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​July 24 through 26, 2019​


Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield, Illinois

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Wednesday, July 24​, 2019

REGISTRATION DESK WILL BE OPEN 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Preconference Sessions 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Session for New and Seasoned Directors

Thursday, July 25, 2019

8:15 – 9:15 A.M.

WELCOME AND KEYNOTE
  • Transformational Leadership: Partnering for Success
  • Speaker:
    • Barb Moore, Director of Special Education Services, ISBE

9:15 – 10:15 A.M.

  • The State of the State
  • Speaker​:
    • Heather Calomese, Executive Director of Special Education Services, ISBE

Session #1 

Session #2
  • Early Childhood Special Education Inclusion
    • Kelly Rathbun-Hunt, LADSE
    • Tammy Basel, Autism Consultant, Harvard CUSD 50
    • Lindsey Doetch, Social Worker, Harvard CUSD 50
    • Chris Pennell, Director, Four Rivers Special Education District
    • Kim Nelson, Administrator, Four Rivers Special Education District

Session #3 
  • IL-EMPOWER
    • Merle Siefken, ISBE Director of IL-EMPOWER
    • Dr. Melissa Hannasch, IL MTSS-N Statewide Program Director

Session #4 

Session #5 

Session #6 
  • IL-MTSS NetworkPDF Document
    • Brett Nelson, ISBE
    • Dr. Melissa Hannasch, IL MTSS-N Statewide Program Director
    • Lori Hensold, IL MTSS-N Professional Learning Coordinator

Session #7
  • Pyramid Model: Supporting Early Childhood PBIS
    • Denise Henry, STAR NET Region 4
    • Evelyn Green, STAR NET Region 5

Session #8
  • Residential Placements by Districts, Agencies, and Courts
    • Barb Moore, ISBE Director of Special Education Services
    • Molly Uhe-Edmonds, Deputy Director, DCFS
    • Debbi Smith, Executive Director, CRSA

Session #9 
  • Parent and Family Engagement in Special Education
    • Vicki Hodges, State Coordinator for McKinney - Vento Homeless Education
    • Roslyn Simmons Lindsay, ISBE
    • Jacob Thornton, ISBE

Session #10 

Session #11

Session #12

Session #13 

Session #14 
  • Every Student Counts, Every Day Matters
    • Dr. Antoinette Taylor, Illinois Attendance Commission Chair

Session #15 
  • Assessment and Accountability
    • Margo Izzo, Program Director, Ohio State University Nisonger Center
      • ​Laura Quimby, ISBE Assessment Division Supervisor
      • Pam Hartwig, ISBE DLM Coordinator

Session #16

Session #17 

Session #18 
  • 2019 School Health Updates - ISBE
    • Rebecca Doran, Candace Decker, and Adenike Sosina, ISBE
    • Nancy Antonini, Lincoln-Way Area Special Education District 843

Session #19 
  • Special Education Teacher Shortages in Illinois: Perspectives & Initiatives
    • Emily Fox, ISBE Director of Educator Effectiveness
    • Christy Borders, Interim Associate Dean Illinois State University
    • Stacey Jones-Bock, Chairperson, Professor ISU

Session #20 

Friday​, July 26, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Keynote Presentation
  • Using Data to Transform Special Education ​​​

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