What we Covered (This event occurred in july, 2009)

The theme of the 2009 conference is “The Culture of SuccessfulTeaming: Exceptionalities and Beyond.” The Summer Institute will provide all participants an
opportunity to explore, learn and share successful collaboration strategies for effective teaming outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities. Participants include families, educators, support staff, and service providers who are highly motivated to strive for Special Education Excellence. Act 48 Credits will be available to all teachers. In addition, paraeducators can also receive credit toward yearly required training hours.


  • Young Adults &Transition (Preparation for Adult Living, Self Advocacy, Building Friendships)
  • Parents and Families asTeam Leaders
  • Collaboration Models
  • Paraeducators & Educators (Strategies for EffectiveTeaming)
  • Teaming
  • Response to Intervention

The Institute was hosted byThe Jones Center and Bloomsburg University, Department of Exceptionalities Programs and was held at Bloomsburg Area High School, on Friday, July 10, 2009, 8am to 3pm.

An art exhibit from local students was displayed in the Scarpino Bonham Gallery (beside the registration area).

Coffee and tea was available during registration. *No food or drink of any kind is permitted in the newly renovated auditorium.

7:45 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome from Jones Family, Mr. C. Curry & Dr. J. Krause
8:45 – 9:30 Keynote Speaker
9:30 – 10:30 Sessions
10:30 – 11:30 Sessions
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch and Service/Vendor Fair
12:30 – 1:30 Sessions
1:30 – 2:30 Keynote Speaker
2:30 – 3:00 Closing Remarks/Conference Evaluation
8:00am – 4:00pm Service/Vendor Fair (gym)



Young Adults &Transition

  • K.Wise,A. Logan & C. Karichner -Transitioning effectively into adult living
  • M.Walsh - Empowering students with disabilities to make informed decisions in order to promote self-determination


Families as Team Leaders

  • S. Mulhern - Family mentors and professionals together in thecommunity college classroom: Building Inclusion Child Care (BICC) Collaboration Models
  • R. Crispell - Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)Toolkit andTeaming
  • R. Boyle - "The ultimate collaboration"
  • P. Martz - Teaming with the Competent Learner Model
  • L. Miller - Successful inclusion of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders in community preschools: Owen's collaboration team


Paraeducators & Educators

  • J. Davis - Effective teaming in paraprofessional training: FLAGSHIP Mentor Model
  • M.Yacapsin - Counseling in education: Enriching the collaborative model through counseling sessions and reflective practice



  • B.Wert & D. Stryker - Strategies for successful teaming: "Keep your eye on the goal"
  • A. Katona-Linn &T.Tunnessen - Positive Behavior Support across all environments
  • Office of Dispute Resolution - Creating agreements


LRE & Specials

  • M. Jones -The "Art" of inclusion
  • B. Perkins - Inclusion in physical education


Response to Intervention

  • Eichorn - Response to Intervention (RTI) in the middle school setting
  • C. Cooper - Success stories with "Fast ForWord"
  • J. Clayberger - "Wilson" at work in the middle school
  • E. Balum - "Read Naturally": Providing a research-based strategy to improve fluency in struggling readers
  • Eichorn Middle School Staff - Response to Intervention (RTI) for Behavior - A three-tiered model for supporting all students



Edward M. Butler - Executive Director, Governor’s Cabinet and Advisory Committee For People With Disabilities - Keynote -Working onTeams
and Loving it.

Catherine and Nola Riley & Molly Riley-Cygan - Closing Keynote - Realisticly Speaking: Growing UpWith Down Syndrome.


Bloomsburg Area High School, 1200 Railroad St. Bloomsburg, PA


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