2017 CCOSA/USSA Law Day & Summer Conference
Jun 05, 2017

Resources and presentations from the June 7-8, 2017 CCOSA/USSA Law Day & Summer Conference held at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Norman.

CCOSA/USSA Law Day
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
CCOSA Summer Conference
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Breakout Session #1
10:00 a.m.
Breakout Session #2
11:00 a.m.
Breakout Session #3
1:40 p.m.

Breakout Session #1
1:00 p.m.

Breakout Session #2
2:15 p.m.

2017 New Law Book2017 CCOSA New Law Book

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CCOSA/USSA Law Day - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

CCOSA CoverBreakout Session #1 – 10:00 a.m.

Special Education Updates
Bills Concerning the Education of Students with Disabilities (pdf format) | Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Brings a New IDEA Standard for FAPE: What Should District Be Doing? (pdf format)
Presenter: Andrea Kunkel, CCOSA
Learn more about Special Education-related bills that passed and failed, new policy guidance and the anticipated impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision Endrew F. vs Douglas County School District.

Advocacy 101
Presenter: Leslie Finnan, AASA
Improve your public education advocacy skills at the federal level with guidance from AASA’s Senior Legislative Analyst.

Challenges Faced by Rural Schools
Presenter: Don Ford, OROS

School Finance Updates & First Year Superintendents 2017-18
Presenters: Lynn Jones & Matt Holder, SDE
Learn more about the impact of the FY17 State Revenue shortfalls and General Revenue failure and the effect on FY18 appropriations. What is in store for schools financially and from a policy perspective? FY18 First Year Superintendents are invited to learn more about next year’s requirements for completing the first year of superintendency.

Charter Schools: A District’s Perspective
Presenters: Karen Long, Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold & Dr. Joe Siano, Norman PS
There’s nothing like hearing from the State Board of Education and colleagues who’ve been there! Dig into charter school applications and appeals to SBE with an experienced school attorney and superintendent.

School Board & Administration
Presenter: Julie Miller, OSSBA
Learn about the new laws impacting school boards and administration from OSSBA’s General Counsel.

Administrator, Teacher & Support Personnel Issues (pdf format)
Presenter: Hayley Jones, CCOSA & Jessica Sherrill, OPSUCA
A teacher pay raise was the talk of the state going into and throughout the 2017 Legislative Session. Hayley and Jessica will discuss laws impacting school employees.

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Breakout Session #2 – 11:00 a.m.

Immigration Issues from a District’s Perspective
Immigration Issues for Schools & School Administrators
(pdf format)
Presenters: Andrea Kunkel & Hayley Jones, CCOSA
Find out how changes to federal immigration policy could lead districts to reconsider the wording of school policies and staff training protocols.

Lessons Learned from Recent Oklahoma Special Ed Due Process Cases (pdf format)
Presenters: Bo Rainey, Rosenstein, Fist, & Ringold & Carolyn Thomas, Ardmore Spec. Services Director
Win or lose, litigants learn from every conflict. Bo will share the legal lessons learned from recent Special Education cases, while Carolyn shares procedural and staff training tips.

Vouchers & School Choice
Presenters: Hayley Jones, CCOSA, Megan Benn, CCOSA/OROS, Rooney Virgin, OSSBA & Leslie Finnan, AASA
Where are we headed on school choice issues? Learn what’s happening at the state and federal levels  in this lively session.

Student Issues (pdf format)
Presenter: Laura Holmes, Center for Education Law
Laura will explain the impact of new state laws addressing student issues and the status of guidance concerning students who are transgender.

School Board & Administration (Repeat of Breakout #1)
Presenter: Julie Miller, OSSBA
Learn about the new laws impacting school boards and administration from OSSBA’s General Counsel.

Assessment, Accountability & Curriculum
Presenters: Dr. Jeanene Barnett & Dr. Cindy Koss, SDE
This session discusses the changes in Assessment, Accountability, and Graduation Requirements as outlined in HJR1028 and their alignment with the new ESSA requirements. Join the conversations about Rethinking Assessment, Reformulating Accountability, and Redefining the Senior Year.

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Breakout Session #3 – 1:40 p.m.

Strategic Plans - Are They Really Worth It?
Presenter: Dr. Kirt Hartzler,Tulsa Union Public Schools

Special Education Updates (pdf format) (Repeat of Breakout #1)
Bills Concerning the Education of Students with Disabilities (pdf format) | Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Brings a New IDEA Standard for FAPE: What Should District Be Doing? (pdf format)
Presenter: Andrea Kunkel, CCOSA
Learn more about Special Education-related bills that passed and failed, new policy guidance and the anticipated impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision Endrew F. vs Douglas County School District.

Administrator, Teacher & Support Personnel Issues (Repeat of Breakout #1)
Presenters: Hayley Jones, CCOSA & Jessica Sherrill, OSSBA
A teacher pay raise was the talk of the state going into and throughout the 2017 Legislative Session. Hayley and Jessica will discuss pay and all other new laws touching school employees.

Charter Schools & School Finance
Presenter: Shannon Meeks, Putnam City PS
What is the impact on the state aid formula from Charter Schools? Participants will learn more about how Virtual School student growth has changed the distribution of State Aid.

Student Issues (pdf format) (Repeat of Breakout #2)
Presenter: Laura Holmes, Center for Education Law
Laura will explain the impact of new state laws addressing student issues and the status of guidance concerning students who are transgender.

School Finance Updates & First Year Superintendents 2017-18 (Repeat of Breakout #1)
Presenters: Lynn Jones & Matt Holder, SDE
Learn more about the impact of the FY17 State Revenue shortfalls and General Revenue failure and the effect on FY18 appropriations. What is in store for schools financially and from a policy perspective?  FY18 First Year Superintendents are invited to learn more about next year’s requirements for completing  the first year of superintendency.

Assessment, Accountability & Curriculum (Repeat of Breakout #2)
Presenters: Dr. Jeanene Barnett & Dr. Cindy Koss, SDE
This session discusses the changes in Assessment, Accountability, and Graduation Requirements as outlined in HJR1028 and their alignment with the new ESSA requirements. Join the conversations about Rethinking Assessment, Reformulating Accountability, and Redefining the Senior Year.

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CCOSA Summer Conference - Thursday, June 8, 2017

Breakout Session #1 – 1:00 p.m.

Teacher’s Retirement System of Oklahoma Update
Presenters: Tom Spencer & Dixie Moody, OTRS
Learn about the actuarial condition and investment performance of the Teachers’ Retirement System. Get a review of the TRS benefits and the retirement process.

Getting Better as a School Leader
Presenters: Cindy Heupel, Bob Gragg & Nancy Travers, Barlow Education Management Services LLC
Educational Leadership can sometimes feel overwhelming during these challenging times. Relationships are still the foundation for success. 21 practices that help improve your personal and professional relationships will be presented and discussed. You are likely succeeding at many of these practices; however, there may be areas that you want to fine tune as you continue to move your organization forward.

Using Data Analytics for Benchmarking & Communicating Your District’s Story (pdf format)
Presenters: Christopher Ryan & Lisa Morstad, Forecast5 Analytics
Learn how district leaders use Enrollment, Salary, Staffing, Finance and Student Performance data to  benchmark against relevant peers, optimize resources, and communicate their district story. Whether you are looking for unique ways to analyze your district’s situation, use benchmarking to build “smarter” forecasts, or to communicate your story in an understandable format to all stakeholders, this session will focus on how district leadership teams across the state can use data analytics.

The Road to Comprehensive Literacy: A Leader’s Plan for Action
Presenter: Michael Haggen, SVP Professional Learning
Learn key literacy strategies needed to support student and teacher achievement. This interactive session will provide literacy leaders and support teams the strategies and tools required to develop, implement, and support a high-quality, comprehensive literacy plan for all students including English language learners and readers.

Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association
Presenters: David Jackson & OSSAA Staff
Learn about current issues and hear the latest updates regarding co-curricular activities for the coming school year. A brief question and answer session will follow the main presentation.

Shortened School Days for Students with Disabilities: Revisiting Placement Decisions & Transportation Practices
| Addressing Difficult Student Behavior Summary of Due Process Hearing (DPH) No. 2060 (SEA OK 2014) 
(pdf format) |
Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Brings a New IDEA STandard for FAPE: What Should District Be Doing? 
(pdf format) | Shortened Days Memo - December 2016 (pdf format) |
Presenter: Andrea Kunkel, CCOSA
In this session, presenters will discuss (1) the impact of recent guidance from OSDE and the U.S. Supreme Court’s Endrew F. case on school decision resulting in shortened school days; (2) what Oklahoma’s administrative due process officers expect from districts defending shortened school days; and (3) district experiences addressing shortened school day/transportation issues.

Success with Okla. Academic Standards: What you need to know, but were afraid to ask!
Presenters: Jan Barrick, Wendy Pratt, Shannon Stewart, & Jim Childers of Alpha Plus
Alpha Plus will host a moderated discussion on what leaders need to know about new state and federal laws and regulations. How can school leaders maximize resources for student success while transitioning to new OAS, new state tests, and changing A-F Report Card calculations?

Renaissance Learning: Driving Math Growth in a Student Centered Environment
Presenter: Missy Berry, Granite PS
If you have 20 resources and you only use them 25% of the time, then you’re really not being effective. Missy Berry from Granite Schools uses one source 100% of the time and has successfully implemented Accelerated Math. Her students are thriving! Missy’s classroom is different than most - Come learn how!

Effective Benefit Communication to Employees
Presenters: Kacey Boothe & April Buoy, American Fidelity
Fringe benefits can be communicated and leveraged to increase employee satisfaction and recruit and retain employees. The presenters will share multiple ideas for communication of current benefits as well as how a school can use affordable benefit solutions to offset the sting of salary deficits.

Emerging Leaders Academy (pdf format)
Presenter: Stephanie Hyder, OSSBA & Dr. Pam Deering, CCOSA
Oklahoma education leaders who aspire to become an Oklahoma school superintendent and who hold superintendent certification are invited to apply for the inaugural 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders Academy. These collaborative opportunities will be facilitated by practicing Oklahoma education experts. CCOSA and OSSBA are partnering on this new program designed to build capacity for future superintendent positions.

Breakfast in the Classroom: A Recipe for Academic Success
Presenter: Carly Putnam, Oklahoma Policy Institute, FRAC
Many Oklahoma students are at high risk of coming to school hungry, making it harder for them to learn. By incorporating breakfast into the school day with universal breakfast in the classroom, schools can maximize the impact of breakfast and help more students focus and learn.

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Breakout Session #2 – 2:15 p.m.

Ways to Save Your School Money
Presenters: Jim Quade, Terry Kerr, James Kerr, Kerr 3 Design Group & Keith Weldon, Calumet PS
We will provide an overview of some best practices for maintaining and growing a school district building infrastructure through a typical school bond funded project. A current school superintendent will share his insight, perspective, and lessons

Develop Rock Star Teachers with Quality Feedback
Presenters: Cindy Heupel, Bob Gragg, & Nancy Travers, Barlow Education Management Services, LLC
The four characteristics related to teachers’ perceptions of feedback are addressed and practical suggestions will be shared in the following areas: usefulness of the feedback, accuracy of the feedback, credibility of the evaluator and access to resources. Join us for a behind the scenes peek at how your best teachers can reach excellence and your struggling teachers will reach the highly effective bar.

Implementing the Orange Frog Happiness Advantage Philosophy; Ponca City Schools’ Journey - #itsezbeingorange
Presenters: Shelley Arrott, & Jill Henderson, Ponca City PS
Participants will be led through the pathway of delivery Ponca City Public Schools took to implement the Orange Frog Happiness Advantage with 775 employees. Strategies and ideas will be provided to foster the development of tactics and habits to help employees make happiness a choice during these challenging times in Oklahoma education.

Four Dimensions for Instructional Improvement (pdf format)
Presenters: Dr. John Jones, Brandy Peters & Michael Harp, OU
This presentation focuses on the four dimensions that are essential to the overall improvement of the instructional/collaborative process and how they can be used in schools to improve teaching and supervisory skills that enhance learning.
            1. Teacher-to-teacher dimension             3. Student-to-teacher dimension
            2. Principal-to-teacher dimension            4. Teacher-to-principal dimension

The Road to Comprehensive Literacy: A Leader’s Plan for Action
Presenter: Michael Haggen, SVP Professional Learning
Learn key literacy strategies needed to support student and teacher achievement. This interactive session will provide literacy leaders and support teams the strategies and tools required to develop, implement, and support a high-quality, comprehensive literacy plan for all students including English language learners and struggling readers.

Innovative Ideas for Sustainable, Context-Specific Professional Development
Presenters: Dr. Ed Harris, Brock Intl Prize in Educ., Dr. Kathy Curry & Dr. Jackie Mania-Singer, OSU
State budget cuts are affecting every aspect of education. One area that must be protected is the ongoing professional development of teachers. In this breakout session, we will discuss how you can incorporate sustainable, cost effective, context-based ideas for professional development in your school.

Shock & Awe
Presenter: Ashley Hearn, Principal, 2015 OAESP Principal of Excellence
Guests are shocked on a regular basis and leave this school in awe! This principal will share the cultural markers of this Great Expectations Model School, communicate practical ideas for implementation, and inspire fellow principals to take information back to their sites!

“I Teach, You Teach, We All Teach in iTunes U”
Presenters: Sarah Peffer, Merritt PS & Dr. Ann Caine, OSSBA
Oklahoma Library of Digital Resources is a collection of digital content resources selected by Oklahoma educators to support the Oklahoma Academic Standards and are available on any device. Each course contains a variety of free learning resources, such as videos, apps, games, and websites. Resources are available for all core courses, Pre-K through 12th grade. Come see a demonstration!

Renaissance Learning: So Little Time & So Much to Do Using Data to Guide Personalized Math Instruction
Presenter: Missy Berry, Teacher, Granite PS
Are you getting the most from your student data? Teachers and administrators will learn how to drive effective and efficient teaching using STAR Math data. Using one resource, you can determine which objectives need to be taught to mastery, and pinpoint areas of focus to show student growth.

Teacher Recruitment and Retention
Presenter: Dr. Gregg Garn, Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education, OU
Learn successful strategies for engaging communities in the effort to recruit and retain teachers.

Partnerships for Success
Presenter: Sharon Wilbur, Ph.D. & Sharon Dean, K20 Center
In times of shrinking budgets and escalating demands, effective school leaders and teachers need to look outside for support. This session provides multiple opportunities to partner with an organization to receive quality professional development, materials, and guidance.

Outcomes of Using Data Analytics Software Effectively
Presenters: Richard Walter & Dr. Shirley Simmons, Beth Fritch, Dr. Lori Connery & Jason Sanders, Norman PS
In this roundtable, you will have the opportunity to hear from your industry peers from Norman School District and how they have used Data Analytics to effect change in their district. They will showcase how they use software to help them achieve their data driven instruction and parent

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