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Monday, November 18
 

8:50am PST

Keynote: Luis Perez- Bicycle for the Mind
Luis Pérez is a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. In this role, he promotes the creation, delivery and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies to support equitable learning opportunities for all students. He holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida. He was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009, and as a Google in Education Certified Educator in 2014, and he PastPresident of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which named him its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. Luis has published three books on accessibility, mobile learning and UDL: Mobile Learning for All (Corwin Press), Dive into UDL (ISTE) and Learning on the Go (CAST Publishing). 

Speakers
avatar for Luis Perez

Luis Perez

Technical Assistance Specialist, St. Petersburg, FL
Luis Perez is a Technical Assistance Specialist at the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials.  He holds a doctorate in special education and a master's degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida.  He was selected as an Apple Distinguished... Read More →


Monday November 18, 2019 8:50am - 9:20am PST
Auditorium

9:30am PST

Social Networks: A Tool for AT/AAC Professional Networking & Learning
Tired of trying to answer your AT/AAC questions using just a basic Google Search? Wish you had easy access to quality AT and AAC resources and information? Well, now you can! Join us for an introduction to a few of our favorite Social Media AT/AAC resources including who to "follow", "like", "listen to" or "download" via Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Podcasts, and/or Youtube - you choose! We will also highlight a few quality AT/AAC websites & blogs. Expand your AT/AAC networking potential to access, share and learn from other educators. We will even offer some simple social media etiquette and tips to get you started.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Freed

Julie Freed

SLP/AAC Resource Team Need, Grant Wood AEA
Julie Freed is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has extensive background in the field of augmentative communication and assistive technology supporting students with a wide range of needs for the past 30 years. Currently... Read More →
avatar for Maggie Pickett

Maggie Pickett

Digital Learning Consultant and Digital Learning Consultant, Grant Wood AEA
Maggie is a certified speech-language pathologist. Her passion in education resides in creating engaging and accessible learning opportunities for all learners in Mutli-Tiered Systems of Support. For over a decade Maggie has worked with teachers, students, administrators, para-professionals... Read More →



Monday November 18, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am PST
Dows

9:30am PST

How Do You Consider Assistive Technology for Reading?
Participants will learn a systematic approach to consider assistive technology for reading that is also aligned to the SDI Framework.  

Speakers
avatar for Denise Young

Denise Young

Assistive Technology Consultant, Green Hills AEA
Denise has over 30 years experience in education. Prior to her current position as assistive technology lead at Green Hills AEA, she was a special education teacher. From the time she was introduced to assistive technology, Denise has had a strong interest in helping students to be... Read More →
avatar for Tiffanie Zaugg

Tiffanie Zaugg

Assistive Technology Coordinator, Prairie Lakes AEA
Tiffanie has over 20 years experience in teaching. She has taught general education and special education. Tiffanie is currently the assistive technology lead at Prairie Lakes AEA and 3nd year as the lead for the State of Iowa Assistive Technology Leadership Team. Tiffanie has... Read More →



Monday November 18, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am PST
Auditorium

9:30am PST

IVRS Supports Transitioning Students with AT
IVRS Counselors and AT Counselor Specialist discuss success stories of transitioning students with accommodation needs ranging from everyday tasks in class to drivers ed and how they were funded. Various AT used to support transitioning students will be demonstrated and how to obtain them to trial for free.

Speakers
avatar for Vienna Hoang

Vienna Hoang

AT Counselor Specialist, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Vienna Hoang is a Resource Manager overseeing contracts and services such as: the Intermediary Networks (IN) contracts, the Older Workers Employment Programs (OWEP) contracts, Part B of the Centers for Independent Living services (CILS) and the Statewide Independent Living Council... Read More →


Monday November 18, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am PST
Library Classroom

9:30am PST

Student Panel
A student panel will share their experiences with assistive technology and how they provide them access. 

Monday November 18, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am PST
ICN 7B

9:30am PST

Assistive Technology to Support Executive Functioning Skills
Executive functioning skills are the skills that are necessary to help us regulate our own thinking and behaviors.  In order to level the playing field for all students, assistive technology can help support students that struggle with executive functioning skills.  In this session , we will discuss how executive functioning skill deficits impact students and explore low tech and high tech assistive technology options to help you find the right support for your students.

Speakers
avatar for Jenifer Cline

Jenifer Cline

Special Education Consultant, Assistive Technology Team, MTSS Positive Well Being Team, Central Rivers AEA
Jennifer Cline is a Special Education Consultant with Central Rivers AEA, with special assignments on the Assistive Technology Team and the M.T.S.S. Positive Well Being Team. Jennifer has experience in the classroom setting as a co-teacher and special education teacher K-8. She... Read More →



Monday November 18, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am PST
Conference Room 6

10:30am PST

AAC: Language & Communication Samplin
Looking for an effective tool to progress monitor communication and language growth for learner's of AAC?  If so, then join me as we explore a set of available Communication/Language Sampling tools for various types of communicators including spreadsheet tools to visualize your language sampling data.  Other communication and language sampling options will also be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Freed

Julie Freed

SLP/AAC Resource Team Need, Grant Wood AEA
Julie Freed is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has extensive background in the field of augmentative communication and assistive technology supporting students with a wide range of needs for the past 30 years. Currently... Read More →



Monday November 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am PST
Dows

10:30am PST

Accessible Math Instruction for Early Learners
How do you support accessible mathematics instruction for early learners, including young children with disabilities and older students with significant cognitive disabilities? This newly updated session will help educators understand the development of conceptual mathematical skills, how to build a foundation for mathematical thinking and how to adapt mathematics instruction to make it accessible and meaningful to early math learners. Often mathematics instruction for children with disabilities emphasizes a procedural approach; do this and get the right answer, as opposed to a conceptual one where you understand the problem and apply tools thoughtfully. This session focus on building an understanding of the foundational concepts of mathematics (counting, simple data analysis, measurement, number operations, number sense, pattern, sets, shapes, and spatial relationships) and how to create accessible learning experiences for all students around these concepts. Participants will gain an understanding of the progression of math skill development in young children, and how to foster this in children with disabilities.  We will examine the intersection of play and mathematical concepts, and how to provide adaptations for students to engage in this play. We will examine everyday routines and activities within functional contexts that build mathematics competence.  We will explore both low and high tech supports for accessing math instruction, including physical and digital manipulatives using mobile apps and websites. This session will also focus on resources that participants can bring back to their schools to support professional development and build capacity for mathematics instruction for children with disabilities and assistive technology needs.  Build your own understanding of how children develop mathematical and problem-solving competency in this fun and engaging session. Identify 9 foundational mathematics skills that children typically acquire that are often challenging for children with disabilities. Identify 3 apps and 3 concrete resources that support children with disabilities in acquiring foundational mathematics skills through play and exploration. Identify 4 resources that can be used to support professional development in mathematics instruction for special educators.  

Speakers
avatar for Beth Poss

Beth Poss

Educational Consulting
Beth Poss is currently an educational consultant, speech/language pathologist and the Director of Educational Programs for LessonPix. She is a former administrator for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland.  She presents nationally on best practices in Professional... Read More →



Monday November 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am PST
Auditorium

10:30am PST

Accessible Adventures
Accessible Adventures is an opportunity to learn how Easterseals Iowa is attempting to promote inclusive recreation, health, and wellness activities. The presenter will discuss the utilization of the Demonstration Center and Lending Library at Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program to support the inclusive engagement of individuals with disabilities in accessible adventures. Assistive Technology will be demonstrated as they pertain to the staff practices and participant knowledge for each activity: fishing, kayaking/canoeing, rock climbing, camping, and more. This presentation will equip participants with the knowledge of the health disparity faced by individuals with disabilities including a review of relevant data. Discussion on recreational adventures that promote overall health and wellness for individuals with disabilities. Access to equipment through the short-term Assistive Technology loan provide a unique opportunity for these individual to engage in these activities with their family and friends. 


Speakers
avatar for Kim Karwal

Kim Karwal

Rural Solutions and AT Center Coordinator, Easter Seals
Kim is currently a Rural Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Center Coordinator at Easter Seals Iowa. Kim supports farm family members with disabilities and provides assistive technology support statewide for children and adults with disabilities and persons with special needs... Read More →


Monday November 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am PST
Library Classroom

10:30am PST

Effective Communication for All: When the Non-Verbal Student Isn't the Least Effective Communicator on the Team
The needs of students with multiple disabilities can be difficult to program and communicate.  When teams fail to focus or become too entrenched in business as usual, they lose their effectiveness.  This session examines successful advocacy from the perspective of a parent and from an administrator.  Common mis-steps from both areas are discussed and strategies presented to mitigate miscommunication as teams consider assistive technology, purposeful instructional programming, and meaningful transition.  

Speakers
avatar for Pam Stangeland

Pam Stangeland

Regional Administrator, Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency
Beginning as a paraprofessional 27 years ago, I've been a special education teacher, school principal, and AEA administrator. However, my view from the other side of the table, a parent of a child with significant disabilities has given my life's work meaning. I'm passionate about... Read More →


Monday November 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am PST
ICN 7B

10:30am PST

Visual Supports
This session is about incorporating visual supports in the classroom and school setting throughout the day.  

Speakers
avatar for Karissa Walburg

Karissa Walburg

SLP, PLAEA
I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I attained my Masters in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Kansas. I have been with Prairie Lakes AEA for 4 years working with students with complex communication disorders... Read More →
KB

Kate Besch

Special educater, Storm Lake Community Schools


Monday November 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am PST
Conference Room 6

12:40pm PST

"Alexa, give me independence" Smart Speakers and AAC
This session will take a look at smart speakers and how they can be paired with AAC to let students control their worlds. Smart speakers can control many aspects of a student's environment at home or in the classroom. We will discuss different smart speaker options, skills, and how to include Alexa on a AAC device. Some smart devices will be available for hands on exploring.

Speakers
avatar for Jeanna Kakavas

Jeanna Kakavas

M.A., CCC-SLP, Mississippi Bend AEA



Monday November 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm PST
Dows

12:40pm PST

Cortical Vision Impairment
Participants will get an introduction to the characteristics of cortical vision impairment and assistive technology and devices that can meet the needs of students with CVI.  

Speakers
LA

Laura Albers

Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired



Monday November 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm PST
Library Classroom

12:40pm PST

The "Why" and "How" of Bookshare
In this session participants will learn why students should use Bookshare and how to set it up. 

Speakers
avatar for Tiffanie Zaugg

Tiffanie Zaugg

Assistive Technology Coordinator, Prairie Lakes AEA
Tiffanie has over 20 years experience in teaching. She has taught general education and special education. Tiffanie is currently the assistive technology lead at Prairie Lakes AEA and 3nd year as the lead for the State of Iowa Assistive Technology Leadership Team. Tiffanie has... Read More →



Monday November 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm PST
Auditorium

12:40pm PST

Returning to the Classroom Following a TBI
This session will review a multi-disciplinary approach that has been endorsed as Iowa's foundation for concussion management.  Attendees will learn about changes to Iowa's concussion law, review best practice responses for returning to the classroom and to learn prior to returning to play in an effort to reduce short and long-term impacts while increasing positive student outcomes.  

Speakers
JK

June Klen-Bacon, BSW, CBIST

Brain Injury Projects Manager, Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa
June Klein-Bacon joined BIA-Iowa in October 2013 as a Neuro-Resource Facilitator in our Waterloo office. June provides Neuro-Resource Facilitation to Northeast, North Central and Northwest Iowa to a 28 County region and also serves as Project Manager coordinating deliverables on... Read More →



Monday November 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm PST
ICN 7B

12:40pm PST

Sensory Regulation Experience
Learn about the basics of sensory regulation with trial of strategies/equipment to adjust levels of learning readiness.  This session will be capped at 15 people and will be first come first serve.

Speakers
CH

Cari Hepperle, OTR/L

Prairie Lakes AEA


Monday November 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm PST
Conference Room 6

1:40pm PST

Core Vocabulary - Supporting Students, Teachers, and Families
This session will review how core vocabulary is implemented in a level 3 classroom by a special education teacher and supported by the speech language pathologist. In addition, we will discuss how to support the general education teacher and families in implementing core vocabulary.

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Barglof

Carrie Barglof

Special Education Teacher, Storm Lake Community School District
A Storm Lake Community School District lead teacher with many years of teaching and walking alongside elementary children with significant cognitive abilities. I am passionate about helping my kiddos discover their voice and using it to advocate for themselves.
avatar for Karissa Walburg

Karissa Walburg

SLP, PLAEA
I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I attained my Masters in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Kansas. I have been with Prairie Lakes AEA for 4 years working with students with complex communication disorders... Read More →


Monday November 18, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm PST
Dows

1:40pm PST

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality-How can I use these with my kids?
In this session participants will learn how they can use augmented reality and virtual reality in their classroom as accommodations.  Participants will have an opportunity to experience and create with augmented reality and virtual reality. 

Speakers
avatar for Tiffanie Zaugg

Tiffanie Zaugg

Assistive Technology Coordinator, Prairie Lakes AEA
Tiffanie has over 20 years experience in teaching. She has taught general education and special education. Tiffanie is currently the assistive technology lead at Prairie Lakes AEA and 3nd year as the lead for the State of Iowa Assistive Technology Leadership Team. Tiffanie has... Read More →



Monday November 18, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm PST
Auditorium

1:40pm PST

Don Johnston's: Human Learning Tools
Speakers
avatar for Amy D'Aquila

Amy D'Aquila

Educational Support Specialist, Don Johnston
Amy D’Aquila has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and International Relations from Lake Forest College. Amy is a Don Johnston Educational Support Specialist for the Central U.S. and has expertise in the educational trends, funding and statewide initiatives that impact her territory... Read More →


Monday November 18, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm PST
Library Classroom

1:40pm PST

Make and Take Workshop for Daily Living
Participants will learn about a variety of low-tech solutions to help students with disabilities with daily living activities.  Participants will make a variety of adapted tools to use with students and adults with disabilities and will come away with a list of additional resources to make many other tools.

Speakers
KM

Kristi Minnick

Special Education Teacher/Admin, Green Hills Area Education Agency
SW

Samantha Wilson

Special Education Consultant, Green Hills Area Education Agency



Monday November 18, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm PST
ICN 7B

1:40pm PST

Technology to Improve Student Productivity and Motivation
In this session, we will look at a variety of tools designed to improve student productivity and engagement, especially with students that have behavior challenges. These tools are best used for students who are able to read and run a computer independently. We will look at tools such as Classcraft, google add-ons that use the Pomodoro technique, and other apps and websites that help motivate students to complete work or increase engagement through gamified content.  

Speakers

Monday November 18, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm PST
Conference Room 6

2:40pm PST

AAC Implementation
In this session we will discuss the importance of aided language stimulation, planning a lesson to model with AAC, and practice modeling in a couple activities.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Prenovost

Heather Prenovost

Saltilo
Improving the quality of life is the inspiration for all of us at Saltillo Corporation. Our mission is simple: Allow people with disabilities to participate in- and enjoy- life to the fullest. Whether it means that a person can choose a pizza over a sandwich for lunch or can say... Read More →


Monday November 18, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm PST
Dows

2:40pm PST

Data-Driven Accommodations for Reading and Writing (PAR and DeCoste)
In this session you will learn about the PAR and DeCoste Writing Protocol. You will learn about the importance of looking and interpreting the data and why it is so important to look at students' accommodations. 

Speakers
avatar for Julie Meyer

Julie Meyer

Special Ed. Consultant, Prairie Lakes AEA



Monday November 18, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm PST
ICN 7B

2:40pm PST

WriQ
Assessing student writing is a time consuming and tedious task, especially in a classroom full of diverse learners. With WriQ, teachers can instantly assess student writing, provide valuable feedback, and track progress over time, directly from Google Docs!

WriQ is a Chrome extension that analyzes  documents for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, in addition to providing helpful metrics like time on task, vocabulary maturity and more. It also includes  rubrics designed by researchers and a summary and feedback area. Additional features to be released include comparative writing norms, customized rubrics, customized dashboard area, and a student version.

This session will include a discussion around the challenges of writing and scoring student writing and a demonstration of WriQ.


Speakers
avatar for Debbie Shaw

Debbie Shaw

Representative, Texthelp, Inc.


Monday November 18, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm PST
Library Classroom

2:40pm PST

App and Extension Smack Down
In this session participants will share their favorite apps and extension and how they use it. 

Speakers
avatar for Yvette Bardole

Yvette Bardole

Speech-Language Pathologist, Prairie Lakes AEA 8
A group of PLAEA SLPs gathered for a TQ project to create a starting point for SLPs and educators implementing CORE vocabulary strategies in their therapy/classrooms .  SLPs in the group were at all implementation levels from beginning to "I've done a few things".  We wanted to... Read More →



Monday November 18, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm PST
Auditorium

2:40pm PST

Tech for Teachers - Student Behavior
From using Google forms to subscription apps like BehaviorSnap to simple counters  - participants will see demonstrations of various forms of technology that can be used to collect data, conduct observations and conduct other assessments of student behavior.  

Speakers

Monday November 18, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm PST
Conference Room 6

3:40pm PST

Closing and Door Prizes-Must Be Present to Win
Monday November 18, 2019 3:40pm - 3:55pm PST
Auditorium