Monday, August 9, 2021

11:30 am – 4:00 pm EDT

(All sessions will be recorded and links to the archives will be sent to all registrants)

Inviting All Lutheran Teachers!

Please join us for a first-of-its-kind teachers conference presented
by Lutheran Special Education Ministries. This one-day event brings
Lutheran teachers together in an online format for continuing education.

Registration: Admission is $50

Presentation

From Inclusion to Belonging.

Description: As David Anderson points out, Jesus broke down barriers and as educators we are called to do the same; called to create community in our schools and in our classrooms. We must challenge our schools to recognize all children have talents, abilities, temperament, and weaknesses. We must recognize that as humans we have decided which of our children are broken; which child has less than. When we open the door to our classroom and children enter, they then exist in our classrooms.  For children to belong, we must allow all children to be active and contributing members of our classroom. During our time together we will challenge ourselves to recognize inclusion and reflect on how to move our schools and classrooms to communities of belonging.

The State of Special Education

Description: This session will review the last twenty years of research around special education in US Christian schools. We will explore how US special education laws apply to private schools in the US and identify avenues of how Christian schools can work together to meet the needs of God’s children. Participants will understand current practices and what steps to take to move their programs forward.

Speaker:

Julie M. Lane, Ed.D. earned her doctorate from Pepperdine University and is an associate professor at Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, CA. Julie has worked in the special education field for more than 25 years. Although she began her career in public education, her calling was to assist Lutheran schools in the development of special education programming. Julie initially developed special education programs at St. Paul’s Lutheran and Lutheran High School of Orange County in Orange, CA. She went on to assist multiple Lutheran and other Christian schools across the country in developing special education programs. Her co-authored book Welcoming Children with Special Needs: Empowering Christian Special Education through Purpose, Policies, and Procedures (2014) outlines steps to be taken when developing a program.

Her research agenda focuses on understanding special education programming, cultural reciprocity, and school climate as it applies to children with disabilities in international, private, and rural schools. She is at the forefront of research on special education practices in US Christian schools and has published several articles on the subject. Julie is also the executive director of Re-Imaging Special Education. R-ISE is a non-profit entity dedicated to bringing international schools, private schools, and families together to re-think and re-create special education programming.

Presentation

What Sticks? Lasting Changes in Special Education After the Pandemic.

Description: Throughout the last two years, schools across America were forced to make changes and rapidly innovate unlike any other time in recent history. Seemingly overnight, classrooms sprouted additional student devices, live-streaming hardware and online learning management structures, and this is was no different for special education classrooms and teachers. So what sticks? What changes should continue and how will they impact educational issues and trends that are approaching for the coming years? Join us as we take a look forward at technology innovation, special education and education in general and discuss where we go from here.

Speakers:

Matthew Bergholt is the Manager of Online Support and Services in the LCMS Office of National Mission, School Ministry Office in Saint Louis, MO. In this role he directs the online presence of the School Ministry Office, manages the online and print publications such as Chapel Talks, NLSW, and LuthEd materials, and also travels around the country assisting Lutheran schools and Districts with technology-focused training and development sessions. A graduate of Concordia University Chicago, he was previously the Classroom Technology Instructor at St. Luke’s Lutheran School in Oviedo, FL and the 6th grade homeroom teacher and Director of Technology at Trinity Lutheran School in Orlando, FL. He resides with his wife Melissa and two sons in Saint Louis, MO.

Presentation

The Brain on Stress: How trauma affects teaching and learning.

Description:

Through educational neuroscience we are learning more and more about how God created the brain to respond in stressful situations. This past year and a half has forced us to take a closer look at how the stress response affects teaching and learning. We will take a look at this research from the perspective of the educator and the student. As we prepare for a fresh new start in the classroom this fall, we will use a universal design for learning mindset to establish a safe and healing environment where God’s love clears the path for all learning.

SEL and PBIS: Design for School Year Ahead

Description:

Social Emotional Learning and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports go together. Whether your school is already fully engaged with these tools or you are a new administrator or educator to SEL and/or PBIS, this workshop can ignite your evidence-based practices as you design for the upcoming school year – this specific upcoming school year! The learners walking through the door this Fall will need educators to be prepared to meet them where they are socially, emotionally, behaviorally, and spiritually. Among the positive outcomes are higher academic achievement and lower frequency of behavioral outbursts and office referrals.

Speaker:

Kelli L. Green serves as professor of special education at Martin Luther College. Kelli has a Master’s of Arts in Special Education with a K-12 Learning Disabilities and Emotional Behavioral Disorders licensure. She also holds state licenses for Elementary Education K-6 and Communications Language Arts 5-8. Kelli is currently completing her Ed.S. degree in Administration of Special Education and Year 2 of Ed.D. Leadership and Learning at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Kelli has twenty years of teaching experience as a Lutheran school third grade teacher and public school special education teacher who also served nonpublic schools gaining a wide variety of experiences that included students K-12 with learning disabilities, emotional behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorder, other health disabilities, trauma, diversity, and more. The Lord has given Kelli a passion for serving educators as they serve these precious students and their families.

Presentation

Engaging Students During Classroom Instruction: Real Examples for Teachers

Description:

Student engagement is associated with both higher academic achievement and lower levels of disruptive behavior. This session provides an overview of engagement practices using videos to demonstrate a variety of strategies that teachers can use during typical instructional contexts.

Simple Practices for Managing Classrooms While Teaching

Description:

This session provides an overview of some basic evidence-based practices for managing student behavior in classroom settings. Examples demonstrate how these practices can be used in typical classrooms as a part of instruction.

Speaker:

Dr. Terry Scott is the division’s director of disabilities re­search at Stanford Research Institute. Before joining SRI in 2021, he spent 24 years as a professor and researcher in special education, most recently directing the Center for Instructional and Behavioral Research in Schools (CIBRS) at the University of Louisville. He was involved with the initial development of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in the late 1990s and was a partner in the initial version of the Office of Special Education Programs- funded PBIS Technical Assistance Center. Throughout his career, he has been principal investigator on multiple, funded research projects including early model-demonstrations of combined PBIS/response to intervention (RTI) implementation in elementary schools and the more recent development of motivational interviewing techniques for changing teacher behavior. In addition to his own work in the area, Scott has consulted on large-scale studies of PBIS and functional behavior assessment (FBA) with colleagues at Johns Hopkins University.

Presentation

Dyslexia in the Classroom

Description:

Dyslexia is a specific reading disabilities that affects up to 1 in 5 students.  Students with dyslexia have unique strengths and challenges that may affect their academic skills.  This session will cover information on what dyslexia is, address some common myths about this learning disability, and provide practical hands-on strategies that educators can implement in the classroom to help students who may struggle with reading and spelling skills.

Strategies for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Description:

Students on the autism spectrum, like all students, are fearfully and wonderfully made.  The strategies and accommodations which work for one student on the autism spectrum may not work for another, so it is important to have a variety of ideas at hand to help students be successful in the classroom.  This session will cover incorporating visual, behavior, and sensory strategies into classroom instruction to meet the needs of students who may be on the autism spectrum.

Speaker:

Dr. Kara Bratton serves as LSEM’s Special Education Director.  She has been with the ministry since 2001, first as a special education teacher, and then moved to a director role in 2013.  She has an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Valparaiso University, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University, graduate degrees in special education and gifted and talented instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University and Ball State University, respectively, and a Ph.D. in special education leadership from Concordia University Chicago.

Presentation

Language Matters!

Description:

Celebrating individuality and unique differences centers on how each of our students (and teachers!) are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 39:14).  How we use words and language regarding students, specifically those who learn differently, is important in building classroom community, compassion, and respect for all.  In this session, become engaged in an interactive practice and discussion of incorporating People First Language into your vocabulary to promote awareness and inclusion, which will also extend beyond your school walls.

Speaker:

Dr. Cari Chittick is the Director of Lutheran Teaching Programs, Colloquy, and Placement and an Associate Professor of Education at Concordia University, Irvine. She has a passion for the ministry of Lutheran schools and for encouraging professional growth of future educators in their ministering to children with varying abilities; to enhance students’ academic potential, while nurturing their faith.

Prior to joining CUI, Dr. Chittick was the Director of Special Education at Concordia University Texas where she began the major and developed the program to equip future educators to support exceptional learners in all classroom settings. She has also developed elementary resource programs in two Lutheran schools.

In her spare time, Dr. Chittick enjoys exploring God’s creation and serving God through service and mission trips around the world.

Session Schedule

Dr. Julie Lane
From Inclusion to Belonging

Dr. Cari Chittick
Language Matters

Dr. Terry Scott
Engaging Students During Classroom Instruction: Real Examples for Teachers

Dr. Kara Bratton
Dyslexia in the Classroom

Dr. Julie Lane
The State of Special Education

Dr. Terry Scott
Simple Practices for Managing Classrooms While Teaching

Kelli Green
The Brain on Stress: How trauma affects teaching and learning.

Matt Bergholt
What Sticks? Lasting Changes in Special Education After the Pandemic

Kelli Green
SEL and PBIS: Design for School Year Ahead

Dr. Kara Bratton
Strategies for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Commercial Sponsors

Sponsors

Registration is open!

If this registration does not work in your browser, please click here to open in a new window and complete.

Registration Main