Fall & Winter 2020. Designed to provide educators, parents, administrators, paraprofessionals, and support professionals, practical workshops that will support to meet the educational needs of students. The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress recognizes that supporting students with complex learning profiles requires training and professional support for teachers and administrators.
* For Supporting Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2020 Educator’s Forum has been transformed into MDSC Virtual Educators Forum Webinar Series ongoing throughout Fall and Winter 2020.
FOR THE 2020 UPDATED SERIES, please see the link www.mdsc.org/events/EducatorsForum.cfm or call 781-221-0024.
2019 Conference Info:
A. Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down Syndrome: The Respond, but Don’t
React Method – David Stein, Psy.D., Director, New England Neurodevelopment, LLC.
B. Practical Reading Comprehension Teaching Strategies for Children with Down Syndrome and
other Disabilities – David Koppenhaver, Professor, Reading Education/Special Education, Appalachian
State University; Tonya Moore, M.Ed., Reading Education/Special Education, Appalachian State University.
C. Friends Matter! Promoting Authentic Social Opportunities for All – Zach Rossetti, Ph.D., Associate
Professor, Special Education, Boston University.
D. Differentiated Instruction – Dr. Richard A. Villa, President, Bayridge Consortium, Inc.
E. Myths, Tips and Tricks in AAC: Supporting Communication through Technology – Kerry Davis, EdD, CCC/SLP, AAC Clinical Coordinator, Spaulding Outpatient Center, Lexington
2019 Workshops: Afternoon
A. Practical Strategies to Improve Executive Functioning Skills important for Independence – Kristen
Jacobsen, MS CCC-SLP Co-Director Cognitive Connections.
B. Practical Writing Instructional Strategies for Children with Down Syndrome and Other Disabilities –
David Koppenhaver, Professor, Reading Education/Special Education, Appalachian State University; Tonya
Moore, M.Ed., Reading Education/Special Education, Appalachian State University.
C. Universal Design for Learning: Guidelines for Teaching Students with Developmental Disabilities –
Richard Jackson, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Special Education, Boston College.
D. A Math “SUM”mary: Best Practices for Teaching Mathematics to Students with Intellectual
Disabilities – Alicia Saunders, Ph.D., Researcher and Adjunct Professor, UNC Charlotte.
E. How IEP Teams Can Support the Success of Dually Enrolled College Students – Maria Paiewonsky, Ed.D,
Program Manager, Institute for Community Inclusion
2018 Workshops included:
• Learn it Today – Implement it Tomorrow! Cutting Edge Strategies to Develop Independent Executive Function Skills
• Inclusive Educational Technologies or I Didn’t Know I Could Do That!
• College-Based Transition Services for Students
• Building on the Basics: Providing High Quality and Meaningful Math Instruction to Students with Intellectual Disabilities
• What we know about literacy instruction for children with intellectual disabilities: Teaching phonemic awareness and phonics skills.
• Not Your Ordinary Interventions: Addressing Problem Behaviors through Play, Fun and Laughter
• Using Technology for Creative Expression for Students with Complex Needs
• Specially Designed Instruction: Strategies for Content, Methodology and Performance Criteria Modifications
• Try this tomorrow! Interviews with real teachers, service providers, administrators, parents and students who are making inclusion work.
• What we know about literacy instruction for children with intellectual disabilities: Building vocabulary and comprehension skills.