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University of Connecticut Neag School of Education Office of Assessment

Conference on Educating Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (2011)

August 19, 2011 (8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.)
Hartford Marriott - Farmington, CT

Focusing on Emerging Topics in Educating and Assessing Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Presented by the State Department of Education in cooperation with the University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education

Conference Program

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What Does College and Career Ready Mean for Students Who Are Participating in Alternate Assessments?

Presented by Dr. Jacqueline Kearns, University of Kentucky, this keynote session highlights learner characteristics of students who take alternate assessments, consider the life outcome possibilities, and the implications for curriculum, instruction and assessment for these students.
[ Presentation Slides (PDF) ]

Panel Presentation

Educating Students with Autism – Considerations and Evidence-Based Strategies

This panel of Dr. John Molteni (Saint Joseph College), Ms. Tara Bellefleur (Gengras Center), Ms. Pat Hardison (West Hartford), and Ms. Christina Kiley (Plainville Public Schools) outlines considerations in assessing skills, developing goals and objectives, and instructional strategies for individuals with autism from Pre-K through transition age working toward developing an understanding of evidence-based strategies and the use of data to support ongoing decision making.
[ Presentation Slides (PDF) ]


What Have We Learned? A Summary of CMT/CAPT Skills Checklist Validity Research Studies

Dr. Jessica Goldstein, University of Connecticut, discusses how the Connecticut State Department of Education joined a consortium of five states/jurisdictions in a validity evaluation grant project from the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education to focus on the development of validity evidence for alternate assessments of alternate achievement standards. She captures the findings from three completed research studies on the use of the Skills Checklist in Connecticut.
[ Presentation Slides (PDF) ]

Check Our List of AT Resources for Your Students Who Qualify for the CMT Checklist

From EASTCONN, Ms. Amy Norton and Dr. Carol Magliocco provides participants with information about the broad range of assistive technologies available to support students whose significant disabilities qualify them for the CMT Skills Checklist. The presenters demonstrate software options that provide modified curriculum and others that can be edited to meet the unique needs of learners with significant disabilities. In addition, alternative access methods for student who are unable to use a standard mouse and/or keyboard will be demonstrated.
[ Presentation Slides (PDF) ]

Best Practices in Determining Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

Information about federal and Connecticut state legislation, along with regulations and policies for LRE are presented by Ms. Rhonda Kempton from the Connecticut State Department of Education. The implications for procedures and practices regarding student participation and best practices for determining the least restrictive environment and participation opportunities are shared.
[ Presentation Slides (PDF) ]

Effective Paraprofessional Supervision

It is often unclear whose responsibility it is to manage, supervise, and direct the work of the paraprofessional. Ms. Iris White from the Connecticut State Department on Education shares how to re­fine your understanding of the distinction between teacher and paraprofessional roles, responsibilities, and ethical issues; develop skills and strategies to maximize the support of paraprofessionals in service delivery; and understand the provisions in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the No Child Left Behind Act regarding paraprofessionals and their supervisors.
[ Presentation Slides (PDF), Team Survey (PDF), Teacher Supervisory Checklist (PDF) ]