Fall 2022 Education Office Hours with Dr. John Kelly
We are excited to continue our “Office Hours with Dr. John Kelly” webinar series! This Fall we have a great lineup of national education leaders and experts discussing a range of K-12 education topics, with more presenters coming soon!
Sept 2 – CASE Executive Director, Phyllis Wolfram – Moving Special Education Forward Together
Sept 22 – Dr. Mitchell J. Samet – Effective Suicide Policy/Procedures for District Administrators
Sept 28 – Dr. Greg Hudnall – Suicide 101 – What We Know About Youth Suicide and What We Don’t Know
Sept 29 – National Alliance for Medicaid in Education Leaders, Dr. Jenny Millward & Steve Ireland – Back-to-School Medicaid Mingle
Oct 19 – Dr. Shirley Dawson – District and University Partnerships: PARA to TEACHER Strategies that Work
Nov 9 – Jonathan Read – Special Education Discipline – An Overview
Dec 7 – eLuma CEO/Founder, Jeremy Glauser – Hidden Values of Teletherapy
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About the Webinar Series
Moving Special Education Forward Together
Sept 2, 2022
Presented by: Phyllis Wolfram, CASE Executive Director
Every July, the CEC and CASE hold the Special Education Legislative Summit (SELS) in Washington DC. For the event, leaders from all over the country convene, both live and virtually, to move special education forward. The Summit includes Town Hall-style events where national leaders, policy experts and Capitol Hill veterans provide updated news and information about the key issues impacting special educators everywhere — including pending legislation, IDEA funding & appropriations, mental health, educator shortages and so much more. Armed with the most relevant information, delegations from all fifty states then proceed to meet with their Congressional leaders to advocate for meaningful change.
In this webinar, we are so lucky to have Phyllis Wolfram, the Executive Director of CASE, join us to report on the 2022 Special Education Legislative Summit, the overall state of special education, and how you can get involved in making it better. If you want to learn the latest in most important developments in special education, this is one event you won’t want to miss.
Phyllis Wolfram is the Executive Director for CASE, the Council of Administrators of Special Education and resides in Springfield, Missouri. She has worked in public education for 37 years. Phyllis’ administrative experience spans 29 years in the field of special education administration. She has been a local special education director in three different districts ranging in size from a small rural district to the largest urban district in the state of Missouri. She has experience in the area of gifted education, Section 504, ELL and early childhood education.
Effective Suicide Policy/Procedures for District Administrators
Sept 22, 2022
Presented by: Mitchell J. Samet, Ph.D.
This one-hour workshop will examine current trends in youth suicide, and present an MTSS framework for helping school districts to keep kids safe. Tier I interventions focus on universal interventions including school climate and connectedness, mental health curriculum in schools, school climate, and gatekeeper awareness training. Tier II interventions focus on individuals and groups who may be at greater risk, while Tier III interventions focus on specific tools to assess and intervene with students exhibiting suicide warning signs. This workshop will provide tons of useful programs, techniques and tools for helping to improve your district’s suicide policies/practices.
Mitchell J. Samet, Ph.D. is a NY licensed Psychologist, School Psychologist, Adjunct Graduate Professor and a NYASP Board Member. Dr. Samet currently chairs the School and Youth Workgroup for the NYS OMH Suicide Prevention Council, trains extensively in suicide prevention and intervention, and consults with numerous school districts and organizations on this topic. Dr. Samet co-authored “A Guide for Suicide Prevention in NY Schools” and is a developer and trainer of “Helping Students At Risk for Suicide”, an evidenced-based intervention and prevention program which was recently published in NASP’s School Psychology Review.
Suicide 101 – What We Know About Youth Suicide and What We Don’t Know
Sept 28, 2022
Presented by: Greg Hudnall, Ph.D.
Dr. Hudnall a former high school principal and associate superintendent will share the latest research concerning youth suicide. His presentation focuses on what we know about kids trying to take their lives by suicide. He shares personal experiences from his expertise as a first responder and team leader of a state-wide crisis team that has responded to over twenty-five youth suicides, including the death of a fourth grader on a school campus. He has trained over seventy-five thousand educators, therapists, parents, and others in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.
Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall is a former high school principal and associate superintendent with the Provo City School District. He has been involved with suicide prevention for the past thirty years. He is nationally sought after for his expertise in postvention.
Dr. Hudnall is the founder of Hope4Utah, a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. The school-based program, Hope Squad, has been responsible for over 5,000 students referred for help and over 1,000 hospitalized. The Hope Squad program is now in over 950 schools around the world.
For over fifteen years Dr. Hudnall has led a state-wide volunteer suicide crisis team that has responded to over fifty youth suicides.
Dr. Hudnall has presented at over 100 national and state conferences on suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. He also presents on bullying, connectedness, community collaboration, and school safety. Dr. Hudnall was invited to testify before the United States Surgeon General on suicide in Utah. He has presented to the U.S. Department of Health and at the national conferences of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Association of Suicidology. Dr. Hudnall was also invited to participate in a webinar on African American and suicide by the White House.
Under Greg’s direction, over 60,000 people nationwide have been trained in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. He has presented across the United States and to many countries around the world on suicide prevention, including to the Minister of Education for Madrid, Spain.
Dr. Hudnall is considered one of the leading experts in community and school-based suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. He lives by the mantra, “while it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an entire community to save one.”
Back-to-School Medicaid Mingle
Sept 29, 2022
Presented by: Dr. Jenny Millward, Executive Director of the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education
Presented by: Steve Ireland, President & Region 2 State Medicaid Representative of the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education
The National Alliance for Medicaid in Education (NAME) supports professionals engaged in school-based Medicaid reimbursement. We look forward to introducing our organization to participants.
This webinar will introduce our organization, and provide a preview of our upcoming conference and a peek into the current trends and issues associated with Medicaid programs in public schools. At NAME, we know that student health and wellness is essential to learning. It is an exciting time for all who share that vision as new legislation tied to Medicaid reimbursement strongly supports the services that can be offered in the school setting. The coming year is sure to be a season of growth. You will want to partner with us on this journey!
Dr. Jenny Millward served in the field of special education in Georgia for 29 years. Dr. Millward received her doctorate in Curriculum Studies from Georgia Southern University. She proudly served in the administrative roles of Program Specialist and Director of Student Services for the last seventeen years of her educational career. Dr. Millward’s awards include GLRS Special Education Impact Award, 2014; G-CASE Outstanding New Special Education Director, 2018; GAEL Jim Puckett Outstanding Educator, 2020; AAASP Advocacy Award, 2021; Ellen Maltais Chapter of CEC Legacy of Service Award, 2022; and G-CASE Service Award, 2022. Under her leadership, Houston County became the first district in Georgia to fully implement the ASPIRE initiative for student-led IEPs. She has presented numerous times at the local, state, national and international levels on its successful implementation. Dr. Millward is passionate about serving in professional organizations and held the position of G-CASE legislative chair and cochair as well as the State Advisory Panel representative for many years. This allowed her to advocate for special education locally in addition to Atlanta and Washington D.C. Dr. Millward continues to advocate for children with disabilities as the Executive Director of the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education. She enjoys service to her community and spending quality time with her husband, Shawn, and their family.
Steve Ireland, 2022 NAME President and NAME Region 2 State Medicaid Representative since 2015, has managed cost-based reimbursement for school-based services since 2009. Additionally, he has directed cost-based reimbursement for public health departments since 2007. Beginning in 1996, he guided hospital rate setting of inpatient and outpatient care, special financing reimbursement, and tax supporting Medicaid. Additional rate setting activities have included ambulatory surgical centers, rural health clinics, federally qualified health clinics, and other facility types.
District and University Partnerships: PARA to TEACHER Strategies that Work
Oct 19 , 2022
Presented by: Dr. Shirley Dawson, Weber State University Associate Professor of Special Education
Teacher shortages are not new but have become critical. Partnerships among districts, universities, and stakeholders can address shortages to prepare excellent teachers where they are needed.
Drawing on the successful results from a teacher preparation partnership for the last 26 years, Dr. Shirley Dawson will share strategies for teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention along with tips to initiate or implement partnerships in your own district.
Shirley Dawson, Associate Professor of Special Education at Weber State University, currently teaches special education courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. She was a public school teacher for 22 years in grades K-9 in the areas of elementary, gifted, and special education. She worked to prepare future teachers at University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Westminster College, and Argosy University before coming to Weber State in 2013. Dr. Dawson has published and presented in areas of transition, special education law, educator ethics, and teacher preparation. Currently Shirley is the Director of the Teaching Assistant Pathway to Teacher Program, Co-Director of the Paraeducator Certificate Program, Co-Director of the STEP UP Program, Teacher Education Departmental Honors Chair, the advisor the WSU student chapter of Council for Exceptional Children, Utah Council for Exceptional Children Policy Advocate Coordinator, and partners with Davis School District to investigate transition outcomes for high school students with disabilities. Dr. Dawson was recently recognized with the John S. Hinckley Fellow Award for her ongoing work in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service. Dr. Dawson has authored 31 articles or book chapters. She is the mother of four sons and the grandmother of 12 children.
Special Education Discipline – An Overview
Nov 9, 2022
Presented by: Jonathan Read, Esq., Founding partner in the San Diego area office of F3 Law
Although some provisions of the IDEA can be confusing and tricky, a working practical understanding of special education discipline is essential for all professionals in the field. This presentation is designed to provide quick and concise answers to many of the questions frequently raised by educators concerning the discipline of students with disabilities. We also offer some practice pointers along the way.
Among the topics covered will be “FAQs” in the following areas: disciplinary removals; removals to an IAES; and disciplining potentially eligible students. We will also discuss the fundamentals of behavior interventions as well as examining recent federal guidance focused upon helping public schools fulfill their responsibilities to meet needs of students with disabilities and avoid discriminatory use of student discipline.
Jonathan P. Read is a founding partner in the San Diego area office of F3 Law. Jonathan represents school districts and other educational agencies in all facets of due process and disciplinary proceedings under the IDEA and Section 504. He represented the National School Boards Association as amicus curiae in the seminal U.S. Supreme Court case, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.
A popular speaker, Jonathan is frequently requested to present before the Association of California School Administrators, the California School Boards Association, and at national events sponsored by LRP. His article entitled “Access to Achievement: The Changing Landscape of FAPE” appeared in the Summer/Fall issue of Urban Perspectives. (Vol. 15, No. 2.) Jonathan has also developed a specific expertise in representing school districts in matters involving English language learners. Jonathan co-authored the book ELLS With Disabilities: A Guide to Leading Assessment and Intervention for LRP Publications.
Jonathan serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he teachers all aspects of education law, including labor and employment, school governance, charter schools, and constitutional issues facing students.
Jonathan professional career in education began as a one-to-one aide for severely disabled students and as an ELL aide in the San Diego Unified School District. He subsequently taught elementary school in the Poway Unified School District. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. He received his bachelor of arts degree in music and his multi-subject teaching credential from the University of California, San Diego.
Hidden Values of Teletherapy
Dec 7 , 2022 (1:00 pm EST)
Presented by: Jeremy Glauser, eLuma CEO/Founder
Over the last decade, a large number of K12 schools and districts throughout the US have turned to teletherapy providers for support with the ongoing labor shortage and turnover crises. While these partnerships have provided meaningful relief to both schools and students, they are all too often still regarded as a last resort, which demonstrates that most administrators & educators are still struggling to see the value and potential that teletherapy provides beyond compliance.
In this very special webinar, eLuma Founder/CEO, Jeremy Glauser will discuss the hidden values and potential that teletherapy holds for enhancing and even revolutionizing how we provide critical student support support services (mental health, special ed, etc) in the present and future.
Jeremy Glauser is the founder and CEO of eLuma. With a background in education, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for helping people in need, he founded eLuma to help solve the growing educator shortage problems in education. In so doing, the company has become the nation’s most mission-focused two-sided marketplace that matches and connects the right clinicians with students in K-12 schools and districts. To date, the company has facilitated therapy (speech, school psych, OT, PT, and mental health/counseling services) for tens of thousands of students throughout the United States. His professional mission is to help people fulfill their full potential.