A District's Journey to Cultural Proficiency Angela Ward
Austin Independent School District (Austin, Texas) embarked on the journey towards cultural proficiency in December 2010 with the formation of the AISD Council on Cultural Proficiency & Inclusiveness. This session will provide an overview of the AISD journey as well as engage participants in a personal understanding of the inside-out approach that is Cultural Proficiency.
We all know it takes a village to provide support in schools to students with disabilities. There are a wide variety of stakeholders involved in a child's team and dedicated to the one goal of helping that child succeed. In addition to the variety of stakeholders, there are a variety of therapists and treatment methods. ABA is a method used by many private therapists and is starting to cross over into the school setting more often. Here is an opportunity to learn how to use evidenced based practices of ABA in a public school setting when evaluating, developing and implementing a treatment plan, as well as how to communicate with parents and other professionals who use ABA to ensure collaboration between all stakeholders.
Best Practice in CHC Theory and Assessment Kevin McGrew
This presentation will provide insights into a variety of CHC assessment issues and questions via an update of contemporary CHC theory. Common mistakes and myths surrounding CHC assessment methods and metrics will be discussed and recommendations for best practice provided. This topic based menu-driven presentation will allow the presentation to address the most important needs and questions that emerge from the presentation participants.
The note was clear. A parent is requesting a meeting with you---one that you have been putting off for too long. Now the parent is more upset…and you have a difficult message to deliver. This will be a challenging conversation. This session will present components of difficult conversations and strategies to navigate through them effectively without falling overboard.
You are “at odds” with one of your colleagues and have been since the beginning of school. It’s time to have a conversation that you have been dreading for weeks. What to say? How to say it? What to ask? What makes it so hard to have challenging discussions with colleagues? This session will present components of difficult conversations and strategies to manage them effectively while preserving relationships.
FBAs/BIPs: What Evaluation Personnel Need to Know Ben Garza
You have finished another year and you've done countless FIE's, Re-Evals, consultations, attended endless ARD's, made an obscene amount of phone calls and performed all the "other duties as assigned". Somewhere in your free time you conducted some Functional Behavior Assessment's and Behavior Intervention Plan's but you find yourself wondering if you did it right. Step in to this session and work as a team to help determine what nuts and bolts need tightening in your FBA/ BIP process.
The Ins and Outs of ABA for Evaluation Personnel Cyndi O'TooleMisty Terrell
What comes to mind when you hear the term ABA? In this session participants will learn what applied behavior analysis strategies are, how to evaluate strategy effectiveness, and how these strategies can be implemented in a school setting.
The New WJ-IV Battery: Introduction and Overview Kevin McGrew
The Woodcock-Johnson IV is the latest generation of the Woodcock-Johnson test batteries. Designed to meet current and future assessment needs, the WJ IV features an updated Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) theoretical model, a carefully designed organizational plan with new tests and clusters, and new interpretive procedures that will help school psychologists identify strengths and weaknesses among co-normed measures of cognitive abilities, oral language, and academic achievement. This presentation will provide an introduction and overview of the new WJ IV.