Statewide Meeting Overview - 3/25/2011



Task Force on Quality Inclusive Schooling

March 25, 2011Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albany, New York  The Commitments of Members of the Task Force Are: To plan and implement quality teacher preparation programs, or to enhance the quality of those already implemented in order to prepare high quality teachers to serve the diverse student population of the State through inclusive practices; To engage in and support partnerships with selected high needs schools to improve student outcomes as identified by the New York State Performance Plan; and To build the capacity of multiple stakeholder groups to examine data, identify, create and/or develop strategies for advancing indicators in response to the New York State Performance Plan. AGENDA

 8:00 - 8:30  New Participiants, Kozik & Reginal Liaisons  Orientation to the Task Force
This component of the agenda is for people who are new to the Task Force, and might wish to understand its history, current goals, and structures.
 8:30  All  Sign In
 9:00  Peter Kozik Welcome and Introductions
Introduction of the Task Force Liaison Group and HESC Staff Review of Procedures for Reimbursement for Travel Expenses Review of the Agenda Inclusion for General Educators: Forums on the 3 credit course and 15 required hours OSE QI Mapping Grants (Initiative 23C)
 9:10 Cynthia Gillespie
Celia Oyler
Sarah Schlessinger
Robert Quinlan
Collaborative Inquiry Teams for more Inclusive Pedagogy: Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project
Asked to provide professional development for the recent New  York City Special Education Phase One Reform, TCICP convened 8 year-long collaborative inquiry groups of public school teachers and administrators. The project director and research fellow provide an overview of the project and two teachers share how the Spotlight work helps them support the achievement of students with disabilities in general education classrooms.
 10:15    Breakout Sessions (choose one of three) 
  Marcia Atwood
Lori Strong
Effective Use of the Literacy Quality Indicators (LQIs) as a Tool for Assessing School District's Instructional Programs  and Practices
This presentation will provide participants with a brief overview of the format of the LQIs. Case studies will be presented on the various ways school districts have incorporated the use of LQIs in determining priority need areas as well as prescribing and planning activities to change practices to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. Several "Walkthrough" formats that have been designed based on the LQIs will be shared.
   Victoria Rodriguez

Language Impaired or Second Language Learner? The Complexities of Educating Culturally and Linguistically  Diverse Young Children with Disabilities
This presentation will examine the major issues regarding the
identification, assessment, and instruction of Culturally and
Linguistically Diverse (CLD) young children with disabilities. We will also discuss how to address these issues in teacher preparation programs.

   Larry Maheady Possible Criteria for Selecting, Assessing, and Sustaining High Quality Clinical Practice in Inclusive Settings
The purposes of this session are to: (a) discuss the concept of high quality clinical practice in inclusive settings, (b) offer suggestions for selecting, assessing, and sustaining such placements, and (c) propose a practitioner-driven applied research agenda.
 11:15 Barbara Schwartz
Cecile Gleason
Cradle to Career Education: The Role of Early Childhood Special Education as the Foundation
This presentation focuses on critical foundations of the early childhood years in supporting the on-going development of the young child. Issues of early brain research and best practices in early childhood and special education will be shared. A list of resources available to include early childhood inclusive practices will be provided including a link to the CONNECT modules developed by Frank Porter Graham.
 12:00    Regional Meetings
 1:15    Breakout Sessions (Choose 1 of 3)
  Dolores Burton Teacher Work Sample: One Leg of the Journey to Create Effective Teachers
The presentation will discuss the journey of one institution as they implement the Teacher Work Sample (TWS) as part of the assessment system of their teacher candidate's student teaching. Audience sharing of their experiences with TWS is encouraged.
  Diana Straut
Kim Baker
Job Thomas
Taking the First Step: Supporting S3TAIR Model and Replication School Relationships
This session will give a brief overview of a 2 day workshop, hosted by the Eastern Region TFQIS, that was designed to help school personnel lay the foundation for their mentoring relationship as part of the S3TAIR project. The workshop varied from traditional approaches to mentoring, applying theories of organizational development and systems change to address issues that are often overlooked in school improvement initiatives. This session will offer both a theoretical core and practical strategies for establishing partnerships in almost any school initiative.
  Yoon-Joo Lee
Cecile Gleason
Social Competence and Young Learners: The Early Childhood/Childhood Connection
This session will address the importance of social competence and its connection to learning across age groups. Preparing teacher candidates to foster the development of social skills in inclusion settings will be discussed. Presenters will share teaching tools that faculty can use to support learning: the use of anecdotes and introduction of the Pyramid Model, a three-tiered approach that maps onto the school-age Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Model.
 2:15 Bob Bentley Great Teachers and Great Leaders