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National Meeting: 2017 SPDG National Mtg: Forum

Forum Breakout 1

A"linemen"t: Not Just for Football in Nebraska

Nebraska’s SPDG and SSIP processes are in the process of aligning under an MTSS framework. The State Director of Special Education and the statewide evaluator will discuss the development of alignment, how the state is using data, and future plans for technical assistance to districts around the use of the data being collected for both evaluation processes.

Presenters:           Steve Milliken, State Director of Special Education (NDE), Nebraska
                              Jolene Johnson, Ed.D., SPDG Evaluator (UNMC), Nebraska
Strand:                  Using Data to Get to Improved Student Outcomes:
System Level:      State

Materials:

MN Family Engagement
A"lignmen"t: Not Just for Nebraska Football
 

 

Assessment Process to Support Systems Coaching

This session will highlight the process and tools used by Pennsylvania school districts to assess the practices within their system to provide effective standards-aligned instruction for all students, including those with complex instructional needs. Project MAX (PA SPDG) Coaches utilize these tools with teams to identify the status of their current practices,make data-based decisions , and create action steps and activities for program implementation. Systems-level change data and examples of school district substantive action steps will be shared.

Presenters:           Natalie Sokol, Educational Consultant with PaTTAN, SPDG Project Lead, Pennsylvania
                               Rebecca Fogle, Director of PaTTAN, SPDG Project Coordinator, Pennsylvania          
Strand:                  Systems Coaching
System Level:       State, District, Building

Materials:

Presentation Slides

Year 4 Sustainability Plan for MCIU 2017-2018

Project MAX: Practice Profile Status and Implementation Plan

Project MAX Practice Profile Implementation Rubric Facilitator Guide

Connecting Fidelity Observations to Secondary Literacy Coaching

This session will provide participants with sample tools to observe implementation of secondary content area reading strategies and evidence-based reading intervention programs. Participants will learn about data collection logistics, how to organize the information for decision making, and decision rules for coaching next steps.

Presenters:          Kim St. Martin, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Michigan
                              Anna Harms, Ph.D., Evaluation and Research Coordinator, Michigan
Strand:                 Using Data to Get to Improved Student Outcomes
System Level:      Building

Materials:

Presentation Slides

School Coach Monthly Data Analysis

District Coach Monthyl Data Analysis

District Coaching System

Coaching Formative Assessment Questions

Don’t Stop Learning: IRIS Professional Development

The IRIS Center is growing, now offering online professional development opportunities in schools and districts around the country. In this Forum Presentation, we’ll tell you all about it and introduce you to two representatives from the Alabama SPDG who will share exactly how they are using IRIS resources—and our recently launched School & District PD Platform—in their own state!

Presenters:        Naomi Tyler, Co-Director, The IRIS Center, Tennessee
                            Theresa Farmer, AL SPDG, Alabama
                            Curtis Gage, AL SPDG, Alabama                     
Strand:                Working with Administrators/Leadership
System Level:    State, Regional, District, Building

Materials:

Presentation Slides

IRIS Online PD

IRIS Online Tools

Ensuring Effective Specially Designed Instruction in Iowa

This presentation showcases Iowa’s journey towards creating a statewide technical assistance system that will build the capacity of educators to effectively implement specially designed instruction (SDI) in literacy and improve outcomes for students with disabilities. Its foundation includes 1) strong collaboration across all levels from the state department to schools participating in usability, and 2) a SDI framework to diagnose, design, and deliver instruction in an engaging manner to address individual learner needs. We will share Iowa’s SDI Framework and lessons learned from the first 2 years of the grant that are informing the continued development of a unified TA system.

 

Presenters:            Amy Alfrey, Project Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
                                Emily Thatcher, Project Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
                                Kathy Bertsch, Project Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
                                Barbara Guy, Special Education Director, Iowa Department of Education
                                Shelly Menendez, Senior Research Associate, Evaluator, Illinois
Strand:                   Creating a Unified TA Model at the State Level
System Level:        State, Regional, District, Building

Materials:

Handout

Establishing a Unified Professional Learning Infrastructure

Kansas is seven years into a unified infrastructure to support all professional learning and TA addressing special education and title programs, SPDG, and the SSIP.  This session will discuss leverage points and lessons learned in making the shift from individual projects providing TA to having a sustainable single system.

Presenters:           Kevin Davis, Coordinator, Kansas Technical Assistance Network System (TASN), Kansas
                               Kerry Haag, Assistant Director, Kansas State Department of Education,
                                    Early Childhood, Special Education and Title Services, Kansas
Strand:                  Creating a Unified TA Model at the State Level
System Level:      State

Materials:

Presentation Slides

Establishing a United PL Intrastructure Handout

Evaluate for Understanding With QCA Techniques

Are you wondering if you can find an analysis method that promotes utility in formative and developmental evaluation, in a way that traditional methods seem less suited for? Are you worried that traditional methods (even mixed approaches) are predestined to take important voices and cases and reduce them to means or regress them to averages, completely ignoring the important nuance we know exists? We recently uncovered one possible solution to the questions that we’ve posed with Qualitative Comparative Analyses. Please join us as we discuss potential applications of a method that attends to multiple pathways to implementation and combined rather than isolated effects.

Presenters:          Jason Altman, Board Member, TerraLuna Collaborative,  University of Minnesota;
                                      Evaluators, multiple states
                              Arlene Russell, TerraLuna Collaborative,  University of Minnesota;
                                      Evaluators, multiple states
                              Maureen Hawes, TerraLuna Collaborative,  University of Minnesota;
                                      Evaluators, multiple states         
Strand:                  Using Data to Get to Improved Student Outcomes?
System Level:      State, Regional

Materials:

Presentation Slides

Implementing Early Social Interaction Across Diverse Districts

The session will highlight the implementation of Early Social Interaction and the Autism Navigator for families of infants and toddlers in the home using everyday routines and activities. We are utilizing a variety of coaching methods at the individual district level as well as across the four participating districts.

In this presentation, we will provide background related to the selection of our evidence based practice, the online training course(s), what we’ve accomplished through the first two years, and where we are headed next. We will also discuss our unique collaboration with the University of Minnesota and Florida State University.

Presenters:           Sheri Stronach, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
                               Loraine Jensen, SPDG Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Education
Strand:                  Systems Coaching
System Level:      State, Regional, District, Building

 

Assessing Professional Learning via Data Management Systems

This session will highlight the Nevada APT professional learning and data management system. A series of online, real-time dashboards provide data on student outcomes, coaching and training outputs and evaluation data, coaching progress notes, and intervention fidelity results.

Presenters:           Brent Garrett, NV SPDG Evaluator
                               Julie Bowers, NV SPDG Director
Strand:                   Using Data to Get to Improved Student Outcomes?
System Level:       State, Regional, District, Building

Materials:

Presentation Slides

Forum Breakout 2

Increasing School’s Capacity to Support Students’ Communication Competency

This session highlights the DE SPDG’s SPEACS initiative and data used to support school teams working with students with significant communication needs.

Presenters:           Megan Conway, DE SPDG
                               Esley Newton, DE SPDG
                               Judi MacBride, DE SPDG
                               Brent Garrett, DE SPDG Evaluator      
Strand:                  Using Data to Get to Improved Student Outcomes
System Level:      State, Regional, District, Building

 

Partnership Approaches to Professional Learning that Activate Teacher Buy-In and Increase Implementation

How do you shape professional learning experiences so teachers truly engage in a way that increases frequency and quality of implementation?  The Florida SPDG SIM Project has completed two years of implementing an innovative approach to professional learning.  This session will address the principles of the approach, what is critical for success, results achieved, lessons learned and opportunities for transfer to other processes.

Presenters:           Janice Creneti, SIM Assistant Project Manager, Florida
                               Cindy Medici,  SIM Project Manager, Florida
Strand:                  Adult Learning Principles
System Level:      State, Regional, District, Building

Materials:

Presentation Slides

Partnership Learning Framework

Creating LEaring Partnerships; Summary Principles

Planning and Evaluating Evidence-Based Professional Development

Ensuring that districts and regions create effective and sustainable professional development systems is a key component of scaling MTSS across Colorado.  To this end, we have created a series of activities for MTSS leadership teams at the district and regional levels to prioritize, plan, and implement PD systems.  This series of activities involves (a) inventorying current initiatives, (b) prioritizing an area for PD planning, (c) prioritizing adult learning principals as part of planning, (d) participants planning for training and ongoing coaching support, and (e) incorporating ongoing feedback from MTSS coaches on PD plans. We will outline this series of activities and share several tools and resources we have developed.

Presenters:           Andrew Schaper, PhD, MTSS Research & Evaluation Coordinator, Colorado
                              Scott Ross, PhD, BCBA-D, SPDG Director, Colorado  

Strand:                  Systems Alignment, and Working with Administrators/Leadership
System Level:      Regional, District

Materials:

Presentation Slides

Evidence-Based Personnel Development Planning and Evaluation Technical Guide

Raising Family Engagement and Expectations in Transition

This session provides an overview of seven research-based strategies and activities that school personnel can use to support families to increase their involvement and expectations. Join the discussion to learn how NH SPDG School Leadership Teams implement the strategies.

Presenters:           Kimm Phillips, MS, Project Director, NH Parent Information Center
Strand:                  Family Engagement
System Level:      District, Building

Materials:

Presentation Slides

Article: Promoting High Expectations for Postschool Success by Family Members: A “To-Do” List for Professionals

 

SPDG/SSIP TA Alignment, Implementation, & Evaluation

Presenters from this session will describe how Vermont aligned their SPDG and SSIP TA, implementation and evaluation. An Evaluation Package, based on the stages and drivers of Implementation Science, will be shared that includes: Theory of Change, Logic Model, Evaluation & Data Collection Plan, and Implementation Plan.   In addition, strategies for using SPDG TA structures in the SSIP will be shared.

Presenters:           Pat Mueller, Ed.D., President, Evergreen Evaluation & Consulting, Inc.
                               Arlene Russell, M.P.A., Senior Evaluator, Evergreen Evaluation & Consulting Inc.       
Strand:                  Creating a Unified TA Model at the State Level
System Level:       State

Materials:

Presentation Slides

VT SSIP Evaluation and Reporting Plan

VT SSIP Theory of Action

VT SSIP Implementation Plan

VT SSIP Logic Model

Tips and Tools for Egaging Families from Diverse Cultures for Student Success

This session will highlight online resources that were developed through Minnesota’s previous SPDG project with staff at the PACER center that focus on working with culturally diverse families. These materials include training videos, research literature, as well as practice guides and tools to help build effective home-school communication and promote meaningful family engagement.

Presenters:           Loraine Jensen, SPDG Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Education
                              Tom Delaney, SPDG Director, Minnesota Department of Education
Strand:                  Family Engagement
System Level:       State, Regional, District, Building

Materials:

Presentation Slides

VTSS Data Systems and Feedback Loop

Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS/PBIS) is a data-driven, decision-making MTSS framework for establishing the academic, behavioral, and mental wellness supports needed for a school to be an effective learning environment for all students.  Division and school level data (including capacity for implementation, fidelity of implementation, value of resources, and professional learning, as well as student academic, behavior, and mental wellness outcomes) are collected, analyzed, and provided to systems and school coaches.  The data analysis and feedback is essential for VTSS leadership, divisions, and schools to inform systems change including coaching, progress monitoring, and professional learning agendas.  The focus of this forum will be on the data collection, analysis, and feedback necessary to implement and sustain a multi-tiered system of supports.

Presenters:          Steve Tonelson, EdD, Program Evaluator, Virginia
                              Corinne Wilson, PhD, VTSS Evaluation Team Member, Virginia
                              Sophia Farmer, MAT, VTSS Training Specialist, Virginia
                              Maribel Samire, EdS, VTSS Coordinator and Virginia SCTG Director, Virginia
Strand:                  Using Data to Get to Improved Student Outcomes
System Level:      State, Regional, District, Building

Materials:

Presentation Slides

Connecting Fidelity Observations to Secondary Literacy Coaching

This session will provide participants with sample tools to observe implementation of secondary content area reading strategies and evidence-based reading intervention programs. Participants will learn about data collection logistics, how to organize the information for decision making, and decision rules for coaching next steps.

Presenters:           Kim St. Martin, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Michigan,                                   
                               Anna Harms, Ph.D., Evaluation and Research Coordinator, Michigan
Strand:                  Using Data to Get to Improved Student Outcomes
System Level:      Building

Materials:

Presentation Slides