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2011–2012 NASDSE Professional Development Series

About the Series

One of the major responsibilities of State Education Agencies is to support local districts build their capacity to deliver high-quality services to improve student outcomes. The National Association of State Directors of Special Education's (NASDSE) ongoing work with the U.S Department of Education, national organizations, technical assistance providers, respected researchers and other stakeholders uniquely positions us to identify and deliver content on the most relevant issues affecting teachers and administrators. Through four, two-hour sessions, the NASDSE Professional Development Series will deliver thought-provoking, professional development on the most current topics that can be easily integrated with the professional development services of any state.

To access any of the presentations in the 2010–11 NASDSE Professional Development Series, please use the following login information:

  • Open your web browser to http://pd.nasdse.org/.
  • Click on the conference you would like to view.
  • Input your access code on the next screen.

Missouri's access code is: 1112MO55

All presentations will be broadcast live. After each release date and time, the conferences will be made available online 24/7 for viewing at your convenience. Note: All PowerPoints and background documents will be available for download on the conference page.


Session One: Part I

We're Better Working Together: Recommendations for Improved Coordination Between Title I and the IDEA

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) largest U.S. Department of Education investments that support K-12 education in our country. Often there is confusion at the district and school levels because of inconsistent definitions for the same terms, data collections are done at different times, and there is a general lack of understanding about how these programs should work together. In this conference, leaders from the Kansas State Department of Education and two  national organizations will discuss some of the issues that impede better coordination between the two laws and recommend actions that could occur at the national, state and local levels to help the programs work better together.

Presenters

  • Colleen Riley - Director, Kansas Special Education Service Team, Kansas State Department of Education
  • Judi Miller - Assistant Director, Title Programs and Services, Kansas Department of Education
  • Richard Long - Executive Director, National Title I Association
  • Bill East - Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Special Education

Date/Time

October 26 , 2011
12:00–2:00 PM CST

Supplementary Resources


Session One: Part II

Section 504 Issues for Students with Disabilities: Case Law and Implications for Practice

Special education students are general education students first. In this conference Dr. Zirkel will address current Section 504 case law where special education students were involved and talk about the implications for practice. In addition to staff and local school personnel, states should consider making this conference available to their legal counsel, hearing officers and attorneys who represent schools/districts.

Presenters

  • Perry Zirkel - Professor of Education and Law, Lehigh University

Date/Time

October 26 , 2011
12:00–2:00 PM CST

Supplementary Resources


Session Two

Providing Education Assessments Appropriate for Every Student: Is It Possible?

During a conference in NASDSE's professional development series last year, representatives from the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors' Association discussed the Common Core State Standards initiative. They indicated that assessments aligned with these standards were being developed for both general and special student populations. Actually, there are four assessment consortiums – two focusing on general education and two addressing students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The general education consortia are the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium. The two consortia addressing special needs are the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System and the National Center and State Collaborative. During this conference, representatives from these consortia will talk about the development of the assessments, progress to date and what to expect in the future.

Presenters

  • Neal Kingston - Project Director, Dynamic Learning Maps, Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, University of Kansas
  • Rachael Quenemoen - Project Director, National Center and State Collaborative, University of Minnesota
  • Martha Thurlow - Director, National Center on Education Outcomes, University of Minnesota

Date/Time

March 30 , 2012
12:00–2:00 PM CST

Supplementary Resources


Session Three

It's 2012: Do You Know Where Your RTI Is?

The implementation of RtI, as originally considered, has changed in response to the analysis of implementation data, the changing landscape of public education, its implementation at the pre-K and secondary levels and the integration of both academic and behavior applications (e.g., positive behavior instructional supports (PBIS) and RtI) into single delivery systems. In this conference, two well-known leaders in the RTI movement will talk about the current status of RTI in states and schools, lessons learned from years of implementation, exemplary programs and practices, what the data are telling us and what to expect from this initiative in the future.


Presenters

  • George Batsche - Professor and Director, Institute for School Reform Project Director, Florida Statewide Problem-Solving/RtI Project, University of South Florida
  • W. David Tilly - Director, Innovation and Accountability, Heartland Area 11 (Iowa)

Date/Time

March 30, 2012
12:00–2:00 PM CST

Supplementary Resources