Webinar Series: CTE for Students with Disabilities


Secondary CTE has long been a viable pathway for developing the skills of students with disabilities (SWD) and preparing them for the future. Changes in Perkins V and an increasing emphasis on college and career readiness for all students are bringing the needs of SWD to the forefront of the CTE conversation. This five-part webinar series will take a deep dive into programs, practices and partnerships among CTE and special education practitioners that support SWD in CTE. Each webinar will last 90 minutes, including Q & A, and will be available for later viewing at CTELearn.org.

This series is a collaboration among Penn State University’s Workforce Education program, the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) and ACTE.

Webinar 1. CTE for Students with Disabilities: A Framework for Understanding
Thursday, August 29, 2019 3:00 – 4:30 pm EST
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Session participants will:

  • Learn about the numerous pieces of legislation that impact SWD, including Perkins V.
  • Learn strategies to support students with disabilities in secondary CTE through appropriate CTE program placement.

Presenters:

  • Michael Harvey, Professor of Education, Workforce Education and Development Program, Penn State University
  • Tessie Bailey, Principal Technical Assistant Consultant, American Institutes of Research
  • Susan Therriault, College and Career Readiness and Success Center Director and American Institutes of Research
  • Catherine Imperatore, Research Manager, ACTE
  • Patrick Biggerstaff, CTE Director, Area 31 Career Programs, MSD Wayne Township Schools, Indianapolis, IN, and ACTE Administration Division Vice President

 

Webinar 2. Effective Partnerships: Communication, Collaboration and Professional Practice
Thursday, September 19, 2019 3:00 – 4:30 pm EST
Recording coming soon

Session participants will:

  • Learn strategies for building relationships between special education and CTE professionals.
  • Learn about collaboration, communication approaches and needed professional development to support CTE for SWD.

Presenters:

  • Joni Schmalzried, Chief Program Officer, Anthony Wayne Services – AWS Foundation, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Nikki Sprunger, Director of Special Education Services, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Wendy Chalmers, Resource Specialist – Special Populations Coordinator, SUN Area Technical Institute, New Berlin, PA
  • Kristy Barnett, Disability Services Coordinator, Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton, OK

 

Webinar 3. Classroom Supports: Universal Design for Learning, Differentiated Instruction
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:00 – 4:30 pm EST
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Session participants will:

  • Learn about the CAST framework of UDL and how one school district incorporates UDL into CTE.
  • Learn the fundamentals of differentiated instruction with approaches to support effective teaching, individuate learning and maximize student engagement.

Presenters:

  • Tracey Hall, Senior Research Scientist/Instructional Designer, CAST, Wakefield, MA
  • George Van Horn, Director of Special Education, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Columbus, IN
  • Claudia Otto, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences, Oklahoma State University
  • Mary Jo Self, Associate Professor, School of Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences, Oklahoma State University

 

Webinar 4. Classroom Management: Behavioral Supports, Motivation, Reflective Teaching
Thursday, November 21, 2019 3:00 – 4:30 pm EST
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Session participants will:

  • Learn about the importance of reflective teaching practice to support SWD engagement and achievement.
  • Learn about behavior management and classroom climate as part of effective teaching.

Presenters:

  • Adam Bauserman, Review360 Implementation Specialist, Pearson Inc., and Senior Educational Consultant and Vice President and Coach, Epic Decisions, LLC
  • Penny Cantley, Assistant Professor, School of Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences, Oklahoma State University
  • Tessie Bailey, Principal Technical Assistant Consultant, American Institutes of Research
  • Jamie Lupia, Advisor/Instructor PDDC, Workforce Education and Development, Penn State University

 

Webinar 5. Toward Best Practices: Programs that Work, Models Toward Success
Thursday, December 19, 2019 3:00 – 4:30 pm EST
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Session participants will:

  • Learn about effective programs and partnerships in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
  • Learn about the importance of collaborative partnerships with multiple agencies and stakeholders (i.e., CTE, special education, vocational rehabilitation, WIOA) in supporting positive post-school outcomes for SWD in CTE.
  • Learn strategies, approaches that work and practical insight from Ohio on building a “systems approach” to support SWD in secondary CTE settings.

Presenters:

  • James Kraft, Executive Director, Berks Career and Technology Center, Leesport, PA
  • Allison Fleming, Assistant Professor of Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Educational Psychology, Counselor Education, Special Education, Penn State University
  • Nancy Mulvey, Director of Students, Great Oaks Career Campuses, Cincinnati, OH
  • Amy Szymanski, Consultant, State Support Team Region 1 Office for Exceptional Children, Ohio Department of Education