Educators Conference - June 23, 2022

Join the National Down Syndrome Congress for a one-day conference designed for educators working to enhance outcomes for their students with Down syndrome, autism, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Practical in nature, this conference will engage participants in identifying and implementing strategies applicable to K-12 classrooms. Discussions will provide strategies for educators to enhance instruction through effective reading interventions, differentiated and universally designed curriculum, technology, and behavioral practices. Attendees will leave equipped with ideas, tips, strategies, tools, and solutions that they can implement in the classroom. View and download our brochure, so you can share it with educators who might want to attend!

Thursday, June 23, 2022
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Avenue

8:15 AM to 3:30 PM (check-in begins at 7:45 AM)
$150 – includes conference, materials, lunch and certificate for CEU submission

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About the Presenters

DANA HALLE, J.D.

Dana is the developer of The Learning Program and LP Online, educational platforms that focus on improving academic outcomes for learners with Down syndrome in the areas of literacy and math. She currently trains and supports hundreds of teachers, parents, and students with Down syndrome across the nation and around the world. Dana also provides weekly direct instruction on literacy and math to students through DSF’s Learning Center in Irvine, California. For more information, please visit www.dsfoc.org.

Dana attended Pomona College, where she earned a B.A.in Public Policy Analysis and Psychology. She also attended the University of California, Hastings School of Law, where she earned her J.D. Dana practiced law as a business litigator for ten years before taking time off to parent her three children, the youngest of whom, Nick, has Down syndrome. Soon after Nick’s birth in 1998, Dana began directing her energies towards developing programs to improve education for learners with Down syndrome through direct service to parents, teachers, and students.

SEAN SMITH, PH.D.

Sean is a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas where his focus is technology innovations to support and foster learning for ALL students, particularly those with disabilities. Working with educators, families, and other stakeholders, Sean focuses on the framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to facilitate understanding and application. Sean has authored over 100 books and articles, regularly presents across the country, and serves as the Principal Investigator on a number of federally funded projects. His most recent focus has been on virtual reality for social-emotional learning. Sean’s work has been significantly influenced by his four children, one who has Down syndrome.

STACY TAYLOR, MA, B.C.B.A.

Stacy received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rollins College and her Master’s degree in Education from 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. Stacy 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. Stacy 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. Stacy has spoken at numerous conferences across the country on early intervention, education, and behavioral treatment. She has 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 where they gain real-world experience.