2021 WASA/OSPI Special Education Preconference and Conference Resources

Preconference: July 22–23, Zoom
Conference: Monthly, August–December, Zoom

Session  3 | October 12, 2021
Co-Designing Inclusive, Integrated Early Childhood Environments


Opening "Ted Talk"
Handout 1
Handout 2
Handout 3
Michael Grinder, Non-verbal Communication Expert

Creating Collaborative Opportunities to Enhance Integrated Early Childhood Programs
Presentation updated (this is a large file so depending on your internet capabilities, it can take several minutes to load)
Karma Hugo, Director of Early Learning, OSPI
Ryan Guzman, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Coordinator, OSPI

Engaging in Research to Practice
Video Excerpt | A Conversation with Dr. Phil Strain: Why Should Districts Implement Pyramid Model?

District Spotlight: Selah School District
Betty Lopez, Executive Director of Special Education, Selah School District
Melissa Singletary, Principal, Selah School District

District Spotlight: Ridgefield School District
Erika Muir, Early Learning Coordinator, Ridgefield School District

Session 2 | September 9, 2021
Leading and Collaborating for Interventions


Opening "Ted Talk"
Kelcey Schmitz, Assistant Director of Training and TA, UW SMART Center Training and TA Core; School Mental Health Director, MHTTC

Engaging in Research to Practice
Washington's MTSS Framework
Team Driven Shared Leadership Video
Justyn Poulos, Director of MTSS, CISL, OSPI

Multi-Tiered System of Support
Justyn Poulos, Director of MTSS, CISL, OSPI
RJ Monton, Associate Director of Behavioral Health, Snoqualmie Valley School District
Tania May, Assistant Superintendent, OSPI
Steven Prater, Senior Technical Assistant Consultant, American Institutes for Research

District Spotlight: Central Valley School District
Tim Nootemboom, Associate Superintendent Learning and Teaching, Central Valley School District
Terrie VanderWegen, Associate Superintendent Equity and Whole Child Initiatives, Central Valley School District
Renee Pryor, MTSS Intervention Specialist, Port Townsend School District

District Spotlight: Port Townsend School District
Sandy Gessner, Senior Strategy Officer for Educational Equity, OESD 114
Jennifer Acuna, Special Education Director, OESD 114
Shelby MacMeekin, Special Services Director, Port Townsend School District

Session 1 | August 5, 2021
Renewing Hope: Accelerating Inclusive Learning


Opening "Ted Talk"
Dr. Katie Novak, Owner, Novak Educational Consulting

Engaging in Research to Practice
Helene Paroff, Inclusionary Practices Project Director, WASA

Engaging in Research to Practice Articles
Life and UDL
Inclusive Design is Beautiful Design
I'm a Leader and I Want to Scale UDL: Where Do I Start?

Renewing Hope: Accelerating Inclusive Learning
Dr. Rebecca Lynn, Special Education Program Supervisor, OSPI
Kristen Leslie, MAT, OTR/L, Director, Special Education Technology Center

District Spotlight: Lake Chelan School District
K.C. Knudson, Director of Teaching and Learning, Lake Chelan School District
Sarah Clarke, Director of Inclusion and Special Services, Lake Chelan School District

District Spotlight: Highline Public Schools
Jenniffer Reinig, Executive Director of Inclusive Learning, Highline Public Schools
Gaye Bungart, Co-Director of Special Education, Highline Public Schools
Darren Spencer, Co-Director of Special Education, Highline Public Schools


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Additional Resources Provided by OSPI
Graduation Pathways Dashboard
Restraint and Isolation Data
OSPI Strategic Goals
Data Inquiry Guide
District Data Profiles for Special Education Indicators
Sign up for OSPI Special Education Updates
Fiscal Information

OSPI/Special Education Vision
Presentation Breakout Padlet Responses
Glenna Gallo, Tania May, OSPI

Learnings from an Early Career Director
Tawni Barlow, Medical Lake SD

ESD Regional Support
PSESD 121 Presentation Canvas Directions Network One Pager
ESD 123 Presentation

Top Five Fiscal Resources
Tina Pablo-Long, OSPI

Tips for Special Education Directors
Presentation Handout
Nicholas French, Ocosta SD

Deep Kindness
Houston Kraft, Keynote

Engaging Families
Scott Raub, OSPI

State Needs Projects
Combined Presentation

Legal Landscape Post-COVID
Carlos Chavez, Attorney, Pacifica Law Group

Learnings from Veteran Special Education Directors
Gudrun Sullivan, Steilacoom Historical SD
Franklin Day, Cheney PS