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May 28, 2019

APS Presents: Best Practice Awards

APS Presents: The Eighteenth Annual Best Practice Awards

NSSED’s Association of Parents and Staff (APS) will be recognizing outstanding school and community initiatives that bring together students of all abilities to learn, play, create or socialize. The Seventeenth Annual Best Practice Awards will be held at North Shore Academy on May 28, 2019 at 4:15 pm and will celebrate school and community programs that show innovation in areas such as learning, advocacy, partnership, recreation and social integration.

On this evening we will also be awarding the The Dave Peterson Outstanding Educator Award. This award recognizes an individual educator or administrator who displays an exemplary commitment to the inherent possibilities of all learners. The Award was established by NSSED’s Association of Parents and Staff (APS) in tribute to retired NSSED Superintendent Dave Peterson and is given annually to individuals who exemplify the positive values and ideals characterized by his tenure.

Outstanding Program Winners:

Universal Design in Physical Education 
Bannockburn School District 106

The Outdoor Classroom at Green Bay School
North Shore School District 112

Planning and Implementing a Co-Taught Classroom
Hubbard Woods School Winnetka School District 36

Inclusion in the Round
Red Oak School
North Shore School District 112

Recognition of Emerging Practices:

Maximizing Student Outcomes
West Northfield School District 31

Outstanding Educator:

Doug Bolton, Principal
North Shore Academy, Northern Suburban Special Education District

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUESTED. Register by: Friday, May 24, 2019. Please complete this form to attend!

Start: May 28, 2019 4:15 am
End: May 28, 2019 5:30 pm
Venue: North Shore Academy Gymnasium
Phone: 847-831-0603
Address:
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760 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States, 60035

May 21, 2019

Learning Together: Education and Public Policy; A Conversation with Madeleine Will

Learning Together: Education and Public Policy; A Conversation with Madeleine Will

Madeleine Will, former Assistant Secretary of Education, plans to share highlights and lessons learned from her nearly 40 years of involvement in the evolution of publicly funded services for children and adults with disabilities. She will reflect on the importance of inclusive practices, and the growing national focus on community integrated living and employment for individuals with long-term care needs.

In 1983, Madeleine Will was appointed by President Reagan to serve as Assistant Secretary of Education for Special Education and Rehabilitation. During that time, she was instrumental in developing the concept of transition planning in special education and in getting supported employment included in public policy. Ms. Will continues to be an influential force in shaping educational and public policy to improve the lives of people with disabilities, most recently in contributing to the creation of the ABLE and WIOA Acts. Additionally, Ms. Will founded and continues to serve as the Board President for the CPSD, an advocacy network of 10 national disability organizations. Ms. Will is the parent of an adult son with Down Syndrome.

CONTRIBUTE TO THE CONVERSATION
Your questions will guide the evening, but they do need to be submitted in advance. When registering there is a space to provide your question or area of interest.

NSSED and the ASSOCIATION OF PARENTS AND STAFF offer Two Opportunities to Participate on Tuesday, May 21  

****Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM**
Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest
Co-Sponsored by the Lake Forest/ Lake Bluff LDA

**Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM**
New Trier Township High School Northfield Campus, 7 Happ Road, Northfield

Register now to see Madeleine Will and submit your questions

Start: May 21, 2019
End: May 21, 2019
Venue: New Trier Northfield Campus
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7 N. Happ Road. Building C- Board Room C234, North Entrance, Northfield, IL, United States, 60093

May 20, 2019

Parent Academy – Transition Cohort: Let’s Review

Parent Academy is educational programming created by the NSSED Association of Parents and Staff in collaboration with it's member school districts parent leadership groups.The Academy's purpose is to provide parents professional learning that empowers them to be active, collaborative, and engaged members of their child’s educational team and school community. These workshops are free and open to the community.
Parent Academy Learning Cohorts cover a comprehensive study of a specific area of the educational, parent or disability field. Series are scheduled over the course of several months. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions within a series as materials and knowledge build from one session to the next. Also, there are multiple topics covered in the Learning Cohort, however we encourage you to look at the Sequenced Learning schedule for deeper insight into some of the topics covered in the Cohort.
Questions can be directed to Susan Hans, NSSED Parent Mentor at (831) 5100 x 2228 (shans@nssed.org).

Case Management Let's Review
We will review the overall transition framework from the first session and provide the group an opportunity to ask questions and share thoughts and ideas.

Susan Hans is the Parent Mentor for the Northern Suburban Special Education District. She has held this position for the past 12 years, during which she has conducted workshops for a broad spectrum of parent, teacher, staff and administrative groups on collaborative problem solving and effective communication strategies in the IEP process, and supporting young adults after they transition from school. She also frequently presents on parent leadership in education and provides consultative services to both parents and staff. Mrs. Hans is the parent of four children, one still in the school system with an IEP. Prior to joining the educational field, Mrs. Hans worked as executive and consultant in the healthcare industry. She received her BA in Economics from Northwestern University.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Register by: Friday, May 17, 2019.
Register for this workshop now!

Start: May 20, 2019 9:30 am
End: May 20, 2019 11:30 am
Venue: NSSED Training Center- Arbor Academy Building
Address:
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776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States, 60035

April 26, 2019

Parent Academy Workshop: Understanding and Supporting your Child’s Social Development

Parent Academy is educational programming created by the NSSED Association of Parents and Staff in collaboration with it's member school districts parent leadership groups.The Academy's purpose is to provide parents professional learning that empowers them to be active, collaborative, and engaged members of their child’s educational team and school community. These workshops are free and open to the community. 
Questions can be directed to Susan Hans, NSSED Parent Mentor at (831) 5100 x 2228 (shans@nssed.org).

Understanding and Supporting your Child's Social Development
Join us as we share and discuss best practice methodologies and frameworks, including Social Thinking©, and strategies to utilize in supporting children and young adults with social learning differences. Discussion will include the components of social competency and strategies to model, teach, and support your child as they increase their awareness of how they interact with the social world around them and adapt their behavior. Presenters will speak to their unique experiences learning, coaching, and supporting students and staff throughout NSSED and the member school districts.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Registration is STILL OPEN!
Register for this workshop now!

Start: April 26, 2019 9:30 am
End: April 26, 2019 12:30 pm
Venue: New Trier West High School
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7 N. Happ Road Building C- Board Room C234, North Entrance , Northfield, IL, United States, 60093

April 15, 2019

Parent Academy – Transition Cohort: Post Secondary Educational Options

Parent Academy is educational programming created by the NSSED Association of Parents and Staff in collaboration with it's member school districts parent leadership groups.The Academy's purpose is to provide parents professional learning that empowers them to be active, collaborative, and engaged members of their child’s educational team and school community. These workshops are free and open to the community.
Parent Academy Learning Cohorts cover a comprehensive study of a specific area of the educational, parent or disability field. Series are scheduled over the course of several months. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions within a series as materials and knowledge build from one session to the next. Also, there are multiple topics covered in the Learning Cohort, however we encourage you to look at the Sequenced Learning schedule for deeper insight into some of the topics covered in the Cohort.
Questions can be directed to Susan Hans, NSSED Parent Mentor at (831) 5100 x 2228 (shans@nssed.org).

Post Secondary Educational Options
A panel of representatives from Concordia, Elmhurst College: ELSA, Harper College: Project TAP, Judson University: RISE, National Louise University: PACE and Sheperd’s College will discuss their individual programs.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Register by: Friday, April 12, 2019.
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Start: April 15, 2019 9:30 am
End: April 15, 2019 11:30 am
Venue: NSSED Training Center- Arbor Academy Building
Address:
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776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States, 60035

April 8, 2019

Parent Academy – Transition Cohort: Living in the Community

Parent Academy is educational programming created by the NSSED Association of Parents and Staff in collaboration with it's member school districts parent leadership groups.The Academy's purpose is to provide parents professional learning that empowers them to be active, collaborative, and engaged members of their child’s educational team and school community. These workshops are free and open to the community.
Parent Academy Learning Cohorts cover a comprehensive study of a specific area of the educational, parent or disability field. Series are scheduled over the course of several months. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions within a series as materials and knowledge build from one session to the next. Also, there are multiple topics covered in the Learning Cohort, however we encourage you to look at the Sequenced Learning schedule for deeper insight into some of the topics covered in the Cohort.
Questions can be directed to Susan Hans, NSSED Parent Mentor at (831) 5100 x 2228 (shans@nssed.org).

Living in the Community
This session will cover the full continuum of living options from independent living in the community to understanding CILA options. This session will be facilitated by Ann Sikon, Executive Director, Center for Independent Futures and Stephen Joseph, Community Alternatives Unlimited

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Register by: Friday, April 5, 2019.
Register for this workshop now!

Start: April 8, 2019 9:30 am
End: April 8, 2019 11:30 am
Venue: NSSED Training Center- Arbor Academy Building
Address:
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776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States, 60035

March 21, 2019

Framing Meaningful Conversations Around Autism Eligibility

Presenters: Jenny Knudson, M.A. CCC-SLP, NSSED District Coach, Bobby Hanson, M.A, NSA Student Services Coach

Intended Audience: Educators that participate in the evaluation process for determining eligibility for special education services in the school setting. This may include psychologists, social workers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and special education teachers. This training will address all student age ranges.

Activity Description: Participants will be provided a rationale for using the autism eligibility framework as well as an in depth understanding of the steps in the process and how they benefit parents, teams, and students. Participants will increase their familiarity of various assessment tools used to gather information to guide meaningful conversations around student needs. Lastly, participants will learn how to organize and effectively communicate assessment results with parents and fellow team members to continue framing meaningful conversations around student supports.

Learning Objectives:

  1. 1. Identify 3 reasons why utilizing  a guiding framework is a effective approach for school-based teams.
  2. 2. Understand the steps of the Autism Eligibility Framework and the action plan involved at each step.
  3. 3. Identify assessment tools to provide information to best determine autism eligibility and gather information to provide a complete education plan for your students.
  4. 4. Practice the use of the framework to have conversations about autism eligibility with your team and with parents.

PD Hours: 6.0
Registration/Coffee: 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Session: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (One hour lunch - on your own)

Any person with with a licence through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is required to enter their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) when registering for this class. You can find your number by logging into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)

Register for this session now!

Start: March 21, 2019 8:30 am
End: March 21, 2019 3:30 pm
Venue: NSSED Training Center- Arbor Academy Building
Address:
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776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States, 60035

March 14, 2019

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) Initial Training

FACILITATED BY: Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Certified Instructor

Through participation in this program, you will to learn to identify different behavior levels that an agitated individual may experience from anxiety to a physically aggressive crisis situation. Through the CPI framework, you will learn proactive strategies for prevention, de-escalating strategies for low-level behaviors, physical intervention techniques for aggressive behavior, and strategies to repair and problem solve after a crisis situation.

In order for participants to be certified, the Crisis Prevention Institute requires attendees to pass a written test at the end of the training. Early release is therefore not available. A half-day refresher course is required every 12 months (not to exceed 18 months) in order to maintain certification.

PD Hours: 6.5
Registration/Coffee: 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Session: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (One hour lunch - on your own)

Any person with with a licence through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is required to enter their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) when registering for this class. You can find your number by logging into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)

Register for the wait list now!

Start: March 14, 2019 8:30 am
End: March 14, 2019 4:00 pm
Venue: NSSED Training Center- Arbor Academy Building
Address:
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776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States, 60035

March 12, 2019

Adaptive Schools: Foundation – 4 Day Series!

  • Day 1: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • Day 2: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Day 3: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • Day 4: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Participants are expected to attend all four days of the workshop, there is a prerequisite to attend Day 1 of the training.

Presenter: Michael Dolcemascolo is the Executive Co-Director of Thinking Collaborative and the former Co-Director of the Center for Adaptive Schools. A former English teacher and administrator, Michael holds BA degrees in Religious Studies and in English from Montclair State University, an MA in Cultural Symbol Systems from Syracuse University’s Department of Religion and a CAS in Educational Administration from the State University of New York.

Intended Audience: Anyone who has to facilitate groups, run meetings, or desires to develop collaboration will benefit. Come with as a team or with a partner.

The Adaptive Schools Foundation present a productive, practical set of ideas and tools for developing collaborative groups in becoming effective and better equipped to resolve complex issues around student learning. The work of the Adaptive Schools Seminars is to develop the resources and capacities of the organization and of individuals to cohesively respond to the changing needs of students and society. The training not only explores what makes teams effective, but how to develop skills as facilitators and informed group members in informal and formal settings, in small and large groups. It takes participants beyond the idea of professional learning communities to the actual implementation, describing specific ways to weave the collaborative fabric of a faculty, develop group member skills, and acquire the principles and understandings to engage in a continuous cycle of team and individual improvement. Adaptive Schools is the “how” of professional learning communities: how to behave in groups, how to lead them, and how to facilitate them for improved leading, teaching, and learning.

  • FOUNDATION SEMINAR OUTCOMES: In the four-day Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar, participants will develop:
    An increased capacity to initiate, develop and sustain high functioning groups
    New lenses for diagnosing the stages and phases of group development
    An expanded repertoire of practical facilitation tools
    Understandings of when and how to engage groups in dialogue and discussion, the limitations, forms and values of each
    Skills to move groups beyond consensus to common focus
    Ways to value and use dissension, argument and conflict
    Strategies for keeping group members on track, on topic, energized and resourceful

PD Hours: 6.0 per session
Registration/Coffee: 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Session: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (One hour lunch - on your own)

Any person with with a licence through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is required to enter their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) when registering for this class. You can find your number by logging into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)

Register for this 4 day series now!

Start: March 12, 2019 8:30 am
End: March 12, 2019 3:30 pm
Venue: NSSED Training Center- Arbor Academy Building
Address:
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776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States, 60035

March 11, 2019

Administrative Academy: History of Diverse Learning in Schools and Strategies for Improving Outcomes for All Learners

Presenter: Dr. Kurt A. Schneider, NSSED Superintendent

Audience: This session is geared toward administrators, and general education teachers in combination with special education teachers and support staff.  If you are a special education teacher or support staff do NOT come alone.  This session will only be valuable if your general education partners are in collaboration with you in the learning.

Description: Our role in education is to prepare our students for success after their years in the educational system.  The question arises what are the skills needed today to prepare them for their future?  How do we foster those skills for all students in our educational community? In this session, Dr. Kurt Schneider will facilitate reflection on the history of American Schooling for all learners.  Research will be provided to analyze how to evolve our classrooms and communities to embrace all students and improve the outcomes for all learners.

PD Hours: 6.0

Administrative Academy Credit Available: Course #AA1888
NSSED Member District Fee: $15.00
Out of District Fee: $250.00

**If not pursuing Administrative Academy credit:
NSSED Member District Fee: NO FEE
Out of District Fee: $250.00

Registration/Coffee: 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Session: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (One hour lunch - on your own)

Any person with with a licence through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is required to enter their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) when registering for this class. You can find your number by logging into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)

Register for this session now!

Start: March 11, 2019 8:30 am
End: March 11, 2019 3:30 pm
Venue: NSSED Training Center- Arbor Academy Building
Address:
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776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States, 60035
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