2018 MASE Best Practices Conference

Brainerd, Minnesota
Wednesday, May 09, 2018

2018 MASE Best Practices Conference
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 4:30 PM -
Friday, May 11, 2018 12:30 PM (Central Time)

Madden's on Gull Lake,
800-247-1040
11266 Pine Beach Peninsula
Brainerd, Minnesota 56401
United States

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Don’t miss this great opportunity to experience MASE’s annual Best Practices Conference
for special education administrators. Our presenters–our own colleagues–will explore the
latest approaches to improving academic, behavioral, social, and program outcomes for
exceptional students.


Fees:
Conference Fee:  $199
Retiree Fee:  $69 (This is the cost of lunches and breaks.)

Please register on or before Tuesday, April 24.
After Tuesday, April 24, please add a $30 late fee (both members and retirees).

If you must cancel: 
Cancel on or before Tuesday, April 24 for a $50 cancellation fee, after which you will not receive a refund.
No-shows will be billed.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, May 9

 

9 AM-4 PM

MASE New Leaders’ Training

 

4:30-6:30 PM

Registration/Reception

6:30 PM

Dinner

 

7:30 PM

Kick-Off Keynote and Retiree Recognition

 

 

Thursday, May 10

9-10 AM                  Breakout Sessions

• Coming Together to Support Students' Social Behavior Needs: Screening, Program Evaluation, and Resource Development
Jamie Nord, Executive Director, St. Croix River Education District
Nicole Woodward, Director of Special Education, St. Croix River Education District

In an effort to address the growing mental health needs across its districts, the St. Croix River Education District (SCRED) formed a Mental Health Committee. The committee has focused its initial efforts on Tier 1 social behavior programming, including Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports, Trauma Informed Schools, Restorative Practices, and Social Emotional Learning. The presenters will highlight the committee’s work on screening, program evaluation, and resource development within these four interrelated areas.

• 3 Programs 1 Department; ECFE+ECSE+Preschool=Early Learning Department
Ruth Rosenwinkel, Assistant Director of Early Learning, Mankato Public Schools
Ann Schmitz, Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator, Mankato Public Schools

The ins-and-outs of bringing three programs together under the direction of one department. Teaming, Collaboration, Funding, Curriculum, Assessment, Inclusion, Alignment, Community. We will share our experiences, celebrations, and challenges of successfully bringing ECFE, ECSE and our Public Preschools together to function under one Early Learning Department.

• Trauma-Informed Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
Denise Moody, Assistant Director of Student Services, Rochester Public Schools

This session will share how one elementary school implemented a trauma-informed model of multi-tiered supports as a response to growing behavioral concerns. Participants will learn about the theoretical basis for the model, changes that were implemented, challenges that were addressed, future goals and preliminary analysis of academic, behavioral and school climate measures.

• The Power of Gratitude 2.0
Heidi Hahn, Director of Special Education, Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative

There are 37 research proven benefits to expressing gratitude. Learn what they are and hear the stories of real life examples that will make you LOVE YOUR JOB all over again.

10:15-11:15 AM Breakout Sessions

• Human Resources for the Special Education Administrator
Elizabeth Meske, Associate Attorney, Ratwik Roszak & Maloney, P.A.
Christian Shafer, Shareholder, Ratwik Roszak & Maloney, P.A
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This refresher course will cover all things HR. Practicing lawyers who work in the fields of special education law and labor and employment law will provide best practices for making conditional employment offers, conducting workplace investigations, and implementing progressive discipline, including discipline tied to employee evaluations. The presenters will also cover hot topics like students working under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and answer common questions about the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

• Endrew's Game: Tips and Best Practices for Demonstrating FAPE Following the New Standard
Alex Ivan, Attorney, Kennedy & Graven, Chartered
Adam Wattenbarger, Attorney, Kennedy & Graven, Chartered

Last year, the Supreme Court provided new language describing the threshold necessary to meet the IDEA's free appropriate public education requirement. This presentation will discuss the Endrew F. decision; its impact in the last year, and practical tips and strategies school districts should utilize to help demonstrate they have met this standard.

• Coming Soon to Your District – New Legal Issues in the Field of Special Education
Mick Waldspurger, Attorney, Rupp, Anderson, Squires & Waldspurger, P.A.

This presentation will cover the latest special education issues, such as requests for a VGo to live stream events in class; requests for special services in the district’s child care setting; orders for medical marijuana at school; claims that licensure rules prohibit PTs and nurses from providing various services; demands to bring “therapy” dogs to school; and new issues regarding transgender students, data privacy, and disproportionality in discipline rates.

• Understanding and Maximizing Tuition Billing Part I of II
Marcy Doud, Assistant Superintendent, West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools
Cherie Johnson, Executive Director, Goodhue County Education Director
Todd Travis, Director of Special Education, Midwest Special Education Coop

Let's face it - Tuition Billing is confusing for everyone. It is important for Directors to understand the intersection of MARSS, EDRS, UFARS data and how it affects your tuition billing rates and revenue. Please join us for this interactive session - BRING YOUR DEVICE - you will be accessing critical data to understand your districts tuition billing.

11:30 AM-12:30 PM Breakout Sessions

• Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness: A Collaborative Journey
Stacy Bender-Fayette, Social Emotional Learning Specialist, Peacemaker Resources, Inc.
Dionne Daly, OM Yoga Instructor, Donne's OM Yoga Studio
Michele Mogen, Assistant Director of Special Education, Bemidji Regional Interdistrict Council (BRIC)
Brenda Story, Executive Director / Director of Special Education, Bemidji Regional Interdistrict Council (BRIC)

Presenters will share BRIC’s collaborative efforts to support teachers with social-emotional learning instruction and to provide staff and students with mindfulness strategies to promote calm bodies and minds that are ready to learn. This is our story of why we got started, where we started, and how it’s going.

• PELSB - Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board and the Tiered Licensure System
Heidi Hahn, Director of Special Education, Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative

PELSB and Tiered Licensure - What is it? Where are things? And what do I need to know? Learn where the system is at and where things are headed. A time to talk and ask questions as we approach a new era in teacher licensure.

• Improving your District's Centerbase Program
Jean Cady, Director of Special Education, Richfield Public Schools
Cathy Martinson, Retired Special Education Teacher, Richfield Public Schools

Good program design is essential. Hear how Richfield Schools spent two years working with its DCD Centerbase Program (Program for Students with Developmental Cognitive Difficulties) staff in examining and setting standards for classroom design and function. The result? Continuity in programming K-12 agreed upon look-fors in classroom design and function, and easier on-boarding for new staff due to clear expectations.

• Understanding and Maximizing Tuition Billing Part II of II
Marcy Doud, Assistant Superintendent, West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools
Cherie Johnson, Executive Director, Goodhue County Education Director
Todd Travis, Director of Special Education, Midwest Special Education Coop

Let's face it - Tuition Billing is confusing for everyone. It is important for Directors to understand the intersection of MARSS, EDRS, UFARS data and how it affects your tuition billing rates and revenue. Please join us for this interactive session - BRING YOUR DEVICE - you will be accessing critical data to understand your districts tuition billing.

1:30-2:30 PM         Breakout Sessions

• Learning to Improve: Tips for Getting Better at Getting Better!
Kim Gibbons, Director, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement
Katie Pekel, Principal in Residence, University of Minnesota


Our nation’s schools are in a constant state of reform. While outcomes are improving, public expectations for schools are increasing. We now attend to the learning of all students at a higher level, through implementation of common standards. The result is a widening gap between these expectations and what schools have realistically achieved. Many leaders believe the way to reduce the gap is by disrupting the educational system substantially and quickly -implementing fast and learning slow. This session will introduce participants to a new paradigm that requires a shift toward learning fast to implement well. Information will be shared on six improvement principles that can help school leaders improve outcomes. The University of Minnesota will provide opportunities for reflection and input on common educational problems that could be a focus for future work.

• Spray and Pray-NO WAY!
Diane McCarron, Director of Special Education, SWWC Service Cooperative and MASE President
Kori Ryan, Director of Special Education, SWWC Service Cooperative

The SWWC Service Cooperative serves 18 counties in Minnesota, which covers 2,500 square miles. The SWWC Cooperative and local school districts have hired many new special education staff in the last few years. We are working on developing a PD Strategic Plan to address the changes in Special Education and the changes in Special Education teacher's needs. We are looking at better and more efficient trainings due to lack of substitutes, unlicensed teachers, changes in education, etc. In order to support the teachers/staff in our wide area we have developed many forms of professional development including:

Special Ed Teacher Bootcamp
New/er Teacher Cohort
Files, Files, Files-2 Day Due Process Summer Workshop
ECSE teacher monthly webinars
Monthly district meetings
Due Process guidance documents
School Psych 101 workshop
IEP Writing Workshop
Evaluation Writing Workshop
Joint Staff Networking days

• Strategic Development of District Leadership Skills
Jean Cady, Director of Special Education, Richfield Public Schools
Mary Clarkson, Executive Director of Special Programs, Richfield Public Schools

Are you taking purposeful steps to develop the skills of your district's special education leadership? Richfield Public Schools spent the past two years working with our special education leadership team to build district-wide vision, expectations and skills. Join us to hear about how we did this work and the results.

• Sexuality for All Abilities: Supporting Sexual Health for Students with Disabilities
Katie Thune, Educator and Advocate, Mad Hatter Wellness

We will review statistics of assault and background about sexuality education for people with disabilities. We will discuss sensitive situations that may come up at with our students (assault, abuse, neglect, and/or crisis). We will learn what to look for and how to recognize and respond to sensitive situations - in both verbal and nonverbal students. Participants will leave this workshop with not only knowledge around this sensitive subject but also activities to share with staff and a plan for next steps.

2:45-3:45 PM          Breakout Sessions

• Homebound Services for School-Refusing Students: A Practical Guide
William Dikel, M.D., Independent Consulting Psychiatrist

Students with school refusal often have mental health disorders contributing to their absences. Mental health professionals may recommend homebound services as a temporary measure, but unfortunately, this may result in prolongation rather than resolution of the problem. This presentation provides practical information to ensure successful interventions for this complex issue.

• Greatness Spoiled by Judgment
Amy Johnson, Director of Special Services, New Prague Area Schools
Will Remmert, Principal, New Prague Area Schools

Explore how the problems of deficit thinking and stereotyping restrict educational equity for students, preventing schools from moving from Good to Great. Participants will receive strategies and steps to shift the collective belief systems regarding student expectations backed by research and real-life experience. The goal is to change the culture of the educational environment in order to provide all students with an equitable education. Practical steps will be discussed of how to break down silos between departments: special education, ELL, RTI, general education to shift thinking from "my kids" and "your kids" to "OUR kids."

• Controlling the Madness of Motor Breaks
Lori Warner, Occupational Therapist/Assistive Technology Consultant, Northfield Public Schools
Stephanie Mahol, Occupational Therapist, Northfield Public Schools

How Northfield School District designed a motor room curriculum with the ultimate goal of achieving uniformity to support students with self-regulation needs. The presenters will review key issues that were encountered that led to development of a curriculum that incorporates the use of BrainWorks©, Zones of Regulation©, 5 Point Scale©, Go Noodle, and the GoTalkNow© app on the iPad. The steps used to develop curriculum, the resource/materials list, and training materials used for staff implementation will be shared.

• Stay On Target: How to Navigate Blaming, Demanding, and Accusatory Behavior in Others
Jeff Jorgensen, Director of Student Support Services, Edina Public Schools

We have all been at the receiving end of blaming, demanding and accusatory statements from others. While we are a resilient group, few of us have developed such a thick skin that we can walk away unscathed from these encounters. This session will help you develop the necessary skills to navigate these encounters in a way that will maintain your self-esteem and overall mental health.

Friday, May 11

9-10 AM

General Session

10:15-11:15 AM

MDE Breakout Sessions

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

General Session

MASE Leaders’ Year-End Wrap-Up

Presentation and Door Prize

Lunch is on your own today!

 

 

Contact Information

  • Deb Larson - Associate Data Management
    Phone: 651-645-6272
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Payment Instructions

  • Fees:

    Early Bird: Before April 24:
    Conference Fee:  $199
    Retiree Fee:  $69 (This is the cost of lunches and breaks.)

    After Tuesday, April 24:
    A $30 late fee will be added to conference fees (both members and retirees).

    If you must cancel:  Cancel on or before Tuesday, April 24 for a $50 cancellation fee, after which you will not receive a refund. No-shows will be billed.
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