Supporting Emotionally Disturbed Students – Is It Really Possible in Public Schools?

Gena Koster, Executive Director of Special Education, Keller ISD

Hear how a large district recognized the need for intense therapeutic supports for an increasing population of students with severe mental health and emotional disturbance. It is important for campus and district leadership to understand the commitments and supports necessary for positive outcomes with this population. Through engaging conversation, participants will learn the evidence-based practices, non-negotiables, and costs associated with effective implementation.

Thought Leader Session: Optimize Family Outreach to Improve Student Outcomes

Panelists: Todd Rogers, Professor of Public Policy and Director of Student Social Support R&D Lab, Harvard; Derek LIttle, Deputy Chief of Academics, Dallas ISD
Facilitator: Nicole Bosworth, Ed.D., Director of District Partnerships, EveryDay Labs

Chronic absenteeism is a key indicator that a student is at risk. These students are less likely to achieve math and literacy proficiency, less likely to graduate from high school, and less likely to enroll in university. COVID-19 creates unique challenges for promoting strong attendance with the most vulnerable students disproportionately impacted by the negative consequences. Join a panel discussion about attendance and addressing chronic absenteeism in the COVID-19 environment and beyond. We’ll discuss behavioral science insights, effective family communication, and data-driven approaches to building a comprehensive attendance solution at the district level.

Paving the Yellow Brick Road, One Brick at a Time

Lacey Rainey, Area Superintendent, Denton ISD
Rachel Falknor, Coordinator, Intervention Services, Denton ISD

MTSS and Section 504 and Dyslexia … oh my! By reallocating personnel and integrating the processes within each program, Denton ISD began a cycle of continuous improvement that helps ensure student academic and social-emotional success. Join district representatives to learn how they paved their yellow brick road, one brick at a time, to lessen teacher frustration, identify students’ needs, and correct systemic problems.

SPED 101: What Administrators Need to Know

Kelly Janes, Associate, Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.
Denise Carter, Education Support Senior Account Executive, Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)

This session will provide “insider” information about the world of special education, including a brief history of the law and current legal requirements, preparing for an ARD meeting, and ensuring that everyone in the process is prepared to meet the needs of this special population. It will focus on giving administrators the tools they need to provide effective, efficient, and legal programs on campuses and in their district.

What Other Schools Do to Recruit Your Students

Brian Stephens, Chief Executive Officer, Caissa Public Strategy

Caissa will provide strategies and techniques that charters, private, and homeschool networks utilize to recruit students from traditional public school districts. They will also provide proven methodologies to combat student decline and recruitment activities that level the playing field.