2016 National Meeting. Ignite

Session: Ignite

Explore Transition Resources on NextSteps-NH.org

NextSteps-NH.org provides quick and easy access to the right transition resource at the right time for educators, students, parents and community partners. You can navigate by user type, review training materials, use toolkits, and explore a large reference section. Toolkits include interagency collaboration, family engagement, and transition IEPs. Special sections include education options after high school, fidelity tools, implementation science, and a video library.

Presenters:           Steve Bigaj, PhD, Assistant Dean, Keene State College, New Hampshire

                              Heidi Wyman, MSW, Transition Consultant, Strafford Learning Center,                                            New Hampshire                                                                                 

Strand:                 Communication and Marketing                                                                      

System Level:       State, Regional, District, Building

Material Links:     Presentation Slides

                              Transition Resource Personnel Flyer

Engaging Administrators in Systems Change

Pennsylvania’s SPDG grant focuses on systems change to improve outcomes for students with complex instructional needs.  Administrators are a crucial member of the building teams involved in this work.  This session will describe the comprehensive professional development provided to administrators to build their skills and knowledge in leading change to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.

Presenters:           Ann Hinkson-Herrmann, Director of PaTTAN, SPDG Coordinator,                                                     Pennsylvania                          

Strand:                 Working with administrators/leadership                                                            

System Level:       State, Regional, District, Building

Material Links:       PA Core Standards: MAXimizing Access and Learning for Students with Complex Instructional Needs

Utah’s Universal Supports

As MTSS spreads throughout Utah LEAs, many districts and schools request support for UMTSS.  To provide universal (Tier 1) supports to LEAs throughout Utah, resources have been created to provide introductory training as well as a pathway through the system of resources. During this IGNITE session, these publically accessible resources will be described.

Presenters:           Cathy Callow-Heusser, PhD, Educational Specialist, UMTSS Coordinator                       and Math Specialist, UT          

Strand:                 Communication and Marketing                                                                           

System Level:       State, District, Regional

Material Links:      Utah’s Universal Supports for MTSS


Coaching Your Coaches - How we are using data to inform and design professional development

The SPDG SIM Project in Florida has hosted a "Think Tank" for its coaches/professional developers each of the past three summers. The Think Tank is a multi-day professional development designed to reflect on the previous year's efforts and to prepare for the year ahead.  The format has evolved each year based on data pulled from the project's Coaching Self-Assessment as well as observation of Professional Development.  In this session project staff will share lessons learned and current best thinking.

Presenters:           Janice Creneti, Strategic Instruction Model Assistant Project Manager,                                           Florida’s SPDG

                              Cindy Medici, Strategic Instruction Model Project Manager, Florida’s SPDG

Strand:                  Coaching                                 

System Level:       State, Regional, District, Building

Material Links:        Presentaton Slides

Fun with Data: How to Communicate and Market Your Results

Data presentations of evaluation results need not be boring! How to use charts, infographics and other data visualization techniques to communicate and market your results.

Presenters:            David J Merves, MBA/CAS, Senior Evaluator- Evergreen Evaluation &                                             Consulting, Inc.

Strand:                  Communication & Marketing

System Level:       State, Regional, District, Building

Systematically Embedding Family Partnerships:  Moving from supplemental to central

The joint Policy Statement of Family Engagement from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education recognizes family engagement as central, not supplemental, in educational systems and programs.  It is an on-going challenge to integrate and embed family engagement practices into the systems and practices we develop in state and local initiatives.  In this session we will share the lessons we have learned through Ohio’s SPDG Parent Teacher Partnerships and ask participants to explore how they can move best practices of family partnerships to the center of their work to improve systems of professional development and technical assistance.

Presenters:           Barbara Boone, Ph.D., Coordinator, Ohio

                              Earl Focht, SPDG Director, Ohio

Strand:                  Family Engagement

System Level:       State, Regional

Material Links:     Presentation Slides

                              Ohio SPDG PT Partnerships Summary

                              Systematic Family Engagement handout, Ignite

                              USDE and HHS Joint policy-statement-on-family-engagement 2016                 

Evaluating Coaching in the Oregon EBISS Project

Through an online data management system and extensive collaboration across PBIS, literacy and RTI providers, the OR SPDG has developed a common coaching log and participant coaching feedback survey. Coaches from numerous initiatives log in-school coaching events, including the focus of the coaching and follow-up steps. Participants of coaching receive and complete quarterly surveys evaluating the quality and effectiveness of specific coaching events.  All data is real-time accessed by State Department, evaluators and coaches to inform responsive decision-making.

Presenters:           Amy Gaumer Erickson, Oregon SDPG Evaluator

                              Lisa Darnold, Director, Regional Programs and Best Practices, Office of                                           Student Services, Oregon Department of Education

Strand:                  Coaching

System Level:       State, Regional

Material Link:       Presentation Slides

Making Informed Decisions in MTSS through Family Engagement Data

Measuring the degree to which families are engaged, and then using that data for targeting improvement can be challenging. The newly developed 15-item Family Engagement Survey (Noonan, Gaumer Erickson, & Groff, 2015) was used by the Kansas MTSS Integrated Framework buildings to provide a snapshot of family engagement around the PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. The scale has been translated into Spanish and Hnmong, and offers a .92 overall reliability. The data are supplemented by School Implementation Scale Family domain items, completed by instructional staff to provide a more complete picture. Facilitated by MTSS Coaches and the Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC) staff, data are then used by District and Building Leadership Teams to develop and implement their family engagement goals and plans.

Presenters:           Jane Groff, Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC) Director

                              Pattie Noonan, Kansas Evaluator

                              Kerry Haag, Assistant Director of Early Childhood, Special Education & Title                                   Service Team, Kansas Department of Education

Strand:                  Family Engagement

System Level:       State, District

Material Links:     Presentation Slides

                              Presentation Notes

                              Family Engagement Survey

Partnering with families through Leading by Convening

This ignite talk showcases the collaborative work the Wisconsin SPDG is doing with Wisconsin’s Family Parent Training and Information Center (WI FACETS) around family engagement. The collaborative efforts have adapted and personalized the Leading by Convening series with plans to include cohort schools and families in the training.

Presenters:           Rachel Fregien, Wisconsin DPI, SPDG Coordinator - Wisconsin

Strand:                  Family Engagement

System Level:       District, Building

Using Web-based Coaching to Leverage Resources

Many large states grapple with the need to build project capacity and sustainability. Coaching, essential to the success of any professional learning, tends to be resource intensive. This presentation discusses one state’s limitations of time, money and personnel as a driver for leveraging technology  to support an initiative promoting student engagement, especially targeted to young children with autism. Utilizing WebEx, UDL, appreciative inquiry and strategically edited, pre-videoed content enabled as many as five locations with multiple participants to be receive expert coaching in a single, off-site session.

Presenters:           Laura Brown, Ph.D., SPDG Project Director, Georgia

Strand:                  Coaching

System Level:       State, Regional, District, Building

Assessing the Effectiveness of Coaching in New Hampshire

The NH SPDG (Next Steps NH) created two evaluation tools based on the work of Kansas University researchers (Gaumer-Erickson, Noonan, et al.) and the Participatory Adult Learning Strategies (PALS) model. One tool is a survey completed by school personnel who received coaching. The second tool is an observation instrument used by SPDG leadership personnel to assess and support SPDG coaches.

Presenters:           Brent Garrett, Ph.D., Evaluator, DE, NH, NV, VT

Strand:                  Coaching

System Level:       State, Regional, District, Building

Material Links:     Presentation Slides

                              Next Steps NH Coaching Feedback Tool

                              Next Steps NH Coaching Observation Tool