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Indiana IEP Resource Center Networking Roundtables

Networking Roundtables will provide an organized opportunity for participants to discuss hot topics in education with national and state presenters and district implementers.  These roundtables will include a brief presentation to set the stage for a structured conversation. All roundtables are one hour.  The roundtables are appropriate for all audiences as the attendees will guide the discussion.

Thursday, January 31

[expand title= “%(%span class=’orangebold’%)%Specially Designed Instruction Across Tiers“]

Time: 9:45–10:45 a.m.
Presenter: George Batsche, Ed.D.

The need for Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) is what differentiates eligibility for special education vs Section 504 accommodations. SDI answers the question, What is Special About Special Education? However, if SDI is only delivered by special education personnel, students with disabilities stand little chance of making significant academic progress.  This Networking Roundtable, hosted by George Batsche, will answer questions regarding SDI across tiers. Educators who attended the CEC Workshop titled Building a Solid Foundation for Inclusive Practices: Improving Outcomes for All Students are encouraged to attend.  George Batsche will be available to elaborate on the content presented within his session and answer participant questions.


[expand title= “%(%span class=’orangebold’%)%The Highly Engaged Inclusive Classroom: Practical Strategies to Boost Student Achievement and Motivation”]

Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Susan Hentz

In this Networking Roundtable, Susan Hentz will share practical strategies, tools, and ideas for creating a highly engaging classroom where every student is an active learner. The goal of this Networking Roundtable is to leave with a wealth of no-cost, low-cost ideas to positively impact students, along with the inspiration to fully engage every learner in your classroom.  Educators who attended the CEC Workshop titled Building a Solid Foundation for Inclusive Practices: Improving Outcomes for All Students are encouraged to attend.  Susan Hentz will be available to elaborate on the content presented within her session and answer participant questions.


[expand title= “%(%span class=’orangebold’%)%Addressing Challenging Behavior“]

Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Presenters: Terrance Scott, Ph.D. & Alisa Stovall

But What Do I Do When? Within this session, participants will learn strategies to address the most challenging behaviors.  This Networking Roundtable presents an overview of the cycle of escalating behavior that can be used to prescribe strategies for effective intervention.  Terrance Scott and Alisa Stovall, consultant from the Indiana IEP Resource Center (IEPRC), will share first hand experiences and address questions for all participants.  Educators who attended the CEC Workshop titled Building a Solid Foundation for Inclusive Practices: Improving Outcomes for All Students are encouraged to attend.  Terrance Scott will be available to elaborate on the content presented within his session and answer participant questions.


[expand title= “%(%span class=’orangebold’%)%Mental Health Partnerships“]

Time: 2:15–3:15 p.m.
Presenters: Christy Gauss, Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., BCBA-D & Alisa Stovall

The responsibility for the wellness of children and youth belongs to all of us. Growth, learning, and development in all domains happen in many environments and, for most of the population, in schools. This Networking Roundtable will discuss the importance of partnerships to promote student success.  Alisa Stovall, Indiana IEP Resource Center (IEPRC) Consultant and Cathy Pratt and Christy Gauss, both from the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative, will share examples, strategies and supports to meet the mental health needs of all students.


[expand title= “%(%span class=’orangebold’%)%Every State Succeeds with ESSA“]

Time: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Presenter: Nancy Holsapple, Ph.D.

In this Networking Roundtable, join Indiana’s Director of Special Education, Nancy Holsapple, to learn more about Indiana’s response to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to share information on the work in your state.  The Indiana Department of Education, Office of Special Education developed a conceptual framework with a focus on equity and access to ensure positive outcomes for all students. The framework highlights shared responsibility, shared accountability and high expectations in collaboration, curriculum, instruction and assessment to promote student success through a Multi-Tiered System of Support and Universal Design for Learning.  The conceptual framework is included within Indiana’s ESSA plan and professional learning and resources have been developed and shared with educators and families to effect positive change.


Friday, February 1

[expand title= “%(%span class=’orangebold’%)%UDL: Implementation from a District Perspective“]

Time: 9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
Presenters: Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D. & Frankfort Community Schools Staff

Frankfort Community Schools, with the guidance and support from UDL (Universal Design for Learning) Consultant, Loui Lord Nelson, is implementing UDL within their district.  Join them to learn more about UDL, their successes and challenges, and how they approached implementing a framework to support all learners.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in discussions throughout this session.


[expand title= “%(%span class=’orangebold’%)%MTSS: Implementation from a Large District Perspective“]

Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Presenters: Marianne Orfanos, Alisa Stovall & School City of Hammond Staff

School City of Hammond has embraced Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS).  The district, with nearly 14,000 students, is in their first year of implementation and is working with Indiana IEP Resource Center (IEPRC) Consultants to assess their readiness.  Leaders of the district will be available to discuss their journey and lessons learned as they implement MTSS across their district.


[expand title= “%(%span class=’orangebold’%)%MTSS: Implementation from a Small District Perspective“]

Time: 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Presenters: Alisa Stovall & Garrett-Keyser-Butler Staff

Garrett-Keyser-Butler (GKB), a small district with just over 1,700 students, is committed to implementing a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) across their district.  GKB is in their first year of implementation and is working with Indiana IEP Resource Center (IEPRC) Consultant, Alisa Stovall, to assess their readiness.  Leaders of the district will be available to discuss their journey and lessons learned throughout this process.


[expand title= “%(%span class=’orangebold’%)%Data-Informed Decision Making from a District Perspective“]

Time: 2:45–3:45 p.m.
Presenters: Patrick McGinley, Marcee Wilburn & MSD Warren Township School Staff

Data, data, data!  Districts and buildings collect a lot of data; however, data must be used to make informed decisions.  Reviewing multiple data sets, including student outcome data, fidelity data and capacity data, allows educators to understand their “current reality”.  Creating this level of understanding within a district and/or building focuses the work on district or building priorities.  Staff from MSD Warren Township and Indiana IEP Resource Center (IEPRC) Consultants, Patrick McGinley and Marcee Wilburn, will be available to share one district’s experience diving into their data.


[expand title= “%(%span class=’orangebold’%)%Co-Teaching: One High School’s Experience Implementing Across Subject Areas“]

Time: 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Presenters:Marianne Orfanos, Gail Ringwalt, Ed.D. & Crown Point Community School Corporation

Co-Teaching is the synergy that happens when two professionals co-plan, co-teach and co-assess a group of students.   This Networking Roundtable will explore the ways Crown Point High School staff are working together to provide dynamic teaching experiences and greater access to curriculum for all students.  Teachers and administrators, with the support of IEPRC consultants, have embraced the process and will be available to discuss their success with teaming and utilizing various instructional strategies.  They will elaborate on the importance of strong administrative support for implementation. Staff will share examples of how student performance has improved and look forward to engaging in discussion about their journey.  


Saturday, February 2

[expand title= “%(%span class=’orangebold’%)%A Parent (Center) at the Table: Established and Emerging Parent Center Partnerships as Lessons in Collaboration“]

Time: 8:00–9:00 a.m.
Presenters: Joel Boehner, Lesa Paddack & Cristina Santamaría Graff, Ph.D.

Is a maximal view of parent engagement practical? If compliance has not yielded appropriate results for students with disabilities, should we in Special Education reconsider our approach to stakeholder engagement? Joel Boehner, Executive Director of IN*SOURCE (Indiana’s Parent Center); Lesa Paddack, IN*SOURCE Parent Liaison to Indiana Department of Education (IDOE); and Cristina Santamaría Graff, Assistant Professor of Special Education at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), will share about the conceptual framework, mutual benefits, and logistical considerations of IN*SOURCE’s collaborative partnerships with IDOE and beyond.


[expand title= “%(%span class=’orangebold’%)%Facilitated IEP: Focusing on the Student and Improving Relationships“]

Time: 9:15–10:15 a.m.
Presenters: Angie McKinney, Ph.D. & Gail Ringwalt, Ed.D.

Have you ever experienced a case conference in which you spend more time trying to resolve conflicts than working on activities that promote student achievement and success?  Has a member of the case conference committee expressed frustration at their voice not being heard?  Are you holding multiple conferences with little or no resolution?  If so, join this session with facilitators, school members, and advocates in learning about their experiences and positive outcomes when using facilitated IEPs.


[expand title= “%(%span class=’orangebold’%)%Postsecondary Vocational Training for Individuals with Disabilities“]

Time: 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Presenters: Megan Stevenson & EGTI Alumni

To address an employment rate of less than 20% and a lack of postsecondary training opportunities for individuals with disabilities, The Arc of Indiana Foundation has taken a unique approach by developing the Erskine Green Training Institute (EGTI). Within this Networking Roundtable, EGTI staff and alumni will talk about its programming and its effort to increase meaningful employment.


[expand title= “%(%span class=’orangebold’%)%Designing Academic Instruction for Students with Significant Disabilities“]

Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Presenters: Project SUCCESS Staff & Indiana School District(s)

Ok, all means all, but where do I start? Using alternate academic standards to plan and deliver grade level aligned instruction has been challenging for teachers, administrators and parents comfortable with the traditional “life skills” curriculum. However, students are responding to more a rigorous standards-based approach as teachers are given the tools, resources and support to make the shift. This networking roundtable will highlight the challenges and successes local education agencies (LEA) have experienced as they implemented academic standards. LEA and Project SUCCESS staff will share resources, facilitate discussion and offer participants an opportunity to ask questions and explore starting points or next steps for their own states, districts and classrooms.


[expand title= “%(%span class=’orangebold’%)%PATINS Project: Partnering with Schools to Provide Accessibility“]

Time: 2:15–3:15 p.m.
Presenters:Presenters: Daniel McNulty & Indiana School District(s)

The PATINS Project is a state-wide technical assistance network that connects Indiana’s local education agencies (LEAs) to accessible materials, assistive technology, professional Development & Technical Support through the Indiana Department of Education and Administration.  Join this session to learn how the PATINS Project supports LEAs to provide Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) to ensure that ALL students have access to, participate in, and are able to make progress within the general curriculum.



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