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Friday Sessions


Limitless Learning: Learn, Lead and Live without Barriers

Presented by Jo Boaler


Our Keynote Speaker for the 2024 conference will be Jo Boaler, a British education author and Nomellini-Olivier Professor of Mathematics Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Get ready to understand how to apply brain science to explore how beliefs and bias have an impact on education and to identify six keys to unlock everyone’s learning potential.  Come join us and see ways to teach students to increase equity, engagement, and achievement. 

10:15 AM - 11:25 AM Breakout Sessions 

Session 1: Bridging the Generation Gap in Our Communities

Presented by Kim Cinea, Christine Fluet, Blake Curton, & Karla Williams

From volunteering, to work experiences, to direct hires. We will show you how this benefits our students/clients and our seniors in our community. We have built relationships with Senior Living Centers and not only has this lead to productive jobs and careers for our clients. It has also built some great relationships and given ongoing fulfillment to all.  Businesses have reached out to us asking for more!

Session 2: Peer Para Internship Program

Presented by Stacy Moore & Rebecca DeWitt

Participants will learn about the Peer Para Internship program which provides high school Seniors, interested in pursuing a career in education, the opportunity to support peers with significant disabilities in general education classrooms. Participants will also learn about activities utilized to teach the interns how to support their assigned peers. 


Session 3: Utilizing the General Educator in the IEP Process 

Presented by Leslie Gaiser

General educators are required members of IEP teams, however in most IEP meetings they are the least active members. This session will explore ways the general educator can actively participate in IEP meetings and feel more valued as a member of the team. 

Session 4: My Super Power:  Neurodiversity in the Schools

Presented by Caron A. Westland, Ph.D., Abby Roberson, & Niki Roberts

According to the Disabled Teachers Network (2022), of the approximately 3.2 million PK-12 educators, approximately 12% have a disability.  Educators will share their stories of neurodiversity (super powers) from diagnosis to disclosure.  Learn from these stories of transition, advocacy, disclosure and self determination while celebrating perseverance and resilience.

Session 5: Mental Health Support for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Presented by Bernadette Pigeon & Ryan Trowbridge

This session will enlighten school staff to identify ways to assess social emotional intelligence in students with intellectual disabilities. By building an understanding of  social emotional development we can inform what social emotional support can look like in a school setting.

Session 6: Missing Children: A Tale of Two Brains

Presented by Jody Dickerson, BSN, MN & Toni Grishman, BSN, RN

We will explore various types of brain injuries that are universally under-identified and therefore under-supported. We will demonstrate the importance of early identification and intervention to decrease the possibility of long term consequences. Resources for improved identification and interventions related to the Building Blocks of Brain Development will be shared.  

Session 7: Executive Functioning and Emotional Regulation in the Classroom or Home

Presented by Stephanie Marotto 

Having executive dysregulation can impact students' ability to learn and regulate emotions. During this session, attendees will understand executive dysregulation's impact students' learning and emotional well-being. By the end of the session, attendees will have strategies to support students exhibiting executive dysregulation at home and in the classroom. 

Session 8: Classroom Engagement for At-Risk & Struggling Students

Presented by Ben Cockerham Ed.D

Disengaged students don’t learn, disrupt the class, and cause teacher frustration. Learn the best practices of student engagement that enable teachers to establish productive classrooms. The Seven Pillars of Classroom Engagement are: Relationships & Self-Awareness, Engaging Lessons, Communicating with Parents, Misbehavior Management, Expectations, Routines & Procedures, and Praise & Rewards.  


Session 9: Identifying and Addressing the Student who is Gifted and Dyslexic

Presented by Jessica Bodden & Gay Carlson

It is challenging to identify and serve students who are both gifted and dyslexic. Giftedness can mask dyslexia, the gift can camouflage the reading deficit, or neither can be recognized. How do we honor the gifts, and remediate the struggles? We will address identification and differentiation for these two exceptionalities.

Session 10: Information from Inside: What the Youth Educated at the Division of Youth Services Have to Teach Us

Presented by Kelly Engberg Balderston & Erin Osterhaus


After a broad overview of the education services provided to committed youth within DYS, a deeper dive will be made into data describing who our students are, the challenges they face and how the wrap-around supports are provided to our students to include what the students themselves tell us about their experiences and learning. Participants will leave with ideas on how to connect and support justice involved youth when returning to their communities.

Session 11: Making Mathematics Meaningful: Pedagogical Practices that Empower Students

Presented by Mindy Adair


Meaningful mathematics requires patience, empathy, creativity, and inclusion. In the classroom, teachers are constantly investigating how to best support curiosity and student growth, while attending to the plethora of tasks requiring our attention. Unpacking the components of “being bored” and “promoting challenge” through the lens of the Zone of Proximal Development can offer teachers and families insight into how we expand our thinking about mathematics.

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Luncheon Sessions

Navigating Our Data Filled World

Presented by Jo Boaler & Cathy Williams

We are in an exciting time in terms of knowledge and knowledge communication. Our world is filled with data and data visualizations and a new, important goal for us all is to become data empowered. This session will show some cool ways to think about data in the world.

From Switchbacks to Summits... Traversing Life's Trails

Presented by Alice & Kara Brouhard

Kara and Alice will describe the trails they have traversed on the journey to allow Kara to live a self -determined, very independent life despite significant physical and cognitive challenges sustained with a severe TBI at age 5.

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Kara Star of the World Documentary

Alice Brouhard - Beyond Caregiving, A Journey of Independence Podcast

Just Because It's Not Wrong Doesn't Make It Right: Teaching Kids to Think and Act Ethically

Presented by Barbara Coloroso

Gain solid, practical advice on nurturing and guiding children’s ethical lives from toddlerhood through the teen years using everyday situations at school, in social settings, and in the world at large. Topics include how to develop an ethic rooted in deep caring, how rigid moral absolutism and shifting moral relativism interfere with raising ethical human beings, and how young people can use media tools without being consumed by them.


1:45 PM - 2:55 PM Breakout Sessions

Session 12: Moving Towards Inclusion – Join us on the journey

Presented by Charlie Buckley, Dr. Jeanne Connelly, & Dr. Kara Halley

Re-imagining systems to create inclusive classrooms is a journey many of us our on. There is not one clear path in creating this change. However, we can seek guidance and inspiration from leaders across the country. In this session participants will have the opportunity to interact with leaders of inclusion. 

Session 13: Building Connections through Service Learning Trips

Presented by Steve Livingston

From trips of a just a couple hours to week-long adventures, Service Learning, when done right, can have huge impacts on students and their relationships with their teachers, schools, and the world. 

Session 14: Student Discipline & Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline

Presented by Emily Harvey & Sara Pielsticker

This session will start by framing the issues related to the school to prison pipeline and how they relate to student discipline. Then, we will explain the legal requirements of the IDEA, ECEA, and Section 504 when students are disciplined at school. We will also cover the requirements for functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans. Additionally, we will discuss restraint and seclusion of students with disabilities, including the potential impact on a student's ability to receive a free appropriate public education. We will also discuss how restraint and seclusion can have lasting effects for students who are incarcerated and recent Department of Justice settlements regarding the use of seclusion in schools. Finally, we will discuss how this information can be used by school staff to help disrupt the school to prison pipeline. 


Session 15: Expanding Capacity of Para- Educators through Behavior Skill Training

Presented by Kelly Miller

Para-educators sometimes have the hardest job in Special Education and while they commonly have additional training, it is unlikely that it includes practical application, coaching, and modeling. Come see how one district's attempt at creating job specific training using an I do, We do, You do model of application including progress monitoring systems to ensure growth. 

Session 16: Using the Building Blocks of Brain Development to Assess and Support Students with SLD

Presented by Dr. Peter Thompson

This presentation is an overview of a three-part training series that uses the neuro-educational model called the Building Blocks of Brain Development. This framework was developed to better understand brain functioning as it relates to learning, identification- of educational disabilities, and to design more effective supports for students with learning disabilities.

Session 17: The SEL Toolbox: Helping Students Generalize Skills

Presented by Briana Makofske, Ph.D.

The SEL Toolbox provides practitioners intervention tools to help students generalize learned self-regulation and executive functioning skills. Students often have difficulty generalizing new, learned strategies outside of small, structured, group settings. This approach encourages practitioners to assess how students to apply their skills in safely facilitated unpredictable, unstructured situations.


Session 18: College for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Presented by Laura K. Anderson & Noah Fuller

With increasing opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), teams need to begin to prepare students with college readiness skills.  In this session, presented by a graduate of college who has an intellectual disability and a staff member at a university program for students with IDD, participants will learn why college matters and how to prepare students for college.

Session 19: Explicit Strategies to Improve Listening & Reading Comprehension Skills

Presented by Corey Pollard

In this presentation we will discuss the five different levels of comprehension and how to support students with explicit strategies at each level. The presentation will provide a demonstration of specific instructional cues and graphic organizers that can be used to support student development in listening and reading comprehension. 


Session 20: The Colorado Legislature and You: How to Engage to Make Change

Presented by Ben Ellis & Leigh Williams

This session will describe how the Colorado Legislature works, recent legislation that has been passed impacting education, and how to get involved as a constituent. There will be a basic testimony training as well as information regarding CSSP's advocacy in the legislature. 

Session 21: PERA 101

Presented by PERA

Our PERA 101 session delivers what you should know about your pension, including how to plan now and calculate what you’ll get in retirement (and other gems you might not know about!)  Whether you’re new to PERA, closer to retirement, or anywhere in between, PERA 101 is a great starting point for understanding just what your PERA retirement can do for you.  It will help you get more out of any of our other presentations, too! 



Session 22: Ableism

Presented by Coral Euler, MA & Linda Haertling

Identifying needs and strengths of neurodiverse population.  Developing anti-biased action plans.

3:15 PM - 4:25 PM Breakout Sessions

Session 23: The Impact of Early Experiences on Brain Development

Presented by Kallie Haritopoulos, MA, CCC-SLP

The brain’s development and resulting functionality is based in early childhood experiences. To understand why children think and behave in the ways they do in our classrooms, we must reflect on their early childhood experiences, including caregiver responsivity, and wonder “what happened to you?”

Session 24: Meaningful Inclusion and Access to the School Experience

Presented by Katrine Gosselin

Perceptions surrounding inclusion may vary for students with Significant Support Needs (SSN). This session aims to focus on the idea of ‘‘meaningful inclusion’’ to broaden perceptions and opportunities for students with SSN when provided accessible social and academic benefits associated with an inclusive school experience.

Session 25: Personal Networks - Enriching Life Outside of School

Presented by Beth Schaffner & Sami Peterson

Practical information and tools that explore strengths-based possibilities, in creative ways while exchanging ideas, and looking for application in everyday lives.  Creating opportunities for intentionally-built connections and relationships for a personal network of support that will develop strategies for a successful future envisioned by the young adult at the center.


Session 26: Practical Tools for Dealing With 'Those' Students/People 

Presented by Ginette Auton & Heather Lyons

Have you ever found yourself struggling with difficult students, challenging parents, and uncooperative colleagues? Are you in need of new ideas to help create a positive environment where everyone feels heard and a part of the team? If so, then join us, but come prepared to practice while you learn. 

Session 27: Strategies to Incorporate Vocabulary Instruction into Your Lessons

Presented by Mikayla Storey

Phonics doesn’t matter if students can’t figure out what words mean! Participants will unlock strategies that can be immediately implemented to incorporate vocabulary into their instruction across content areas. Help students move past memorizing definitions and instead provide them with frameworks for deeper comprehension and long-term success. 

Session 28: Behavioral Toolbox 

Presented by Bill Brown

Participants will learn a variety of different ABA (applied Behavior Analysis) behavior intervention strategies such as errorless learning, mix and vary, when/then, precision request sequence and strategies for address specific behaviors such as perfectionism, and learned helplessness, among others.

Session 29: SEL and STEAM - A Magic Combination!

Presented by Courtney Parker & Caroline Wyman

Do you love STEAM? Do you recognize the need for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) & Student Wellness? STEAM and SEL have a uniquely beneficial connection and many common components that align including teamwork, relationship skills and self-awareness, social awareness and responsible decision making. Come join us as we help develop your STEAM & SEL mindset and provide integrated hands-on connections and practical applications you can teach your students to increase their positive interactions and build skills for life.

Session 30: Picking up EdTech

Presented by Mollie Pitrone

Don’t pay attention to the learning behind the curtain! I hope to arm you against the foulest of creatures, blank stares, and apathetic pupils. In this session, we’ll be facing engagement opportunities, student agency, and classroom transformations.


Session 31: Teaching & Learning Multidimensional Mathematics

Presented by Jo Boaler and Cathy Williams

What happens when mathematics is learned differently – not as a subject of narrow questions, but big ideas, concepts, and connections? In this presentation we will look together at different mathematical ideas and consider how they can be learned in a multidimensional way. 

Session 32: Teaching through Crisis:  Helping our Young Students in Times of Loss, Grief, Anxiety and COVID19

Presented by Barbara Coloroso

This session is about how we as educators can help our young students during this time of loss, grief, anxiety and COVID19. Whether it be a small crisis or a major disaster, a minor malady or a life changing event, bullying in hallways, the challenges of virtual learning, or the anxiety and fears our students are expressing or holding in during this pandemic, Barbara will talk about ways educators can create a safe and caring virtual or in person classroom environment where students can grow emotionally, socially, and academically in the face of the upheaval, grief and anxiety they are confronted with, even as we navigate this pandemic ourselves.


CO - TED Meeting

More information to come.

10:15 AM - 11:25 AM
1:45 PM - 2:55 PM
3:15 PM - 4:25 PM
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