The 2018 Special Education Administrators’ Conference will again open on Sunday afternoon with a Law Seminar beginning at 2:00 p.m. Selected attorneys will present on legal issues and practical strategies for responding to legal challenges. These sessions were developed as part of the survey results we obtained.
Following the Sunday Law Seminar, an Awards Banquet and Dinner will be from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. where all award winners and Charles Cummings Scholarship recipients will be honored.
Monday morning’s General Session will begin with updates from DESE. Directly following the updates will be dynamite Keynote Speaker, John Antonetti. The General Session will conclude at 11:30 a.m. The afternoon will allow attendees opportunity to select from many quality breakout sessions. The program provided for you features invited speakers and panel members from local school districts, DESE, colleges and universities and private practitioners.
We will reconvene Tuesday morning from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. for breakfast and Feature Presenter, Richard VanAcker.
Breakout strands include: Dyslexia in schools, Transition, Multi-Tiered System of Supports, Law, Instructional Strategies, Behavior/Mental Health, ECSE, and Autism.
Monday, September 24, 2018
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
Dr. Richard Van Acker is 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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