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2015 Breakout Sessions

TITLE: Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom (offered a.m. and p.m.)


These evidence-based strategies are appropriate for a wide variety of learners. Strategy instruction is one of the most effective and efficient ways to meet diverse students needs within the classroom. Participants will take away strategies for content subjects, self-regulation of behavior and a model for easy implementation. This session is of interest to special and general education teachers.

Torri Ortiz Lienemann, Director of Graduate Studies in Special Education, Concordia University

TITLE: I’m A Mentor, Now What?, Mentoring 101


AM Session: Understanding the New Teacher: Phases of Development & Stages of Concern
Participants will explore the peaks and valleys of first year teacher experience through related research on Phases of Development of the Beginning Teacher and Stages of Concern.  Discussions will include effective mentoring strategies for each developmental phase of new to the profession teachers and experienced teachers new to a district.

PM Session: Tips & Tools: The Mentoring Relationship, Roles, and Resources
Participants will explore the intentional development of mentoring relationships.  Discussions will focus on reciprocity in the mentoring relationship, various roles a mentor will play, and using resources to impact new teacher success.

Sharon Comisar-Langdon, Millard Public Schools, New Staff Induction Program

AM Session:The Role of the General Education Teacher in the IEP Process


General education teachers play an important role in the IEP process. Learn more about the role that general education teachers play before, during and after the IEP meeting.

PM Session: IEPs and Paperwork 101 for Special Education Teachers


Learn practical tips and tricks for writing quality IEPs, collecting data and how to start the year off right.

Cara Lucas-Richt, Blair Community Schools
Kylie Dirkschneider, Blair Community Schools