Square Pegs, Round Holes Diverse Learners

February 9, 2019 at the Central office

Educators will leave the conference with strategies to use in their classrooms. This conference is free for all Central members, and you will earn CEU's. Registration is required.
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Agenda

Session #1 - 9:15 - 10:15
Session Topic: Trauma/Stress/Anxiety in Our Student’s Lives

This session will cover the impact that traumatic life circumstances and events have on our students and provide ideas for how to best intervene with these students.

Speaker: Amber Nickels
Grandview Heights City District Schools
Mental Health Specialist

Amber has been a mental health specialist in the school setting for over two decades. She is the District Mental Health specialist in the Grandview Heights City District where she provides counseling and support services for students in kindergarten through grade 12 and their families. Her areas of specialty include mental health concerns and supports in the school setting, the social emotional development of the gifted and 2e student, crisis prevention and response and trauma informed care in the school setting.

Session #2 - 10:15 - 11:45
Session Topic: Dyslexia: What is it? How do you diagnose it? What can you do to make sure students with dyslexia are successful?

Speaker: Earl Oremus
Headmaster Emeritus of Marburn Academy

Earl Oremus is joyfully engaged in his fiftieth year as an educator. Since receiving certification as an Orton-Gillingham Reading Disabilities Specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital(1978) and a Masters degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education(1980), his work has focused on developing school programs, instructional methods, and teacher and parent training programs that open the door to high achievement for children with learning differences like dyslexia and ADHD.

Session #3 - 12:15 - 1:30
Session Topic: Understanding the Law for Your IEP/504 Students

This session will explain what the legal requirements are for providing students with accommodations in the classroom and on state mandated assessments as well as answer questions you may have regarding the process of obtaining those accommodations for your students.

Speaker: Cindy Eldridge, Special Education Consultant from ESC

Cindy Eldridge is an Educational Consultant with State Support Team Region 11. She has been working in the field of education for over 25 years at the building, district and regional levels. Her primary focus includes supporting schools and districts in the delivery of special education services, implementation of Universal Design for Learning and Ohio’s School Improvement Process.

The education system in 2018 is more challenging than ever and a greater number of students have special needs requiring supports and services. This session will explore key concepts about special education law and services including:
* Key elements of a compliant IEP
* Similarities and differences between a 504 and an IEP
* Accommodations for classroom and state assessments

Session #4 - 1:30 - 2:45
Session Topic: ELL Students and the SIOP Model

Linna Jordan has been an EL teacher at Hilliard Davidson High School for 17 years. Before that she taught high school Spanish and Bilingual elementary. She is part of the OEA EL cadre looking at how Ohio will be implementing ESSA requirements for EL students.

In this session we will review the process for qualifying students for EL services. Services offered vary by district, but we will give a general overview of possible options. Linna will share some basic SIOP strategies which could be used as soon as you get back in your classroom as well as ideas on how to accommodate for EL students in ways that won’t dilute the curriculum.

Speaker: Linna Santamaria
ELL Teacher, Hilliard Schools