2018 Issues Conference Virtual Pass

January 27, 2018

Special Education Issues: IEPs, Caseloads, and Classroom Safety


This training will provide an overview of special education law and address some common questions and situations that impact general ed and special ed teachers, including: What are my legal responsibilities and rights as a member of the IEP team? How can I advocate for the most appropriate placement for my students? What do I do if my students are exhibiting dangerous behaviors in the classroom? What are my rights to a manageable workload? In addition, we will briefly discuss 504 plans and everything educators need to know about them.

Presented by: Jennifer Bezoza & Karen Taylor

Ideas into Action: Advocating for English Language Learners


This workshop will elaborate on practical ways that teachers and educational support professionals can advocate for English Language Learners on the local, state and national level. Local advocacy will be centered around the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). State advocacy will focus on how to advocate at CTA State Council within the committee structure and working on statewide ballot initiatives. National advocacy will highlight successful strategies used at the NEA Representative Assembly to present, pass and influence the implementation of new business Items.

Presented by: Arleigh Kidd & Nancy Hofrock

Alternative School Discipline Practices


Many districts are looking at ways to provide alternative discipline practices for students. What are some of the best ways to approach this type of systems change? We will focus on best practices of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports(PBIS) framework along with examples of other evidenced-based approaches to student discipline such as Restorative Justice (RJ), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Trauma-Informed schools. These programs are effective in districts where all stakeholder groups (teachers, administrators, ESP, parents and students) work collaboratively to build a school climate in which all students can be successful. Examples of schools where these programs are working will be shared along with strategies and tools on how to work with your school district to develop an equitable and effective school discipline program.

Presented by: Lisa Adams & Karen Taylor

January 28, 2018

Teaching Science the NGSS Way


The standards and framework have been adopted for science, and curricular materials will be reviewed in 2018. What does teaching science look like under NGSS? What are the engineering practices and its application for instruction? This session will introduce participants to NGSS and provide some hands-on examples.

Presented by: Marlene Fong & Pia Van Meter

Better Together: The Power of Networks for Leveraging the Collective Potential


We live in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world where our relationships and interactions are consequential for success at all levels. This idea is grounded in the fact that most efforts at societal improvement are documented and monitored through plans and reports, but deep change does not necessarily result from these formal plans and blueprints, but rather occurs in the interaction of individuals who have a clear sense of individual and collective purpose.

Change processes and improvement, as we are coming to learn, ultimately emerge and are maintained through interpersonal relationships, and it is the interdependence of these social ties that may ultimately moderate, influence, and even determine the direction, speed, and depth of a change effort. Therefore, recognizing the quality of social ties between and among all of us as we do the work of improving individual and collective outcomes is important in understanding how change really happens and where it can break down.

In addition, in order to be Better Together we must also tap into the collective energy that is generated when we have both an individual and collective sense of purpose. We often get caught in the what and the how of our work, and do so at the expense of being intentional and explicit about our purpose. This keynote will tie together the important ideas around networks and purpose to suggest two key components of organizational change and growth.

Presented by: Alan J. Daly