Center for Educational Excellence

Educator Conference

Nashville 2019

NEW DATE
Saturday, February 23, 2019
8:30am – 4:30pm

Ezell Center – Room 301
Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204

Fee: $99.00 (includes Lunch and CEU credits)

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2019 Nashville Presentation Schedule

8:30 am Check-in
9:00 am Meaningful Inclusion
10:45 am Technology Innovation
12:15 pm Lunch
12:45 pm Classroom Behavior
2:30 pm Reading Interventions
4:30 pm Concludes


Thank you to the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee for their support of this conference.

Session Information

Meaningful Inclusion

Meaningful Inclusion – Framing Our Efforts

Sean J. Smith, PhD

Today, students with Intellectual Disability, including learners with Down syndrome, are overwhelmingly segregated from the general education classroom, the learning that is going on in those classrooms, and, of course, their peers. This interactive session will focus on ways to further include ALL learners, particularly those with Down syndrome, in a MEANINGFUL way into the general education classroom. Yes, social inclusion has its merits, but this session will engage participants with tips, tools, and strategies to foster instructional inclusion to ensure the success of the child with Down syndrome. Frameworks like Universal Design for Learning and Multi-tiered System of Support will be featured as will ideas and effective interventions.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be introduced to and understand the foundational elements of effective frameworks that facilitate meaningful inclusion of struggling learners and their peers with disabilities.

2. Participants will be introduced to and begin to understand effective strategies and interventions that foster learning amongst individuals with Down syndrome.

3. Participants will practice and begin to understand the essential elements in order to implement effective strategies that foster the inclusion of students with Down syndrome in the general education classroom.

About the Presenter:
Sean Smith, PhD, is working as a faculty member at the University of Kansas. Sean has concentrated his efforts on technology innovations that can further the development and independence of struggling learners and those with disabilities. Recently, this has included work in the area of online/personalized learning, virtual reality, and Universal Design for Learning. The parent of four school-age children, Sean’s oldest son with Down syndrome has been a significant influence on his work.

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Technology Innovation

It’s Not Just Technology, It’s Philosophy = Solutions For All

Sean Smith, PhD, Professor, University of Kansas

This session focuses on how technology tools and solutions can be utilized to enhance the inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome in the general education classroom. A focus on the identification of potential barriers interfering with student development and overall access to the inclusionary setting will be addressed. A focus on current and future technologies that open BOTH the academic and employment world will be addressed. Finally, APPS, APPS, and MORE!

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify popular myth and misconception interfering in the learning process as they apply to technology for learners and those both with and without disabilities.

2. Participants will understand ways to integrate and create ideas and ways no tech and a variety of different technologies can be utilized at home, school and in the real world.

3. Participants will begin to apply practical ways to utilize tools and tech solutions to increase content accessibility in the general education classroom and further develop skills that promote independence across the lifespan.

About the Presenter:
Sean Smith, PhD, is working as a faculty member at the University of Kansas. Sean has concentrated his efforts on technology innovations that can further the development and independence of struggling learners and those with disabilities. Recently, this has included work in the area of online/personalized learning, virtual reality, and Universal Design for Learning. The parent of four school-age children, Sean’s oldest son with Down syndrome has been a significant influence on his work.

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Classroom Behavior

Classroom Behavior: Prevent, Treat and Repeat…

Stacy Taylor, MA, BCBA

Educators are tasked with teaching and when problem behaviors get in the way, it can be beyond frustrating for everyone involved. This presentation will discuss ways to set children up for success in the classroom and if problem behaviors occur, ways to prevent and treat these behaviors to get students back to learning. When educators are given the tools they need to support all the learners in their class, the results are more learning, better classroom behavior and a happier classroom family.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will learn key factors for student success in the classroom.

2. Participants will understand how asking the right questions can help understand and improve student behavior.

3. Participants will learn essential preventative, teaching and consequence-based strategies to improve student outcomes.

About the Presenter:
Stacy Taylor received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rollins College and completed her Masters degree in Education at the University of Central Florida. For over 18 years, she has worked as an early interventionist, educator and behavior analyst providing services to people with developmental disabilities and learning/behavioral challenges. She has served as director for 3 clinical programs and currently owns and operates an Applied Behavior Analysis program, Advance Behavior & Learning, and a fully inclusive 21st century private school, Advance Learning Academy in Central Florida. Mrs. Taylor has worked in a variety of settings including clinics, schools, and homes. In addition to providing 1:1 treatment to children, she has also provided training and consultation to parents, teachers, therapists and agencies. She has spoken at numerous conferences across the country on early intervention, education and behavioral treatment and served on the board of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida. She also enjoys teaching college level courses that help students learn more about inclusion, learning and behavior and provides an internship site to give students a start in the field and gain real-world experience.

Classroom Behavior Details

Reading Interventions

Reading Intervention for Children and Adolescents with DS

Christopher Lemons, PhD

Learning to read is an important skill the supports future educational outcomes, employment, and independence. The goal of this session will be to provide a model of literacy for individuals with DS, to summarize recent research that has enhanced our understanding of effective methods to teach reading skills, and to provide strategies for supporting literacy development in children and adolescents with DS. Time will be provided for questions and discussion.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to summarize the key components of effective literacy instruction for individuals with DS.

2. Participants will be able to describe key findings from research on enhancing reading outcomes for individuals with DS.

3. Participants will be able to state at least three actionable steps they can take to support the literacy needs of their students or children with DS.

About the Presenter:
Christopher J. Lemons, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and a member of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. His research focuses on improving academic outcomes for children and adolescents with intellectual, developmental, and learning disabilities. His recent research has focused on developing and evaluating reading interventions for individuals with Down syndrome. He has published studies in peer-reviewed journals including Exceptional Children, Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, and Remedial and Special Education. Lemons has secured funding to support his research from the Institute of Education Sciences and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, both within the U.S. Department of Education. He is an Associate Editor for the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He chairs the Executive Committee for the Pacific Coast Research Conference. Lemons is also Co-Director of the National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention and a Senior Advisor for the National Center on Intensive Intervention, both funded by the Office of Special Education Programs. He received his doctorate from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 2008. Lemons is a recipient of the Pueschel-Tjossem Research Award from the National Down Syndrome Congress. In 2016, Lemons received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers, from President Obama. Prior to entering academia, Lemons taught in several special education settings including a preschool autism unit, an elementary resource and inclusion program, and a middle school life skills classroom. His areas of expertise include reading interventions for children and adolescents with learning and intellectual disabilities, with a focus on interventions for individuals with Down syndrome; data-based individualization; and intervention-related assessment.

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