CELEBRATING THE CHALLENGES 2010

Sponsored by: Special Education Council Alberta Teachers‘ Association 11010 -142 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5N 2R1 780-447-9400
“Meeting the needs of all children”

Thursday, October 14-Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Lodge at Kananaskis

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2010 Conference Reminders
Please visit The Special Education Council website at www.specialeducation.ab.ca to sign up for our list serve!

Please wear your lanyard at all times for access to all sessions and socials.

ALL sessions are first come, first serve. If you arrive at a session and it is full, please go quickly to your second choice session.
All conference delegates may pick up their bagged lunch on Friday at various locations. Lunch tickets are inside your name tags.

Special Education Council Annual General Meeting
On Saturday, October 16, from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. in the Palliser / Dawson Room, Delta Lodge, join the Executive of the Special Education Council. This meeting includes: Complimentary continental breakfast Annual Report of the Council Treasurer‘s Report

PRIZE: Win a free registration to Celebrating the Challenges Conference 2011!

THANK YOU
Cine Audio Visual, Edmonton for donating the use of a SMARTboard Graeme Daniel, Red Deer Catholic School Division for A/V assistance Paul Stewart, Red Deer Catholic School Division - assistance at Conference Special Education Council Executive for their assistance at the Conference Northwood Safety for donating the use of a trailer for moving supplies Calgary Public School Board, Red Deer Catholic School Board and Red Deer Public School Board for supporting the Conference Committee in their duties.

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Conference 2010 Schedule at a Glance
PRE-CONFERENCE
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Thursday, October 16, 2010 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Pre-Conference Registration Pre-Conference Registration SESSION A: “To Teach them ALL Together: Utilizing our Collective Power to Include”: Dr. Julie Causton-Theoharis SESSION B: “No Longer on an Island: Collaboration in the Inclusive Classroom”: Dr. Christi Kasa-Hendrickson Lunch Session A or B: Dr. Causton-Theoharis or Dr. Kasa-Hendrickson

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

CONFERENCE
Thursday, October 14, 2010 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Conference Registration Opening Greetings & Special Guest Education Minister, Honourable Dave Hancock

Keynote Address: Danny Brassell “Do or DI: Differentiating Instruction So All Students Succeed” 10:00 p.m. -11:30 p.m. Wine and Cheese Reception (1 free drink ticket is provided in your delegate name tag) Friday, October 15, 2010 7:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Conference Registration PEC Greetings & Special Education Council Award Presentation Keynote Address: James McLeskey “Making Differences Ordinary in Inclusive Classrooms” Refreshment Break SESSIONS Lunch (Lunch Tickets are provided inside your delegate name tag) SESSIONS Refreshment Break SESSIONS Supper - Fireweed Grill/Rockies Supper - Mount Kidd Manor Supper - Olympic Ballroom Supper - Explorer Room Space Theme Dance – Olympic Ballroom “Fun in the Front Seat” Band SEC Annual General Meeting in the Palliser/Dawson room SESSIONS Refreshment Break Closing Keynote: Erik Linthorst “Autisitc Like- Graham’s Story (Screening of Film)”

- 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

- 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 16, 2010 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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SOCIAL ACTIVITIES SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010_________________________________LOCATION 10:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION OLYMPIC BALLROOM (One free wine or beer ticket is included in your delegate name tag)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. SUPPER - FIRST SEATING SUPPER - FIRST SEATING SUPPER - SECOND SEATING SUPPER – SECOND SEATING

________________LOCATION FIREWEED GRILL/ROCKIES MOUNT KIDD MANOR OLYMPIC BALLROOM EXPLORER ROOM

For Delta Lodge at Kananaskis guests, some meals are included as part of your hotel costs, choose the 5:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. supper seating when you check in. On Friday, a bagged lunch is provided for ALL conference delegates, and may be picked up at various locations around the hotel. There will be a limited amount of Friday evening supper tickets available for guests staying at other hotels for the approximate price of $55.00.

9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

“OUT OF THIS WORLD” SPACE DANCE OLYMPIC BALLROOM Band: ―FUN IN THE FRONT SEAT” Get dressed up in a fun space themed costume or come dressed as you favourite ―SPACE‖ Character!

Responsibility of Professional Teachers This conference, planned by the Special Education Council of the Alberta Teachers‘ Association, provides an excellent means of professional development specific to teaching students with special needs. By virtue of your registration at this conference, all members of the ATA have a legal obligation to attend sessions. School boards have the right to deduct salary from teachers who are absent from the conference without legitimate reasons. Further, failure to attend conference sessions may result in an investigation of unprofessional conduct under the Discipline Bylaws of the ATA. It is hoped that your attendance at sessions provides you opportunities to be informed and knowledgeable about how best to meet the special needs of all our students.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010 PRE-CONFERENCE 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Pre-Conference Registration

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

SESSION A: To Teach Them ALL Together: Utilizing our Collective Power to Include In this interactive session we will focus on including ALL students, including students with disabilities, in the general education classroom. Some of our neediest students deal with the most transitions to pull-out and separate settings and this does not have to be the case. We will explore inclusive education and examine issues of school reform and the law. We will learn how to effectively provide adult support to meet a wide array of student needs as well as strategies for supporting students with challenging or unique behaviors. Participants will not only walk away with a much deeper understanding of the possibilities of inclusive education, but with dozens of new ideas and strategies to manage the range of academic and behavioral needs that naturally fall in any given classroom. Julie Causton-Theoharis, PhD. Assistant Professor in the Inclusive and Special Education Program in the Department of Teaching and Leadership at Syracuse University. As an educational consultant, Julie works with schools and school districts to help improve inclusive practices.

SESSION B: No Longer an Island: Collaboration in the Inclusive Classroom This session will provide you with an opportunity to explore a variety of strategies to collaborate in order to promote the learning of all students. Christi Kasa-Hendrickson will explore how general and special education teachers and paraprofessionals plan and teach collaboratively. The speaker will explore collaborative teaming, co-teaching, and use of communication tools and identify benefits and complexities of collaboration. You will re-think and re-imagine adult roles in inclusive school settings and practice useful strategies in the area of communication and running an effective team meeting. Christi Kasa-Hendrickson, PhD. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Colorado. Her teaching, research, and consulting are guided by her passion to create successful inclusive schools for all students.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lunch Session A or B

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CONFERENCE 2010 PROGRAM AT A GLANCE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Keynote Address: James McLeskey “Making Differences Ordinary in Inclusive Classrooms” 10:30 – 12:00 noon
FOYER
Vin Stocking 7:30 a.m. Run Forest Run

GOLD
Ross Greene Collaborative Problem Solving: Teaching, Parenting and Treating Challenging Kids Session 1 / 2

SILVER
Kari Dunn Buron When My Autism Gets to Big! The Incredible 5 Point Scale Session 1 / 2

BRONZE
James McLeskey School Challenge and Inclusive Shcools

SINCLAIR
Dr. Diane Heacox Using Chance and Choice to Increase Students‘ Motivation for Learning

PALLISER
Joy Zabala/ Kathy Howery A Case Study of UDL Implementation

DAWSON
Chad Erickson Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction for the Special Needs student Strategies

STEWART
Ross Ehalt The Power of Plus – What‘s new in Boardmaker

POCATERRA
Darci Fulton

Supporting Positive Behaviour

CHAMPION

WALKER

NAKISKA

MOUNT KIDD BALLROOM A Mount Kidd Manor
Nancy McKonkey Solution Focus Counselling

MOUNT KIDD BALLROOM B Mount Kidd Manor
Shane Hewitt Integrating Video Games into the Classroom for Students with Special Needs

MOUNT KIDD BALLROOM C Mount Kidd Manor
Nathan Ory How to Sort out Developmental Brain Dysfunction from Everything Else

MOUNT ALLEN Mount Kidd Manor
Christie Noble/ Tracy Stener Making Music, Literacy and Movement Fun for Older Ones

Janeke Frankl Do You Know A Gifted Student? An Intro to identifying and Supporting Gifted Learners in our Classrooms

Colleen McClure, Tony McLellan & Karen PedersonBayus Building the Pyramid: One District‘s Journey

DISPLAYS

Visit the DISPLAYS at the SEASONS DINING ROOM, NAKISKA ROOM, & SUMMIT ROOM in THE SIGNATURE HOTEL AND IN THE LOBBY OF THE DELTA LODGE Thursday Friday Saturday Open Times 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
FOYER
Vin Stocking 1:30 p.m. The Halls of the Mountain King

GOLD
Ross Greene Collaborative Problem Solving: Teaching, Parenting and Treating Challenging Kids Session 2 / 2

SILVER
Kari Dunn Buron When My Autism Gets to Big! The Incredible 5 Point Scale Session 2 / 2

BRONZE
Dr. Diane Heacox Making Differentiation a Habit

PALLISER
Joy Zabala The SETT Framework: Straight From the Horse‘s Mouth!

SINCLAIR
Sandy Mann / Deb Pierce Lead With Logic

DAWSON
Dr. JacquelineOttman FNMI Students and ―Special Education‖ Assessment and Evaluation Philosophy

STEWART
Rob Long Multi-media in The classroom Bring your own Laptop This is a 3 hour session (1:30 – 4:30)

POCATERRA
Alberta Education Building an Inclusive System: What Does Inclusion Mean?

CHAMPION

WALKER

NAKISKA

MOUNT KIDD BALLROOM A Mount Kidd Manor
Nancy McKonkey How to Hold Solution Focused Meetings

MOUNT KIDD BALLROOM B Mount Kidd Manor
Christine Wolzi SMARTboard and the Special Learner

MOUNT KIDD BALLROOM C Mount Kidd Manor
Nathan Ory Strategies to Use When Behaviour Management Doesn‘t Work: How To Avoid Resistive Behaviour and Unnecessary Power Struggles.

MOUNT ALLAN Mount Kidd Manor
Christie Noble/ Tracy Stener Making Music, Literacy and Movement Fun for Older Ones

Alberta Education Building an Inclusive System: Collaboration – Working Together

Karen Pederson-Bayus Learning for all: UDL and DI Through Technology to Support Diversity in Your Classroom

DISPLAYS

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
GOLD
Sandra Sunquist Stanton Gender Friendly Classrooms

SILVER
Calgary Police Gang Activity in Alberta: Interventions for Educators (Youth at Risk)

BRONZE
Dr. Diane Heacox Lesson Routines: Teaching is no Longer A Single Lane Highway

SINCLAIR
Joy Zabala / Kathy Howery QIAT Coversations without Borders! Speaking Up In Alberta

PALLISER
ERECS Andrea Petryk / Angela Roth Handwriting Without Tears

DAWSON
REACH Diane Nunziato Tolley / Barb Patterson (SLP’s) Social Stories

STEWART
Rob Long Multi-media in The classroom Bring your own Laptop This is a 3 hour session (1:30 – 4:30)

POCATERRA
Alberta Education Building an Inclusive System: Leadership in Inclusive Schools

CHAMPION

WALKER

NAKISKA

MOUNT KIDD BALLROOM A Mount Kidd Manor
Chrenek / Dechaine / Humphries

MOUNT KIDD BALLROOM B Mount Kidd Manor
Daryl Todos It‘s Not Just ―Creative Journaling,‖ It is So Much More… It is About Reinventing the Wheel

MOUNT KIDD BALLROOM C Mount Kidd Manor
Nathan Ory Working with Difficult Personalities: How to Survive Emotionally Fragile and Reactive Behaviour

MOUNT ALLAN Mount Kidd Manor
No Session

Alberta Education Building an Inclusive System: Inclusive Classroom Practices that Make a Difference

REACH Krista Schultz DISPLAYS Students With ADHD – Considerations For the Classroom Teacher

Building a Functional Program For Daily Living

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Saturday, October 16, 2010 7:30 a.m. FOYER
Vin Stocking: Run Forest Run

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Dawson / Palliser Room Annual General Meeting 9:00 - 10: 30 a.m.
GOLD
Michelle Cederberg Exposing the Myth of Life Balance

SILVER
Sandra Sunquist Stanton Move It To Learn It

BRONZE
Miriam Trehearne Effective Intervention: Supporting Struggling and / or Reluctant Readers and Writers

SINCLAIR
Pam Dyment Behaviour and Motivation Connection

PALLISER
AGM (8:00 – 9:00a.m.) - president’s report - financial report Continental Breakfast provided for attendees

DAWSON
AGM (8:00 – 9:00a.m.) - president’s report - financial report Continental Breakfast provided for attendees

STEWART
Jennifer Malone Let‘s Go Cruising on the SS Visual Supports

POCATERRA
No Session

CHAMPION

WALKER

NAKISKA

MOUNT KIDD BALLROOM A Mount Kidd Manor
Rob Long Web 2.0 Engaging tools for the 21st Century Learner

MOUNT KIDD BALLROOM B Mount Kidd Manor
Sean Grainger Creating a Resilient Classroom and School Culture

MOUNT KIDD BALLROOM C Mount Kidd Manor
Sharon Jeske / Deb Buchan

MOUNT ALLAN Mount Kidd Manor
No Session

Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann FNMI Students and ―Special Education‖- Assessment and Evaluative Practice Repeat

Linda Williams Hooked on Books – Math and Literacy for Primary Students

DISPLAYS

Sex in the City and in The Classroom! Teaching Sexuality to Students with Cognitive Delays

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Closing Keynote Address: Erik Linthorst “Autistic Like – Graham’s Story (Screening of Film)”
DOOR PRIZE WILL BE DRAWN Fill out entry ticket at the session MUST BE IN ATTENDANCE TO WIN DOOR PRIZE
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ROOM OVERCROWDING/FIRE CODES
The Special Education Conference attempts to honor the room size request suggested by presenters. We also try to schedule popular topics in rooms large enough to accommodate the potential audience. Please note that there are approximately 14 sessions convening at any given time during the conference and there is room for all delegates. Please select alternative sessions in advance so that you can move quickly to another session if you are unable to arrive early enough to get a seat for your first choice. For your safety and because of fire regulations, session rooms that have been filled to capacity will be restricted thereafter.

Children are not allowed in any of the sessions or social events.

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CONFERENCE
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010_______________________________ 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Conference Registration Opening Greetings & Special Guest Speaker LOCATION Foyer Olympic Ballroom

Education Minister, Honourable Dave Hancock
9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Keynote Address Olympic Ballroom

DANNY BRASSELL Do or DI: Differentiating Instruction So All Students Succeed
Students watch our every move. The best teachers constantly set high expectations, attempt new things and never let the threat of embarrassment or failure stand in their way. Join Danny Brassell as he shares a fast-paced, humorous and inspirational keynote designed to share his observations of the traits of the best teachers he has encountered over the years and how to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all your students. Learn how to train your students how to welcome new opportunities and challenges, recognize but not submit to fear and, above all else, to believe in themselves.
DANNY BRASSELL is an Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department at California State UniversityDominguez Hills. He is an experienced classroom teacher who has worked with students ranging from preschoolers to rocket scientists, and he has published numerous articles and seven books, including A Baker’s Dozen of Lessons Learned from the Teaching Trenches (Shell, 2009).

PLEASE NOTE THE DOOR WILL BE CLOSED ONCE THE SPEAKER STARTS
10:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Wine and Cheese Reception Olympic Ballroom

(One free wine or beer ticket is in your delegate package)

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CONFERENCE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Conference Registration Foyer LOCATION

PEC Greetings & Special Olympic Ballroom Education Council Award Presentation Keynote Address Olympic Ballroom

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

JAMES McLESKEY Making Differences Ordinary in Inclusive Classrooms
This session addresses the need to make differences ordinary as inclusive school programs are developed and implemented. Qualities that are hallmarks of inclusive classrooms and that ensure differences become an ordinary part of classroom practices will be addressed. These qualities ensure the supports provided in the inclusive classroom are as natural and unobtrusive as possible, schedules are arranged so the rhythm of the day for students with disabilities is as typical as possible, and students with disabilities are full participants in the learning and social communities of the classroom and school. JAMES McLESKEY is professor and chair, Department of Special Education, University of Florida, Gainesville. Co-author of book, Inclusive Education in Action: Making Differences Ordinary (2000).

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break SESSIONS Lunch SESSIONS Refreshment Break SESSIONS Supper Supper Supper Supper Fireweed Grill/Rockies Mount Kidd Manor Olympic Ballroom Explorer Room

9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Out of This World SPACE themed Dance ―Fun in the Front Seat Band‖

Olympic Ballroom

Come dressed as your favorite SPACE character
For Delta Lodge at Kananaskis guests, some meals are included as part of your hotel costs, choose the 5:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. supper seating when you check in. On Friday, a bagged lunch is provided for ALL conference delegates, and may be picked up at various locations around the hotel. There will be a limited amount of Friday evening supper tickets available for guests staying at other hotels for the approximate price of $55. 12

CONFERENCE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2010 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. SEC Annual General Meeting (Palliser / Dawson Rooms) SESSIONS Refreshment Break Closing Keynote Address:

ERIK LINTHORST Autistic Like - Graham’s Story (Screening of Film)
Filmmaker and dad Erik Linthorst presents his documentary film Autistic-Like: Graham's Story. This intimate family portrait shows one dad‘s determined quest to find the right therapies, the right doctors, and even the right words to describe his son. Winner of Best Documentary Short at the Brilliant Light Film Festival, and finalist for the 2009 Freddie Award for international medical media, Autistic-Like: Graham's Story has touched thousands of families and early childhood professionals at screenings in over 125 cities around the world. Autistic-Like: Graham’s Story illuminates the medical, social and public health issues faced by families whose autistic-like children have no clear diagnosis, and are offered no specific treatment. See the trailer: www.autisticlike.com

Erik Linthorst, father and filmmaker, Manhattan Beach, California

Check out time for the Delta Lodge and Mount Kidd Manor is 11:00 a.m. - Video checkout is available - Luggage can be stored until you are ready to leave

Special Education Conference 2011 will be held in Kananaskis on October 13-15, 2011

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CONFERENCE SESSION DESCRIPTIONS 7:30 a.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
Run Forest Run 7:30 a.m.

LOCATION
Foyer

Wellness Just a morning run to shake things up and enjoy the mountain air. We will be running for 30-45 minutes, depending on the weather and the participants. It may be quite chilly so dress appropriately. Vin Stocking, Teacher, Edmonton Public Schools, Edmonton, AB

10:30 – 12:00 noon
Collaborative Problem Solving: Teaching, Parenting, and Treating Challenging Kids Gold Behaviour Based on research in the neurosciences over the past 30 years, the Collaborative Problem Solving model posits that challenging behaviour is a form of developmental delay and the by-product of lagging cognitive skills in the global domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration, tolerance, and problem solving. CPS helps adults and kids solve the problems precipitating challenging behaviour and simultaneously teach kids the skills they are lacking. Participants will leave with an understanding of the underpinnings of the CPS model and practical assessment and intervention tools that can be brought back to and used in diverse settings. First Segment  Kids do Well If they Can/Your Explanation Guides Your Intervention  Limits of Conventional Reward and Punishment Approaches  A Different Explanation: Challenging Behaviour as Developmental Delay  Lagging Skills Setting the Stage for Challenging Behaviour Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the originator of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach and author of the recently published book, Lost at School: Why Our Most Vulnerable, At Risk Kids Still Fall Through The Cracks and How We Can Help Them. He is also author of the highly acclaimed book, The Explosive Child. Dr. Greene is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

When My Autism Gets to Big! The Incredible 5 Point Scale

Silver Autism Spectrum Disorder

Part 1 Overview of current learning theories and ASD Examples of using systems and routines to teach social and emotional understanding Kari Dunn Buron, Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale, and the author of When My Worries Get Too Big, A 5 Could Make Me Lose Control and A 5 is Against the Law!

Developing schools that are both effective and inclusive

Bronze

Collaboration/Inclusion This session provides a description of critical factors that characterize schools that are both effective and inclusive. This is followed by a description of lessons learned in developing and implementing effective, inclusive programs. Questions and comments from the audience will be encouraged. JAMES McLESKEY is professor and chair, Department of Special Education, University of Florida, Gainesville. Co-author of book, Inclusive Education in Action: Making Differences Ordinary (2000).

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CONFERENCE 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
Using Chance and Choice to Increase Students’ Motivation for Learning

LOCATION
Sinclair

Collaboration/Inclusion In a differentiated classroom, chance and choice can be used as a strategy to both meet the needs of a variety of learners and motivate students to ―do the work‖. Carefully constructed learning activities using choice are another way to work on curriculum goals. Explore a variety of formats for providing choice in process, product, and learning resources while continuing to clearly focus on your curriculum goals. Streamline your planning time while insuring that learning activities meet criteria for high quality differentiation. Come away from this session with multiple ideas for presenting differentiated activities utilizing elements of choice and motivating student engagement. Dr. Diane Heacox, international facilitator for the Higher Education Network of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and chair of the Middle Level Division of the National Association for Gifted Children.

A Case Study of UDL Implementation

Palliser

Technology/UDL Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to proactively designing learning environments such that instruction can be delivered in flexible, equitable and accessible ways. A district‘s experiences in creating universally designed learning environments were explored and documented using qualitative case study. The story of their UDL implementation will be shared, focusing on impacts on teaching and learning, the challenges in making UDL ―real‖ for students and teachers, and role of technology and teaming in the achieving the goal of creating learning environments that are designed for all learners. Joy Zabala, Director of Technical Assistance, CAST and National AIM Center, Wakefield, MA Kathy Howery, University of Alberta.

Concept Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Special Needs Student Strategies

Dawson

Collaboration/Inclusion How can we help special needs students retain information more efficiently and develop their thinking abilities at the same time? In this session participants will learn specific concept-based curriculum and instruction strategies developed by the internationally recognized educator and author Lynn Erickson. See how the structure of knowledge can be used to help special needs students effectively pattern and sort information, relate new information to prior knowledge, and think on both factual and conceptual levels. Learn how to use a ―conceptual lens‖ to focus and integrate a student‘s thinking and practice scaffolding thinking to three levels. If you want to learn 21st century skills for teaching then you won‘t want to miss this session! This session targets students at the grade 4 level and up. Chad Erickson, District Principal, Red Deer Public Schools, Red Deer, AB

Social Stories

Stewart

Autism This session will provide the participant with information on social deficits and perspective taking in students with ASD. We will review the purpose and guidelines for writing social narratives and Carol Gray‘s Social Stories, and provide opportunities to practice writing social stories. Diane Nunziato Tolley (REACH Speech Language Pathologist) Barb Patterson (REACH Psychologist) 15

CONFERENCE 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
Supporting Positive Behaviour

LOCATION
Pocaterra

Behaviour This session reviews key elements and educational strategies from the Alberta Education resource, Supporting Positive Behaviours in Alberta Schools (2008). The resource includes school wide, classroom and individualized approaches for enhancing positive behaviour development in students. The session is designed for teachers and administrators who are interested in effective classroom programming which builds and supports positive behaviours as well as academic achievement, in addition to strategies for individual students who have more intense needs for behaviour supports. Participants will receive a copy of the resources Supporting Positive Behaviour in Alberta Schools (2008). Darci Fulton, Behaviour Strategist, Learning Support, Parkdale Centre, Calgary Board of Education Do You Know a Gifted Student? An Introduction to Identifying and Supporting Gifted Learners in Our Classrooms Champion

Gifted Gifted individuals, because of their greater facility with abstract reasoning, may have complex inner lives, early ethical concerns and heightened awareness of the world. Intellectual complexity gives rise to emotional depth and complexity. These students think and feel differently from their peers. This interactive session will provide a deeper understanding of gifted characteristics and will explore who we need to be and what we need to know to act in the best interest of gifted students in our classrooms. Janneke Frank has her PhD in Gifted Education from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her research centered on teacher effectiveness in gifted education, specifically exploring inspirational teachers of gifted students.

Building the Pyramid: One District's Journey

Walker

Collaboration/Inclusion Setting the Direction has served as a catalyst for rethinking the way in which the educational system can best meet significantly diverse learning needs. One of the most powerful visual metaphors for meeting this continuum of need is the integrated pyramid system of universal, targeted and specialized supports that most educators are familiar with from resources such as Supporting Positive Behavior in Alberta Schools. Using strategies suggested in Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming our Schools (Wagner, Kegan et al, 2006) and Leading for Results: Transforming Teaching, Learning and Relationships in Schools (Sparks D., 2007), participants will have an opportunity to discuss a case study of one school district that has attempted to use the pyramid of support to initiate organizational change in the way that ―special education‖ is delivered. Opportunities will be provided to analyze and discuss the tasks and behaviors we need to engage in, and not engage it, to realize organizational goals and commitments. Tony McClellan is the Director of Student Services for Greater St. Albert School Division. Colleen McClure is currently the Supervisor of the Edmonton Regional Educational Consulting Services (ERECS) Transdisciplinary team. Karen Pedersen-Bayus is a Learning Support Consultant for Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools Visit the DISPLAYS in the SEASONS DINING ROOM, NAKISKA ROOM, & SUMMIT ROOM in THE SIGNATURE HOTEL Thursday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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CONFERENCE 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
Solution Focused Counseling

LOCATION
Mount Kidd Ballroom A Mount Kidd Manor

Collaboration/Inclusion Learn practical, solution-focused strategies that create change quickly in a brief amount of time. The solution-focused model is effective with a wide range of problems including addictions and mental health problems, all age groups, and with individuals, groups, families and organizations. In this workshop, you will learn how to use: - solution-focused questions to create change quickly - SF strategies with anger management problems, peer conflict, and other school problems - SF ideas in the classroom and team meetings Applicable for all educators. Nancy McConkey, is a leading speaker and trainer on the solution-focused approach for education, health care and counseling professionals. Integrating Video Games Into the Classroom for Students with Special Needs Mount Kidd Ballroom B Mount Kidd Manor

Technology This session will look at the successful integration of the Nintendo Wii into a classroom for students with special needs. Many students with special needs enjoy video games. Discussions will revolve around why video games are a successful outlet for many students in program classrooms. Shane Hewitt, Consultant for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Autistic Characteristics – Elk Island Public Schools, Sherwood Park, AB How to Sort Out Developmental Brain Dysfunction from Everything Else Mount Kidd Ballroom C Mount Kidd Manor

Emotional/Behavioural This session describes how to look first at and address students at their emotional maturity level, then developmental level, then sensory and emotional regulation issues, then cognitive issues, then indications of brain dysfunction, then certain behavioral phenotypes, then initial indications of mental health disorder. Nathan Ory is Registered Psychologist in BC. Nathan has a Master’s degree in psychology from Ohio State University. He did his undergraduate work at Georgia State in Atlanta. Nathan is a dual citizen of Canada and the US. Making Music, Literacy and Movement Fun for the Older Ones (Grades 1-4 Special Education Classrooms) Mount Allen Mount Kidd Manor
Collaboration/Inclusion

This session is specifically geared toward teachers, education assistants, and SLPs of students in Year 1 and up Special Education Classrooms. It highlights music, literacy, and movement to support classroom activities. Come prepared to move and have fun! Participants will leave with ready to use ideas and energizers! Tracy Stener is a Music specialist with Edmonton Public, who completed her Masters Education focusing on music, literacy and movement for Early Education. She is presently at Princeton School in Edmonton. Christie Noble, recently retired, is a Music Specialist as well. She developed and implemented a music/literacy program for the Early Education Program at Mayfield School for over 10 years.

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CONFERENCE

12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
Swap Shop – Bring Your Bag Lunch and Join us Friday

LOCATION
Silver

Collaboration Are you willing to share your great ideas? Bring a clear, short description of the best of what works for you in the classroom (either hard copies or verbal description) to our Swap Shop—no sign up required. Participant presenters who choose to bring 30 copies of their handout will have from 1 to 5 minutes to share their idea with the group. The handouts will be collated and returned to these people. Everyone will benefit from those who choose to describe their favorites. Sandra Sunquist Stanton, former President of the Wisconsin School Counselor Assn. Special Education Council Panel Discussion on Setting The Direction Bronze

Wellness This will be a discussion and sharing session on Setting the Direction and how it is affecting practice in your school and/or district. Come prepared to listen to others and share your own experiences on the implementation of the Setting the Direction recommendations. Bring your bag lunch. Special Education Council and guest panel

CONFERENCE

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
The Halls of the Mountain King

LOCATION
Foyer

Wellness Attendees will take a walk in the Kananaskis area, learning some of the major geology and mountain history of the Rockies. Bring good shoes and a desire to enjoy. Vin Stocking, Teacher, Edmonton Public Schools, Edmonton, AB Collaborative Problem Solving: Teaching, Parenting, and Treating Challenging Kids Part 2 of 2 Gold

Behaviour Based on research in the neurosciences over the past 30 years, the Collaborative Problem Solving model posits that challenging behaviour is a form of developmental delay and the by-product of lagging cognitive skills in the global domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration, tolerance, and problem solving. CPS helps adults and kids solve the problems precipitating challenging behaviour and simultaneously teach kids the skills they are lacking. Participants will leave with an understanding of the underpinnings of the CPS model and practical assessment and intervention tools that can be brought back to and used in diverse settings. Second Segment Second Segment  Unsolved Problems  Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems  Collaborative Problem Solving: Overview of the Plans  Specifics of Plan B Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. 18

CONFERENCE

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
When My Autism Gets Too Big! The Incredible 5 Point Scale

LOCATION
Silver Autism

Part 2 The impact of social cognitive problems on social anxiety and behaviour Addressing emotional regulation in highly anxious individuals using a predictable and systematic scale Kari Dunn Buron, Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota

Making Differentiation a Habit

Bronze
Collaboration/Inclusion

The habit of differentiation becomes the way we do the work in today‘s academically diverse and increasingly challenging classrooms. The habit of differentiation results in students enthusiastically engaged in learning, experiencing increasing levels of success and gaining confidence in themselves as learners. We will explore the critical elements that distinguish authentic differentiation from indiscriminate teaching tips and tricks. In applying these elements, you can be confident that the work you do in differentiation is based on a solid foundation of research based best practices in teaching and learning. Finally, we will examine the specific instructional strategies that exemplify the habit of differentiation. Dr. Diane Heacox, Associate Professor of Education at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. The SETT Farmework: Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

Palliser

Technology / Inclusiom The SETT Framework: Student, Environment, Tasks then Tools! Sounds simple enough, but when combined with multiple perspectives, differing interpretations and changing times, you can be sure that myths and misconceptions about its complexity and use abound! In this session, Joy will debunk the myths and clarify the misconceptions through a discussion of the critical elements of the SETT Framework. She will share practical tips and strategies for using the SETT Framework effectively in a variety of situations. Joy Zabala, Director of Technical Assistance, CAST and National AIM Center, Wakefield, MA

Lead With Logic: Strategies for Connecting Your Students with Aspergers and High Functioning Autism to Academic and Social Learning

Sinclair

Aspergers / Autism This session outlines the importance of understanding the unique perspective and cognitive, social and behavioural profile of your students with Aspergers and High Functioning Autism in order to develop success based on programming. Lead with Logic purports to help teachers map and apply evidenced based Autism Spectrum Disorder strategies that match the unique learning style of individual students on the higher end of the Autism Spectrum. Sandra Mann and Debra Pierce are members of the Calgary Board of Education Autism Team

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CONFERENCE

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
FNMI Students and “Special Education”: Assessment and Evaluation Philosophy

LOCATION
Dawson

FNMI Session 1 – Philosophy: In this session, learning, assessment and evaluation philosophy and practice as it relates to FNMI students within the context of Special Education will be discussed. In addition to presenting current research and describing successful case studies, school and teacher practices, the complexity of achieving FNMI student success will also be explored. Finally, the role intentionality, strategic planning, integrated collaborative approaches and vision to support learning and success for all FNMI children will be outlined. Assessment and evaluation practices do have significant implications for FNMI students. Jacqueline Ottoman, University of Calgary, Faculty of Education Multi-media in the Classroom 1:30 – 4:30 (3 hour session) Stewart

Technology/Strategies One of the most engaging types of technologies to use with students is multimedia technology. It involves creativity as well as motor and sense stimulation and can be applied to any learning variation and any subject or situation. In this session participants will learn how to create digital music and videos using a variety of tools to address multiple learning variations of students. Participants will capture digital photographs and create videos with original and premade music using three video applications and one music application. We will use Animoto, Photo Story and Movie Maker to create videos and Sony Acid to create original digital music. These applications are free. As we proceed through the activities, teachers will be presented with stories from the classroom about how students with learning variations have achieved greater success with the integration of multimedia. Participants should bring their own laptop and digital cameras to work along, but it is not necessary. Rob Long, Technology Coordinator, Ottawa Catholic School Board, Ottawa, Ontario

Alberta Education: Building an Inclusive System: What Does Inclusion Mean

Pocaterra
Collaboration/Inclusion

Join the discussion with Alberta Education on the meaning of inclusion in the Alberta context. Find out more on what inclusion means for school communities. Alberta Education Alberta Education: Building an Inclusive System: Collaboration – Working Together

Champion
Collaboration/Inclusion

Collaboration – Working Together Successful collaboration begins with a wraparound approach, this philosophy helps build the capacity of school and community to better understand and meet the diverse needs of students. Join Alberta Education staff in a discussion on the 11 principles of a wraparound approach and what strategies and resources are being developed to support schools in collaborating with their partners. Alberta Education

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CONFERENCE

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
Learning For All: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Differentiated Instruction Through Technology to Support Diversity in Your Classroom

LOCATION
Walker
Collaboration/Inclusion

In Alberta schools, the mix of students is more diverse than ever. Educators are challenged to teach all learners to high standards, yet a single classroom can include students who have difficulty learning and accessing the curriculum for a variety of reasons. Since May 2005, Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools has been on a journey to create classrooms that are more ―accessible‖ based on a Universal Design for Learning Model. This awareness session will describe an infrastructure to facilitate UDL and will focus on GSACRD‘s UDL initiatives which include making text to speech software available to all students, using i-Pods during assessments, and accessing digital textbooks and websites to support diverse learners. Karen Pedersen-Bayus is a Learning Support Consultant for Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools Solution-Focused Meetings: How to Shift From “Problem Talk” to “Solution Talk” Mount Kidd Ballroom A Mount Kidd Manor

Behaviour You do not need to obtain the entire history nor all the causes of a problem in order to create change. Learn how to use powerful solution-focused strategies for solving problems rapidly and effectively. The solution-focused approach is useful with a wide range of problems and can be used with individuals, groups and organizations. You will learn to: shift any meeting from problem talk” to “solution talk” conduct a solution-focused parent-teacher meeting work with difficult students and parents do solution-focused conflict resolution, and more! This session is useful for counselors, teachers and administrators who want to be more effective in their meetings with parents, students, and staff. Nancy McConkey, Bragg Creek, Alberta

Tweak Your SMARTBoard Lessons - No Mystery About it!

Mount Kidd Ballroom B Mount Kidd Manor

Technology Have you seen the SMARTBoard in use and wondered how some of those engaging lesson activities are created? Join Christine for a brief preview of some of the best features and tools of SMART Notebook. Learn how to utilize some of the items in the Gallery and the Tool Kit to create interactivity, enhance presentations and support student learning. See some developed sample Language Arts and Math lesson pages, and learn how this program can be a skill building and assessment tool. This session will familiarize you with some tricks to tweak your lessons, and websites where sample lessons have already been created. Come prepared to view lots of practical ideas and suggestions so you can begin creating awesome SMARTBoard lessons too! Christine Wolzl, Teacher, technology Coach, Red Deer Catholic Regional Division. Specific Strategies to Use When Behaviour Management Doesn’t Work: How to Avoid Resistive Behaviour and Unnecessary Power Struggles.

Mount Kidd Ballroom C Mount Kidd Manor

Behaviour In this session we will explain how peer to peer and social interaction are different from child to adult interaction. Video examples will be shown of the different social emotional milestones children develop through interaction with their peers in the DIR Model. Nathan Ory is Registered Psychologist, BC 21

CONFERENCE

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
Making Music, Literacy and Movement Fun for the Older Ones (Grades 1-4 Special Education Classrooms)

LOCATION
Mount Allan Mount Kidd Manor
Collaboration/Inclusion

This session is specifically geared toward teachers, educational assistants, and SLPs of students in Year 1 and up Special Education Classrooms. It highlights music, literacy, and movement to support classroom activities. Come prepared to move and have fun! Participants will leave with ready to use ideas and energizers! Tracy Stener, Music specialist with Edmonton Public Christie Noble, Music Specialist, Retired (Previously with Edmonton Public)

CONFERENCE 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
Gender Friendly Classrooms

LOCATION
Gold
Collaboration/Inclusion

Boys and girls are wired to learn differently. Learn how their brains are unique, and ways to teach boys and girls together while accommodating their unique learning styles. Sandra Sunquist Stanton, MS, NCC, LPC, Connections of the Heart, Eau Claire, WI

Gang Activity in Alberta: Interventions for Educators

Silver

Youth at Risk A joint presentation by the Calgary Police and the Calgary Youth at Risk Development Team will provide a provincial perspective of gang activity in Alberta and provide insights related to youth education and interventions. Time will be allotted for Q & A. Detective Gord Eiriksson, Calgary Police Service, Organized Crime Operations Centre, Southern Alberta Integrated Gang Enforcement Team, Calgary, AB Al Devolin, Constable, Youth at Risk Development Team, Calgary, AB Youth at Risk Development Program (YARD) – a community based program designed to provide early identification and support to youth at risk of gang development. YARD works with youth between the ages of 10-17 years old, who are involved or at risk of becoming involved with a gang. YARD is delivered by Social Work Advocates and members of the Calgary Police Service.

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CONFERENCE 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
Lesson Routines: Teaching Is No Longer a Single Lane Highway!

LOCATION
Bronze

Inclusion / DI As a teacher, you need to be flexible in the ways in which you provide instruction, the kinds of tasks that your students engage in, and the ways in which you assess their learning. Flexible instructional groups based on changing data on student learning results in students being grouped and regrouped in a variety of ways. Lesson routines are typical instructional processes or procedures that teachers use as students engage in a lesson. We will review a variety of lesson routines and identify how they may be differentiated. Finally, we will consider 25 easy to implement formats for differentiation that respond to your instructional needs as well as the learning differences in your classroom. Dr. Diane Heacox, Associate Professor of Education at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

QIAT Conversations Without Borders! Speak up in Alberta!

Sinclair

Assistive Technology Have you heard the buzz about Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT)? Did you know that for over a decade a diverse community of people with varied interests in assistive technology have been sharing and problem solving together in cyberspace about any and every topic that contributes to developing and sustaining high quality assistive technology services? It must be time for YOU to listen in and let your voice be heard! In this session Joy Zabala, a founder of QIAT, and Kathy Howery, an active QIAT conversationalist for many years, will chat about all things QIAT- a brief history, an introduction to the Quality Indicators, and a preview of conversations with colleagues and families can ensure that Assistive Technology services in Alberta enable all students to have meaningful, appropriate access to learning and equitable opportunities to reach high levels of achievement. Joy Zabala, Director of Technical Assistance, CAST and National AIM Center, Wakefield, MA Kathy Howery, University of Alberta. Teaches courses on Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning.

Handwriting Without Tears

Palliser

Meeting Individual Differences Do you have some students who are struggling with printing? Would you like to teach your students to print neater, clearer and faster? Do you want to start your students off on the right path to good printing? ―Handwriting Without Tears‖ is a developmental printing and handwriting program for students of all levels. It includes fun, engaging and multi-sensory methods for teaching this important academic and life skill. Presenters will give an overview of this printing program and compare it to others currently used in Alberta classrooms. Corrine Tuck, M.Sc., O.T., Edmonton Regional Educational Consulting Services Angela Rath, B.Sc., O.T., Edmonton Regional Educational Consulting Services

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CONFERENCE 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
It’s Not Just “Creative Journaling” It Is So Much More...It IS About Reinventing the Wheel!

LOCATION
Dawson

Technology Enhancing our students‘ creativity and thinking skills can and should be a life long journey. Basically there are no rules to making creative art journals. A creative art journal is a conglomeration of word and visual elements, often in a collage form, on pages in a book or not! A student‘s creative journal is a place to collect thoughts, ideas, events and facts. It is a place to remember fleeting ideas and moments, people and places. It is about engaging students to make work meaningful without using worksheets. It‘s about incorporating the fine arts into the classroom using nontraditional journal writing – making cross curricular connections – integrating technology and getting students excited about learning! There are multiple entry points for all learners. Students recognize their emotions and advocate for themselves through journaling. It goes beyond the Creative art journal – it is almost an unspoken language in itself. Daryle Michael Todos, Bridges II Teacher, Calgary Board of Education Multi-media in the Classroom 1:30 – 4:30 (3 hour session) Stewart

Technology/Strategies One of the most engaging types of technologies to use with students is multimedia technology. It involves creativity as well as motor and sense stimulation and can be applied to any learning variation and any subject or situation. In this session participants will learn how to create digital music and create videos using a variety of tools to address multiple learning variations of students. Participants will capture digital photographs and create videos with original and pre-made music using three video applications and one music application. We will use Animoto, Photo Story and Movie Maker to create videos and Sony Acid to create original digital music. These applications are free. As we proceed through the activities, teachers will be presented with stories from the classroom about how students with learning variations have achieved greater success with the integration of multimedia. Participants should bring their own laptop, headset and digital cameras to work along, but it is not necessary. Rob Long, Technology Coordinator, Ottawa Catholic School Board, Ottawa, Ontario Alberta Education: Building an Inclusive System: Leadership in Inclusive Environments Pocaterra
Collaboration/Inclusion

School leadership is the key to successful implementation of an inclusive education system. Join Alberta Education staff in a discussion on the role of school leaders in moving forward. Alberta Education Alberta Education: Building an Inclusive System: Inclusive Classroom Practices That Make a Difference Champion
Collaboration/Inclusion

This practical session for teachers will share best practices in creating inclusive classrooms. Learn more about differentiated instruction, creating learner profiles and how understanding medical conditions and disabilities can inform instructional planning. This session will also share classroom supports for language arts and social participation. Join Alberta Education staff as they share best practices. Alberta Education

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CONFERENCE 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
Students with ADHD: Considerations for the Classroom Teacher

LOCATION
Walker

ADHD Students with ADHD often exhibit behaviours that severely impact their learning, social engagement, and emotional functioning. This session addresses the diagnostic implications for students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Combined Type as well as Predominately Inattentive Type. Practical strategies for the classroom, including social skills training as well as academic approaches for program planning, will be discussed. Current ADHD resources for the classroom will also be reviewed. Krista Schultz, B.Ed., M.Sc., RPSYCH, Schultz Psychological Consulting Ltd., Ponoka, Alberta

Building a Functional Program for Daily Living

Mount Kidd Ballroom A Mount Kidd Manor

Severe Dissabilities This practical session describes functional programming for four critical areas: self-care, household management, leisure and socialization, and vocational skills. Specific instructional strategies for teaching and facilitating independent daily living skills, supported by visual examples and resources, will be discussed. By the end of the session each participant will know and understand how to use planning tools for building a functional, strength based program for their student(s) or classroom. The participants will leave with user friendly tools eager to implement a functional program. Karen Chrenek, Educational Programmer, Grande Prairie Michelle Dechaine, Occupational Therapist, Grande Prairie Deborah Humphries,Physiotherapist, Grande Prairie All of the presenters work with the C.A.S.E. Team, a member of the Regional Educational and Consulting Services

Mount Kidd Ballroom B Mount Kidd Manor Technology Boardmaker Plus! adds voice, sound, animation and video capability to your Boardmaker activities to create interactive educational software. It is the ideal tool for creating both print and interactive symbol-based materials such as communication displays for AAC users, visual schedules and social skills stories for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, books and symbol-supported literacy activities for beginning and pre-readers, and general educational and functional living skills materials for people of any age. As well samples of how this tool can be used with a SMART board will be shared. Participants will experience the latest version of Boardmaker Plus! with new and advanced features. Participants will leave this session with new and exciting ways they can use Boardmaker Plus! to create activities that successfully integrate ―the fun factor". Prerequisite: Basic comfort with the Boardmaker program

The Power of Plus - What's New in Boardmaker

Ross Ehalt is an Occupational Therapist and the “Assistive Technology for Learning” Consultant with Edmonton Regional Educational Consulting Services.

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CONFERENCE 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
Working With Difficult Personalities: How to Survive Emotionally Fragile and Reactive Behaviour.

LOCATION
Mount Kidd Ballroom C Mount Kidd Manor

Behaviour / Emotional Some individuals are unable to tolerate the experience of frustration, failure, non-acceptance, or lack of control. They are more handicapped by their emotional over-reactivity than they are by their actual cognitive deficits. They mirror and magnify the emotions of others. Participants will learn how to maintain personal boundaries while providing calm, positive guidance. Nathan Ory is Registered Psychologist in BC.

CONFERENCE SATURDAY: 7:30 a.m.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Run Forest Run

LOCATION
Foyer

Wellness Just an early morning run to shake things up and enjoy the mountain air. We will be running for 30-45 minutes depending on the weather and participants. It may be quite chilly, so dress appropriately. Vin Stocking, Teacher, Edmonton Public Schools, Edmonton, AB YOGA 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Biel room

Wellness This is a drop in session and space is limited. Some Yoga mats may be supplied but it may be a good idea to bring your own, if you can. Catherine DuPont will facilitate the session.

CONFERENCE SATURDAY: 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Annual General Meeting, Special Education Council 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

LOCATION
Palliser / Dawson Meeting

Join the Executive of the Special Education Council for our Annual General Meeting. This meeting includes: - Annual Report of the Council - Treasurer‘s Report - Complimentary continental breakfast PRIZE: win a free registration to Celebrating the Challenges Conference 2011 to be held in Kananaskis ATA - Special Education Council 26

CONFERENCE 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2010_____________________________
Exposing the Myth of Life Balance

____________LOCATION
Gold

Wellness 75% of Canadians don‘t believe that work-life balance is possible. We‘re working more than ever, spending less time with our friends and family, and inevitably watching our health and happiness drift away. So maybe it‘s true? Since we spend more time looking for balance than we do experiencing it, perhaps success comes from approaching life balance with a new strategy? In this session Michelle exposes the myth of work-life balance and reveals the real secret to success. She provides tools to help you move toward better balance through a ‗start small approach‘ to those seemingly big changes. With Michelle‘s humour and start small approach you can find more time for the things that matter, and learn practical and realistic tips for moving toward better balance. Michelle Cederberg, Professional speaker, Calgary, Alberta Move It to Learn It Silver

Inclusion / Collaboration Movement boosts learning. We will look at ways the vestibular, proprioceptive and ocular systems work with the brain to help children learn, grow and have fun. Sandra Sunquist Stanton, MS, NCC, LPC, Connections of the Heart, Eau Claire, WI Effective Intervention: Supporting Struggling and/or Reluctant Readers and Writers Bronze

Reading & Writing This practical session will focus on research-based teaching to support students in Grades 1-4 who struggle in reading and often writing. The session will focus primarily on three student profiles:  Weak decoders who frequently struggle with comprehension  Strong decoders who sometimes struggle with comprehension  Non-struggling reluctant readers and writers Easy, practical and immediately usable research based activities for both home and school will be shared. Miriam Trehearne, Author/Literacy Consultant, Calgary, AB

Behaviour and Motivation Connection

Sinclair

Autism / Behaviour This workshop will provide a basic understanding of:  How motivation influences behaviour  How staff can use motivation to influence behaviour  How these understandings are crucial to the development of positive behaviour supports in the classroom This session will be of special interest to those working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Global Developmental challenges and severe communication disorders. Pam Dyment, Functional Behaviour Analyst with the Autism Team, Calgary Board of Education.

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CONFERENCE 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2010_____________________________
Let’s Go Cruising on the “SS Visual Supports”

____________LOCATION
Stewart

Autism Do you feel you are at a standstill with your students on the autism spectrum? Not sure what to do next to encourage communication, foster friendship or just plain ‗ol engage them? Don‘t be left feeling like you‘re sinking. Jump on board this session and enjoy some smooth sailing in your classroom. Let the variety of samples, suggestions and tips springboard into many other supports for your students on the autism spectrum (these tools can work for other students as well). Be inspired to dust off Boardmaker and dig out your camera to begin creating tools that enhance students‘ receptive abilities. These tools will lead to greater comprehension which leads to greater involvement and participation. Jennifer Malone, ECE Diploma, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys School, Innisfail

FNMI Students and “Special Education”: Assessment and Evaluation Practice

Champion

FNMI Session 2 – Practice: In this session, learning, assessment and evaluation philosophy and practice as it relates to FNMI students within the context of Special Education will be discussed. In addition to presenting current research and describing successful case studies, school and teacher practices, and the complexity of achieving FNMI student success will also be explored. Finally, the role intentionality, strategic planning, integrated collaborative approaches and vision to support learning and success for all FNMI children will be outlined. Assessment and evaluation practices do have significant implications for FNMI students. Jacqueline Ottoman, University of Calgary, Faculty of Education

Hooked on Books - Math and Literacy for Primary Students

Walker

Inclusion / Strategies Create, through hands-on activities, projects that will integrate literature and mathematics manipulatives. Participants will look at some of the old favorites as well as some not so familiar titles and consider how they can be integrated with The Common Curriculum Framework to design projects using manipulatives. Activities are planned to provide educators with ways to pique students’ interest with hands on math activities. Come prepared to play. Linda Williams B.Ed. from the University of Calgary and completed her graduate work at the University of Alberta. Educational consultant and workshop presenter with Lego Dacta and Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks.

Visit the DISPLAYS in the SEASONS DINING ROOM, NAKISKA ROOM, & SUMMIT ROOM in THE SIGNATURE HOTEL Thursday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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CONFERENCE 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2010_____________________________
Web 2.0- Engaging Tools for the 21st Century Learner Mount Kidd Manor

____________LOCATION
Mount Kidd Ballroom A

Technology Some of the most powerful and engaging tools that 21st Century learners use today are Web 2.0 based tools. Social tools including Face Book, Twitter, IM, SMS and image sites as well as online office suites and web tools, are provided by companies such as Yahoo and Google. There are many tools available for free that allow students to easily communicate and share information in a variety of methods with anyone in the world at any time. In this session participants will learn about some of the most useful tools for engaging students with learning variations. Tools such as VoiceThread that allow the students to interact via, voice, video or text with content that a teacher shares with them will be covered in addition to several others that might not be considered part of the usual Assistive Technology suite of tools but helps motivate and engage students at any learning level. In addition, some of these tools can greatly enhance the communication abilities of teachers. Google tools like Forms and Sites can allow teachers to easily work with parents to share or acquire information. Communication with parents who have children with special needs is especially important for ongoing student success. Participants should bring their own laptop and headset to work along, but it is not necessary. Robert Long, Coordinator IT, Ottawa Catholic School Board, ON

Creating a Resilient Classroom and School Culture

Mount Kidd Ballroom B Mount Kidd Manor

Resiliency Resiliency is the innate ability to bounce back from adversity to overcome challenges. Contrary to conventional wisdom in the field of child development, resiliency research has proven that kids who experience trauma in their lives can prevail to grow and develop as well-adjusted young people as long as appropriate supports are present. Learning about the resiliency factor will provide insight from a new, strength-based perspective about how kids are actually hard-wired for success. In this session, participants will learn about the Asset Model, and how it can be utilized to nurture personal strength targeting the resolution of adversity for any student. Resilient students will work harder and achieve more for people they love and trust in a school environment. This session will help participants reflect on how they can become one of these people. Sean Grainger, Vice-principal, Red Deer Public Schools Sex in the City… and in the Classroom! Teaching Sexuality to Students with Cognitive Delays

Mount Kidd Ballroom C Mount Kidd Manor

Sexuality / Health Students with developmental delays experience growth and sexuality differently than we do which can lead to some sensitive issues in the classroom and school setting. This session will look at sexuality issues and strategies to promote understanding in our special needs students. Sharon Jeske and Deb Buchan, Consultants for students with special needs, Elk Island Public Schools

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CONFERENCE 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 16, 2010_________________________________ ___ LOCATION

CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Olympic Ballroom

ERIK LINTHORST Autistic Like - Graham’s Story (Screening of Film)
Filmmaker and dad Erik Linthorst presents his documentary film Autistic-Like: Graham's Story. This intimate family portrait shows one dad‘s determined quest to find the right therapies, the right doctors, and even the right words to describe his son. Winner of Best Documentary Short at the Brilliant Light Film Festival, and finalist for the 2009 Freddie Award for international medical media, Autistic-Like: Graham's Story has touched thousands of families and early childhood professionals at screenings in over 125 cities around the world. Autistic-Like: Graham’s Story illuminates the medical, social and public health issues faced by families whose autistic-like children have no clear diagnosis, and are offered no specific treatment. See the trailer: www.autisticlike.com

Erik Linthorst, father and filmmaker, Manhattan Beach, California

Visit the DISPLAYS in the SEASONS DINING ROOM, NAKISKA ROOM, & SUMMIT ROOM in THE SIGNATURE HOTEL Thursday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Aroga Bridges Dakota Comforts and Design Davies and Johnson Associates Education Station Foothills Educational Materials Innovaid Inc Insight Media Centre Ltd. Khan Communication Services KidSource Microcomputer Science Centre Inc. Nelson Education Pearson Clinical Assessment Scholastic Education Secrest Resources Sensory Processing Disorder Canada Spectrum Educational Supplies Staples Susan Clark Educational Consulting Teachers'Book Depository Usborne Books

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2nd Floor Mount Kidd

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Special Education Conference 2010 Committee Members
Director............................................................................................... Hayley Christen Program Chair.................................................................................... Susan Parkins Program Committee........................................................................... Rori-Lynn Daniel Sally Frazer Sally Deck Darci Fulton Melanie Clark Treasurer ……………………………………………………………….. Therese Daley Registrar ………………………………………………………………… Sandra Erickson Display Coordinators…………………………………………………... Chad Erickson Braden Kilpatrick Hotel Liaison / Social…………………………………………………… Glenda Crawford Moderators ……………………………………………………………… Rori-Lynn Daniel Sally Frazer Calgary Representatives ……………………………………………… Darci Fulton Melanie Clark Therese Daley

The Special Education Conference 2010 Committee sincerely hopes that you have enjoyed this conference. Please take time to fill out the following pages and give us some feedback on the conference. Drive carefully and have a safe trip home.

PLEASE TEAR OUT THE NEXT PAGES AND DROP THEM IN THE BOX AT THE REGISTRATION DESK AT THE END OF THE CONFERENCE. THANK YOU!

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Special Education Conference Evaluation 2010

Keynote Address The Thursday keynote speaker was: ___ Excellent ___Good ___Fair The Friday keynote speaker was: ___ Excellent ___Good ___Fair ___ Excellent

Programs Overall the session topics were: ___Excellent ___ Good ___ Fair Overall the sessions I attended were: ___ Excellent ___ Good ___ Good ___ Fair ___ Fair

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Overall the conference was: ___ Excellent ___Good Social Events Wine and Cheese ___ Excellent ___ Good ___Fair Dance ___ Excellent ___ Good ___Fair ___ Fair

Facilities Registration process ___ Excellent ___ Good ___Fair Displays ___ Excellent ___ Good ___Fair Room - Delta Lodge or Mountain Lodge ___ Excellent ___ Good ___Fair Session Rooms ___ Excellent ___ Good ___Fair

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SUGGESTIONS FOR CONFERENCE 2011
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