November 18, 2010


College of the Holy Cross

MDSC 7th Annual Educators Forum on Down Syndrome

Innovative Teaching Strategies: Building Bridges to Inclusive Education for Students with Down Syndrome

College of the Holy Cross

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Program Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 Welcome Remarks

    Maureen Gallagher, M.S. – MDSC Executive Director

    Rosalie Forster, M.Ed. – MDSC Education Resource Specialist and Conference Coordinator

    Amy Brunelle – Self Advocate, Teacher’s Assistant at St. Peter’s Central Catholic Elementary School

9:00-10:15 Keynote Address

    Inclusive Education: Key Lessons Learned

    Michael F. Giangreco, Ph.D.,
    Professor at the University of Vermont (UVM) Department of Education and at the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion

10:15 -10:30 Break

10:30- 12:00 Breakouts (please select one)

    Paraprofessional Supports in Inclusive Classrooms: Research, Practices and Alternatives

    Michael F. Giangreco, Ph.D.,
    Professor at the University of Vermont (UVM) Department of Education and at the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion

    Essential Tips and Tools for Creating Accommodations and Modifications at the Elementary Level

    Robin Fabiano
    , Inclusion Specialist Newton Public Schools

    Preparing High School and Middle School Teachers for a Student with Down Syndrome

    Kate Bartlett, Self Advocate, College Student
    Jan Tobin, Parent
    Carol Konz, Teacher Arlington Public Schools

    The Successful Transition from School to Adult Life – What Families and Educators Need to Know

    Jo Ann Simons,
    President and CEO Cardinal Cushing Centers of Massachusetts and author of The Down Syndrome Transition Handbook

    Christine Lenahan, Director of Special Education Woburn Public Schools

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch & Networking

1:00 -2:30 Breakouts (please select one)

    Assistive Technology for Written Output in the Schools

    Jan Hollenbeck, Ph.D.,
    Coordinator of Related Services and Assistive Technology in Medford Public Schools

    Positive Behavior Support and the use of Self-monitoring involving students with Down syndrome in their own behavior support programs

    Anne M. Howard, Ph.D., Professor Education Department at Fitchburg State University
    Dina A. Traniello, Ed.D., Educational Consultant, Visiting Assistant Professor at Fitchburg State University, Board Member of TASH New England

    Select Legal Issues Regarding Educating Students with Down Syndrome

    Daniel T.S. Heffernan
    is a partner in the law firm of Kotin, Crabtree and Strong LLP where he concentrates his practice in special education, civil rights and personal injury.

    Creating an Effective Secondary School Team: Parents and Educators Working Together

    Nadine Briggs,
    Parent Consultant and Founder of Social Smart Kids
    Diane Pelletier, Director of Pupil Services
    Jessica Huizenga, Middle School Principal
    Jennifer Diedrich, Special Education Teacher
    William Froberg, Middle School Science Teacher

    2:30 – 3:00 Wrap-Up & Evaluations

    Note: Attendees at the Educators Forum are eligible to receive six (6) clock hours or Professional Development Points (PDP's) toward renewal of their teaching certificate.

    Registration fee: $110 Early Bird ($125 after 10/18) Educator (includes continental breakfast and luncheon)

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