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Monday, September 24, 2018

John Antonetti

John Antonetti is a learner. He has had the great fortune to visit classrooms throughout North America in an effort to answer the question “What truly engages learners?” From thousands of students in pre-K through Graduate School, John has learned the three facets of powerful learning tasks—intellectual, academic, and emotional engagement.

John Antonetti is a teacher. He has taught A.P Chemistry and Kindergarten and most grades in between in his home state of Arkansas. Once described by Larry Lezotte as a “teacher’s teacher,” Mr. Antonetti works with schools across the country and Canada on student engagement, writing, rigor and relevance, and high–yield best practices. As the former Director of Curriculum in the Sheridan School District in Arkansas, he took what he learned in his home district and developed strategies and protocols that work across all school types. He has partnered with five school districts that were awarded the nationally–recognized Broad Prize for Urban Education. While hands-on work in schools is his passion, John is also a highly–sought keynote speaker. His humor and parables are recognized by teachers, administrators, and parents as relevant examples of the power of teachers.

Antonetti is the author of the book, Writing as a Measure and Model of Thinking which utilizes the engagement cube and practical tools to increase student thinking in all subject areas. With his late business partner and friend, Jim Garver, John co–authored the ASCD best-seller 17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t be Wrong: Strategies that Engage Students, Promote Active Learning, and Boost Achievement.

John is currently working with colleagues on a book about the power of technology to engage learners.

Whether he’s on the Kinder carpet or in front of 4000 teachers at an international conference, Antonetti continues to learn.



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Richard VanAcker

Dr. Richard Van Ackeris an Emeritus Professor of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)   Dr. Van Acker began his career in education as a high school math and science teacher.  His ability to work effectively with troubled youth resulted in his becoming a teacher of students with emotional and behavioral disorders.  He also worked as a child care worker in a residential care center for children and youth with emotional disorders.  Since earning his doctorate, Rick has been engaged in teacher education at the UIC.  His research explores the development of antisocial behavior in children – attempting to identify effective prevention and intervention strategies.  Rick has served as president of the International Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (a Division of the Council for Exceptional Children).  He currently is a member of both the advisory committee  and the professional development committee of the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavioral Disorders.  Rick’s research has been published in over 100 professional journal articles, book chapters, monographs and books.  His latest book is titled‘Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Emotional Disorder: School-Based Practice(Guilford Press).


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Sunday, September 23, 2018

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration Desk Open

12:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Law Seminar

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.    Attorney Cracker Barrel Round-table Discussions

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Awards Banquet - All Conference Attendees Welcome!

8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. President's Reception in Room 1603, Building E


Monday, September 24, 2018

7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration Desk Open

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet 

7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open 

7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. LASE Presidents , New Directors and ECSE Breakfast Meetings

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. General Session

DESE Update

Keynote Speaker: John Antonetti

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Business Meeting 

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Luncheon Buffet 

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Refreshment Break 

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sponsor Showcase & Reception - All Conference Attendees Welcome!

                                       * Exhibitor Door Prizes will be drawn at Sponsor Showcase.

Evening on your own

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. General Session & Breakfast 

Project ABLE

Keynote Speaker: Richard Van Acker

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions


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Payment Methods

MO-CASE no longer accepts purchase orders for invoicing. Registrations will not be processed until payment is received in full.

Checks can be made payable to MO-CASE and mailed to 3550 Amazonas Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65109.

Credit card payments may be processed online by logging in to your personal account, calling our office at (573) 644-7804 or completing this form and submitting via email, fax or mail.

Cancellation Policy

All presenters, session leaders, conference committee members, and Board of Directors are required to pay appropriate fees if attending the full conference.

All cancellations and refunds will be processed after the conference.

Full refunds, less a $25 processing fee per registration will be made if written requests are postmarked or faxed no later than September 14, 2018. 

No-shows or cancellations received after this date will not be refunded.

Substitutions are permitted and should be submitted by email to the Conference Planner at or fax to (573) 644-7806.

Hotel Information and Reservations

Make your room reservation directly with Tan-Tar-A Resort by calling 1-800-826-8272 or via the Tan-Tar-A web site at  A block of rooms has been reserved at the special conference rate of $109 plus tax per night for single, double, triple or quadruple occupancy.  You must identify yourself as a MO-CASE Special Education Administrators’ Conference attendee in order to receive this special rate. Reservations must be made on or before the cut-off date of Thursday, August 23, 2018 to receive the group rate.  Only 400 Resort Complex guest rooms are available, so reserve early!  Tan-Tar-A will now accept Purchase Orders for individual reservations if mailed/faxed in advance. Be sure to receive instructions on forwarding the purchase order when making your reservations.

Tan-Tar-A Commitment

Tan-Tar-A is again committed to making your stay as comfortable as possible. We will have more rooms available in the Main Resort, an upgrading of those in the Estates to one bedroom suites.  In addition, all attempts will be made to insure that the remaining Estates rooms will be street level.  The management staff will also take great care to thoroughly police the Estates in advance of your stay. Once again, wireless Internet will be available FREE to all attendees.

Certificate of Attendance

All conference attendees will be issued a Certificate of Attendance via email after the conference to retain for your professional development records.

Special Assistance

If you have any physical disabilities or medical situations that require special assistance, or if you have dietary restrictions, please indicate your needs on the Registration Form.  At the time of the conference, if you have problems with your room, or other accommodations, please notify the front desk at the resort or the conference planner.  

Handouts & Session Descriptions

Information on each presentation will be available this summer! 

Handouts available at by Wednesday, September 12, 2018!


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