Special Education Conference

Conscious and Responsive Classrooms in 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018; 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  
Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Center, Molloy College, Rockville Centre Campus
Please note the change in location:  the conference will now be held in the Hays Theatre located in the Wilbur Arts Building    
(5 CTLE hours)

Conference Description (5 CTLEs Offered!)

The current teaching and learning climate is demanding and stressful. As the stakes continue to rise for all participants in the educational environment, expectations for students at the academic, social, and behavioral levels are intensifying.  This conference seeks to explore varied approaches and interventions that address the management needs of all types of learners in the school setting. Additionally, the challenges of the many adult stake holders in the school setting will be explored, including district administrators, building principals, teachers, instructional assistants and parents.  By creating conscious and responsive classrooms, teaching and learning can be a dynamic, rewarding, and fun experience for all!

Learning Objectives
Participants will gain an awareness of the classroom management needs of students, teachers, and administrations in varied learning environments.

Participants will be exposed to different approaches and interventions to meet the management needs of all stake holders in the educational setting.

Participants will explore how to interface with different educational professionals, parents and students to create an optimal teaching and learning environment.

Intended Audience
Pre-K to Adult teachers and administrators, school psychologists, school social workers, school counselors, instructional assistants/aides, and parents. 5 CTLEs given for teachers who attend. Sorry, continuing education for other professionals such as social workers or speech language pathologists, is not available for this conference.

Agenda

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.     Check-in, Registration, Continental Breakfast (Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Center )

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.      Introduction / Welcoming Remarks

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.     Keynote Session: Michael Ferretti (Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Center) Topic: Conscious and Responsive Classrooms: How to be an Effective Classroom Manager

Mike is currently an Assistant Principal at Copiague Middle School and an Adjunct Professor at Molloy College, began his career in education as an 8th Grade English Teacher in Copiague Middle School in 2007 after receiving his Master's Degree in Secondary Education from Molloy College in 2006. Mr. Ferretti spent the next 6 years in the Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School as an 11th Grade Regents level English teacher, and as the English Chairperson. Mr. Ferretti originally received his B.A. in English from St. John's University in 1989, and hisProfessional Certificate in School Building Administration from Dowling College in 2010. He received the Educator of Excellence Award from the New York State English Council in 2013.

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.     Break

10:45 a.m. - 11:45a.m.     Concurrent Session I (various classrooms) Conference participants will be able to pick from a variety of topics presented during two (2), one (1) hour concurrent sessions: from 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. and from 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 3-4 topics will be offered in each session. Participants are asked to pre-register for the topics that they would like to attend since seating will be limited in most of the sessions.  The topics offered in Concurrent Session I are as follows:

Session 1A: It's All in the Relationship:  A Developmental Lens For Social Learning    
This session will introduce a developmental relationship-based model of working with children who are neurodiverse.  The focus will be on affective-based learning interactions to expand the learner's ability to self-regulate, engage, problem solve and create ideas within the context of relational experiences.  
Speaker: John Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT is an Associate Professor in the Music Therapy Department at Molloy College. As the Founder/Executive Director of The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy/Center for Autism & Child Development, his vision to address the social, emotional, and cognitive needs of children with diverse abilities through a relationship-based model has resulted in a multidisciplinary center to provide hands-on experiential learning for Molloy College students while providing high quality services to the diverse learning community.

Session 1B:  Evidenced Based Practices in Classroom Management
This workshop will provide an overview on 17 research based classroom management strategies, including an overview of function based thinking to problem solve challenging student behavior and links to resources to further investigate effective implementation of these practices.
Speaker: Michelle Levy, M.S. Ed. has been a special educator for almost 30 years.  She has worked with students with emotional disturbance in both New York City and Las Vegas, Nevada as a classroom teacher before becoming a special education administrator.   Ms. Levy is currently an Administrative Coordinator for Behavior for the RSE-TASC, (Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center) at Eastern Suffolk BOCES providing technical assistance and professional development to school districts throughout Long Island on PBIS, classroom management, FBA/BIPs and behavior strategies. 

Session 1C: Understanding Behaviors and Creating Individualized Interventions Within a Contextualized Framework for Classroom Teachers
This workshop will explore the functions of behavior in terms for the classroom teacher to be able to identify under what conditions a behavior is most likely to occur (antecedents) and what happens in the environment as a result of the behavior and maintains that behavior (consequence). Teachers will understand the identification of variables that control a behavior, the context in which the behavior of interest is most likely to occur, and the use of this knowledge to design individualized interventions. Together participants will identify the unique relationships between behavioral reactions and include contextual variables that trigger and reinforce behaviors at home, school, and the community.
Speaker: Lina Gilic, BCBA-D, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at St. John's University

Session 1D: The Responsive Classroom: From Theory to Practice
This session will highlight several classroom management theories, structures, and strategies that support the teaching-learning process. Among the topics addressed will be: the student-teacher relationship, PBIS, Assertive Discipline, cooperative learning strategies, Responsive Classroom, the role of metacognition, mindfulness, and promoting flow.
Speaker: Charles Leone, Ed.D. is presently the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Manhasset Public Schools. He has been an elementary and middle school administrator and an elementary and middle school teacher for over 30 years.  He is passionate about the teaching/learning process and is particularly interested in strategies that promote student engagement and inspire learning.

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.     Lunch (Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Center )

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.     Concurrent Session II (various classrooms) Conference participants will be able to pick from a variety of topics presented during two (2), one (1) hour concurrent sessions: from 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. and from 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 3-4 topics will be offered in each session. Participants are asked to pre-register for the topics that they would like to attend since seating will be limited in most of the sessions.  We anticipate that the concurrent session topics and speakers will be listed on this webpage by mid-January, 2018. The topics offered in Concurrent Session II are as follows:

Session 2A: Evidenced Based Practices in Classroom Management
This workshop will provide an overview on 17 research based classroom management strategies, including an overview of function based thinking to problem solve challenging student behavior and links to resources to further investigate effective implementation of these practices.
Speaker: Michelle Levy, M.S. Ed. has been a special educator for almost 30 years.  She has worked with students with emotional disturbance in both New York City and Las Vegas, Nevada as a classroom teacher before becoming a special education administrator.   Ms. Levy is currently an Administrative Coordinator for Behavior for the RSE-TASC, (Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center) at Eastern Suffolk BOCES providing technical assistance and professional development to school districts throughout Long Island on PBIS, classroom management, FBA/BIPs and behavior strategies. 

Session 2B: What ABA Is and Isn't
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an often misunderstood discipline.  It is a science, and not a "therapy for autism."  Particular applications such as discrete trial teaching, activity schedules and token boards have unfortunately become all many people know about ABA, rather than its decades old and rich literature of behavior management and teaching new skills.  In this talk, attendees will learn about the broader science of ABA, and what truly distinguishes an ABA program.
Speaker: Bobby Newman, Ph.D. BCBA - D, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Psychologist. Bobby is the first author on thirteen books regarding behavior therapy, the philosophy of behaviorism, the autism spectrum disorders, utopian literature, and fitness. He has published over two dozen articles in professional journals, as well as numerous popular magazine articles and has hosted two series of radio call-in shows. Bobby is the Past-President of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment and the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis. A popular speaker, Bobby also provides direct treatment, staff training and consultation around the world, and has been honored for this work by several parents and professional groups. He is the Executive Director of Long Island Operations for Proud Moments. Bobby teaches non-violent crisis intervention philosophy and techniques for agencies and families. Bobby was a final four finalist for the 2016 For Those Who Would Humanitarian Award.

Session 2C: Best Strategies for Lunch and Recess Monitoring
This workshop is designed for noon aides and presents best practices for managing students during lunch and recess.  Insights from research projects will be shared as well as sharing among participants. Topics such as behavior reinforcement, PBIS, child development, the importance of play and having a shared philosophy are concepts used to encourage aides to evaluate, reflect and improve their skills.
Speaker: Michelle Chamblin, Ed.D., earned her degree in Special Education administration from Teacher's College, Columbia University in New York. She has spent her career using education as an agent of change. Michelle is currently an Associate Professor at Molloy College, NY. Her courses and research interests include topics in special education, evidenced based strategies and inclusive school practices. Michelle's greatest aspiration is to encourage others to become lifelong learners; especially her triplet daughters who teach her something new every day.

Session 2D: Building Character Through Digital Citizenship and Global Connections
This workshop will explore a character education program that places an emphasis on global engagement over isolated accountability.  Engagement prompted through digital journalism and service projects connects students to stories of character, peer role models, and a school vision that expects and supports great citizens.
Speakers: Mark Gray and Jaclyn Graham, Principal and Assistant Principal of Plaza Elementary School inthe Baldwin School District
Mark P. Gray has been an Elementary Principal in the Baldwin UFSD for the past twelve years, and began his teaching and administrative career in NYC prior to that.  He is the author of several educational articles, most recently in the SAANYS Vanguard Journal.  Six years ago he created Team ORCHID as a character education initiative at Plaza Elementary.  It has since become an award-winning (2017 New York State English Counsel Program of Excellence) digital journalism program designed to integrate technology, service projects, and the kinds of awareness that cultivate strong character.  He has presented at the following conferences:  SAANYS Annual (2008), LILAC Annual (2017), and the Mid-Atlantic Conference for Personalized Learning in Pittsburgh (2018).
Jaclyn Graham
is an Assistant Principal at Plaza Elementary in the Baldwin UFSD, and was a tenured Reading/AIS teacher prior to that. She began as an adviser to Team ORCHID five years ago and has worked with students on this digital journalism program ever since. She has presented workshops at the following conferences: LILAC Annual (2017) and NYSEC (2017).   

 1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.     Break

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.     Conversation with Stakeholders Session (Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Center ) 

This session will look at creating district-wide conscious and responsive classrooms: How the Rockville Centre School District brings their mantra "all means all" into action. Discussion with RVC district administrator, building principal, classroom teacher, teaching assistant, and parents about their role in the development and implementation of an effective teaching and learning environment for all.

2:45p.m. - 3:00 p.m.     Closing Remarks, Evaluations, Certificates (Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Center)

Location
The conference Opening Session and Check-in will be held in the Hays Theatre located in the Wilbur Arts Center on the Rockville Centre campus of Molloy College located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571. (Please note the change in location:  from the Public Square building).  Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be downloaded by clicking here. If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here for a list of area hotels or call 516.323.3554.

CTLE Credit
This conference is approved for 5 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). Click here for further information on the new CTLE requirements.

Sorry, continuing education for other professionals such as social workers or speech language pathologists, is not available for this conference.

Conference Tuition Rates
- Late Registration, 2/24-3/8: $95
- 3/9 or at the door: $115
- Molloy Students: $15 (please register using your Molloy email)
- Non-Molloy Students (provide copy of student ID at door): $25
- Molloy Alumni 25% discount
- Molloy Faculty and Staff: No Charge (please register using your Molloy email)

Registration
Please note that completing the information for this conference through a program such as My Learning Plan Inc. is mainly for you to receive permission to take this conference from your district. Once you receive permission to take the conference from your district you will still need to register for the conference. There is no connection between My Learning Plan Inc. and your official registration for this conference.

Click here to register online. Click here to register in person, by phone, fax or mail.

Please also note: if your district will be paying for you to attend the conference, we know that it can take some time before your district might issue a check. Therefore, it would be advisable for you to send in your registration first, even though the check from the district might not have been processed yet, to avoid being closed-out of the conference or to take advantage of the early registration discount. If multiple registrations from the same district will be paid through a purchase order, all the registrations should be sent at the same time.

Confirmation of your registration and travel directions will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration.

Refund Policy
A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us one week prior to the start of the conference. However, substitutions can be made until the day of the conference at no charge. 

Conference Brochure, Details and Additional Information
The most up-to-date  information on the conference can be found on this conference web page.

Click here to download the conference brochure. We will mail out a brochure in late January/early February 2018 to people on our mailing list.  Join our mailing list online or contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email: cthomas@molloy.edu or by phone: 516.323.3554.