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41st Annual Eastern Ontario Special Education Conference
October 21st to 23rd, 2014 - Calabogie Peaks Resort, Calabogie, Ontario
'A' Workshops'B' Workshops'C' Workshops'D' Workshops

“A” Workshops Wednesday, October 21st, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
A01 The Five Point Scale Like You’ve Never Seen Before!
This workshop will focus on how the classroom team in an IBI Classroom (classroom teacher and instructor therapists) used a comprehensive approach to introduce the 5-point scale as a means of improving the ability of students to recognize their emotional state and self-regulate. The workshop walks participants through the process from implementation through to maintenance, and emphasizes the importance of spending sufficient time directly teaching the students how to use the scale. Information will be provided on the home-school connection, and how the program was shared with families so that it could be meaningfully and consistently incorporated into the student's home life and other settings. Additional resources will be shared, including picture books and hands-on materials that supported the implementation and effectiveness of this program in the classroom.
Presented by: Karen Zabel, Tammy VanAsseldonk and Bene Haley - IBI classroom teacher, Limestone District School Board and Instructor Therapists with Pathways for Children and Youth
A02 Going Google
We will be exploring how educators can use Assistive Technology and the Google Ecosystem to meet the needs of all students, especially those with exceptionalities. The focus will be on meeting the needs of our special education learners in various grade levels, using WordQ, Read&Write and Google Drive to create content. Through the use of Google Drive and Assistive Technology students are able to access their work anytime, anywhere!
Presented by: Jeffrey Humphries and Katie Midwood, Itinerant Teachers of Assistive Technology, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
A03 Help Us Help You to Help Yourself (Executive Functioning)
The common thread through all intermediate and senior curriculum is the need for students to be able to plan, organize, initiate, set goals, monitor progress, think critically, problem solve, and work both independently and collaboratively with others . Indeed, these are essential life skills, all of which have their roots in language. This multi-disciplinary team will discuss how the need for a new model for supporting these students was identified, how the support model was developed in collaboration with parents, students, and teaching staff, and share examples of how this partnership has resulted in the development of IEP goals, language based and visual compensatory instructional tools and strategies, and transition supports.
Presented by: Michelle MacIsaac, Maya Rattray, Angie Hiebert and Janet Manhire, Speech Language Pathologists and Itinerant Teacher LD/LLD, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
A04 Building Reading Comprehension Through Dialogue
Students use and practice the strategies of prediction, questioning, clarifying, and summarizing to improve their understanding of materials they read. With reciprocal reading, students use structured conversation to explore and think about informational and narrative text in deeper ways.
Presented by: Carolyn Harrison, Shona Fraser and Wendy MacDonald , Teachers and LRC, Upper Canada District School Board
A05 Sensory Challengess
Would it surprise you to learn that 5-10% of typical students and 70% of students with a learning disability have sensory challenges? Sometimes waiting lists for OT support can be long and you want to get started! This workshop is designed to provide educators with usable information about movement and touch sensory challenges and ideas that can be incorporated in to the classroom. Resources on where to find additional information will be supplied. Come prepared to participate and have fun.
Presented by: Pat Cole, ABA Expertise Professional, Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
A06 Empathy for Invisible Disabilities
This workshop will present ways to teach students how to be more compassionate and empathetic to students in their class who have invisible disabilities. Often students do not understand why their classmates do or say certain things during class or on the playground. This presentation will give teachers and/or educational assistants ways to teach about “invisible disabilities” that exist in their classrooms or schools. This presentation will discuss several of the more common invisible disabilities. It will show you how to use teachable moments to explore and develop empathy and understanding towards students who “look normal” but have a variety of different behaviours.
Presented by: Karen Konard, Inclusion Coordinator, Ottawa Catholic School Board
“B” Workshops Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 from 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
B01 Accessibility for All Using iOS
The world of Assistive technology is blending so that now what we seek is technology for all. Mobile devices are changing education. Students are arriving to class with tools they have chosen; not tools they are given. Workflows, systems, word processors of choice, browsers, speak to the individual differentiated needs of the students. Students are putting themselves at the center of their learning. Right out of the box, iOS is supporting students’ strengths and needs. Accessibility features are essential for some but good for all. The shared, collaborative, paperless voice, image, video recording iPad device is changing the game of teaching and learning in this 21C.
Presented by: Nancy Kalil, Itinerant Assistive Technology Resource Teacher, Ottawa Catholic School Board
B02 Creating Structure for Children with Special Needs in FDK
As Full Day Kindergarten completes its 5 year implementation in 2014-2015, many educators are rethinking the guiding mindsets behind the traditional teacher-directed structured Kindergarten program. As these shifts in thinking are moving towards open, choice, child-directed play experiences, the needs for a very structure program approach for some children with special needs is often causing teachers to question how the two vastly different styles can mesh together. We have used research from both our fields to develop some best practices and practical ideas that have helped to make everyone in the classroom feel included, safe and heard.
Presented by: Christina Lapierre and Heather Bovey, Curriculum Consultant and Special Education Consultant, Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
B03 Differentiation in Math
All educators strive to use a variety of critical thinking and problem solving strategies to engage all students as they work towards becoming mathematically proficient. However, students in the same grade level clearly differ mathematically in significant ways. The goal of this session will be to delve into these differences and reveal strategies to promote access and attainment for all students.
Presented by: Tracy Joyce, K-12 Co-ordinator, Renfrew County Catholic District School Board
B04 Active Listening for an Active Environment
Active Listening involves the development of essential listening skills by all students. The key to developing effective receptive and expressive language skills is to evoke the right questions from students. The Active Listening program I have developed target the goals associated with the oral communication component of the Ontario Language Arts Document for grades 1-6; yet I have used differentiated formats to adapt the program for kindergarten. The workshop would demonstrate through role-play how to use the program. As well, it will engage teachers in using the structured format and will adapt the content to meet their needs for the multiple learning styles in the classroom.
Presented by: Lori Murphy , Specialist Teacher of the Deaf, Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
B05 W.O.W.! Exploring the REAL World of Work
Participants will learn about the RCDSB experience of getting our Exploring the World of Work (W.O.W.) program up and running in our high schools, and how this then expanded into summer employment opportunities (RCDSB Summer Work Experience Program) and community partnerships. Participants will leave with resources they can use to start or enhance current employability skills programs (such as W.O.W) in their schools, as well as with some great ideas about how to expand the program into the community to support the transition for these students to life after high school.
Presented by: Sarah Spratt and Sandi Theilheimer, Special Education Teachers, Renfrew County District School Board
B06 Panel Discussion – PPM 156 and Transitions
B07 Developing and Fostering “Character Always” Traits Through Animation (Moved from Session D)
This workshop takes you through how a class created a short animated film as a team. Students lead discussions to create an original script, storyboard all shots and draw over 250 separate shots. Their “McKenna’s Dream” animated film, inspired by their classmate and her battle with cancer, was labour intensive and a labour of love. All classrooms provide their challenges. This group was no different. It should come as no surprise that 28 students means 28 different styles of learning. The project fostered team building and inclusion. Since the completion of the project, students better recognize their own strengths and how they can contribute to a group.
“C” Workshops Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 from 11:00 a.m.—12:15 p.m.
C01 / D01 Google Apps and BYOD – Part 1 (continues in session D)
Integrating iPods, iPads, BYOD with Google Apps and Chrome extensions in the classroom to teach to all students and reach parents. Utilizing either BYOD’s or SEA equipment, these useful tools can bring students and parents into the fold of current ways of teaching and learning. Participants will be shown how to set up and incorporate several apps.
Presented by: Geoff Mortaley & Matthew Charles, Assistive Technology Advisor and Grade 7 Teacher, Sagonaska
C02 Differentiated Learning for Language Learning
We would be able to provide an overview of the early learning intervention program that we have designed and initiated for high-risk students in full day kindergarten classrooms. We would highlight the theoretical foundations of our program and how we go about implementing the program through workshops and classroom visits. We assist educators in boosting the oral language foundations for academic success. This year we are in 50 classrooms throughout the board.
Presented by: Karen Ivings, Jennifer Glassman, Helen MacLeod and Susan Hoy, Early Learning Intervention Team, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
C03 Reader Leader Program
The Reader Leader Program was developed in response to a school’s Resource Teacher desire to improve upon the book buddy program and to provide a program that fit with his school’s promotion of “service to others”. This program has now grown to include the other schools within our Board. The Program is aimed at teaching students in older grades (Grades 4 to 8), how to be “better book buddies” to younger students (Grades JK to 2) so that they become more engaged in the reading experience. They are shown what to do before, during and after reading the story and are provided with time to practice with both their peers and their younger book buddies. This program has been found to be beneficial to the reading skills of both the younger and older students, as well as promoting a climate of leadership and community within the school. The Program has been implemented by the team of a Speech-Language Pathologist, a Learning Partner and a Speech and Language Educational Assistant.
Presented by: Cindy Waite and Sheryl Brant, Speech-Language Pathologist and Speech-Language Educational Assistant, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
C04 Ready to Learn: Teaching Kids How to Self-Regulate
Studies have shown that self-regulation is a better indicator of academic performance than I.Q. Children who can self-regulate do better in school and in life. The skills required to achieve self-regulation can be learned. This presentation will provide many strategies, ideas and resources to embark on a school-wide self-regulation pathway.
Presented by: Elizabeth Smith and Tracy O’Brien , Teacher/SERT, Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
C05 Daily Physical Activity For ALL!
This active workshop offers an introduction to inclusive practices in the area of Daily Physical Activity (DPA). Participants receive a copy of the teacher-created resource, DPA for All - Supporting Inclusion for Daily Physical Activity. Participants will also learn about the importance of inclusion in Health and Physical Education, and explore a variety of accommodations and modifications for physical activities. Also included are ready-to-go DPA activities appropriate for students in P/J/I. Be prepared to get active in this energetic workshop!
Presented by: Lara Paterson and Drew Boyce, Physical Activity Specialist and Student Support Teacher, Limestone District School Board
C06 Goal Setting in Special Education – The Big Picture
It’s a challenging time to work in special education: while enrollment is declining, there is an increase in the number of students receiving special education services. Participants will be asked to examine and defend their beliefs in an effort to understand what they believe and so they can share their vision with others. Using the core beliefs as outlined in Learning for All, this workshop will give participants time and permission for open discussion about what special education is; what it can be; and how we might get there. Lots of interactive and creative activities will help you to think about what is most important in special education and to move from belief to action!! Let’s go out there and make a difference.
Presented by: Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson and Jennifer Murphy, Special Education Coordinators, Limestone District School Board
Presented by: Doug Bowlby, Mike Bell and Matty Brown, Teachers, Upper Canada District School Board
“D” Workshops Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 from 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
D01 / C01 Google Apps and BYOD – Part 2 (continuation from Session C)
A continuation of Session C01
Presented by: Geoff Mortaley & Matthew Charles, Assistive Technology Advisor and Grade 7 Teacher, Sagonaska
D02 Integrating Technology in the Classroom
In a real classroom, students with LD, Anxiety, ASD and Developmental Delays use SEA, iPads, iPods, Chromebooks, web-sites and integrated AT to meet their academic and social needs. Demonstrating thinking through the use of technology has significant implications for teachers, educational assistants, and school administrators. Exploring and communicating ideas and concepts are goals of teachers and students alike. By using technology to achieve pedagogical goals, teachers and educational assistants are able to communication with all students, simultaneously taking account learning styles and needs. Similarly, students are able to use a wide range of tools to show what they know. Matching and developing technology skills with each individual’s strength and areas of challenge can be made easier with a few tools. In this workshop, theory meets practice. Participants will be encouraged to explore authentic use of Google Tools and iPod/iPad Applications, as well as other technologies.
Presented by: Dan Finn, Dianne LaFortune and Paula Oullette, Principal, Teacher and EA, Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
D03 Early Intervention Strategies for FDK
D04 How to Rescue Children Falling into the Cracks of the System: An Innovative Research-to-Practical Model
The focus of this session is to describe a model to apply research-to-practice using a method that is responsive to differences in teacher styles, student characteristics, resources, and school culture. Examples will be drawn from the implementation of the meta-academic model for improving school performance of children with low intelligence that have been implemented in 38 school boards in North America and Europe. Participants will receive all validated lesson plans of the meta-academic curriculum for use in their schools.
Presented by: Dr. Steven Shaw, Associate Professor Educational and Child Psychology, McGill University
D05 Developing and Fostering “Character Always” Traits Through Animation
-- MOVED to Session B --
Presented by: Doug Bowlby, Mike Bell and Matty Brown, Teachers, Upper Canada District School Board
D06 Mental Health in the Classroom (*NEW SESSION*)
Mental health affects students of all ages. This session will explore the underlying cognitive distortions that maintain anxiety and other mental health issues in students as well as focus on practical strategies and activities to support students who struggle with this concern.
Presented by: Rebecca Paulsen, Mental Health Lead, Renfrew Country Catholic District School Board
D07 Panel Discussion – PPM 156 and Transitions (Moved from Session B)
September 2014 was the implementation date for PPM 156. Transitions are increasingly an area of focus for our students. Join with others for a panel discussion about transitions, large and small in our schools and how best to support our students and families during these key times in a child’s life.
Presented by: Meeting the Needs Conference Committee
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