The Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education’s (TCASE) semi-annual conference kickoffs today, July 14th, in Austin, Texas.
TCASE is a 3 day special education conference in Texas and a wonderful opportunity to connect with our customers and learn how districts across Texas are implementing best-practices in their special education programs. Rethink is excited to be exhibiting but even more excited to check out some of the awesome sessions taking place during tomorrow’s Learning Labs.
These are the 3 Learning Labs we are excited about:
1. 18th Year of 18+: Lesson Learned
Nancy Neugebauer, North East ISD
Recent research documented the dire job prospects for individuals with disabilities in the job force: the jobless rate for Americans with disabilities in 2014 being 2.5 percent compared to 5.9 percent for those who are typically developing.
One way to improve unemployment rates for individuals with disabilities is to create more effective transition planning. In this presentation, Nancy Neugebauer will discuss how North East ISD has built a robust transition program that includes everything from transportation training and social skills instruction to volunteer work and employment opportunities with local businesses.
Also check out how North East ISD has partnered with Rethink to support comprehensive data collection and district-wide behavior intervention programming.
2. Special Ed Administrator’s Perceptions of Responsibilities and Challenges
Juanell Isaac & Teresa Starett, Texas Women’s University
Strong leadership is crucial to the success of any special education program. Remaining compliant with IDEA, retaining highly-qualified teachers, and improving outcomes for students with disabilities, all within the limitations of an ever-changing budget, requires special education to perform a difficult balancing act year after year.
In this session, Juanell Isaac and Teresa Starett from Texas Women’s University will discuss the leadership qualities and skills administrator’s need to promote quality special education programs as well as the programs needed to develop, support, and nurture high quality special education administrators.
3. Autism Support and Intervention Program
Audrey Bivens $ Sally Schwartzel, Katy ISD
Many districts provide special programming specifically for students with autism. Much of this programming takes place in self-contained settings. For students who possess the functional skills to access grade-level academic content but may have other issues that make the general education classroom challenging, this is not ideal.
In this presentation, Audrey Bivens and Sally Schwartzel, both from Katy ISD (another Rethink customer), will discuss how their district has developed specialized programming for students with autism who have significant behavior and social needs that keep them in the general education classroom.
TCASE is an amazing place to learn and connect with vendors and other special educators across the state. If you are attending the conference, be sure to stop by booth #9 and say hello to the Rethink team!