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ODSS Winter Conference

January 31, 2014

The 2014 ODSS Winter 2014 Conference was held Janaury 23-24 at the Doubletree Warren Place Hotel in Tulsa.

Thursday, January 23 - Day 1
Click on Hyperlinks below to see handouts
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. - 8:05 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
Julie Crutchfield, ODSS President and Director of Special Services, Collinsville Public Schools
8:05 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. OAM & VAM & the Impact on Special Ed Teachers & Related Service Personnel
Dr. Jenyfer Glisson, Executive Director, Teacher & Leader Effectiveness, OSDE
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. OSDE Update - pdf format
Dr. Rene Axtell, Assistant State Superintendent, Special Education Services, & OSDE-SES Staff
11:15 a.m. - Noon Legal Update
Legislative Update - pdf format
     · HB 2969 - pdf format
     · RSA/Special Education FAQ's - pdf format
     · Good-Cause Exemption Documentation Process - pdf format
     · Good Cause Exemption Documentation Process - Implemented 2013-14 - pdf format
Andrea Kunkel, CCOSA Staff Attorney/ODSS Director
Noon - 1:30 p.m. ODSS Advocacy & Business Meeting
1:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. Breakout Sessions
     1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. (1) Lessons Learned from Oklahoma Special Ed Due Process Cases - pdf format
     Jo Anne Blades, Program Manager, Special Education Resolution Center
(2) Understanding OCR’s Jan. 2014 School Climate & Discipline Guidance
Introduction to the Joint Guidance on School Discipline and Its Implications for the Discipline of Students with Disabilities - pdf format  
Questions and Answers on Discipline Procedures Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - pdf format
     Andrea Kunkel, CCOSA Staff Attorney/ODSS Director
     2:20 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Break
     2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. (1) Conducting Meaningful Functional Behavior Assessments**
Tips and Tools to Make Functional Behavior Assessments Doable - and EFFECTIVE! - pdf format
     · Problem Behavior Questionnaire - pdf format
     (**This breakout session will continue from 3:30 to 4:20**)
     Linda Geier, Coordinator for Positive Behavior Supports, Tulsa Public Schools
(2) Mom Says This, Dad Says That – What to Do When Parents Disagree
Kent “Bo” Rainey, Attorney & Shareholder, Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold
     3:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break
     3:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. (1) Conducting Meaningful Functional Behavior Assessments**
     (**This is a continuation of the breakout session from 2:30 to 3:20**)
     Linda Geier, Coordinator for Positive Behavior Supports, Tulsa Public Schools
(2) Practical Responses When Parents Request Dyslexia Testing - pdf format
     · Dyslexia Teacher Training Pilot Program - pdf format
     Panel Discussion featuring ODSS Directors  
From 5:30 to 7:30-ish, please join us for an informal meet & greet at the home of Kay Sandschaper, Tulsa Public Schools’ Director of Special Services.  Drinks and snacks will be served, and there is no charge to attend.  Please drop by and meet your colleagues from across Oklahoma!   
Friday, January 24 - Day 2
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast at the Doubletree**
(**There is a charge to attend**)
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. - 8:35 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
Julie Crutchfield, ODSS President & Director of Special Services, Collinsville Public Schools
8:35 a.m.

Keynote Presentation - David B. Hodgins

Discipline of Students with Disabilities: The Key Rules & Regulations from Removals to MDRs - pptx format
This discussion will outline and discuss the key discipline rules and regulations affecting the discipline of students with disabilities.  From the "10-day rule" to the basic and more complex aspects of manifestation determinations, subsequent continuation of services (FAPE) requirements, and discipline obligations applicable to students not currently in special education, David will cover the most important legal requirements, plus practical advice and illustrations.  By attending this session, participants will obtain a deeper understanding of the multi-faceted aspects of disciplining students with disabilities.

Making Your Point: Communicating Important Special Ed Legal Concerns to Principals - pdf format
     · Outline - pdf format
Nonacademic & Extracurricular Activities: Where Does FAPE End & Access Begin? (if time allows) - pdf format 
Letter from USDE - NSBA's May 21, 2013 letter to acting Assistant Secretary Seth Galanter - pdf format
     · Letter from USDE - Students with disabilities in extracurricular athletics - pdf format

(**Breaks will fall at approximately 9:45 & 1:45, with lunch on your own from 11:30 to 12:30**)

The conference ends at 3:30 p.m.

Featuring Keynote Speaker
David Hodgins

David Hodgins

David B. Hodgins represents and counsels public school districts, junior and community colleges, universities and other governmental entities concerning all areas of education and government law including labor and employment matters, special education law, student discipline concerns, contracts and service agreements, open government, election law, civil rights matters, and state and federal litigation. Mr. Hodgins is a frequent speaker regarding education law issues at the state and national level. Before joining Thompson & Horton, Mr. Hodgins was a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in its Houston office.

Be sure to visit the Conference Exhibitors:

  • Bayes Achievement Center
  • Constructive Playthings
  • Country Creations
  • Curriculum Transition Consultants/CTC
  • IAK Educational Solutions, LLC
  • Kaplan Early Learning Company
  • Know-Its: The Link to Reading
  • Kurzweil Audio Optical Systems of Austin
  • Lightspeed Technologies
  • Oklahoma Correctional Industries
  • Payne Education Center
  • Project Discovery / Bigbee Learning Resources / Education Associates
  • SEAS Education
  • The Learning System
  • Timberline Billing Services LLC

The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) will provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities as defined under the ADA. We invite any person with special needs to contact the CCOSA office at least three days before an event to discuss any special accommodations that may be necessary.

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