Virtual Conference & Exhibitor Fair, November 16th, 2021, 8 am – 4 pm., with the Massachusetts’ Recruitment, Training, and Support Center for Special Education Surrogate Parents.
* Attendees will come away with information and resources to assist them with supporting the at-risk students they serve.
* Hear topics related to the education and support of at risk students, particularly those in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.
* SESPs will have an opportunity for attendees to learn and network with each other, child welfare professionals, and RTSC and SESPP staff.
* Featuring Keynote Speakers:
* Rodney Walker: Rodney Walker, a Chicago native, the author of A New Day One: Trauma, Grace, and a Young Man’s Journey from Foster Care to Yale. Given the obstacles placed before him as a foster child, Rodney struggled academically and socially in school.
* In his early years of elementary school, he was placed in special education, repeated the fourth grade due to poor academic performance, and underperformed with a sub-1.5 GPA in his Freshman year of high school. But through trauma-informed mentorship and education, Walker overcame these adverse experiences and redirected his path.
* He went on to graduate with degrees from Morehouse College and Yale University – all before the age of 25. Today, he is an award-winning entrepreneur and recently obtained his Master’s in Education degree from Harvard.
* Dr. Nancy Rappaport – Child Psychiatrist, Author, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. A board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Rappaport is currently a part-time associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her research, teaching, and clinical expertise focus on the collaboration between education and psychiatry.
* Dr. Rappaport is the co-author of the The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students , written with behavior analyst Jessica Minahan.
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2021 Speakers and Agenda
- Michelle Poulin, Supervisor, Western MA Monitoring Team, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Pam Nourse, Executive Director, Federation for Children with Special Needs
- Commissioner Linda S. Spears, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
- Megan Ronzio,Program Director, Special Education Surrogate Parent Program
- Lourdes Alvarez-Ortiz, Ph.D., School Psychologist, Educational Consultant
- James Morrison, Education Manager, Department of Children and Families
- Jennie H. DunKley, Special Education Consultant, Advocate and Trainer, JDK Communications: Special Education Consulting
- Meri Viano, Associate Director, Parent/Professional Advocacy League
- Renée Marchant, Psy.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist, NESCA (Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents)
- Dan Ahearn practices disability, special education, education, and children’s law.
- Myrto Flessas, Coordinator of Mediation and Facilitation, Bureau of Special Education Appeals
- Kimm Topping, Program Manager, Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students
- Pat Nemia, Project Director, Mass Family Voices and the Massachusetts Family to Family Health Information Center, Federation for Children with Special Needs
- Suzanne M. Slattery, PhD, Psychologist
- Laurie Keegan, Co-Founder, Advocate, Abled Advocacy
- Jennifer Greene, DCF Ombudsman, DCF Office of the Ombudsman
- Cory Mikolazyk, M.Ed., CAGS, Director of Student Services, Foxborough Public Schools
- Elizabeth S. Fitzmaurice Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, Newton Public Schools
- Cindy D. Rosenberg, M.Ed., The Administrator of Special Education & Pupil Personnel Services, Chelsea Public School District
- Moira Creedon, PhD., Pediatric Neuropsychologist, NESCA (Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents)
- A Guide to Trauma-Informed IEP Goals
- Trauma-Focused Evaluations: Cultivating Healthy Emotional Regulation Skills & Social Skills
- DCF Education – Policies, Procedures, and Current Key Topics
- We are in this together : Mental health and Trauma are Real
- Secondary Trauma, Self Care and Resilience
- BSEA Mediation and Facilitation
- Special Education Directors: Best Practices on School Return
- DCF Office of the Ombudsman
- Understanding the Discipline Requirements under the IDEA, Dan Ahearn, Esq.
- Supporting LGBTQ Youth
- Transition Planning
- Trauma Sensitive Schools
- The Importance of Considering Health in the Special Education Process
- Meeting Student Trauma with a Strengths-Based Approach
- Assessing and Treating School Refusal
- Meeting with Commissioner Linda S. Spears