2nd Annual Positive Practices in Special Education Conference: Response to Intervention

2013 Special Education Conference

The 2nd Annual Positive Practices in Special Education:  Response to Intervention

 June 4, 2013

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

University Hall Conference Center, 7th Floor

MSU Students - $5, All others $60.00


This second annual conference will extend content provided at last year’s event.  New and repeat attendees are invited to participate in teams of administrators, general educators, special educators, and specialists. Content will be directed towards all educators working to support student academic, behavioral, and social emotional outcomes. This conference will provide up-to-date research, assessment, and intervention strategies related to Response to Intervention approaches for service delivery across general and special education. Educators will enhance their knowledge of best practice in Response to Intervention. Participants will have the opportunity to hear nationally recognized speakers and to attend targeted breakout sessions to best meet their professional needs.


Selected Topics Include:

What do RTI systems for academics, behavior, and social emotional needs really look like?

What does RTI look like in secondary schools?

What are concrete steps for beginning RTI implementation?

How does RTI align with other initiatives in my school?

How do we get parents involved with RTI?



8:30 am - 9:30 am Registration

9:00 am - 9:30 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 am - 11:00 am Keynote Speaker

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Applied Keynote Session

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm Breakout Session 1

3:00 pm - 4:00  pm Breakout Session 2

Featuring:   Sara Whitcomb, Ph. D., Keynote Speaker and RTI Expert

Dr. Sara Whitcomb is currently an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology program in the Department of Student Development at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Sara works with several school districts on their implementation of School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support, and her current research efforts include investigation of quality implementation features and consultation related to school-based behavioral and social-emotional learning efforts. Sara has co-authored several articles, the fourth edition of a textbook entitled, Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Assessment for Children and Adolescence and the Strong Start social-emotional learning curriculum series. Sara has previously held positions as a special education and general education teacher in grades k-8 and as an educational consultant.


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