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2022 AZCEC

Arizona State Virtual Conference

Feb. 15, 16, 17, 2022 from 2:00-6:30 PM MST

Join us for our Annual State Conference and help us celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Council for Exceptional Children. Last year our Virtual State Conference saw over 500 participants enjoy 43 sessions and visit with dozens of exhibitors. Once again, when you register for the conference, you can return to the conference app anytime to re-watch video recordings of all sessions or catch the sessions you could not attend live – what a #amazing deal! 

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2022 Keynote Speakers

Gregory J. Benner, Ph.D

Gregory J. Benner, Ph.D - Helen and Pat O’Sullivan Professor, University of Alabama

 

Dr. Benner has a knack for grassroots collective impact - getting whole communities including families, child welfare, mental health, and schools on the same page to meet needs of the whole child. In February 2018, he received the Presidents’ Award from the Northwest PBIS Network for his outstanding leadership of social and emotional learning and PBIS. He is co-founder of the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative and led implementation efforts for the six years of this transformative effort. He also served as Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Strong Schools at the University of Washington, Tacoma. 

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Heather R. Pierson - Legal Issues in Special Education: Case Law Review

 

Heather R. Pierson joined Udall Shumway PLC in 2009. She is a member of the School Law section, representing the firm’s education law clients throughout the State.

 

Ms. Pierson comes to Udall Shumway PLC uniquely qualified in the area of special education law. Prior to joining Udall Shumway, Ms. Pierson taught behavior disordered students. During her teaching career, Ms. Pierson was involved in the development and implementation of Individualized Education Plans (“IEP”) and behavior plans and attended several trainings on special education and regular education interventions and strategies. While in law school, Ms. Pierson provided in-home ABA services for autistic children under the age of three and participated in the Whittier Law School Special Education Clinic, which provided special education advocacy services for children with developmental disabilities. Additionally, Ms. Pierson earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education in 2004.

 

Ms. Pierson primarily focuses her practice on special education and disability related matters. She routinely defends school districts and other public educational institutions in matters related to disability law matters, such as special education due process hearings, Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) complaints, Section 504 due process hearings, mediation, and special education state complaints. She provides daily advice and assistance in matters related to special education, Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act, student discipline, personnel issues and student records. Ms. Pierson taught Contemporary Developments in Special Education Law through Northern Arizona University during the Spring of 2014. She has also given in-service workshops to district personnel on a wide range of special education and disability related topics and speaks at state-wide conferences.

 

 

DENISE LOWELL-BRITT

Denise Lowell-Britt

 

I have been practicing law at Udall Shumway since 1987, have been a partner of the firm since 1993, and lead the firm's education law practice group. I am very pleased to devote my practice entirely to representing school districts, community colleges, charter schools and other public educational institutions.

 

I provide daily advice and assistance to school districts and other public educational institutions. I represent and defend educational institutions in administrative and court proceedings. I advise and represent clients in matters that include but are not limited to: personnel issues; special education; Section 504 and ADA issues; student disciplinary hearings; student records; contracts; policy development; governing board liability and open meeting and public records issues. I have extensive experience working with matters involving the EEOC, OCR, DOJ, and the Arizona State Department of Education.

 

In November 2006, I was named a Top Education Attorney in Phoenix Magazine and I have been repeatedly selected by my peers as a Best Lawyer in America in the specialty of Education Law, including the most recent selection for 2013.

 

I have been a regular presenter at State-wide conferences and conduct a great many in-service and training programs for school personnel on a variety of topics relating to education law. I have also authored articles for National and State publications on a variety of topics of interest to educators.

 

I am a member of the National School Board Association, Arizona School Boards Association and Arizona Council of School Attorneys and have also been an adjunct faculty member for Arizona State University, teaching graduate level Education Law classes for the College of Education, Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. I have been on the steering committee for the Arizona School Administrators Principal and the Law conference for approximately 16 years and have also been a regular speaker at the annual law conferences sponsored by the Arizona School Boards Association and the Arizona Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE). In March 2009, I was presented with the Laura Ganoung Award, which is CASE's highest award recognizing leadership in the area of special education.

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Charles Haynes, Ed.D., CCC-SLP - MGH Institute of Health Professions 

 

Dr. Haynes is Professor for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Dr. Haynes teaches courses in spoken and written language disorders and in language, culture and cognition for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program and the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) Program for Reading Specialists. In addition, he conducts research, mentors thesis students, supervises graduate students in the Institute's Speech-Language and Literacy Center, and is an Associate of the Hanson Initiative for Language and Literacy (HILL).

 

In June 2013 Dr. Haynes was inducted into the International Academy of Researchers in Learning Disabilities, and in 2012 received the Nancy T. Watts Award for Excellence in Teaching – the highest prize given to a faculty member at the MGH Institute. He was inducted into the International Dyslexia Association’s Hall of Honor in 2009 and received IDA's Margaret Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

 

Dr. Haynes served as a teacher, Research Coordinator and Director of Speech-Language Services at the Landmark School from 1979-1991, where he and colleagues developed one of the nation's first language-based curricula for children with dyslexia and expressive language impairments. He earned his Ed.D. degree at Harvard University in Reading, Language, and Learning Disabilities.
 

2022 Sessions & Presenters

1:30 - 2:00 Vendors Vendor Showcase - Visit with the Vendors! Learn about Products and Services
TIME STRAND TOPIC SESSION PRESENTER
2:00-
3:15
HLP Collaboration Fostering The Retention Of Special Education Staff Through Colloaborative Processes Dr. Melissa McCusker and Panel
  HLP SEL Practices SEL For All!- SEL Implementation Through An MTSS And Equity Lens James Bock, M. Ed.
  HLP Instruction School Safety Drills and Autism Jeffrey P Snyder
  Legal/ Policy Legal/ Policy A Grassroots Approach to Reimaging and Revising District Discipline Policy Seth Aleshire
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3:15-
3:30
  BREAK    
         
3:30-
3:45
Welcome   WELCOME & MEMBERSHIP & AZCEC/AZCEC 100th Year Celebration Kim Peaslee & Carrie Brandon
3:45-
5:00
Keynote Speaker Dysregulation Practical Social and Emotional Learning Strategies for Youth with Mental Health Concerns Dr. Greg Benner
         
5:00-
5:15
  BREAK & AWARD VIDEO LOOP    
         
5:15-
6:30
STRAND TOPIC SESSION A TITLE PRESENTER
  HLP SEL Practices Real World Social & Emotional Learning Strategies: Advancing Equity in Every Interaction Dr. Greg Benner
  HLP Assessment 5 Powerful Strategies to Make Your Instruction More Explicit Barbara Steinberg, M.Ed.
  HLP Instruction Is Controlled Text Really Necessary? Stages In Reading Development That Direct Instruction Cheryl Anthony, MS Ed.
  HLP SEL Practices Safe “Containers” Put A Lid On Dysregulation Debi Neat, M.Ed.
  HLP Instruction Visual Supports to Promote Compliance with Bedtime Routine in a Child with Autism and Sensory Dysregulation Juliet Hart Barnett, Ph.D.
  HLP Instruction Employer Needs Assessment in Developing Career Readiness Curriculum for Detained Youth Kristin Robertson, MA, BCBA
  HLP SEL Practices High Leverage Practices for Teaching Social Behaviors Qwaye Bright
  HLP SEL Practices Brain Science: Relationships and Regulation in the Classroom Sharyn Weinheimer, M.A., NBCT
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1:30 -
2:00
Vendors Vendor Showcase - Visit with the Vendors! Learn about Products and Services
TIME STRAND TOPIC SESSION TITLE SESSION PRESENTER
2:00-
3:15
HLP Assessment Tying it Together: My Future AZ and the Transition Planning Process Amanda Nolasco, M.Ed
  HLP SEL Practices SEL and Mental Wellness: A Blueprint to Foster Schoolwide Inclusivity and a Positive School Climate  Dr. Kurt Hulett and Panel
  HLP Collaboration Us Against the Agenda: How the Facilitated IEP Process Helps Prevent Conflict Heather Schlemmer, M.A.
  HLP SEL Practices Providing Group Social Skills Training To Increase Self-Regulation For High School Students Sylvia Cohen, Ph.D.
        4
3:15-
3:30
  BREAK    
         
3:30-
3:45
AWARDS   AWARD PRESENTATIONS  Trish Alley
3:45-
5:00
Keynote Speaker Discipline Discipline: Driving Us all Down the Road to Think Denise Lowell-Britt & Heather Pierson
         
5:00-
5:15
  BREAK & AWARD VIDEO LOOP    
         
TIME STRAND TOPIC SESSION A TITLE SESSION PRESENTER
5:15-
6:30
Legal/Policy Legal/Policy  Year in Review Heather Pierson, J.D.
  HLP Instruction Wearable Technologies for Active Learning and Sensory Regulation with Dignity Anani M. Vasquez, M.A.E.
  AZCEC Celebration It's A Birthday Party! Learn about CEC 100th Birthday & Arizona CEC's Birthday Celebration Joan McDonald, Lorrane McPherson
  HLP SEL Practices Sex Trafficking In The Schools: Recognizing Teen Victims And Identifying Prevention Strategies Dominique Roe-Sepowitz MSW Ph.D.
  HLP SEL Practices Using ACEPP and CEEDAR Resources To Support Dysregulation, Discipline And Dyslexia Through HLPs Kathleen Puckett
  HLP SEL Practices Using Community Circles In The Classroom To Teach Prosocial Skills Leighanne Downing, LMSW, MSW
  HLP Instruction Building Resilience In Mathematics By Developing Relationships And Establishing Rigor Rob Hilliker, Mdiv MATH
        6
1:30 -
2:00
Vendors Vendor Showcase - Visit with the Vendors! Learn about Products and Services
TIME STRAND TOPIC SESSION TITLE SESSION PRESENTER
2:00-3:15 HLP Collaboration Observation, Coaching, and Professional Learning: A Cycle of Professional Growth Benjamin Sullens, M.Ed, NBCT
  HLP SEL Practices MTSS and the Neurosequential Model  Jessica Vocca, M.A.
  HLP SEL Practices Resilience Sandy Ortiz
        3
3:15-3:30   BREAK    
         
3:30-3:45 AWARDS   AWARD PRESENTATIONS  Trish Alley
3:45-5:00 Keynote Speaker Dyslexia Let’s Catch Kids Before They Fail!: Early Detection and Intervention for Dyslexia Dr. Charles Haynes
         
5:00-5:15   BREAK & AWARD VIDEO LOOP    
         
TIME STRAND TOPIC SESSION A TITLE SESSION PRESENTER
5:15-6:30 HLP Instruction From Talking to Writing: Strategies for Helping Struggling Writers Dr. Charles Haynes
  HLP SEL Practices Tools and Strategies for Positive Behavior in the Classroom Christy Hegebush MLS
  HLP SEL Practices Using Teaching Interactions to Explicitly Teach and Generalize Coping Skills Danielle Gonyea, BCBA, LBA
  HLP Instruction Ready Set Focus! Facilitating Sensory Self-Regulation in School-Age Children Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L
  Legal/Policy Legal/Policy Witness? I Think NOT! Tips To Keep You Off The Witness List Lorie A. Gerkey, Esq
  HLP Instruction The Truth about Dyslexia Fonts! AT Tools and Strategies That Work Mary Keeney, MA, CCC-SLP
  HLP Instruction The Gift of Productive Struggle: Structuring Learning Environments Where All Learners Thrive Rob Hilliker, Mdiv RDG
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2022 Sponsors


2022 Exhibitor Application

For over 30 years, AZCEC/AZCASE has provided a wonderful opportunity to exhibit your business, services and support for special education students, teachers, principals and administrators in Arizona. Our conference attracts almost 500 educational decision makers from across the state - help us make an impact in education! Become a 2022 Conference Sponsor and Exhibitor today before opportunities are gone!

2022 Sponsor/Exhibitor Packages

2022 Exhibitor Registration

Email Jessica for more information
 

2022 Registration

Registration

Early Bird Conference Rate:

  • CEC Member - $59
  • Team of 3 - $59 each
  • Non-Member Rate - $79

Conference Rate after January 24, 2022:

  • CEC Member - $79
  • Team of 3 - $79 each
  • Non-Member Rate - $99

Annual General Meeting - Feb. 17 @ 6:30 PM MST

  • Join the AZCEC and AZCASE Annual General Board Meeting immediately after the conference. The board meeting is OPEN to all members.
  • Hear executive reports from all board positions - 2020 AGM Minutes.

  • Agenda available in February

 

 Questions?

Please email all conference questions to: AZCEC.conference@gmail.com 

Date

Feb. 15, 2022 - Feb. 17, 2022
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
MST
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