Special Education → Events
2022 Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Patricia Crain de Galarce
Director of the Center for Inclusive and Special Education
Lesley University Graduate School of Education, Associate Dean GSOE
9:00–9:50 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Presentation
10:00–10:50 a.m. Workshop Session 1
11:00–11:50 a.m. Workshop Session 2
Welcome and Keynote Presentation
Dr. Gwendolyn J. Mason, Acting Associate Superintendent, Office of Special Education
Mr. Philip A. Lynch, Director, Department of Special Education Services
Ms. Vittoria Aiello, Cochair, Special Education Advisory Committee
Dr. Patricia Crain de Galarce, Director, Center for Inclusive and Special Education, Lesley University Graduate School of Education (GSOE), Associate Dean GSOE
*Interpretation available in Español, Amharic, French, and Chinese
Supported Decision Making—Session 1
Supported decision-making will be discussed as an alternative to guardianship. Practice, tips, and resources will be explained.
Ms. Megan Jones, Attorney, Disability Rights Maryland
Community Connections and Resilience Workshop for Families of Middle and High School Students—Session 1
Level: Middle and High School
Dr. Patricia Crain de Galarce, Director of the Center for Inclusive and Special Education, Lesley University Graduate School of Education (GSOE), Associate Dean GSOE
Strand: Parenting, Community
Understanding Alternate Learning Outcomes: How Alternate Standards Align to Grade Level Curriculum—Session 1
For parents/guardians of children on alternate learning outcomes, this session will break down the different parts of reading and discuss strategies that can be used to support your child’s reading development at home. We will look at the connections between reading instruction at school and supporting your reader at home.
Mrs. Kathleen S. Greenberg, teacher special education, Cabin John Middle School;
Ms. Megan E. Sullivan, teacher, special education, DSES; and
Mrs. Anne Marie Tagliaferri, supervisor, Bridges, Department of Special Education Services (DSES).
Positive Behavioral Strategies that Support Healthy Social-Emotional Development—Session 1
Ms. Laura Copp, parent educator, Deaf/Hard of Hearing/Vision Program; and
Ms. Kathleen M. Van de Poll, parent educator, Preschool Education Program
*In español: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UdKXJRPgKqfMrIMLx8r59Mi_L9pWNAcl/view?usp=sharing
Supporting your Child in Elementary Mathematics—Session 1
This session will focus on elementary mathematics in MCPS, centering on students with disabilities. Participants will learn about the Eureka Math curriculum and the components and resources that are available to support families. This session will provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions and learn about ways to support their children at home in mathematics.
Mrs. Sheila J. Berlinger, supervisor, Elementary Mathematics.
Maryland ABLE: A Financial Planning Tool for People with Disabilities and their Families—Session 2
John Shatto from Maryland ABLE will share an overview of how ABLE accounts can help people with disabilities and their families to save and invest for the future without jeopardizing federal, state, and local benefits such as SSI and Medicaid. Families will learn about tax-advantaged savings and investment options as well as how to use the ABLE account to pay for qualified disability-related expenses. Join us to learn about the eligibility criteria, enrollment process, features of a Maryland ABLE account, and the account management process.
Mr. John Shatto, Maryland ABLE Ambassador, Service Development Facilitator, The Arc Montgomery County
Strand: Social-Emotional/Behavioral/Mental Health, Transition—College, Career, Community
Dyslexia Explained—Session 2
This session will explain the characteristics of dyslexia, the common misunderstandings about dyslexia, the challenges of meeting the needs of children with dyslexia, and the importance of early identification and intervention. Common comorbid conditions will be identified as well as common strengths that are exhibited by people with this brain difference. Emphasis will be placed on how students with dyslexia need opportunities in school to discover their talents and meet their potential across content.
Ms. Laura D. Hankins, Prekindergarten–Grade 12 Content Specialist, English Language Arts, English Language Arts/Reading, Office of Curriculum and Instruction Programs.
Strand: Academic/Social-Emotional/Behavioral/Mental Health
Strategies for Managing Challenging Behaviors—Session 2
This session will provide an overview of various strategies and techniques to help parents support children who may demonstrate challenging behaviors. This session will address ways to help encourage and support children to engage in more positive and productive behaviors. This presentation is geared towards elementary-aged children.
Mrs. Jodi A. Chesman, Instructional Specialist, DSES; and
Ms. Heather J. Strauss, Behavior Support Teacher, Social Emotional Special Education Services, DSES.
Strand: Behavior Management/Social Emotional Learning
Cooperation Strategies for use in the Home—Session 2
Noncompliance is one of the most pervasive problem behaviors in young children. This training will focus on strategies and skills that can be taught in the home setting by caregivers to increase cooperation.
Ms. Dana C. Gillespie, Special Education Program Specialist, Autism Spectrum Disorders Services, DSES.
Strand: Social-Emotional Learning/Behavior
Special Education Process Essentials—Session 2
This session will provide information regarding the special education processes that are essential to parents/guardians.
Dr. Melissa A. Brunson, Special Education Area Supervisor, DSES;
Mrs. Kia Middleton-Murphy, Special Education Area Supervisor, DSES; and
Ms. Claudette R. Smith, Special Education Area Supervisor, DSES.
Strand: Special Education IEP Process
Fostering Literacy with your Preschooler at Home—Session 2
Parents will learn about the MCPS Preschool Literacy curriculum, review the developmental checklist for literacy development, and walk away with strategies to support literacy at home.
Mrs. Alisa H. Bell, teacher special education, Child Find/Early Childhood Disabilities Unit; and
Ms. Whitnee Liverpool-Cummins, teacher special education, Child Find/Early Childhood Disabilities Unit
This survey is being conducted by the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services. All parents or guardians of children ages 3 to 21 who are receiving special education and related services through their local school system are invited to participate.The purpose of this survey is to determine how well your child’s school is partnering with you and promoting parent involvement in your child’s education. Your feedback will help guide efforts to improve special education and related services in your local school system. The Survey is anonymous so please do not write any personally identifiable information.Please complete this survey in one sitting. If you leave this page before submitting the Survey, you will have to start over. Remember the Survey must be completed by May 26, 2023. Thank you!