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Pre-Seminar Professional Development

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Pre-Seminar includes half day (3 hour) or full day (6 hour) sessions that provide an enriching, intensive, and interactive experience for professionals. See full course descriptions and objectives below the schedule. 

Morning Sessions (3hr)
8:15am to 11:30am
Afternoon Sessions (3hr)
1:00pm to 4:15pm
Full Day Sessions (6hr)
8:15am to 4:15pm
Demystifying Autism What’s So Special About Special Education?  Social Emotional Learning and the Military Child

Person-Centered Planning for Success

Together We Code We Serve Too: National Guard and Reserve Children

Military Child Well-Being: Addressing Barriers

to Accessing Care (NCTSN)

Veteran Family and Child Well-Being: Addressing Barriers
to Accessing Care (NCTSN)

 

Full Course Descriptions and Objectives

Demystifying Autism (3 hr)

Course Description:

From early diagnosis to the pros and cons of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), join us for this insightful and dynamic session centered around improving educational outcomes for military-connected students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Learn current and emerging research from top leaders in the field and explore best practices for supporting students across the different developments stages.  Additionally, professionals will gain the skills necessary to develop their own support rubric for practical implementation and benefit from the thought provoking point/counter point panel discussion in which common myths about autism are debunked.   

 

Course Objectives:

  • Examine the different aspects of ABA and learn to think critically regarding implementation
  • Differentiate current research from common stereotypes about learning, behaviors, and the impact of transition
  • Understand best practices for supporting military-connected students with ASD through the different developmental stages
  • Design a support rubric that can inform your professional practice
Military Child Well-Being: Addressing Barriers to Accessing Care (NCTSN) (3 hr)

Course Description:

During this pre-conference session, military family members, academic experts and policymakers will describe current needs and programs available to support military family and child well-being. Audience members will have opportunities to interact throughout the session by describing issues and providing feedback. Metrics from major national surveys capturing current priorities and issues faced by military families and children, including mental health, will be provided. Representatives from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) will describe military- and trauma-informed organizational practices, including measurement-based outcomes, evidence-based treatments, trauma-informed screening tools and provider well-being. Panelists and guest speakers from federal agencies, including Health and Human Services, Department of Veteran Affairs and Department of Defense will describe their cross-agency efforts to make quality mental healthcare across military and community settings more widely accessible.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Describe cross-agency (HHS/VA/DoD) efforts to increase access to mental health care for families and children.
  • Describe data outcomes from national surveys detailing the health of military members and their families.
  • Provide a description for military-informed and trauma-informed organizational practices, including treatment, screening, and responsiveness to military cultural issues.
Person-Centered Planning for Success (3 hr)

Course Description:

Person-centered approaches should be at the heart of everything we do!  Take a deep dive into the common components of individualized service planning and learn the skills necessary for developing your own person-centered practices and techniques.  Get a vision for what works while supporting your students to set realistic and meaningful goals.  Whether a 504 Plan, Individualized Education Plan (IEP), Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP), or other ISP, professionals will glean skills applicable across all professional contexts and learn how to successfully balance the gap analysis process with a strength’s based approach. 

 

Course Objectives:

  • Explore the common elements of person-centered planning and understand its importance for the military-connected child.
  • Consider how to successfully identify gaps in education services and supports.
  • Implementing a strength’s based approach, design a quality individualized service plan keeping the military-connected student as center focus.
Social Emotional Learning and the Military Child (6 hr)

Course Description: This course guides professionals to understand how social and emotional development programs positively impact academic achievement. Additionally, professionals will learn how to integrate SEL into their practice and explore the CASEL model of interrelated cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies: self‐awareness, self‐management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the characteristics of social‐emotional learning.
  • Analyze different programming in social‐emotional learning and differentiate between programs that would support military‐connected children and youth.
  • Develop a framework for implementation of social‐emotional learning in your personal practice.
Together We Code (3 hr)

Course Description:

Join us in discovering "Together We Code," an interactive, hands-on learning experience that teaches basic coding skills to military children and their parents. "Together We Code" is a series of age-based workshops designed to encourage military families to come together to learn coding concepts, continue learning together at home, and understand the importance of computational thinking and problem-solving for student success. Participants in this session will explore the program, model the curriculum, and consider how it can be implemented in military and school communities.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Explore introductory coding concepts in a variety of ways to include online and offline activities
  • Collaborate meaningfully with other participants to solve problems, understand algorithms, and persist when challenged
  • Understand the importance of teaching coding as a literacy, especially for military families
  • Consider how "Together We Code" can be implemented in a variety of settings
Veteran Family and Child Well-Being: Addressing Barriers to Accessing Care (NCTSN) (3hr)

Course Description:

During this pre-conference session, Veteran family members, policy experts and academic researchers will describe recent efforts to gain a greater understanding of the needs of Veterans’ families as they transition from the military. Audience members will have opportunities to interact throughout the session by describing issues and providing feedback. Representatives from the NCTSN and VA staff will describe the development of a national survey to pinpoint gaps in provider knowledge about issues facing Veterans’ families and their children in the immediate and long-term post-military transition. Outcomes and recommendations from a recent NCTSN White Paper on the needs of Veterans’ Children will be presented. Further, senior policymakers from the Department of Veteran Affairs, Health and Human Services, and Department of Defense will describe coordinated efforts at the federal level to assist Veterans’ families and children to access mental and physical health care. Trauma-informed, evidence-based practices that address issues faced by Veterans’ families in transition will be described, including programs offering supportive, peer-based and therapeutic approaches.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the uniqueness of the Veterans' child/family populations
  • Describe inter-agency efforts by VA, HHS, and DoD to provide Veterans’ families and children greater access to care and referrals for mental health care in community and VA settings.
  • Present model programs serving the behavioral health needs of Veterans' children and families, including supportive, peer-based and therapeutic.
  • Present findings from a national survey of VA and community providers to help support the mental health needs of Veterans’ children.
We Serve Too: National Guard and Reserve Children (6 hr)

Course Description: This course guides professionals to identify the social, emotional, and academic impact for children of National Guard and Reserve service members, and discover resources to help alleviate their often misunderstood and overlooked challenges. Learn to identify the unique challenges associated with their parent’s service and understand the academic impact for these part‐military, part‐civilian children and youth.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the social, emotional and academic impact of their parents’ service on the children of National Guard and Reserve service members.
  • Acknowledge the critical role of educators and other caring professionals in providing support for the unique challenges of National Guard and Reserve children and youth.
  • Discover resources that can be used by schools and youth‐serving organizations and agencies to help alleviate the social, emotional and academic challenges of National Guard and Reserve children and youth.
What’s So Special About Special Education? (3 hr)

Course Description:

A unique approach to education is critically important for all exceptional students; even greater for our military-connected children navigating the same continuum of challenges as their typically developing peers.  Join us for this dynamic, expert panel led session in which we’ll gain awareness and functional knowledge on critical special education issues, understand the requirements outlined in federal law, learn techniques for encouraging collaboration between schools and families, and how to successfully avoid many of the common pitfalls encountered when transitioning a student with special needs.  Balanced and informative, professionals will be enriched by learning the unique challenges exceptional military-connected students face in accessing and maintaining special education services and the power of collaborative teamwork.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the value and importance of individualized education supports for military students with special needs.
  • Explore loss of instruction and common barriers to meaningful academic progress when transferring to a new school district
  • Discover safeguards outlined in IDEA and other federal law protecting students with disabilities.
  • Consider the difference a collaborative approach can make in the life and education of an exceptional military-connected child.
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