the Utah State Board of Education. She has been an enthusiastic educator... Read More →



Monday June 17, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Soldier Creek

10:45am

Pie for Everybody! How One District is Scaling Implementation of Tiered Supports
Following initial implementation in 4 schools, efforts to scale across 90 sites are in process. Achieving this requires promoting, informing, and engaging (PIE) stakeholders through the use of technology including micro-credentialing, mobile apps, marketing videos, Microsoft Teams and infographics. Participants will identify strategies and begin plans for marketing and scaling their tiered supports efforts in their local education agency.

Speakers
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Devin Healey

Davis School District
Devin Healey is a Tiered Supports Coordinator in the Student and Family Resources department of Davis School District. He previously served as the director of the Utah Multi-Tier System of Supports project at the Utah State Board of Education. He has worked as a school psychologist... Read More →
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Steve Loveland

Davis School District
Steve Loveland is a tiered supports coordinator in the student and family resources department in Davis School District. He has previously worked as a school psychologist and a related services coordinator in Davis. He has supported school in the areas of least restrictive environment... Read More →



Monday June 17, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Cascade E

10:45am

Using a Multi-Tiered System of Support to Get The Results You Want
This session will introduce Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and identify leadership practices that will create and sustain a student -centered learning culture while aligning the system initiatives, supports and resources in order to meet the needs of all students.

Speakers
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Kimberly Salomonson

WestEd
Kimberly Salomonson is a Senior Program Associate with the Center for Prevention & Early Intervention (CPEI) at WestEd. Kimberly provides coordination and professional development for state and district work in continuous quality improvement efforts designed to align systems, build... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Ballroom A

10:45am

Building Readers in Just 15 Minutes a Day
Dyad reading is a cooperative peer-assisted reading strategy; a strong reader and a struggling reader sit side by side and read aloud from a challenging text in unison for 15 minutes each day. With over 50 years of research, the Dyad reading method has been shown to promote literacy skills by incorporating sight and sound multisensory experience. We will briefly highlight the evidence for this strategy and its average impact of 2-3 years of reading growth on student outcomes in one year. This session will train participants on how to implement Dyad reading with in their schools.

Speakers
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Erika Thomas

Utah State Board of Education
Erika Thomas is a lifelong learner herself who believes every child can succeed when given the opportunity. Erika works for USBE as an Elementary Literacy Specialist. Her prior educational experience includes teaching in various elementary grade levels, technology integration coach... Read More →



Monday June 17, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Ballroom C

10:45am

Mathematics Programs, Data, and Adaptions: Meeting the Needs of Students Across and Within Tiers
As schools seek to increase student performance on state math assessments, the performance gap between students with and without disabilities and mathematics difficulties continues to widen. One-way schools are seeking to remediate mathematics is through providing support within MTSS. The session will first start with an overview of setting up a MTSS system, specific to mathematics. Secondly, the session will provide an overview of MTSS through the use of case studies and examples of how to incorporate mathematics evidence-based strategies such as multiple representations, student engagement, and student discussion. Additionally, participants will learn how to use data to identify students needing support in core instruction/Tier 1, as well as utilizing data to make changes to intervention instruction that leads to conceptual understanding, procedural fluency and positive student outcomes.

Speakers
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Kathleen Pfannenstiel

American Institutes for Research
Kathleen Hughes Pfannenstiel, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at American Institutes for Research. Currently, Dr. Pfannenstiel is principle investigator for an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) model demonstration grant. Additionally, she serves as a content specialist and... Read More →



Monday June 17, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Ballroom B

10:45am

Measuring and Improving School Climate
This presentation will summarize the findings from a systematic review of research on the effects of school wide interventions on school climate. In addition, we will discuss practical implications of our findings in regard to measuring school climate and improving MTSS supports for all students.

Speakers
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Cade Charlton

Brigham Young University
Cade is an assistant professor at Brigham Young University in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education. His research interests include the design and development of performance feedback systems and systems change. Cade received his doctorate from the Disability... Read More →
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Christian Sabey

Brigham Young University
Christian is an assistant professor who has worked at the school, district, and state level prior to joining the faculty at BYU. He has attended all three major universities in Utah (i.e., BYU, UofU, and USU)and recently graduated from USU with a degree in special education and a... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Cascade D

10:45am

Supporting Youth Who Experience Anxiety
With just a few simple strategies, classroom teachers and parents can support students with anxiety when they understand the causes of anxiety. This presentation will teach adults how to respond in helpful ways when students worry.

Speakers
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Ellie Young

BYU
Ellie L. Young, PhD is an associate professor in BYU’s school psychology program. She studies MTSS implementation in secondary settings, and social-emotional-behavioral screening in early adolescents.



Monday June 17, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Cascade C

12:00pm

Lunch
Monday June 17, 2019 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Exhibit Hall A&B

1:00pm

Implementing Positive Behavior Supports in the Preschool Classroom using Prevent, Teach, Reinforce
The session will clearly explain the importance of utilizing Positive Behavior Supports in the preschool classroom and why they are essential in creating a high-quality preschool class. Prevent, Teach, Reinforce is supported by research and and aligns with the use of Positive Behavior Supports in the process of behavior change. It supports and demonstrates the importance of utilizing classroom-wide strategies first, teaching replacement behaviors, and using positive reinforcement even in early childhood settings. The Instructor will provide you with useful strategies that can easily be implemented into the classroom, examples, demonstration videos, and useful handouts.

Speakers
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D Rachelle Blair

Jordan Child Development Center
D. Rachelle Blair has over 26 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities, special need, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has supported individuals across the lifespan, however, her focused has been on Early Childhood the past 18 years. She has a Masters Degree... Read More →



Monday June 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Cascade A

1:00pm

Charting the Course for Student Success- Establishing a clear path for learning at every level.
This session is for teachers, coaches, and administrators, focuses on the power of high quality instruction to transform student achievement. This collaborative session is designed to help participants break down the complexities of any standard or skill into a very clear road map for student learning. Together we will examine current practices and discuss what is working and what needs re-working, learn new strategies that help students take ownership of their own learning, and challenge our existing beliefs about the role assessments play in transforming our instructional practices.

Speakers
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Todd Theobald

Insight Educational Solutions
A self-described



Monday June 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Ballroom A

1:00pm

Solving an MTSS Mystery: What is the Core Ingredient to Student Success?
Core curricula are tools in our toolbox; but effective instruction is what makes those tools work! This session will introduce you to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and strategies for differentiating and scaffolding your instruction to meet all of your learner’s needs. Embedded within core instruction, these supports are powerful at increasing student-level outcomes. You will walk away with actionable strategies and a collection of resources to shore up your core!

Speakers
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Teri Marx

American Institutes for Research
Teri Marx, Ph.D., a Senior Researcher in the Policy, Practice, and Systems Change Service Area, joined the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in 2014. Dr. Marx provides technical assistance and professional development to states and school districts, by providing expertise and... Read More →
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Sarah Benz

American Institutes for Research
Sarah Benz, Ph.D. is a researcher in the Policy, Practice, and Systems Change Service Area at American Institutes for Research. She joined AIR in 2017. Dr. Benz provides technical assistance and professional development to states and school districts under the National Center on Intensive... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Cascade B

1:00pm

Transparent Teacher Practices: Supporting Ongoing Development of Instructional Expertise
Inviting feedback based upon clear success criteria is the most efficient and effective way to maintain and improve the level of practice for any complex skill, including the development of instructional expertise. To give and receive actionable feedback in the classroom setting, our practices need to be seen and heard by other professionals. Transparent Teacher Practices allow teachers to collaboratively develop their instructional expertise. These practices build the collective efficacy of a school staff, because they give educators an opportunity to own their professional development and learning and they foster the instructional leadership of not just individual teachers, but also the collaborative development of teams of teachers. Through discussion, reading, and exploration participants will be introduced to five Transparent Teacher Practices which are Learning Walkthroughs, Collaborative Coaching, Collaborative Lesson Study, Video Analysis, and Peer Coaching. Participants will explore each of these practices and understand how to implement them within the Transparent Teach Practices Cycle. During the session, participants will begin the groundwork of planning for the implementation of Transparent Teacher Practices. Through-self assessment they will identify the potential barriers to the implementation of Transparent Teacher Practices and collaboratively troubleshoot how to overcome these barriers.



Monday June 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Ballroom B

1:00pm

Utah's Portrait of a Graduate: Personalized Learning and Next Steps
What is our goal for K-12 education in Utah? Is it really credits and time in a seat, or do we have a larger vision for outcomes for students? This presentation will highlight Utah State Board of Education Portrait of a Graduate to look at how the state is re-visioning outcomes for our students. The presentation will not only share the state vision, but highlight resources for leaders to create their own Portrait of a Graduate for their community. Come and see the future of personalized learning! More information available at: https://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/competencybased

Speakers
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Sarah Young

Utah State Board of Education
Sarah Young is an Executive Coordinator with the Utah State Board of Education. She works with other leaders in the office to
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Laura Belnap

Utah State Board of Education
Laura Collier Belnap received her degrees from Utah State University and Western Governor’s University. She taught school in Logan, Utah, and Loveland, Colorado, where she was part of the state’s math advisory committee and also established a schoolwide program for grouping students... Read More →



Monday June 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Ballroom C

1:00pm

Solving for Why? Understanding Students Who Struggle with Math
This session will focus on learning about struggling students and assessing student knowledge and understanding in mathematics to guide intervention aimed at student success. Participants will be introduced to the Three Frames for Understanding Student Thinking. This framework is something that participants can take back and put to use in their own classroom.

Speakers
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Becky Unker

Utah State Board of Education
Becky Unker has developed a broad-based and a wide-ranging expertise as an educator with a depth of understanding of math curriculum that is seldom seen at the classroom or administrative level. With a dual major in Special and Elementary Education coupled with an M.E.D., ESL Endorsement... Read More →
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Jody Sailor

Instructure



Monday June 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Soldier Creek

1:00pm

Check-in, Check-out (CICO): An Evidenced-Based Tier 2 Intervention for Students at Risk
Check-in, check-out (CICO) is the most widely implemented Tier 2 intervention for students at risk. This presentation will provide an overview of how to implement CICO.

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Leanne Hawken

University of Utah
Dr. Leanne Hawken is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Utah. Her research focus is on positive behavior support with a specific emphasis on Tier 2 behavior interventions to support students at risk.



Monday June 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Cascade C

1:00pm

“My favorite subjects are recess, PE, and going home”: PBIS in unstructured settings.
Students typically love and need unstructured time in their school day. However, sometimes the lack of structure and clear expectations during unstructured time promotes behavior problems. While schools may be implementing positive behavior interventions and supports in the classroom and common areas, they should also prioritize prevention of behavior problems in unstructured settings. Participants will learn about models of implementation of PBIS on the playground, on the bus, and during P.E.

Speakers
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Devin Healey

Davis School District
Devin Healey is a Tiered Supports Coordinator in the Student and Family Resources department of Davis School District. He previously served as the director of the Utah Multi-Tier System of Supports project at the Utah State Board of Education. He has worked as a school psychologist... Read More →
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Allan Whitmore

Wastach School District
Allan Whitmore is a counselor in Wasatch School District at Midway Elementary. He previously has worked for Canyons School District as a teacher specialist focusing on prevention efforts. He is passionate about setting us school-wide PBIS systems and effectively teaching social skills... Read More →
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Steve Loveland

Davis School District
Steve Loveland is a tiered supports coordinator in the student and family resources department in Davis School District. He has previously worked as a school psychologist and a related services coordinator in Davis. He has supported school in the areas of least restrictive environment... Read More →



Monday June 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Cascade E

2:15pm

Break
Monday June 17, 2019 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Hallway

2:30pm

Phonemic Awareness and Phonics
This session will provide a hierarchy of teaching phonological skills and demonstrate some strategies for teaching these skills to young learners.

Speakers
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Jamie Robinson

Utah State Board of Education
Preschool - 2nd Grade Specialist Jamie loves to learn and share experiences in education with others. She has taught preschool through third grade over the past 19 years.
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Erika Thomas

Utah State Board of Education
Erika Thomas is a lifelong learner herself who believes every child can succeed when given the opportunity. Erika works for USBE as an Elementary Literacy Specialist. Her prior educational experience includes teaching in various elementary grade levels, technology integration coach... Read More →



Monday June 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cascade A

2:30pm

A Framework for Making Instructionally Sound Data-Based Decisions
“If a student is progressing according to plan, then the program is appropriate for the student. Otherwise, there is a flaw in the program and it needs to be changed in some way. In other words, the student’s performance determines ‘right’ teaching strategy.” (Lindsley, O. R. (1990b). Precision teaching: By teachers for children. Teaching Exceptional Children, 22(3), 10-15.) When data is collected on student performance, it must analyzed against a set pre-determined questions or rules. The data should compel us to change our practice - the ways we organize learning activities, the ways we deliver instruction, and the ways in which students demonstrate what they know. If data do not result in changes in curriculum, delivery of instruction, student learning activities, then we cannot expect to see change in student learning.

Speakers
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Kym McClimans

Utah Professional Development Network
Kym McClimans has been in education for 20 years. Her focus has been on improving the performance of school districts, individual schools, and teachers through rigorous system evaluation and focused change. Her work includes evaluating and strengthening systems in the areas of curriculum... Read More →



Monday June 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom B

2:30pm

MTSS 101: A Framework for Success
This is an introductory session for MTSS. The session will discuss the critical components of MTSS and where additional resources can be found.

Speakers
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Heidi Mucha

University of Utah
Dr. Mucha is part of the evaluation team for the Utah Multi-tiered System of Support (UMTSS) federal grant. She is also adjust faculty in the Special Education Department at the University of Utah. Her doctoral degree is in School Psychology and is a licensed psychologist in the state... Read More →



Monday June 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cascade E

2:30pm

Pathfinding- Shining a Light on What We Know and Where We Want to Go!
This session is for administrators who are passionate about leading change and strengthening systems of support in their schools and districts. Throughout the session, participants will engage in practical discussions and protocols that have been designed to help leaders examine and evaluate current systems and practices. By the end of the session, participants will walk away with tools to help them implement lasting change in their schools.

Speakers
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Todd Theobald

Insight Educational Solutions
A self-described



Monday June 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom A

2:30pm

The “Big 5” in 5: Intensifying Reading Instruction through Brief Instructional Routines
When students are not demonstrating adequate response to reading instruction—especially at Tier 2—educators often struggle with what to do next. This session will share a suite of customizable reading lessons aligned to the “Big 5” areas of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principal or phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. The brief, research-based lessons are intended to supplement reading interventions, programs, or curricula that are currently in place.

Speakers
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Teri Marx

American Institutes for Research
Teri Marx, Ph.D., a Senior Researcher in the Policy, Practice, and Systems Change Service Area, joined the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in 2014. Dr. Marx provides technical assistance and professional development to states and school districts, by providing expertise and... Read More →
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Sarah Benz

American Institutes for Research
Sarah Benz, Ph.D. is a researcher in the Policy, Practice, and Systems Change Service Area at American Institutes for Research. She joined AIR in 2017. Dr. Benz provides technical assistance and professional development to states and school districts under the National Center on Intensive... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cascade B

2:30pm

Struggling Secondary Math Learners? How to Insure Equitable Education For All
Teaching students who struggle to learn math is challenging. We’ve all had “those kids,” the ones with a tumultuous math past. Perhaps they’ve experienced years of failure or submit to the false belief that they “aren’t a math person.” Specifically designed for educators who work with students who struggle to learn mathematics, whether in general education or special education, we will explore and experience transformational classroom culture building and content strategies that insure an equitable education experience for “those kids” - all kids - in secondary mathematics. Because we believe positive classroom culture is a prerequisite for high quality tier 1 instruction, attendees will first experience two classroom culture building strategies that will help teachers transform their classrooms into safe places for all students to make mistakes, persevere, and find success in mathematics. Then, through an evidence-based strategy, attendees will participate and reflect on a high quality tier 1 instructional content strategy that helps create a classroom condition in which every student can excel by utilizing collaborative groups, creating a sense of urgency, and holding students accountable. Attendees will walk away with culture building and instructional content strategies ready for immediate use in their classrooms or schools.

Speakers
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Juliana Tapper

CollaboratEd Consulting
Juliana is an experienced classroom teacher, mentor, PLC facilitator, professional developer, and instructional coach. With urban classroom experience in multiple states as well as district level leadership, she is dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for all students... Read More →



Monday June 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Soldier Creek

2:30pm

Cultural Responsiveness? Why does it matter?
This session will provide practical tools and strategies for today’s educators. As our schools become increasingly multicultural, we must move beyond tolerance of differences and embrace all individuals within every cultural group. Cultural responsiveness approaches to teaching as well as clinical service are the foundation for improving student progress and closing the achievement gap. However, culture is not limited race and ethnicity. It is inclusive of gender, religion, socioeconomic status, as well as sexual orientation. The purpose behind this session is to provide educators with tools to create and maintain culturally supportive environments with everyday practice.

Speakers
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Casey Dupart

USBE
As the Interim Multi-Tiered System of Supports Coordinator, my primary role is to provide leadership, collaboration, and oversight of LEAs with developing academic as well as social-emotional interventions. My primary focus is to provide evidence-based professional development, ongoing... Read More →



Monday June 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cascade D

2:30pm

Using Positive Behavior Supports to Exponentially Extend Students’ Motivation
Positive behavior supports are typically presented as a collection of methods to simply manage, or sustain student behaviors at basic levels, and in support of civil cultures in classroom settings. However, with the inclining demands of today’s world, human performance must incline at the same rate to match them. If human performance must be higher, then societies’ methods, including school-based practices, must help learners to wring more from their academic performance. The common approach of managing and sustaining behavior is appropriate, but falls far short of using positive behavior support principles and techniques to draw from students their full interests and capabilities. In this session, participants will explore behavioral principles and techniques to help students’ unleash the 30% of interest, effort and ingenuity they hold back, or never spend on their own learning.

Speakers
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David Forbush

Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education
Dr. Forbush has provided 25 years of service in a variety of educational settings. Presently, he is director of the Utah Professional Development Network at Utah State University. Dr. Forbush served as a special education LEA in Idaho and Utah. He was recognized in 2013 as Special... Read More →
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Leslie Buchanan

Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education
Leslie Buchanan is the Assistant Director of the Utah Professional Development Network. In this capacity she works with state and local education agencies to identify student needs, and develop outcome-focused professional development based on these needs. During her more than 20... Read More →



Monday June 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cascade C

2:30pm

Technology Takeover?? - Developing an understanding of Competency-Based Education Practices in Utah
Many Utah districts are seeking ways to personalize learning to improve education for each student. Competency-Based Education is one possible model, but for some parents they feel like technology is taking too large of a role and is replacing quality teachers. Come and learn about the vision for Competency-Based Education and what is actually happening in Utah schools. By building an understanding of Competency-Based education, you can learn how the future of personalized learning can be achieved and how you can be a key leader in that effort.

Speakers
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Sarah Young

Utah State Board of Education
Sarah Young is an Executive Coordinator with the Utah State Board of Education. She works with other leaders in the office to
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Todd Call

Utah State Board of Education
Todd Call provides leadership as Digital Teaching and Learning Coordinator with the Utah State Board of Education. As the Coordinator for Digital Teaching and Learning, Call plans, develops, promotes, implements and evaluates programs in digital and personalized learning. He also... Read More →



Monday June 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom C
 
Tuesday, June 18
 

8:00am

Registration
Tuesday June 18, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
3rd Level

9:00am

Implementing a High Quality Preschool Classroom
The session will clearly explain the importance of utilizing Positive Behavior Supports in the preschool classroom and why they are essential in creating a high-quality preschool class. Prevent, Teach, Reinforce is supported by research and and aligns with the use of Positive Behavior Supports in the process of behavior change. It supports and demonstrates the importance of utilizing classroom-wide strategies first, teaching replacement behaviors, and using positive reinforcement even in early childhood settings. The Instructor will provide you with useful strategies that can easily be implemented into the classroom, examples, demonstration videos, and useful handouts.

Speakers
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D Rachelle Blair

Jordan Child Development Center
D. Rachelle Blair has over 26 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities, special need, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has supported individuals across the lifespan, however, her focused has been on Early Childhood the past 18 years. She has a Masters Degree... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cascade A

9:00am

Advancing Educational Equity Through Culturally Responsive School Leadership
This interactive session is designed for school based K12 leaders (principals, teacher leaders) and will focus on elements of culturally responsive school leadership (CRSL). In this session participants will have an opportunity to learn a) what CRSL is, b) the research-base that supports why CRSL is critical for advancing educational equity and c) engage in exercises and activities designed to help build CRSL skills. Participants are encouraged to come with a growth mindset and prepared to actively participate with colleagues.

Speakers
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Saroja Warner

WestEd
Saroja Warner is the co-director of the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center at WestEd, where she helps build the capacity of states and school districts to develop and successfully implement education policy and practices to support equitable and positive outcomes for all learners... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom A

9:00am

The 4 Cs = CCR
The 21st Century Skills of Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking could and should be used as a framework in every classroom in order to help students to 1) become more engaged in the content, and 2) become more prepared for their future. Students who have learned and systematically use a discussion protocol in class get more from classroom discussions and are more adept at voicing opinions, defending positions, and understanding others. When students collaborate in a classroom they learn to work together and develop skills for their future workplace and personal relationships. If teachers will teach creativity skills, assign creative, problem-solving work, and allow creative assessments, they will find that engagement and performance increases. All of these skills utilize high level critical thinking skills instead of the lower level skills sometimes found in traditional classrooms. These 4 skills must be learned in order for our students to flourish in post-secondary educational settings and workplaces in their futures. Our students may be working in jobs that haven't been created yet and with people from all over the world; they need to develop these four skills in order to compete and flourish in the 21st century.

Speakers
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Janna Neville

Washington County School District
Janna Neville is the Secondary ELA Coordinator and EYE Coordinator in the Washington County School District. She has used the 4 Cs of 21st Century Learning in her



Tuesday June 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cascade C

9:00am

Applying Evidence-Based Improvement Strategies Workshop (Part 1)
Through a mix of presentation, the use of new tools and guides, and facilitated discussion, the Utah LEA and school leaders attending this interactive workshop from the Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd will gain deeper knowledge of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) evidence requirements and develop capacity to examine the evidence base for interventions to address their identified needs.

Speakers
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John Rice

Regional Educational Laboratory West T
John Rice is the Director of the Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd. REL West supports educators in California, Nevada, and Utah to increase their use of data and evidence in decision making. Funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cascade B

9:00am

More Than A Meeting: Infrastructure Change
Looking beyond the meeting, this session will focus on quantifying the adaptive side of system change. The session will highlight strategies for coming together to support change efforts at all levels of the system, addressing the foundation and work required for meaningful engagement for change. This is a complex process that often requires that individuals and groups at all levels of the system to make significant changes over time to their daily work. To achieve sustainability it is vitally important: 1) to monitor progress being made in the adaptive side of system change; 2) measure infrastructure implementation; and, 3) measure capacity change over time. To this end, participants will dive deep into the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) Measuring Infrastructure Implementation tool, which can be used to quantify system change, identify areas of success, challenge, and opportunity in moving the needle for positive improvement in their own system.

Speakers
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Jana Rosborough

National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd
Jana Rosborough, J.D., M.S.E., is a Senior Program Associate for WestEd’s Center for Prevention and Early Intervention. Her work with the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) focuses on assisting states in transforming systems of early intervention and special education... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom B

9:00am

Utah State Dyslexia Handbook Overview & Panel Q&A
On October 4, 2018, The Utah State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a state dyslexia handbook. This book is filled with excellent resources for screening, remediation, and accommodations. Five members of the Utah State Dyslexia Task Force that created this handbook will explain how to make the most of this resource and answer educators questions about dyslexia in Utah Schools. Panelist will focus on 3 main objectives. First we will discuss the definition of dyslexia. Second we will talk about how to provide instruction for students with reading difficulties using an MTSS framework. Lastly we will discuss best practices for reading instructions for students that demonstrate characteristics of dyslexia. Educators will understand how to use the handbook to inform future identification processes in order to more accurately assess students with reading difficulties leading to the most effective intervention and more successful outcomes by using an MTSS framework. Part 1: 9:00am-10:00am will be an overview of the handbook Part 2: 10:15am-11:15am will be the Q&A with members of the Utah State Dyslexia Task Force

Speakers
DP

Donell Pons

Dyslexia Consultant and Tutor
Donell Pons has a husband and several children with dyslexia. When Ms. Pons discovered her son had dyslexia and was struggling to find appropriate services, she went back to school and received a dual MED and MAT in teaching and learning from Westminster College with a special education... Read More →
EB

Ellen Bailey

USBE
Ellen has worked for many years with students in both the special education and general education classroom as a team leader, teacher, mentor and advocate for all student. She has a under graduate degree in English and a masters degree in special education with a focus on early reading... Read More →
JP

Jennifer Price

Decoding Dyslexia Utah
Jennifer is the President of Decoding Dyslexia Utah. Decoding Dyslexia Utah is a volunteer run 501(c)3 non-profit organization that educates, advocates, and legislates for students with dyslexia in the state of Utah. Jennifer has 4 amazing children, 3 of whom have dyslexia. Sense... Read More →
SW

Sara Wiebke

Utah State Board of Education
Sara is currently the K-3 Reading Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. An ardent educator, Sara has been a classroom teacher as well as an instructional coach. Her passion for ensuring literacy for young students is contagious. Sara is constantly traversing the state... Read More →
SD

Susan Damm

Edison Elementary, Salt Lake City School District
Principal Edison Elementary, Salt Lake City School District. Previously an Assistant Principal at Layton Elementary. Has a BS in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, a Masters in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Reading from the University of Utah and an Administrative... Read More →
PB

Phoebe Beacham

Decoding Dyslexia Utah
Phoebe Beacham attended Utah State University and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration. Phoebe is co-founder and past President of Decoding Dyslexia Utah. She is also the Social Media Manager for Decoding Dyslexia Utah. Phoebe has 3 children, 2 of which are dyslexic. Phoebe... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cascade D

9:00am

Evidence Based Practices in Mathematics: Rethinking "I Do, We Do, You Do"
Presenters will merge the UMTSS Framework for Mathematics with research from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The focus of High-quality instruction will emphasize student thinking, students having multiple opportunities to work with content, and establishing a student-centered mathematics class. Participants will engage in a task and analyze how the framework for implementing tasks differs from the "I Do, We Do, You Do" instructional model.

Speakers
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Shannon Ference

Utah State Board of Education
Shannon Ference is the Elementary Mathematics Specialist at USBE. She has previously served as an elementary teacher and elementary mathematics coach. She has an extensive background in elementary mathematics instruction and assessment, mathematics coaching, and in the development... Read More →
MH

Malia Hite

Utah State Board of Education


Tuesday June 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Soldier Creek

9:00am

Guiding Principles for Implementing School-wide Social-Emotional Screening
School-wide, social emotional screening for students helps schools understand students’ needs and then develop tiered instructional strategies that match the needs of students. Proactive screening and early intervention can benefit all students and help prevent the wait-to-fail way of doing business. This presentation will discuss a rationale for school-wide screening, screening measures, and legal and ethical aspects of screening.

Speakers
EY

Ellie Young

BYU
Ellie L. Young, PhD is an associate professor in BYU’s school psychology program. She studies MTSS implementation in secondary settings, and social-emotional-behavioral screening in early adolescents.



Tuesday June 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom C

9:00am

Tech in Classrooms: What's Working?
This presentation will provide best practices and lessons learned from Utah schools as well as recent national research regarding education and technology. The best practices to be presented are a result of stakeholder feedback from schools who have adopted literacy and math software programs throughout Utah in the past few years. The best practices fall under two phases: what elements should be in place before implementation and what supports need to be in place during implementation, including teacher practices. The national research presented reviews recent results from studies conducted in classrooms and schools throughout the country. They focus on teacher and school practices that have high effects on student learning in a technology-infused classroom as well as practices that do not contribute to student gains. Specifically, the presentation examines personalized learning with technology, online learning, and the effects of teacher engagement when students are using technology.

Speakers
MD

Melanie Durfee

Utah State Board of Education
SW

Sara Wiebke

Utah State Board of Education
Sara is currently the K-3 Reading Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. An ardent educator, Sara has been a classroom teacher as well as an instructional coach. Her passion for ensuring literacy for young students is contagious. Sara is constantly traversing the state... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cascade E

10:00am

Break
Tuesday June 18, 2019 10:00am - 10:15am
Hallway

10:15am

Keep Calm and Carry On! -Teaching Self Regulation Strategies
Rates of anxiety and depression are increasing even in early childhood and we know that anxiety, depression and aggression are the results of poor emotional regulation. We also know that preschoolers are just learning to identify their emotions and those around them as well as understand and follow established rules of behavior. This session will focus on creating a safe and healthy environment that addresses trauma-informed care as well as helping preschoolers learn to recognize, label, and express emotions appropriately through teaching self regulation strategies and setting up Cozy Corner/ Wellness Centers in each classroom with intentional materials that help students learn calming strategies.

Speakers
LP

LeeAnn Parkinson

Washington County School District
Lee Ann has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with a Special Education Endorsement as well as an English as a Second Language and Reading Endorsement. She is also trained in Reading Recovery and Peer Coaching. She has also earned a Masters Degree in Educational Administration... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Cascade A

10:15am

Advancing Educational Equity Through Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices
This interactive session is designed for K12 teachers and will focus on elements of culturally responsive teaching practices (CRTP). In this session participants will have an opportunity to learn a) what CRTP are, b) the research-base that supports why CRTP are critical for advancing educational equity and c) engage in exercises and activities designed to help build, grow, and strengthen their repertoire of CRTP. Participants are encouraged to come with a growth mindset and prepared to actively participate with colleagues.

Speakers
SW

Saroja Warner

WestEd
Saroja Warner is the co-director of the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center at WestEd, where she helps build the capacity of states and school districts to develop and successfully implement education policy and practices to support equitable and positive outcomes for all learners... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Ballroom A

10:15am

The War Room: How educational leaders can create a data-informed vision to maximize student achievement.
In order to maximize achievement and growth for all students, it is essential educational leaders create a highly defined vision and plan for their schools, identifying realistic goals based on data and assessment results and working backwards to determine timeline, tasks, and progress monitoring; it is a daunting organizational task. In the War Room at Treasure Mountain Junior High School (TMJH) in Park City School District, school leaders spend hours building their vision and plan for the coming school year. It is a process that narrows focus to specific areas of improvement with established results to monitor, contributing to more productive leadership and effective decision making as the school year and its accompanying noise and chaos move forward. In addition to the War Room process, which is also a way for administrators and other educational leaders to model MTSS principles, like data-informed decisions, team-based problem solving, and progress monitoring, MTSS implementation is one of the specific goals the administrators at TMJH have defined. Session attendees will learn about the War Room and the MTSS implementation plan at TMJH as well as make the first steps in building their own War Rooms.

Speakers
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Emily Sutherland

Park City School District
Emily Sutherland is the Principal of Treasure Mountain Junior High School in Park City, Utah. Prior to going into administration, she taught English/Language Arts 7 at Ecker Hill Middle School, also in Park City, for nine years and Health Education and Reading in the United States... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Cascade C

10:15am

Aligning and Leveraging Practices and Policies for Improved Student Outcomes
The session will highlight identified best practices in aligning and leveraging teaching and leadership practices and policies to support improved outcomes for all students. Participants will walk through four (4) areas of emphasis – Getting Started, Getting Real about Instruction, Getting Serious about Inclusive Leadership, and Getting Clear that the Work is Technical and Adaptive - with a deeper dive in areas where personal impact can be made in the classroom and school environments. This session will be discussion-based and reflective on the participant's own practice through a lens of continuous improvement.

Speakers
JR

Jana Rosborough

National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd
Jana Rosborough, J.D., M.S.E., is a Senior Program Associate for WestEd’s Center for Prevention and Early Intervention. Her work with the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) focuses on assisting states in transforming systems of early intervention and special education... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Ballroom B

10:15am

Applying Evidence-Based Improvement Strategies Workshop (Part 2)
Through a mix of presentation, the use of new tools and guides, and facilitated discussion, the Utah LEA and school leaders attending this interactive workshop from the Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd will gain deeper knowledge of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) evidence requirements and develop capacity to examine the evidence base for interventions to address their identified needs.

Speakers
JR

John Rice

Regional Educational Laboratory West T
John Rice is the Director of the Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd. REL West supports educators in California, Nevada, and Utah to increase their use of data and evidence in decision making. Funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Cascade B

10:15am

Utah State Dyslexia Handbook Overview & Panel Q&A
On October 4, 2018, The Utah State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a state dyslexia handbook. This book is filled with excellent resources for screening, remediation, and accommodations. Five members of the Utah State Dyslexia Task Force that created this handbook will explain how to make the most of this resource and answer educators questions about dyslexia in Utah Schools. Panelist will focus on 3 main objectives. First we will discuss the definition of dyslexia. Second we will talk about how to provide instruction for students with reading difficulties using an MTSS framework. Lastly we will discuss best practices for reading instructions for students that demonstrate characteristics of dyslexia. Educators will understand how to use the handbook to inform future identification processes in order to more accurately assess students with reading difficulties leading to the most effective intervention and more successful outcomes by using an MTSS framework. Part 1: 9:00am-10:00am will be an overview of the handbook Part 2: 10:15am-11:15am will be the Q&A with members of the Utah State Dyslexia Task Force

Speakers
DP

Donell Pons

Dyslexia Consultant and Tutor
Donell Pons has a husband and several children with dyslexia. When Ms. Pons discovered her son had dyslexia and was struggling to find appropriate services, she went back to school and received a dual MED and MAT in teaching and learning from Westminster College with a special education... Read More →
EB

Ellen Bailey

USBE
Ellen has worked for many years with students in both the special education and general education classroom as a team leader, teacher, mentor and advocate for all student. She has a under graduate degree in English and a masters degree in special education with a focus on early reading... Read More →
JP

Jennifer Price

Decoding Dyslexia Utah
Jennifer is the President of Decoding Dyslexia Utah. Decoding Dyslexia Utah is a volunteer run 501(c)3 non-profit organization that educates, advocates, and legislates for students with dyslexia in the state of Utah. Jennifer has 4 amazing children, 3 of whom have dyslexia. Sense... Read More →
SW

Sara Wiebke

Utah State Board of Education
Sara is currently the K-3 Reading Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. An ardent educator, Sara has been a classroom teacher as well as an instructional coach. Her passion for ensuring literacy for young students is contagious. Sara is constantly traversing the state... Read More →
SD

Susan Damm

Edison Elementary, Salt Lake City School District
Principal Edison Elementary, Salt Lake City School District. Previously an Assistant Principal at Layton Elementary. Has a BS in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, a Masters in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Reading from the University of Utah and an Administrative... Read More →
PB

Phoebe Beacham

Decoding Dyslexia Utah
Phoebe Beacham attended Utah State University and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration. Phoebe is co-founder and past President of Decoding Dyslexia Utah. She is also the Social Media Manager for Decoding Dyslexia Utah. Phoebe has 3 children, 2 of which are dyslexic. Phoebe... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Cascade D

10:15am

Evidence-based Practices in Mathematics: Rethinking "I Do, We Do, You Do"
Presenters will merge the UMTSS Framework for Mathematics with research from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The focus of High-quality instruction will emphasize student thinking, students having multiple opportunities to work with content, and establishing a student-centered mathematics class. Participants will engage in a task and analyze how the framework for implementing tasks differs from the "I Do, We Do, You Do" instructional model.

Speakers
MH

Malia Hite

Utah State Board of Education
SF

Shannon Ference

Utah State Board of Education
Shannon Ference is the Elementary Mathematics Specialist at USBE. She has previously served as an elementary teacher and elementary mathematics coach. She has an extensive background in elementary mathematics instruction and assessment, mathematics coaching, and in the development... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Soldier Creek

10:15am

Advanced Implementation of Check-in, Check-out (CICO): Targeting More Students With this Evidence-Based Tier 2 Intervention
This session if for schools who have implemented Check-in, Check-out (CICO) and want to expand to implementation to target internalizing behaviors, attendance issues, and academic/organizational deficits.

Speakers
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Leanne Hawken

University of Utah
Dr. Leanne Hawken is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Utah. Her research focus is on positive behavior support with a specific emphasis on Tier 2 behavior interventions to support students at risk.



Tuesday June 18, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Ballroom C

10:15am

Self Care and Satisfaction
The landscape of our classrooms and schools have changed dramatically over the last decade. Schools and educators are tasked with more and more responsibility to meet the social and emotional needs of their students (no small task). With the increased demands on teachers and administrators, it is crucial to incorporate self-care into our daily routines. Taking care of ourselves is not a luxury we do if we have the time; we have to make the time. Discussion will focus on what self-care is, how to prioritize a regular routine of self-care, and practical strategies for engaging in self-care to sustain satisfaction in our jobs, take care of our families, and meet the needs of our students.

Speakers
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Tami Curtis

Washington County School District
Tami Curtis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently the Social and Emotional Learning Coordinator for Washington County School District (WCSD). Tami earned her master’s degree in Social Work from USU and previously worked in outpatient, inpatient, and residential treatment... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Cascade E

11:15am

Lunch
Tuesday June 18, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Exhibit Hall A&B

12:10pm

'Alone We Can Do So Little, Together We Can Do So Much- Preschool Family Engagement'
This session will begin by defining family engagement and explaining the difference between family involvement and engagement. We will then discuss the principles of effective family engagement as defined by ESSA and NAEYC. We will discuss engaging families from various socio-economic backgrounds. We will share the lessons that we have learned from incorporating family engagement into our preschool program over the past 7 years. We will explore the various family engagement opportunities that our program has found successful; namely initial contact, home visits, assessments/conferences, open house, family engagement nights, social media, take-home library books. parent advisory councils, parent evaluations, newsletters, and incorporating technology. Participants will leave with a plan to implement effective family engagement opportunities into their program.

Speakers
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Brittney Nelson

Washington County School District
Brittney has been passionate about early childhood since she was a young child herself. She has a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Dixie State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Western Governors University. She has been a Preschool Teacher, Kindergarten... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Cascade A

12:10pm

Proper Assessment of ESL Students with Special Needs
This presentation is to help create a process for regular ed, SpEd and ESL teachers to work as a comprehensive team to accurately identify if ESL students should be investigated more thoroughly after a referral for SpEd services has been made, if they just require better in class supports for language barrier or if they are actually performing at acceptable levels in their regular education classroom setting. As a team, each member brings their expertise to the equation to solve the mystery: How do we help this student? To provide Least Restrictive Environment, we must be careful to not jump to any conclusions. What needs to happen is the creation of a plan where all teachers collect their RTI in targeted areas. Once the data has been collected, then the team must assess the data and determine the most appropriate plan moving forward. No one person on the team is capable to solely make that decision. This is an area of education where team collaboration isn't simply a good idea, it's imperative.

Speakers
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Shawn Thompson

Carbon High School, Carbon School District
Shawn Thompson has been working professionally with students with special needs in the capacity of a treatment team member and juvenile justice counselor with a BS in Behavioral Science (Psychology), 10 of those years as a special education para-professional and after finishing her... Read More →
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Romelia Urrutia

Carbon School District
Romelia Urrutia received a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in Special Education, Teaching and Linguistics. She is a native Spanish speaker and is the administrator for the Latinos in Action program for Carbon School District. She has been teaching in Carbon School... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Cascade C

12:10pm

Sink or Swim? Supporting ALL students in the Pool of Learning.
The old adage, “Throw me in the deep end, and I’ll learning to swim,” (lau) holds true for everyone who has lived to tell about it. Unfortunately, those who fail aren’t around to challenge the idea! As teachers it is our responsibility to ensure ALL students have the skills and support necessary to swim in the deep end (or engage in Tier 1 instruction). Come and explore evidence-based descriptors that help clearly define each MTSS tier for teachers and leaders, learn what resources and supports can be added or re-purposed in your school to make sure that all students are swimming (or learning) confidently, and get checklists to guide your next step in truly implementing MTSS supports for ALL learners.

Speakers
JB

Jennifer Boyer-Thurgood

Weber School District
CW

Christy Wagner

Weber School District



Tuesday June 18, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Cascade D

12:10pm

Applying Evidence-Based Improvement Strategies Workshop (Part 1)
Through a mix of presentation, the use of new tools and guides, and facilitated discussion, the Utah LEA and school leaders attending this interactive workshop from the Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd will gain deeper knowledge of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) evidence requirements and develop capacity to examine the evidence base for interventions to address their identified needs.

Speakers
JR

John Rice

Regional Educational Laboratory West T
John Rice is the Director of the Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd. REL West supports educators in California, Nevada, and Utah to increase their use of data and evidence in decision making. Funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Cascade B

12:10pm

Utah Leading through Effective, Actionable, and Dynamic (ULEAD) Education: An Introduction
One of the main goals for the Utah Leading through Effective, Actionable, and Dynamic (ULEAD) Education initiative is to create an online clearinghouse that supports innovative, effective, and/or efficient practices in our public schools. The "clearinghouse resources" represent the first known attempt in Utah to centralize available information access points to assist teachers, leaders, and policy makers in their search for actionable research to improve teaching and learning. Ultimately, we hope to create a tool that practitioners will use to improve their work with young people while building networks and coalitions that can scale-up best practices statewide. The Early Warning Systems and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support to Promote College- and Career-Readiness document, available in the clearinghouse, is one example of how available secondary research can be articulated for broader audiences. This session will introduce attendees to ULEAD Education, the ULEAD clearinghouse resources, and the MTSS centered document mentioned above.

Speakers
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McKell Withers

USBE
Dr. Withers work with young people and educators includes teaching, counseling, mentoring, and leading across diverse and challenging settings. Starting his professional career as a teacher in an alternative high school and further serving as a counselor, prevention specialist, alternative... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Soldier Creek

12:10pm

Aligning Core Math Instruction and Math Intervention: Supporting Students Across the Tiers
Within a Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS), students who struggle to learn math often receive core math instruction and supplemental math intervention in different settings, with different sets of curriculum materials, and different teachers. Research notes that misalignment between core and intervention materials (Gersten, 2016) can be problematic. For example, intervention materials may cover fewer topics in greater depth or use different instructional methods or vocabulary to teach similar skills (Fuchs et al., 2016), compared to core instruction. For students who receive intervention, this misalignment may result in additional confusion because of the inability to generalize skills, incomplete or conflicting instruction and expectations, and instruction in general education settings that may not be at their level. This presentation will increase participants understanding of the characteristics of students with math difficulty, knowledge of alignment and misalignment of math practices and vocabulary and how to connect skills across the tiers that can lead to a deeper understanding and student success.

Speakers
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Kathleen Pfannenstiel

American Institutes for Research
Kathleen Hughes Pfannenstiel, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at American Institutes for Research. Currently, Dr. Pfannenstiel is principle investigator for an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) model demonstration grant. Additionally, she serves as a content specialist and... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Ballroom B

12:10pm

PBIS in Secondary Schools
Wondering if PBIS can really succeed in a secondary school setting? This session will review how systematic implementation of PBIS can benefit students and teachers in secondary schools, including those in alternative settings, and can create a proactive school climate and structure. We will share practical ideas and activities for gaining staff and student buy in as well as how to maintain momentum, move towards sustainability and progress into Tier 2. We will review stages of implementation and how to shore up your system whether you are just exploring implementation, or have been working on your system for awhile.

Speakers
TH

Tracy Hansen

Granite School District
Tracy began her career teaching English and has worked in Granite School District at the secondary level for close to 30 years. She is currently the lead Secondary PBIS/MTSS in the district office supporting PBIS in our secondary schools.
AJ

Ashley Janssen

Granite School District
Ashley is a secondary MTSS coach in Granite School District.
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Amy Haider

Granite School District



Tuesday June 18, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Ballroom A

12:10pm

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
Over 20 years ago two medical doctors joined by Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente, conducted a controversial study with over 17,000 residents of San Diego. Their research has become well-known as the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study. In this session we will watch the one-hour documentary Resilience, and learn how ACEs contribute to toxic stress, negatively affecting children’s brain development and impact behavior and long-term health outcomes. Fortunately, experts continue to prove, what’s predictable is preventable. Discussion will focus on what it means to be trauma informed, how resilience is built, and how this information will transform how we meet the social and emotional needs of our students today.

Speakers
TC

Tami Curtis

Washington County School District
Tami Curtis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently the Social and Emotional Learning Coordinator for Washington County School District (WCSD). Tami earned her master’s degree in Social Work from USU and previously worked in outpatient, inpatient, and residential treatment... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Cascade E

12:10pm

Thinking Functionally About Problem Behavior: What All Teachers Should Know to Improve Tier 1 Instruction
Tier 1 instruction should begin with all school staff thinking functionally about problem behavior. This presentation will detail how to prevent problem behavior by taking a functional rather than reactive approach.

Speakers
LH

Leanne Hawken

University of Utah
Dr. Leanne Hawken is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Utah. Her research focus is on positive behavior support with a specific emphasis on Tier 2 behavior interventions to support students at risk.



Tuesday June 18, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Ballroom C

1:10pm

Break
Tuesday June 18, 2019 1:10pm - 1:20pm
Hallway

1:20pm

RP2 is it for you? Supporting MTSS in Preschool through Recommended Practices
To ensure widespread use of evidence-based practices and the inclusion of typical peers in preschool classrooms, Utah adopted The Utah Early Childhood Technical Assistance Project: Reaching Potential through Recommended Practices (ECTA: RP2) initiative. The mission of the Utah ECTA State Leadership Team is to provide teachers with professional development through training and coaching to improve effective teaching practices that will have meaningful impact on student learning in school and community preschools statewide (State Leadership Team Annual Report, 2016). RP2 uses the State Benchmarks of Quality to assess progress and plan future actions so that selected evidence-based practices are available for providers and families statewide. The Benchmarks are grounded in implementation science, which bridges the gap between an evidence based practice and the high-fidelity implementation of that practice (Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, May 2018). Wasatch County School District is beginning its third year of the RP2 initiative. Learn how Wasatch’s preschool teams have worked to improve family engagement, instruction, interaction, and environment, while supporting the MTSS framework and serving the whole child.

Speakers
AP

Alison Paulus

Wasatch County School District Preschools
HS

Heatherly Stanley

Wasatch County School District Preschools


Tuesday June 18, 2019 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Cascade A

1:20pm

How Can We Ensure Tier III is Different from Tier II? By Systematically Applying the Taxonomy of Intervention Intensity!
If you and your MTSS team struggle to articulate what differentiates supports at Tier II and Tier III, this session is for you! This interactive session will introduce participants to the taxonomy of intervention intensity (Fuchs, Fuchs, & Malone, 2017), which provides a systematic structure for educators and teams to (1) identify evidence-based interventions or practices at Tier II and (2) apply the taxonomy to intensify those supports at Tier III for students with persistent academic and/or behavioral needs.

Speakers
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Teri Marx

American Institutes for Research
Teri Marx, Ph.D., a Senior Researcher in the Policy, Practice, and Systems Change Service Area, joined the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in 2014. Dr. Marx provides technical assistance and professional development to states and school districts, by providing expertise and... Read More →
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Sarah Benz

American Institutes for Research
Sarah Benz, Ph.D. is a researcher in the Policy, Practice, and Systems Change Service Area at American Institutes for Research. She joined AIR in 2017. Dr. Benz provides technical assistance and professional development to states and school districts under the National Center on Intensive... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Ballroom C

1:20pm

Applying Evidence-Based Improvement Strategies Workshop (Part 2)
Through a mix of presentation, the use of new tools and guides, and facilitated discussion, the Utah LEA and school leaders attending this interactive workshop from the Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd will gain deeper knowledge of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) evidence requirements and develop capacity to examine the evidence base for interventions to address their identified needs.

Speakers
JR

John Rice

Regional Educational Laboratory West T
John Rice is the Director of the Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd. REL West supports educators in California, Nevada, and Utah to increase their use of data and evidence in decision making. Funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Cascade B

1:20pm

Creating a Dream Team: Factors for effective teaming
This session will discuss the importance of having effective teams and what factors lead to efficient problem solving.

Speakers
HM

Heidi Mucha

University of Utah
Dr. Mucha is part of the evaluation team for the Utah Multi-tiered System of Support (UMTSS) federal grant. She is also adjust faculty in the Special Education Department at the University of Utah. Her doctoral degree is in School Psychology and is a licensed psychologist in the state... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Cascade D

1:20pm

Talent strategies for principals to improve MTSS delivery "Elementary"
School and district leaders will leave this session with research, tools and strategies for improving MTSS delivery through better talent management. While principals are seen as instructional leaders, they are also the front-line implementers of talent management and workforce development. In fact, principals spend much of their day managing people and giving feedback. A talent management approach to MTSS has two benefits. First, regular and special education can be integrated during classroom observations and feedback, common planning time and professional development, moving the workforce closer to IDEA’s vision of one system serving all students. Second, principals can differentiate educator support and development given the student populations being served. This session will begin with a review of the current research about the career cycle of educators: preparation, recruitment, selection, assignment, development and retention. From that, participants will engage in a scan of their current workforce challenges related to MTSS and, using evidence-based tools, generate strategies for developing the workforce. Participants should be prepared to openly share challenges with colleagues, and both give and receive feedback during the session. The tools and planning processes presented during this session can be used to address a variety of talent management needs.

Speakers
MM

Michael Moore

USHCA
Michael Moore has more than 40 years of experience as a K-12 public school educator and has served as a teacher, a high school principal, and a superintendent of schools. Before joining USCHA, Michael led the core program at New Leaders, Inc. as Chief Academic Officer. At the time... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Ballroom A

1:20pm

A Utah School District's Journey into Implementing Behavioral Screening
Behavior screening has become an increasingly used tool nationwide to improve academic and behavioral decision making at various levels (district, school, classroom, individual). However, behavior screening has not been utilized much in Utah schools. This presentation will discuss one Utah school district's journey in implementing behavior screening at the elementary school level. This presentation will outline the value of behavior screening, how it fits in an MTSS model, implementation considerations when getting started with behavior screening, and how to use the data to help decision making.

Speakers
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Jonathan Stewart

Canyons School District
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Chloe Ruebeck Marr

Canyons School District
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Bethany Foster

Canyons School District



Tuesday June 18, 2019 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Ballroom B

1:20pm

INTRODUCTION TO RESTORATIVE PRACTICES
Participants will learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships with students, families, clients, employees and colleagues. Activities and visuals will help participants form a better understanding of Restorative Practice’s Fundamental Hypothesis- “People are happier, more cooperative and productive and more likely to make positive changes in their lives when those in positions of authority do things with them rather than to them or for them.” -Ted Wachtel

Speakers
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Corby Eason

Utah State Board of Education
Corby Eason is the Student Support and Prevention Educational Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education. Prior to working for the State Board of Education, he has experience working as a high school and middle school counselor. He started his career serving at-risk students... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Cascade E

1:20pm

The Challenge of Motivation: Reaching Students in Ways That Engage
Trying to teach a room full of students at varying levels of understanding and ability – to say nothing of their different personalities and preferences – is difficult at best. Yet good teachers dive into their curriculum working their hardest to give each student a meaningful educational experience in their classes. A huge part of their success is knowing how to motivate students so that they can be instructed in the way they most need for them to learn best. The use of Daniel Pink’s High Concept/High Touch theory gives you the opportunity to work hard and connect with all students while remaining empathetic to each student’s individual needs. Approaching curriculum with student engagement at the center allows you to understand the learning, styles, values, and needs of your students so that you can create levels of meaningful support for their engagement in your class.

Speakers
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Shawnda Moss

Utah State Board of Education
Shawnda Moss works for the Utah State Board of Education as an Education Specialist and University Educator Preparation Program Specialist. She taught in the BYU Theatre Education and Directing programs and created the Theatre Education Curriculum Database. She received degrees in... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Cascade C

1:20pm

Don’t Stop the Learning: Assistive Technology for Struggling Readers in the Classroom
School can be a difficult place for a student that is unable to read at the same level as their peers. While evidenced based reading instruction is critical for these students, they should not fall behind in other subjects because of their reading difficulties. This session will provide hands on technology tutorials to help students that struggle to read through the use of assistive technology. This session will provide ideas and solutions to improve outcomes and increase accessibility to the curriculum. The presenter will offer concrete suggestions on types of assistive technology available and how to successfully incorporate them into the classroom for struggling readers. The session will focus on these three main objectives: 1) Using technology to support reading and learning 2) Using technology to support note taking and 3) Using technology to support spelling and writing.

Speakers
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Jennifer Price

Decoding Dyslexia Utah
Jennifer is the President of Decoding Dyslexia Utah. Decoding Dyslexia Utah is a volunteer run 501(c)3 non-profit organization that educates, advocates, and legislates for students with dyslexia in the state of Utah. Jennifer has 4 amazing children, 3 of whom have dyslexia. Sense... Read More →
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Eric Price

Fort Herriman Middle School
Eric Price spent several years as a teacher and administrator in Title 1 schools in the Houston, Texas, area. He spent 4 years as middle school assistant principal in Utah before his current position as the Principal at Fort Herriman Middle School, a National School to Watch, in Jordan... Read More →
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Adre Ann Paul

Jordan School District



Tuesday June 18, 2019 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Soldier Creek

2:20pm

Break
Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:20pm - 2:30pm
Hallway

2:30pm

Two Teachers. What??
Come understand the benefits of co-teaching. We will review the Utah guidelines https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/SPED/451652b7-dbe4-4baa-bf9c-596eea73b546/UploadedImages/CoTeachingHandbook201519MT.pdf and how those guidelines might look in an actual classroom with two teachers. We will also highlight evidence based practice from research pertaining to co-teaching.

Speakers
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Maren Marion

Canyons School District
Maren Marion has 13 years of classroom experience. For the past 11 years, she has been a math teacher and co-teacher for Canyons and Jordan districts. Before that, she spent 2 years as a math teacher at Oxford Learning Source, a school for students with learning disabilities. She... Read More →
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Lauren Gooch

Canyons School District
Lauren Gooch has 20 years of classroom experience. For the past 3 years, she has been a resource math teacher and co-teacher for Canyons School District. Before that, she spent 13 years as a teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing, for Jordan and Canyons districts. She has a Bachelor's... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cascade C

2:30pm

A World Where Fish are Required to Climb Trees!
Personalized Learning is an ambitious endeavor for any teacher, school, or district to undertake. We will discuss some simple systemic barriers that can be identified and easily removed to make meeting student's individual needs a reality. Come engage in an always lively discussion about shaking up the traditional education system.

Speakers
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Royd Darrington

Juab School District
Dr. Royd Darrington is the Assistant Superintendent of Juab School District. His work in personalized learning, competency based education, and educational innovation has taken him across the country working with local, state, and national leaders to change the conversation of what... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom B

2:30pm

Boosting Teacher Induction and Practices with Utah Teaching Standards and High-Leverage Practices in Special Education
In July 2016, the Council for Exceptional Children and the CEEDAR Center released High-Leverage Practices in Special Education. The purpose of their collaborative work was to identify methods for supporting special education teacher candidates through their education, induction, and teaching career. Although all beginning teachers are challenged to teach in ways that are responsive to students’ needs, special education teachers face the challenge of teaching students with some of the most complex learning and behavioral difficulties (McLeskey, et. al. 2017. High-leverage practices in special education. Arlington, VA: CEC & CEEDAR Center.) The Utah Teaching Standards are designed for all teachers. Aligning them with HLPs can result in the following benefits: 1) structure and lines of evidence for the induction of new special education teachers; 2) a go-to resource for new special education teachers during their first years teaching; and 3) a review and self-reflection for more experienced teachers.

Speakers
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Kym McClimans

Utah Professional Development Network
Kym McClimans has been in education for 20 years. Her focus has been on improving the performance of school districts, individual schools, and teachers through rigorous system evaluation and focused change. Her work includes evaluating and strengthening systems in the areas of curriculum... Read More →
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Leslie Buchanan

Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education
Leslie Buchanan is the Assistant Director of the Utah Professional Development Network. In this capacity she works with state and local education agencies to identify student needs, and develop outcome-focused professional development based on these needs. During her more than 20... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cascade A

2:30pm

Talent strategies for principals to improve MTSS delivery "Secondary"
School and district leaders will leave this session with research, tools and strategies for improving MTSS delivery through better talent management. While principals are seen as instructional leaders, they are also the front-line implementers of talent management and workforce development. In fact, principals spend much of their day managing people and giving feedback. A talent management approach to MTSS has two benefits. First, regular and special education can be integrated during classroom observations and feedback, common planning time and professional development, moving the workforce closer to IDEA’s vision of one system serving all students. Second, principals can differentiate educator support and development given the student populations being served. This session will begin with a review of the current research about the career cycle of educators: preparation, recruitment, selection, assignment, development and retention. From that, participants will engage in a scan of their current workforce challenges related to MTSS and, using evidence-based tools, generate strategies for developing the workforce. Participants should be prepared to openly share challenges with colleagues, and both give and receive feedback during the session. The tools and planning processes presented during this session can be used to address a variety of talent management needs.

Speakers
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Michael Moore

USHCA
Michael Moore has more than 40 years of experience as a K-12 public school educator and has served as a teacher, a high school principal, and a superintendent of schools. Before joining USCHA, Michael led the core program at New Leaders, Inc. as Chief Academic Officer. At the time... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom A

2:30pm

No More Tears between the tiers: increasing teacher efficacy with collaboration and effective teaming
You will gain techniques to effectively communicate between environments to positively impact student outcomes. Collaboration between teachers supports students by creating environments that are consistent, goal driven, and equitable. You will be provided with a tool to increase communication between tiers and identify students’ immediate needs.

Speakers
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Ellen Bailey

USBE
Ellen has worked for many years with students in both the special education and general education classroom as a team leader, teacher, mentor and advocate for all student. She has a under graduate degree in English and a masters degree in special education with a focus on early reading... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Soldier Creek

2:30pm

How Can I Actually Curb Truancy and School Refusal
Approximately 2-5% children struggle with coming to school due to anxiety or depression. Due to the serious long-term social and educational consequences associated with missing school, the issue has to be addressed quickly and effectively with a team approach involving teachers, parents, administrators, support staff, as well as community agencies. The goal of this session is to provide school professionals with tools, strategies, and intervention recommendations in supporting this population of students.

Speakers
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Casey Dupart

USBE
As the Interim Multi-Tiered System of Supports Coordinator, my primary role is to provide leadership, collaboration, and oversight of LEAs with developing academic as well as social-emotional interventions. My primary focus is to provide evidence-based professional development, ongoing... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cascade B

2:30pm

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Restorative Practices (RP)
Participants will learn the steps to implement a model that integrates Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Restorative Practices (RP) to provide a framework to building a sense of community, belonging, and relationships in schools. Through role-play, video, practical application and discussion, participants solidify methods for using the continuum of RP to build community, establish norms and address behavior and relationships.

Speakers
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Corby Eason

Utah State Board of Education
Corby Eason is the Student Support and Prevention Educational Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education. Prior to working for the State Board of Education, he has experience working as a high school and middle school counselor. He started his career serving at-risk students... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cascade E

2:30pm

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports 101: Big Rocks of Implementation
This is an introductory session for PBIS. The session will discuss the big rocks of PBIS implementation and how to evaluate effectiveness.

Speakers
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Heidi Mucha

University of Utah
Dr. Mucha is part of the evaluation team for the Utah Multi-tiered System of Support (UMTSS) federal grant. She is also adjust faculty in the Special Education Department at the University of Utah. Her doctoral degree is in School Psychology and is a licensed psychologist in the state... Read More →



Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cascade D

2:30pm

Sustainable MTSS Professional Development: Making the Most of the UMTSS Canvas Modules
Ensuring all personnel have a strong foundation in the critical components of MTSS is essential for improving system-, educator-, and student-level outcomes. The UMTSS Canvas Modules provide a mechanism for ensuring all Utahan educators are well-prepared to implement MTSS. The modules have utility across all levels of preparation—from pre-service to in-service. This session will share how the modules can be used within ongoing professional learning to support sustainability of MTSS.

Speakers
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Teri Marx

American Institutes for Research
Teri Marx, Ph.D., a Senior Researcher in the Policy, Practice, and Systems Change Service Area, joined the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in 2014. Dr. Marx provides technical assistance and professional development to states and school districts, by providing expertise and... Read More →
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Sarah Benz

American Institutes for Research
Sarah Benz, Ph.D. is a researcher in the Policy, Practice, and Systems Change Service Area at American Institutes for Research. She joined AIR in 2017. Dr. Benz provides technical assistance and professional development to states and school districts under the National Center on Intensive... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom C
 
Wednesday, June 19
 

7:30am

Registration
Wednesday June 19, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
3rd Level

8:15am

Welcome
Introductions

Wednesday June 19, 2019 8:15am - 8:30am
Cascade A-B

8:30am

Enhancing Transition Outcomes through Self-Determination
Self-Determination is at the center of driving positive transition outcomes. Students who know who they are and where they are going have better transition outcomes.  But how can school personnel create a school climate where all students develop the skills to drive their own transition to college and careers… and beyond!  Dr. Izzo will provide an overview of why it is essential to develop self-determination skills in students with disabilities and strategies to teach and develop these essential skills.

Speakers

Wednesday June 19, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am
Cascade A-B

10:00am

Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Reduce the Rate of Dropout Among Students with Disabilities
This presentation will describe the need for dropout prevention for students with disabilities. Presenters will outline how redefining the traditional scope of transition collaboration practices can allow students with disabilities to benefit from rehabilitation services in unconventional ways.


Wednesday June 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Cascade C

10:00am

Key Elements to Supporting Students with Most Significant Disabilities to Become Employed
Participants will learn: 1. Key elements of Utah’s School to Work Initiative including understanding the value of Customized Employment 2. Coordinate long term supports for individuals who need extended supports 3. How to create a local coalition that Coordinates services with multiple adult service agencies to ensure opportunities and success for competitive integrated employment services for students with significant support needs



Wednesday June 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Soldier Creek

10:00am

Rural Efforts in Transition: Exploring Resources, Collaboration, and Access Issues
This presentation will examine Box Elder School District’s efforts to incorporate community job sites, Vocational Rehabilitation, Work Force Services, and communication between the high school and post high into transition plans leading successful outcomes for students. Outcomes will include information about resources, collaboration, and access.



Wednesday June 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Cascade E

10:00am

Transition to College and Careers: Evidence-Based Practices and Predictors
Find out what evidence-based practices and predictors make a difference in students’ academic and employment outcomes. Discuss strategies to developing a school or district plan to deliver self-directed transition services for all students. Gain free resources from entire curricula to lesson plans to reduce the time teachers spend writing IEPS and planning lessons and increases the time and energy that students spend planning their own futures.

Speakers

Wednesday June 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Cascade D

11:15am

How Teachers Can Promote Alternatives to Guardianship
Parents report that the key influence on their decision to seek guardianship was teacher recommendation.  However, teachers report having a limited knowledge about the range of alternatives available to support an adult with disabilities. This presentation will focus on information that can be shared with parents about supported decision making.


Wednesday June 19, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Cascade D

11:15am

Independent Living Centers
Learn about the 5 core services and the mission of Independent Living Centers. ILs across the United Stated and in Utah assist persons with disabilities achieve greater independence by providing services which enhance independent living skills. In this breakout we will focus on the services provided to transitioning youth.

Speakers

Wednesday June 19, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Soldier Creek

11:15am

PRE-ETS 101: A Basic Primer on Pre-Employment Transition Services for Utah’s Youth
Attendees will be provided an overview of Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) as outlined in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. We will discuss the ways in which Utah is providing Pre-ETS to students with disabilities.  Attendees will learn how to connect students with the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation as well as how to refer students to contracted Pre-ETS services.


Wednesday June 19, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Cascade C

11:15am

 Utah’s New “Career Development Credential” for Youth with disabilities
The Utah State Board of Education implemented a career focused credential for students with IEPs and 504 plans in December 2017. The Career Development Credential (CDC) includes evidence-based practices in transition to provide students with the necessary skills and experiences to succeed in careers and higher education.  This session will provide an overview of the CDC as well as resources for its implementation.



Wednesday June 19, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Cascade E

12:15pm

Lunch
Wednesday June 19, 2019 12:15pm - 1:30pm
On Your Own

1:30pm

Helping students develop self-determination skills using My Transition Portfolio
Self-determination skills have been established as an evidence-based predictor for improved post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. This presentation will provide an overview of a self-determination, portfolio program, some initial research about the program and ideas for teachers in using the program with their students.

Speakers

Wednesday June 19, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Soldier Creek

1:30pm

Panel Session with Pre-ETS Contract Providers, Special Educators, and VR Counselors
Attendees will hear from a panel of Pre-ETS providers, educators, and VR Counselors who will give examples and share how the services are benefitting students with disabilities. Panel members will discuss best practices for communicating with the contracted service providers. Attendees will learn about how to refer to contracted Pre-ETS providers and to VR Services.


Wednesday June 19, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Cascade C

1:30pm

What’s Happening in Postsecondary Education in Utah?
Hear from panel of program representa-tives, including Aggies Elevated (Utah State), Creating Achievement Through Transition (CATT: Weber State), Pathways (Utah Valley), and the Disability Resource Center (Salt Lake Community College).


Wednesday June 19, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Cascade D

1:30pm

Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Performance: Transition Planning and Aligning Outcomes with Vocational Rehabilitation and Special Education
Participants will understand the VR Performance Measures of WIOA, IDEA Part B priorities and indicators, and how they align. We will identify strategies for states to meet VR performance needs taking into consideration the intersection with transition planning and educational service delivery. Participants will receive a crosswalk showing the similarities in each program’s outcome goals.



Wednesday June 19, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Cascade E

3:00pm

WRAP UP
Wednesday June 19, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Cascade A-B

3:30pm

Transition Institute Team Meetings
Meet in Cascade A/B or Soldier Creek

Wednesday June 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Cascade A-B, Soldier Creek