2014 Summer Institute



Jones Center for Special Education Summer Institute 
July 10 & 11, 2014.  

8:00 - 8:30 AM Registration

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Session Overviews

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Addressing Student Behaviors: Basic Strategies Presenter Name: Tami Williams, CSIU

Thursday, July 10 - 8:30 – 11:30 AM

This session will begin by taking a look at the ABC's of behavior. In addition, we will look at what behaviors look like (form) and the purpose (function) of the behaviors. Why might the child have this particular behavior? What are the advantages and disadvantages of consequences? Reinforcement vs. punishment. We will take a look at what behaviors look like in the seven phases of challenging behaviors and how we can manage each stage. Finally, interventions and strategies will be discussed.


Effective Social Skills Strategies for Students with Special Needs Presenter Name: Barbara Haas-Givler, ADMI

Thursday, July 10 – 1:00 – 4:00 PM

This presentation will provide an overview of several current, evidence- based practices for supporting social skills development in students with special needs. Resources and strategies for implementing social skills supports into the classroom, home and community will also be included.

Barbara Haas-Givler, MEd, BCBA is a board certified behavior analyst and special educator at Geisinger’s Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) in Lewisburg, PA. Ms. Haas-Givler has 40 years' experience in special education, serving in many different capacities over the course of her career, including classroom teacher, administrator, educational consultant, and behavior analyst and rater for clinical pharmaceutical trials. Ms. Haas-Givler frequently presents at local and national conferences and provides consultations/trainings regarding behavioral and educational strategies to support students with special needs.


Inclusive Settings: Leveling the Playing Field Presenter Name: Dr. Karen Frantz-Fry Wilkes University

Thursday, July 10 – 1:00 – 4:00 PM

In this session, the presenter will review the legal requirements for Least Restrictive Environment and participants will learn how Universal Design for Learning, Differentiation of Content, Process and Product, and other strategies support the inclusion of students with disabilities in the general education setting. Information will include adapting and modifying materials and assessments and the role of paraeducators in the inclusive classroom.


Student Engagement & Motivation Presenter Name: Anne Katona-Linn
State Project Director for the SS/HS Partnership

Thursday, July 10 – 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Key principles and strategies will be illustrated to shift the focus from training students with exceptionalities from simply being “compliant” to developing the learner’s participation/engagement in a variety of instructional conditions and settings.
Students are often “compliant” because it prevents or gets him/her away from something non-preferred. This can set the stage for more "escape/avoidance" behaviors from the students. These behaviors can be obvious for our most naïve learners, but more subtle in students that are more competent. Compliance may also teach a narrow behavioral skill which may leave a learner fearful of novelty and instruction in general. This can often trigger side effects of rigidity and general unhappiness and anxiety-like behaviors.
Participants in this session will learn about strategies to facilitate learning and motivation for students with exceptionalities and all students across a variety of instructional conditions.
Anne Katona-Linn, M.Ed, BCBA, is the full-time State Project Director for the SS/HS Partnership
Ms. Katona-Linn has been an Educational/Behavioral Consultant providing Competent Learner Model (CLM) and Coaching and support to Intermediate Units, School Districts and the Vista School for the past three years. In addition, she has been an Instructor at Bloomsburg University of PA in the Dept. of Exceptionalities training future teachers in Special Education during that time. Anne was the Team Leader/Educational Consultant in the area of Behavior, and Educational Consultant in the area of Autism with PaTTAN in Harrisburg from 2003-2010. Anne was also a Coordinator of the PA Positive Behavior Support Network (www.PAPBS.org). She worked with six other Coordinators to develop and implement a Statewide PBIS Technical Assistance framework to implement PBIS in schools across the Commonwealth of PA.

Anne is a member of the Jones Center advisory council on Special Education at Bloomsburg University. She received her M.Ed. in Special Education from Lehigh University and is a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst. Anne is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Psychology at West Virginia University.

Strength Based IEP/GIEP: Realities & Potential Presenter Name: Dr. Ricki Boyle

Thursday, July 10 – 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Strength-based IEP/GIEPs focus on student strengths and abilities, rather than weaknesses and disabilities. Documenting a strength and interest based learning approach in the IEP/GIEP will lead to more continuity and success for the student. This session will provide guidance in the process of planning and preparing for the meeting; presentation of information at the IEP/GIEP meeting, and allowing parents and child to participate fully in the development of the IEP/GIEP. The strengths-based IEP process involves collaboration and conflict resolution techniques and can have a positive impact on students and their families.

Ricki M. Boyle, Ph.D. is a special educator, Adjunct Professor at Wilkes University, and certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer. Dr. Boyle has more than 25 years' experience in special education, serving in many different capacities over the course of her career, including classroom teacher, administrator, educational consultant, and supervisor of special education. Additionally, she taught as an adjunct professor at Bloomsburg University for ten years. Dr. Boyle is provides consultations and professional development/trainings regarding educational initiatives and topics related to the Danielson Framework for teacher evaluation, data management, classroom management, special education regulations and processes, gifted education, Response to Instruction and Intervention, literacy instruction, and instructional strategies to support students with special needs.


Mental Health Issues in the Schools Part A and B Presenter Name: TBD

Part A -Friday, July 11 – 8:30 – 11:30
Part B- Friday, July 11 – 1:00 – 4:00

According to the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, "mental health is inexorably linked with general health, child care, and success in the classroom and inversely related to involvement in the juvenile justice system". A collaborative and coordinated effort is needed among schools, families, and communities to ensure that all children and youth achieve positive academic and behavioral outcomes. Both the promotion of mental health in children and youth and the treatment of mental disorders should be major public health goals. The extent, severity, and far-reaching consequences of mental health problems in children and youth make it imperative that our nation adopt a comprehensive, systematic, public health approach to improving the mental health status of children. These efforts must start in schools since children and youth spend the majority of their time in school.
These sessions will provide an overview of mental health issues in schools, and identify what is needed to develop this collaborative and coordinated effort for the promotion of mental wellness, prevention and intervention of mental illness for ALL children.