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Former ACT President Seriously Injured in Breeding Accident

Word has been received that Dr. John Steiner, former president of the American College of Theriogenologists (2006) has been seriously injured and is hospitalized in Albany, NY.

While there has been no official report of exactly what occurred, it is known that Dr. Steiner was in a breeding shed at the time of the accident. He reportedly hit his head on the ground. The responding ambulance called a life flight helicopter and he was taken to Albany.

Dr. Richard Lesser, a close friend of Dr. Steiner’s offered the following information:

“It looks like John will be kept in a drug induced coma for a while longer. There seems to be some medical evidence that folks in that state may be able to comprehend conversations going on around them.  His family and the staff from Rhinebeck Equine are staying pretty close, and have graciously included Glenda (his wonderful tech from Hagyard Equine Medical Institute) and myself to be present as well.  If anyone has a message that they would like us to read to John, we would consider it an honor to do so for you.  You can e-mail or fax them directly to me. I'll print them up and be sure that he hears them.”


F. Richard Lesser, DVM
The Equine Clinic at OakenCroft
880 Bridge Street
Ravena, NY 12143
518 767-3503 (fax)

Please keep Dr. Steiner and his family in your thoughts and prayers. We will provide further information as it is made available.

Maria Lybrand

When did you first know you were meant to be a "redesigner" - how did you arrive in this field?


I have always loved working with furnishings I already owned, mainly because it was so costly to get rid of the old and begin again with the new. With that in mind, I needed to get very creative. When I saw that this could actually work, it encouraged me to continue. I helped family and friends when they needed a fresh prespective and it went from there. A few years ago I read an article about the redesigners that were members of I.R.I.S. and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

Do you have a specific design specialty?

My specialty is the ability to work with all styles intergrating them into a cohesive decor pleasing to my customer. By doing that I am able to expand their horizons beyond what they originally imagined, thus creating the element of surprise and a fresh new look.

What tips would you like to share?

1) Listen to your customer. This can't be stressed enough.

2) Be as professional as you can while not being stuffy or a know-it-all.

3) Finally, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!!!!!


Green Buildings Committee

Chair - Dave Munn, P.E. - Chelsea Group, Ltd.
Meetings Occur Monthly: 3rd Thursday (11:30AM-1PM) Great American Tower 3rd Floor Conference Room

See the Events Calendar for meeting dates, times, and locations

 BOMA Greater Phoenix is committed to making a positive impact through the built environment. Opportunities to save energy, recycle waste, and use greener products make a profound impact when done at the multitude of commercial buildings. The changes are simple, they save money and increase value to owners. Learn more about how your company can go green, and about others who have through this Webpage, Newsletter, Product & Services list, or our Featured LEED Buildings list.




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Imagine, Automatic Monthly Energy Updates Into ENERGY STAR!

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Owner: Hines US Core Office Fund
Location: Central & Washington
Managed by: Hines
LEED Consultant: Kirksey
Engineering & Commission: TMD 
Sustainable Sites: 5/12
Water Efficiency: 6/10
Energy & Atmosphere: 20/30
Materials & Resources: 7/14
Indoor Air Quality: 11/19
Innovation in Operation: 6/7

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BOMI's New Sustainable Education

Developed by BOMI International and Building Operation Management Magazine, the Sustain Smart Series is a new two-part online program designed for professionals who want to increase their knowledge in sustainability and learn to evaluate and implement sustainable best practices to positively impact their organizations bottom-line results. Each Series is broken into one strategic module per week that is led by a subject matter expert. Recognize your commitment to sustainability!

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Series 1: Creating a Baseline and a Plan for Sustainable Initiatives
(August 1 - September 19)
Series 2: Best Practices for Sustainable Implementation
(October 17 - December 12)

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Your Building - Can be a BOMA STAR!
Part of the BOMA 7-point challenge is to reduce energy consumption 30% in BOMA buildings by 2012.  By sharing your Energy Star information with BOMA International (strickly confidential), your building receives marketable recognition.  At the same time, you help prove that we don't need government mandates to do the right thing for the environment! All data shared with BOMA International is treated similar to data submitted for BOMA’s Experience Exchange Report® in that it is kept confidential in the data collection and reporting processes.   Learn more at BOMA International

Congratulations to the newest Kilowatt Krackdown winners! (click)


Think your building out performs the rest? 

BOMA Phoenix has launched a Kilowatt Krackdown program to help achieve the BOMA 7-Point Challenge. Property managers, facility managers, maintenance staff and building engineers are invited to enter their buildings into a competition for recognition of their energy performance compared to similar building categories

If your building is not already entered into the Portfolio Manager on ENERGY STAR (EPA’s benchmarking tool) you are invited to attend a free half day seminar. This interactive, computer class will show you how to start the benchmarking process for your buildings actually using the online program and will provide tips on how to achieve ENERGY STAR building certification.  Class taught by Dave Munn, P.E. from Chelsea Group. Questions?  Classes offered for APS Customers & SRP Customers.

- Learn to use the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
- Enter your own data into the system
Leave class with a rating on your building
- Learn the next steps to improve your score
- Find out how to get ENERGY STAR certification

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The Green Resource Energy & Environment Network 
BOMA International believes that reducing energy consumption and taking other steps to “green” existing buildings helps drive ROI, keeps properties competitive with new construction and benefits tenants and the environment. BOMA International is committed to providing the best resources to help building owners and managers wade through the sea of “green” to identify the solutions that work for you and your portfolio.  


7 Point Challenge
In July 2007, BOMA International launched the Market Transformation Energy Plan and 7-Point Challenge to reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings by 30 percent by 2012.  The resources in this 7-point challenge toolkit will help you:


-Learn more about the 7-Point Challenge and improving energy performance in commercial buildings.

-Develop strategies for reducing energy and benchmarking energy performance in your building(s).

-Promote the 7-Point Challenge and the importance of energy efficiency in commercial office buildings to building owners and managers, the media and public officials.

Finally! An innovative operational excellence program to teach commercial real estate professionals how to reduce energy consumption and costs with proven strategies for optimizing equipment, people and practices, developed by BOMA in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR® program. BEEP’s six-course series gives you the information, strategies, technologies, how-to guides and resources you need to reduce energy and costs…all without leaving your office.  

Building a Greener Future
More companies are realizing that buildings can be environmentally friendly, cost efficient, and beautiful as well. Some business trends take time to establish themselves. But others set down roots in the marketplace and grow quickly. There’s no better example of this than the worldwide green building movement.  This pamphlet from the BOMA International site shares a variety of green practices that are on the green path and how easy it is to follow.

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Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
Wondering what energy incentives are available?  The process can be time-consuming & mind-boggling.  Try visiting the DSIRE website which contains a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.  This website keeps track of the latest available incentives to make every building owner (and home owner) an expert in saving money while saving energy. No more headaches or special software this is your one-stop-shop. 

Become Energy Star rated through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Sign up for free to become a Portfolio Manager and enter your building information into this confidential database. If your building is in the top 25% for that category it will become Energy Star rated. Compare your building against the national average of similar buildings. If seeking LEED certification, an Energy Star rating can be beneficial.


US Green Building Council 
The USGBC is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.  USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.

USGBC Arizona
In 2001, Arizona was the third chapter to join USGBC which now consists of 80 chapters nationwide.  The Chapter is comprised of strategic branches that support their local communities and the challenges unique and as diverse as the landscape of Arizona itself. Our leadership team consists of the Board of Directors who oversee Chapter policy, the Branch Governing Councils who are responsible for general operating policies and procedures for their respective branches with Committees that contribute to the development and operation of the chapter's activities and mission.

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The Alabama Veterinary Medical Foundation (ALVMF) has received approval from the Alabama Legislature to offer a Spay-Neuter license plate to state residents. The efforts to have this accomplished have been in-depth, but thanks to the persistence of the association and foundation leadership, it has finally come to fruition.

The cost of the tag is the standard $50 like other specialized tags, with $41.25 of each sale going to the Foundation to assist low-income families with the cost of spaying and neutering their pets.  1,000 tags must be pre-sold in order for the program to be implemented.  The law requires the 1,000 mark must be met within 12 months from the date the Legislative Oversight Committee completes the final procedures for the actual sale, which is anticipated to be around December 1, 2007.

There will be promotional material forthcoming announcing the special plate to the public and your help as an ALVMA member will be needed in making sure the message gets out.  The Alabama VMA encourages all members to consider purchasing one of these special plates in support of your Foundation and the spay/neuter emphasis currently underway.

Long time association member and 1999 Veterinarian of the Year, Robert Pitman has already committed to ordering a plate for himself and each member of his staff. Thank you Dr. Pitman for leading the charge in this very important effort!

Watch your email for further details and begin thinking how you can help reach our 1,000 mark in support of the Alabama Veterinary Medical Foundation, benefiting spay/neuter efforts in the state of Alabama.

12th Annual Social Work Day at the Capitol:

Building Healthy Communities


By Gretchen E. P. Halverson, MSW, LICSW


Despite a late spring snowstorm across the state, over 450 social work students, educators and professionals gathered on Monday, April 7th, for the 12th Annual Social Work Day at the Capitol (SW-DAC) event.


Building Healthy Communities

The theme of this year’s event was Building Healthy Communities – reflecting not only NASW-MN’s legislative focus on health care reform, but also as a tie-in to the keynote address.  Jeanne Ayers, a public health nurse from the University of Minnesota who has been working with the local social justice group ISAIAH on health care reform, provided the keynote address.  She spoke about a new vision of how to approach political and legislative conversations, by talking about our values – and moving into specifics from that bridge-building starting place. 


Earlier in the year, NASW and former SPAN member Michelle Dibblee shared the same information with our first group of SW-DAC Student Liaisons. As a social worker, the value-based conversation that ISAIAH is starting resonated with her: “Think about it. No one likes to be told they are wrong. But we all have values – principles we hold dear. And if we connect around those issues first, the rest of the conversation – the specifics, where we may disagree, all of a sudden become easier.” 


In essence, it boils down to developing relationships – which we, as social workers, are truly experts at! We develop relationships with our clients and colleagues every day. It is the basis of all of our training, as well as what political trainers will tell you is best practice for communicating with elected leaders: develop the relationship before you need to talk about legislative concerns where you diverge in opinion or political platform.


Information is Key

Our morning training time at the Minnesota History Center also included six topical breakout sessions, which provided attendees with specific information about pending legislation as well as background information and talking points.  Breakout sessions continue to be a favorite for many attendees, particularly practitioners and educators. If you can’t keep track of all the business at the Capitol, these sessions are designed to give you all the information you need to have an effective conversation with your legislators – and we’ve consistently recruited some of the best in the business to train participants on areas such as mental health, health care, child welfare, GLBT issues, economic security, and tax and budgeting issues.  And, we continue to provide an Advocacy 101 session for those feeling a little rusty with their advocacy skills!


Major Changes

Two important changes happened earlier this year in regards to SW-DAC.  First, the SW-DAC Planning Committee officially broke away from the SPAN Committee.  This split allows SPAN to focus its time and energy on legislative concerns, while the Planning Committee is able to focus on further developing this highly successful event.


Student Liaison Program

Secondly, I previously mentioned the kick-off of our SW-DAC Student Liaison program. Instead of NASW-MN sending someone to each school of social work to talk about SW-DAC, we decided to bring representatives from each program to us. They participated in a half-day training and were responsible for organizing their peers to attend the event.  At some schools this was as easy as monitoring registration, but other programs held training and sign-making events, and visited classrooms to make sure all social work students were aware of and interested in attending the event. Despite varying degrees of participation throughout over 20 social work programs, the consensus was that students enjoyed the leadership opportunity (and faculty appreciated a reduced work load!), and it was a very successful program. We plan to expand and build on the initial success over the coming year, and hope to provide a small stipend for these industrious students for next year’s event!


Where are the Professionals?

And last but not least, although a record number of professionals joined us this year the students still rock the house!  The SW-DAC Planning Committee has already started work on a plan to recruit professionals to this event, similar to our initial work with the schools.  SW-DAC was never envisioned as a student event, and trust me – the students notice that they are the majority! While we encourage them to stay active in the political and legislative arena as they enter the workforce, it sends a much louder message when very few professionals attend.


We know it is hard to take an entire day off of work, but where else can you obtain 4+ ceu’s for $20?! And how else could your mere presence influence so many young new social workers? We will be developing creative ways to make this event more accessible for working professionals – and if you have thoughts or ideas, we would certainly welcome them!  Simply send an e-mail to me at


Save the Date!

We have already reserved space for next year’s event, so mark your calendars now! Plan to join us on Monday, March 30th for the 13th Annual SW-DAC. Watch the website and Newsbytes for details in early 2009.


Photo Gallery

Click here to view the photo gallery from this year's event.

A Psychological Processes Approach in Identifying SLD

In an evaluation world that has changed everyone’s paradigm, NISD has formed a sound psychological processing deficit model to assist in identifying students with suspected Specific Learning Disabilities.  You will receive clear and concise information on how to follow this model or you may adapt it to your current practice. 


ABA Principles in the Public School Classroom         

Students with autism benefit from a variety of instructional supports, including principles of applied behavior analysis.  However, there are misconceptions out there about what ABA truly is. Learn how ABA may already be infused in existing classroom strategies, and discover how ABA can compliment (instead of contradict) other autism methodologies.


Are Students Responding To Intervention? Mining Local Assessment Data   

This session will address ways that local assessment data can guide student support teams in responding to a student's needs as well as provide additional evidence of a pattern of strengths and weaknesses for special education evaluation.


Autism IEP: Additional Strategies for Consideration   

Consider the 11 strategies for students with autism outlined in the November 2007 Commissioner's Rules for Special Education Services.  Implications for evaluation, instruction and progress monitoring will be discussed.  Examples of a sample autism IEP considerations form and a rules-guidance-implications table will be provided.


Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation Project: Putting the Pieces Together

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation Project (ASDEP) is a collaborative effort between Region 4 and Local Education Agencies.  During the 2007-2008 year, participating teams reported positive gains in capacity to conduct multidisciplinary evaluations.  Review project outcomes and examine the benefits of this approach in completing comprehensive and effective evaluations.


Beyond Functions of Behavior

While functions of behavior are essential in providing the appropriate consequences, there are other elements of behavioral interventions that should be examined. Interventions to prevent behavior will be discussed as well as the importance of active learning in that prevention process. Demonstrations of active learning will be incorporated into the session. Punishment and its effectiveness will also be examined.


Beyond the Blue Barrel          

Special education has been thrust by circumstance into leadership roles for RtI development.  Experience leadership lessons regarding helping organizations implement, embrace, and benefit from an RtI process.  Leaders must assist and support RtI efforts independent of any specific implementation strategy.  Intelligent design and adjustment of programming is critical to success.


Big Catch or a Tall Tale? Statewide Behavior & Discipline Management Network    

This session will give participants a working knowledge of the network’s organized Positive Behavior Support (PBS) efforts to address the challenges of behavior and discipline in our Texas schools.  Under the leadership of Region 4, this session will provide an overview of the role and function of the network, a report on its progress, and future goals.  


BIPs and FBAs: Worthless or Worthwhile?     

Let’s be honest, many student Behavior Intervention Plans do not work.  Although that is not new information, you might be surprised to learn that BIPs can actually work and can actually be the driving force behind behavioral progress.  Discover the common problems with ineffective BIPs and what changes are needed to ensure both behavioral progress and legal defensibility in this complicated area.




Building Culture and Capacity: Stepping Stones for RtI Implementation       

No matter how effective you may be, you cannot implement RtI alone. Learn how to create the campus culture needed to implement RtI without reinventing the wheel.  Nail down critical components that build leadership capacity with teachers for a successful model. Focus on structuring a prevention model for service delivery that will help ensure the success of your students and your campus. 


Creating an Atmosphere of Achievement: Culture Building Toward Success

This message emphasizes what great schools do in terms of forging positive school cultures that set the tone for achievement and success. It is ideal for administrators and teaching staff.


Culturally Responsive RtI for Struggling Learners      

This session examines a culturally responsive RtI framework for early intervention. A culturally responsive RtI model assumes that intervention practices have been validated with CLD students. Questions we will discuss include: What does it mean when we say a practice is research-based? What assumptions do we make? To what extent do interventions generalize across settings and populations?   What is culturally responsive, appropriate, quality instruction in Tiers I, II, and III?


Developing and Implementing Research-Based Practices for Students with Disabilities       

It is a challenge to create age-appropriate instructional environments for students ages 18 through 22.  Listen to staff from the North East Transition School (NETS) describe how to use the community as the instructional environment, train staff to support students who participate in a service without the school schedule or bells. The design for each student's instructional day is based on the student and family's post-school goals.   


Diplomacy for School Professionals & Keys to Effective IEP Teams   

Covers the communicating so as to be well-received, saying "no" in a way that preserves positive relationships, and knowing what to say when we don't know what to say.  Presents 20 best practices to help schools and parents work together for the benefit of children with special needs.  Covers the characteristics of great committee members, what makes for good and bad meetings and the "dirty dozen" concerns of parents that lead to trouble if left unchecked.


Disproportionate Representation: Over Four Decades of Practice      

This session will view the long term practice of over representation of minority students in special education programs, review the underlying causes described in the literature, and suggest potential solutions.


Documentation and Behavior - Allies or Enemies?    

Are you collecting data on all student BIPs?  Does your data help ensure you and your district are legally defensible in this area?  If your district struggles in this area, you are NOT alone.  Come hear how to create data-driven BIPs that promote behavior change as well as generating the required documentation that proves you are meeting your educational burden.


EC/Pre-K Inclusion and RtI - Getting Students Ready to Learn           

Early Childhood, Pre-K teachers, and speech therapists collaborated to provide early intervening services.  Results indicate that children who participated in this EC/Pre-K inclusive setting were significantly less likely to need ARI in kindergarten.  This presentation will share the high quality preschool curriculum and instructional techniques that reflect best practices.


Effective RtI Processes and Implications for Special Education Leadership   

The number of students receiving special education services has been on the rise since the inception of the federal legislation.  One promising strategy to strengthen the effect of instruction in the general education classroom for more diverse learners and to reverse the trends of over-identification and the “on-ramp” mentality of the referral process for many schools is the RtI process.  However, what do schools actually need to put in place so that this process is successful?  How can the RtI process be simplified so it is not so overwhelming to our already overloaded schools, administrators, and teachers?  This session will provide useful tools to assist schools in developing their own model to address the core concepts of RtI.


Effective Strategies for Working Effectively with Advocates   

Parents have the right to bring persons with specialized knowledge and expertise to assist them in ARD committee meetings. Join attorney Jan Watson to learn practical suggestions for addressing potential challenges for school district personnel that sometimes arise when working with parent advocates, including ensuring confidentiality, developing appropriate IEPs, and addressing areas of disagreement.


Fish! Philosophy for Schools: Welcome Back to the Reason You Became an Educator!        

FISH! For Schools™ helps educators create richer, more effective learning cultures.
Designed for educators by educators, FISH! For Schools combines research-based, staff-development materials, innovative classroom exercises and live learning experiences tailored to the needs of K-12 leaders, teachers, support staff and students.


Fort Bend Differentiated Instruction Coaches Academy: A Response to Tier 1           

Fort Bend ISD has implemented a number of strategies to systematize Differentiated Instruction as a Tier 1 intervention. One of the most successful has been the Differentiated Instruction Coaches Academy. In its second year of implementation, the Academy is resulting in instructional and academic changes in schools across the district. Come and hear real strategies that have resulted in district-wide success!


Frequently Asked Questions on Grades, Grading & the IDEA 

This session will address a wide variety of grades and grading questions as they impact eligibility and services under the IDEA. Questions will include: Must a student receive failing grades to be IDEA-eligible? Can a student with failing grades be receiving a FAPE? Is a student with passing grades always receiving a FAPE? Are grade penalties appropriate, and if so, when? What types of notations can be made to transcripts and report cards regarding special education or 504 services? When the campus fails to implement the IEP, can the IEP team change a failing grade? Get the answers and the opportunity to ask your own questions.


Guidance in Selecting Tier II Interventions for a Campus      

As campuses begin designing their RtI plans, one obstacle faced is feeling comfortable with their selection of interventions at Tier I, Tier II and Tier III.  This session will provide guidance in determining interventions that are appropriate as well as research-based for the range of needs on a campus.


In-home and Parent Training for Families of Children with Autism    

This session will provide training regarding the Region 10 Education Service Center’s In-home and Parent Training Resource Manual.  This manual assists Local Education Agencies in developing individualized In-home and Parent training programs as a service for families of children who have autism or other Pervasive Developmental Disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome.  The information provided is to serve as a resource for staff developing programs for students served in their districts and charter schools. 


Making LD Determinations Under the New Texas Model        

Now that the Commissioner's Rules contain the Texas model for LD eligibility, new questions have arisen about the various options for LD evaluations, and the role of RtI initiatives as part of this process. This session will review the rule, the TEA guidance, and provide practical guidance on making legally-defensible LD eligibility determinations in the modern era.


Merging RtI, Positive Behavior Supports & Professional Learning Communities       

This session will describe a working framework for implementing RtI in the academic and behavioral realms. All of this is under the umbrella of Professional Learning Communities.  Working together, elementary principals have developed a plan that integrates a three tiered RtI process that includes Positive Behavior Supports with PLC as the base of the framework.


Navigating the New Autism IEP Supplement  

The revised Autism supplement rule expands the scope of some of the traditional areas, while also adding new and potentially controversial areas for discussion. This session will review the revised and new supplement areas, provide practical guidance for completing the supplement sensibly, and answer relevant questions.


Preschool Response to Intervention   

Come see how one district integrated an employee day care, a speech program for 3 and 4 year olds and the PPCD program, to create an inclusive learning environment for all!


Revitalizing RtI’s Third Tier: Special Education’s New Challenge!     

Most conversations about RtI emphasize the need to reform general education by strengthening the quality of services in the first two tiers of the model while avoiding the final outcome of special education (Fuchs, 2007). Little has been discussed regarding ways in which the purpose and the impact of special education should be revitalized at the third tier.  When students are found to be eligible for and in need of special education services following a rigorous RtI process of data collection and decision-making, what will be the likely characteristics of these students?  What services will they require and what signifies best practice for them?  An exciting new question for special education leadership!


Ride the Wave to Developing Effective Functional and Autism Evaluation Teams     

During the past two school years, Channelview ISD's district-based team participated in the Functional and Autism Evaluation Projects in collaboration with Region 4 ESC.  Learn how to set up and support effective evaluation teams who are able to develop positive parental relations and who can write legally defensible evaluations.    


School Safety and Students with Disabilities 

Schools are required to serve students in a safe environment, free of bullying, harassment, weapons, drugs and other dangers.  Legal issues in fulfilling this mandate abound.  This presentation will focus on common problems in maintaining a safe environment while also serving students with behavioral or emotional disorders.  The presentation will identify issues, offer practical suggestions and provide plenty of time for Q and A. 


Service Animals and Therapy Animals - What are the Legal Issues?             

Facilities across the country are training animals to address needs of students with autism and other disabilities.  Several school districts have received requests from parents that service/therapy animals accompany students during school.  This presentation reviews the law regarding service animals, the law regarding therapy animals, and provides important points of consideration should your district receive such a request. 


Student-led IEP Meetings: Training Students to be Partners in the IEP Process
Have you ever thought about training the students? The IEP is for and about the student. We monitor progress to see if the student meets their goals. If it’s the student’s life, the student’s goals, and the student’s education plan, why do we train the teachers and not the students? Student-led IEP Meetings is a process to teach students self-determination, disability awareness, and leadership. Listen to results of North East ISD, share how training students positively impacted student motivation, goal setting, and student responsibility for academic progress.


Supporting Transitions of Assistive Technology Users

Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN) recently included a new online module entitled Transitions and the Assistive Technology (AT) User.  The focus of this presentation will be on AT skills for independence, transition planning and self-determination skills.  Participants will be given a quick overview of the TATN online modules and related resources.         


Texas Initiative for Statewide Leadership in Autism  

Education Service Center Region 13 has initiated a number of activities to provide for the delivery of a statewide system of training, technical assistance, and support for educators who serve students with autism.


The i-TEAM Approach: Supporting Students Where They Are (LRE)   

Inclusion is best for students!  Learn how NEISD has successfully increased its continuum of behavior supports, keeping students in their schools and classrooms.  This innovative teaming concept uses a process for capacity building; it is not a canned program.  Flexibility is the key factor built into its design.



Transition: PPCD to Post-Secondary   

Participants will walk away with the tools to develop collaborative relationships with parents in developing realistic transition outcomes for students. Using a visual matrix, parents and teachers will understand student independence levels of performance in such areas as learning, recreation and leisure, work habits and academic skills.


TxCEDS: If Emotions are Churning, They Can’t Be Learning
The Texas Collaborative for Emotional Development in Schools is a statewide project of the Texas Education Agency’s Division of IDEA Coordination. Under leadership of the Region 4 Education Service Center, the project focuses on developing a guiding policy that promotes the well-being and mental health of children in Texas schools. This presentation will provide an overview of the project and report its progress.


Update on Activities of the TSHA/TCASE Joint Committee     

TCASE and the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) have been working together for several years to address the shortages of speech-language pathologists in the schools through short-term and long-term objectives established by the Joint Committee.  The Committee is dedicated to improving access to and the quality of SLP services in the schools.  The purpose of the session will be to review the activities of the Committee and to seek input of participants regarding successful approaches in districts in addressing the shortage of SLPs.


Using a Needs Assessment Approach to Quantify Staffing Ratios for Special

Education Staff           

The goal of this session is to provide a brief review of a quantifiable needs assessment approach (using an EXCEL spreadsheet) to determine class loads, staffing ratios, request additional staff, re-allocate staff based on changing needs and provide a quantifiable aspect to an otherwise arbitrary system. We will review programming for various programs such as AU and Life Skills.     Samples of Student Needs Assessment Forms will be provided.  We will review how to use Excel for overall program management.   


Using Data to Improve Learning         

With an increasing emphasis on data, it is imperative that school personnel know what data to collect, how to compile and analyze data and how to use data to drive instruction and continuous improvement. Attend this session to understand what data is important for continuous school improvement and why this data is critical for improvement planning, how to analyze a school's data, and how to use available tools to create a school portfolio.


Using the Problem Solving Team Model to Accomplish RtI    

A critical component of implementing RtI is having a comprehensive system on campuses and within the district that supports, guides and documents the intervention process (in a teacher friendly format), and when necessary, provide a non-duplicative referral process to other support systems (e.g. 504, dyslexia, special education.  This session will review how one suburban district and the regional service center collaborated over the course of a year to train campus and district problem solving teams and implemented a case management RtI system that also serves as the single referral system for Section 504, Dyslexia, and Special Education.  Copies of the "rainbow" student information packet provided.


What You Need to Know About 2008-09 PBMAS

This session will cover the changes in the PBMAS performance indicators for the 2008-2009 school year.  The major changes focus on indicators concerning state assessment.

           2009 Phoenix Awards
           June 18, 2009

           Details to follow...


Jewish Children and Family Services of Mercer County
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Linda Flower
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