Yours + Mine = Ours VCLD Spring Symposium

Saturday, May 21 2022 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM [EDT]

Virginia Wesleyan University, 5817 Wesleyan Dr, Virginia Beach, VA, 23455, United States

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Saturday, May 21 2022 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM [EDT]

Batten Student Center, Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, VA, 23455, United States.

VCLD's 2022 Symposium will feature 26 presentations, eight roundtables, and a panel discussion by leading experts in the field. We look forward to welcoming general and special educators from throughout the state for this amazing day of professional development and networking.

Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30.

Click here for a map of the Wesleyan Campus.

The day wraps up at 3:10 with award presentations, a desert reception and over $1,000 in door prize give-aways, followed by an optional campus tour at 4:00. 

The VCLD has secured a block of rooms at the Fairfield Inn and Suites/Marriott hotel located 1.5 miles from campus on 5800 Burton Station Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. The rate is $149 a night. Please use this link to receive the VCLD negotiated price.

All ticket types include all conference materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and desert reception.  Bringing your own device is optional, but recommended. Please contact the event organizer if you prefer to pay via a purchase order. 

If you have any questions about the Symposium or the registration process, please contact the event organizer, Mindy Gumpert

 

*Early Bird ticket prices increase on April 1st!*

 

Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities

http://vcld.org/

The Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities is a statewide organization that promotes evidence-based teaching, collaboration, research, leadership, and advocacy within the Commonwealth. VCLD is composed of professionals who represent diverse disciplines and are committed to enhancing the education and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities and others who experience challenges in learning.

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Mindy Gumpert, Ph.D.
President, VCLD and Adjunct Assistant Professor
Virginia Wesleyan University, Old Dominion University

Dr. Mindy Gumpert has 18 years of experience teaching in special education pre-kindergarten to grade 12 classrooms, including seven years as a co-teacher. She received her both Master of Science in Education degree and a Ph.D. in Education with a Concentration in Special Education from Old Dominion University. Dr. Gumpert is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Virginia Wesleyan University and Old Dominion University as well as a supervisor for preservice teachers at both universities. Her research interests include an examination of special education placement and academic outcomes, the impact of eCoaching on teachers and teacher candidates, and the efficacy of student podcasting as a summative assessment. Dr. Gumpert is the President of the Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities. Under her leadership, membership has doubled in the past two years. As president of VCLD, she co-founded the Virginia Joint Coalition of Learning Disabilities and Literacy (VJCLDL) with other state learning disability, literacy, and NAACP organization leaders. The mission of the VJCLDL is to provide free professional development targeting a greater understanding of learning disabilities and literacy. Dr. Gumpert is coordinating a new initiative for VCLD, the development of a Virginia Co-Teaching Network. The mission of the new initiative is to create a network of co-teachers, administrators, and higher educators with the intent of designing an online repository of resources and collegial support for co-teachers throughout Virginia.

http://vcld.org/

About Mindy Gumpert, Ph.D.

President, VCLD and Adjunct Assistant Professor
Virginia Wesleyan University, Old Dominion University
Scott Miller, Ph.D.
President
Virginia Wesleyan University

In his 31st year as a college president, Dr. Scott D. Miller is one of the most experienced and prominent liberal arts college leaders in America. Recognized by numerous books and publications nationally for his transformative leadership style, he was identified in the book The Entrepreneurial College President as one of 17 most entrepreneurial presidents in American higher education. In 2019 he was listed on "The Power List," an annual Inside Business feature recognizing those who have the most influence in shaping the Hampton Roads/Coastal Virginia region.

https://www.vwu.edu/about/president-and-leadership/?fbclid=IwAR1qGfyGIpzc32pQx-kHTb1-sXY-J4JQBojpba5_m0Drg0YjYeeE8TvIjNs

About Scott Miller, Ph.D.

President
Virginia Wesleyan University
Corrin Gillis, Ph.D.
Symposium Panelist
Associate Professor, Old Dominion University

Corrin I. Gillis is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of Communication Disorders and Special Education at Old Dominion University. Following completion of her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Gillis has authored/co-authored 20 peer-reviewed articles, and 5 invited book chapters as well as numerous national and international presentations on topics related to preschoolers who stutter and preschoolers with hearing loss. For the last 4 years, she has served the Coordinating Committee of ASHA’s SIG 4: Fluency and Fluency Disorders as Editor of Perspectives and Professional Development Manager. Additionally, Dr. Gillis has been actively working in implementation of interprofessional education and practice to reduce health disparities since 2012.

About Corrin Gillis, Ph.D.

Symposium Panelist
Associate Professor, Old Dominion University
Clara Hauth, Ph.D.
Symposium Panelist
Associate Professor, Marymount University

Dr. Clara Hauth joined Marymount in 2014. Her academic experience includes teaching both graduate and undergraduate online instruction at George Mason University and James Madison University. She serves as a liaison with state and national programs supporting students with disabilities and is an active member of AERA, ASCD, CEC, and divisions CCBD, CLD, DISES and TED.

About Clara Hauth, Ph.D.

Symposium Panelist
Associate Professor, Marymount University
Lenette Hillian
Symposium Panelist
Resource Teacher, Brighton Elementary School

Lenette Hillian is a Technology Resource Teacher (TRT) at Brighton Elementary in Portsmouth, VA. Prior to her position as a TRT, Ms. Hillian taught as a Special Educator for seven years in Portsmouth Public Schools and 12 years in Norfolk Public Schools. She served as Special Education Department Chair for four years while a Special Educator in Portsmouth Public Schools. She began her post-secondary education at Virginia Tech where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Development in 1995. In 1998, she earned a Master of Science degree in Family and Child Development from Virginia Tech. Her endorsement in Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disturbance was earned from Norfolk State University in 2003. In 2017, she earned her Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership (Educational Technology and Online Learning) from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in Educational Technology and Online Learning at Regent University. Ms. Hillian is a member of the Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities where she serves as the Eastern Virginia Regional Representative, Gamma Mu Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa (Historian), Council for Exceptional Children, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Portsmouth Education Association, Virginia Education Association, and National Education Association. Her awards include 2021 Virginia Council of Learning Disabilities Teacher of the Year and 2021 Council of Learning Disabilities Teacher of the Year.

About Lenette Hillian

Symposium Panelist
Resource Teacher, Brighton Elementary School
Bill McConnell, Ph. D.
Symposium Panelist
Associate Professor of Education and Director of Teacher Education, Virginia Wesleyan University

Dr. Bill McConnell received a Masters in Early Childhood Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Old Dominion University with a concentration in environmental science education. During his 20 years teaching in the public schools, he was awarded Teacher of the Year at two schools and received the overall Chesapeake City Teacher of the Year award in 2009. While at Virginia Wesleyan he has been honored with the Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Teaching award and received the Virginia Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Inspirational Educator Award in both 2018 and 2019. Since arriving at VWU, Dr. McConnell has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on six grant funded projects totaling over $100,000. Some of the collaborative and innovative programs he has led at VWU include the Downstream Collaborative Project, Environmental Explorers, and the Virginia Wesleyan Environmental Institute; the latter receiving national recognition through the 2020 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award. His research interests span the teaching and learning of STEM in varied contexts. He presents and publishes his work through regional, national, and international venues and is an active member of several professional organizations.

About Bill McConnell, Ph. D.

Symposium Panelist
Associate Professor of Education and Director of Teacher Education, Virginia Wesleyan University
Paul J. Riccomini, Ph.D.
Symposium Panelist
Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University

Paul J. Riccomini is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Penn State University. His current research interests are primarily focused on high intensity instructional practices and interventions in mathematics for students with learning disabilities.

About Paul J. Riccomini, Ph.D.

Symposium Panelist
Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University
LaRon Scott, Ed.D.
Symposium Panelist,
Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. LaRon A. Scott is an associate professor of special education, as well as the developer and executive director of the Minority Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Equity Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. His research focuses on the intersections of race and gender in attracting, preparing, and retaining special education teachers. His research also focuses on postsecondary transition experiences for youth of color with an intellectual and developmental disability (IDD). His work has been funded by $6M in grants, and he has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, written two books, and multiple chapters. He is the co-editor of Inclusion, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on evidence-based interventions and strategies that promote the full inclusion of people with IDD.

About LaRon Scott, Ed.D.

Symposium Panelist,
Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Jenna Ashley, Ed.S.
Instructional Technologist
Old Dominion University

Jenna is an Instructional Technologist, and was formerly a secondary inclusion mathematics teacher. Jenna is also a Google Certified Trainer, and a Google Certified Coach.

About Jenna Ashley, Ed.S.

Instructional Technologist
Old Dominion University
Chrissy Blanchard-Alworth, C.A.P.E.
Doctoral Student
Old Dominion University

An award-winning Adapted Physical Educator with over 20 years of experience with students with ASD, Chrissy has provided numerous presentations to professional organizations, schools, and community groups, and is a doctoral student in SPED at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

About Chrissy Blanchard-Alworth, C.A.P.E.

Doctoral Student
Old Dominion University
Kwame Mensah Bonsu
Teacher
Fairfax County Public Schools

Kwame is doctoral candidate at George Mason University. Kwame's research interests focus on Special education teacher motivation. He is currently a high school teacher at Fairfax County Public Schools. He is passionate in developing the math skills for high school students, and developing special education teachers.

About Kwame Mensah Bonsu

Teacher
Fairfax County Public Schools
Stacie Brady, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Research Program Manager
George Mason University

Stacie currently works as a research program manager for an IES federal grant. She completed her Ph.D. at George Mason University in Special Education. Prior to beginning the doctoral program, she was a trainer for the Virginia Department of Education’s Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM-VA) Center of Virginia at GMU. Before joining AIM-VA, Stacie worked as a speech language pathologist using researched based reading programs to address student’s significant reading needs.

About Stacie Brady, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Research Program Manager
George Mason University
Rick Brigham
Professor
George Mason University

Rick Brigham has served as a general and special education teacher at the elementary and secondary levels. He has also served as a program coordinator and special education administrator. He is a Professor of Education at George Mason University

About Rick Brigham

Professor
George Mason University
Jenna Basile
Doctoral Student
George Mason University

Jenna is a 2nd year PhD student at George Mason University with a primary specialization is special education and a secondary specialization in research methods. Jenna’s research interests specifically focus on literacy in special education including writing research and teacher preparation.

About Jenna Basile

Doctoral Student
George Mason University
Cindy Buckley, Ph.D.
Literacy Coordinator
VDOE Technical Training & Assistance Center

Cindy Buckley, Ph.D., is a Literacy Coordinator with the VDOE TTAC located at GMU who specializes in the Science of Reading. Prior to that, she was an adjunct professor and a special education teacher. She is currently the VCLD Web person.

https://ttac.gmu.edu/?fbclid=IwAR3vMhqGoXGo0bLSk7Bcx0ZTkjqgfpl_p-GtfDjgZSh0Drk-rYgn7tiDqCI

About Cindy Buckley, Ph.D.

Literacy Coordinator
VDOE Technical Training & Assistance Center
Sierrah Chavis, Ed.S.
Curriculum Specialist
Old Dominion University

An active education advocate, Mrs. Chavis is currently pursuing her degree in Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership at the Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Prior to this, she earned her two Master degree's in Secondary and Special Education. She exemplifies educational leadership. She is also an active member of several organization: VASCD Advocacy & Policy, Governance Board Disability Law Center, Urban League Of Hampton Roads, Virginia Center For Inclusive Communities, and is the author of No Shame in my Pain.

www.sierrahchavis.com

About Sierrah Chavis, Ed.S.

Curriculum Specialist
Old Dominion University
Amy Christy-Davila
ASPIRE Fellow, Doctoral Student
George Mason University

Amy Christy-Davila is an ASPIRE fellow and doctoral student at George Mason University. She is a former reading specialist and English learner (EL) teacher. Her research interest is literacy instruction for dually identified students.

About Amy Christy-Davila

ASPIRE Fellow, Doctoral Student
George Mason University
Christopher M. Claude, M.Ed.
Grant Director
George Mason University

Christopher Claude, M.Ed. is a former special education teacher and doctoral student at George Mason University. He was awarded a grant from OSEP to study policy solutions to the special education teacher shortage and to improve the educational outcomes for all students with disabilities.

About Christopher M. Claude, M.Ed.

Grant Director
George Mason University
Alisha Demchak, M.Ed.
Doctoral Student
University of Virginia

Alisha Demchak, PhD student at the University of Virginia, studies factors that contribute to young children’s literacy gains and how research is translated into early childhood classrooms. She has experience as a classroom teacher, reading specialist and instructional coach.

About Alisha Demchak, M.Ed.

Doctoral Student
University of Virginia
Rebecca Dilling
Assistant Professor
Liberty University, Sweet Briar College

Assistant Professor at both Sweet Briar College and Liberty University. Areas of curricular focus include: teaching exceptional learners, literacy development, and educational leadership.

About Rebecca Dilling

Assistant Professor
Liberty University, Sweet Briar College
LaTisha Elcock
Administrative Assistant
The Keller Center

Latisha Elcock is the Administrative Assistant for the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human Disabilities. She provides programmatic support to academic and non-academic grants and research projects. For Project EXPLORE, Latisha assists with the organization and examination of qualitative research.

About LaTisha Elcock

Administrative Assistant
The Keller Center
Anya Evemenova, Ph.D.
Professor
George Mason University

Anya Evmenova, PhD. is a Professor of Special Education at George Mason University and a principal investigator for WEGO RIITE. Her research interests include assistive and instructional technology, UDL, and effective online teaching and learning.

About Anya Evemenova, Ph.D.

Professor
George Mason University
Kia Felder Williams, M.A.
ASPIRE Fellow, Doctoral Student
George Mason University

Kia R. Felder Williams, is an ASPIRE scholar who has experience as a Special Education Coordinator in an urban school setting in MD. She has taught elementary students with high-incidence disabilities, primarily autism.

About Kia Felder Williams, M.A.

ASPIRE Fellow, Doctoral Student
George Mason University
Judith Fontana, Ph.D.
Specialized Reading Instruction Coordinator
VDOE Technical Training & Assistance Center

Dr. Fontana, Ph.D. (Special Education/Literacy) is a Specialized Reading Instruction Coordinator at VDOE’s TTAC at George Mason where she has been an adjunct in the literacy and Special Ed. programs She is a LETRS Facilitator and a SIM Professional Developer.

https://ttac.gmu.edu/

About Judith Fontana, Ph.D.

Specialized Reading Instruction Coordinator
VDOE Technical Training & Assistance Center
Kaitlynn Fraze
Doctoral Student
George Mason University

Kaitlynn Fraze focuses on literacy for students with significant impairments. She is a PhD student with teaching experience ranging from cross-categorical special education resource teacher in general education schools to teacher in a center school for students with severe disabilities.

About Kaitlynn Fraze

Doctoral Student
George Mason University
Kristin Garman
Reading Specialist
Chesapeake Public Schools

Kristin Garman is a Title I Reading Specialist at G. W. Carver Intermediate School in Chesapeake, VA. She has over 15 years of experience in education and spent 10 years in Title I special education. She served on the Executive Board and as President of the Chesapeake Reading Chapter of the VSLA. Kristin is the proud dog mom of Winnie, a 1 year old Chocolate Labradoodle.

About Kristin Garman

Reading Specialist
Chesapeake Public Schools
Sabrina Gross
Coordinator of Complaints and Special Projects
Virginia Department of Education/ Office of Dispute Resolution and Administration

Sabrina Gross is the VDOE Coordinator of Complaints and Special Projects where she investigates violations of special education law. Additionally, she manages projects that provide professional development to Virginia teachers and administrators regarding IDEA, 504, and restraint and seclusion.

About Sabrina Gross

Coordinator of Complaints and Special Projects
Virginia Department of Education/ Office of Dispute Resolution and Administration
Jarrod D. Hobson
Adjunct Professor
Virginia Commonwealth University

Jarrod Hobson is a Special Education PhD student, PRISE (Preparing Research Intensive Special Educators) Scholar, and adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Previously, Jarrod was a special education teacher in the Greater Richmond Area. Jarrod’s research interests include Policy (SPED Personnel Shortages) & technology skill development/decision making.

About Jarrod D. Hobson

Adjunct Professor
Virginia Commonwealth University
Tracy Hough, Ed.D.
Professor
Bridgewater College

Tracy Hough has worked in education for over 32 years as a college professor, a classroom teacher and reading specialist in grades K through 8. She earned her Ed.D.in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading Education from the University of Virginia. She currently teaches at Bridgewater College where her research interests focus on global literacy and supporting teachers in under-resourced schools in Latin America and Africa as a means to improve their reading instruction.

About Tracy Hough, Ed.D.

Professor
Bridgewater College
Roba Hrisseh, M.Ed.
Doctoral Student
George Mason University

Roba Hrisseh, M.Ed., is a Ph.D. student at George Mason University with a focus on special education and assistive technology. Roba has spent her special education career working in assistive technology, education technology, and high incidence disabilities.

About Roba Hrisseh, M.Ed.

Doctoral Student
George Mason University
Rebecca John, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Virginia Wesleyan University

Dr. Rebecca John is an Assistant Professor of Education at Virginia Wesleyan University. Her research interests include refugee and immigrant families and their experiences with the education system and how trauma-informed and culturally sustaining pedagogy can impact students from diverse backgrounds.

About Rebecca John, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Virginia Wesleyan University
Karin Kaerwer, M.Ed.
Lecturer
Roanoke College

A former classroom teacher for over a decade, Karin Kaerwer is now in a Lecturer role at Roanoke College in the Education Department. She teaches pre-service teachers in the areas of equity and access, development, elementary pedagogical methods, and supervises student teacher field placements. Karin has a M.Ed. in Social Foundations from The University of Virginia and is currently in the Education Foundations Ph.D. program at Virginia Tech.

About Karin Kaerwer, M.Ed.

Lecturer
Roanoke College
Olga Karadimou
Doctoral Student
Old Dominion University

Olga Karadimou is a doctoral student in education with emphasis in Special Education (K-12) at Old Dominion University (ODU). Her research interests include evidence-based practices for students with intellectual and developmental disorders (IDD), professional development (PD), and special education teacher preparation using mixed-reality simulations and Bug-In-Ear (BIE) technology.

About Olga Karadimou

Doctoral Student
Old Dominion University
Lydia Kennedy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Virginia Wesleyan University

Dr. Lydia Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Virginia Wesleyan University. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2003.

About Lydia Kennedy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Virginia Wesleyan University
Peggy King-Sears, Ph.D.
Professor
George Mason University

Peggy King-Sears is a professor in the Division of Special Education and disAbility Research at George Mason University. Her research interests include co-teaching, universal design for learning, and teaching students how to self-manage their behaviors to promote their independence. She is also interested in culturally responsive classroom management techniques.

About Peggy King-Sears, Ph.D.

Professor
George Mason University
Stephanie Lambrecht
Director of Special Education and Student Services
King and Queen County

Stephanie Lambrecht is the Director of Special Education and Student Services, as well as a parent to a child with a disability. The best advice she was ever given regarding family relationships is "no matter how much you think you care for a child, no matter how well you believe you know a child. You do not love your student or know your student as well as their family. You are the educational expert, the family is the child expert."

About Stephanie Lambrecht

Director of Special Education and Student Services
King and Queen County
Brittany Marcella, B.S., RBT
Registered Behavior technician
Acorn Health

Brittany Marcella received her registered behavior technician (RBT) certification in 2019. She is currently enrolled at Florida Institute of Technology obtaining her masters degree in behavior analysis with the goal of becoming a board certified behavior analyst.

https://acornhealth.com/

About Brittany Marcella, B.S., RBT

Registered Behavior technician
Acorn Health
Ann S. Maydosz, Ph.D.
Co-Director
Center for Implementation and Evaluation of Education Systems

Ann Maydosz is the co-director of the Center for Implementation and Evaluation of Education Systems, currently awarded over 4 million dollars. She has taught special education law at ODU for over 16 years, reaching thousands of Virginia teachers and others.

About Ann S. Maydosz, Ph.D.

Co-Director
Center for Implementation and Evaluation of Education Systems
Reagan L. Mergen, M.S.
ASPIRE Fellow, Doctoral Student
George Mason University

Reagan L. Mergen is an ASPIRE scholar working on her PhD at George Mason University. She has experiences as both a special and general educator teaching K-12+ students with a range of high-incidence disabilities in a variety of settings, including a social-emotional learning program. Her research interests include universal design for learning (UDL), self-efficacy and self-regulation in mathematics interventions, and preparing teachers to use culturally responsive research-based practices.

About Reagan L. Mergen, M.S.

ASPIRE Fellow, Doctoral Student
George Mason University
Margaret Meyers, MAT, CAEP
Director of Enrollment Management
Chesapeake Bay Academy

Margaret Meyers is Director of Enrollment Management and a mindfulness instructor at Chesapeake Bay Academy (CBA) in Virginia Beach, VA. Margaret has a Master of Arts in Teaching and is a certified K-12 mindfulness instructor through Mindful Schools.

About Margaret Meyers, MAT, CAEP

Director of Enrollment Management
Chesapeake Bay Academy
Reagan Murnan
Doctoral Candidate & Graduate Research Assistant
George Mason University

Reagan Murnan is a doctoral candidate at George Mason University. She is currently a graduate research assistant studying the use of the implementation of a technology-based graphic organizer and individualizing instruction based on data-driven decision making. Her research interests center on the blending of cognitive and socio-cultural models of writing

About Reagan Murnan

Doctoral Candidate & Graduate Research Assistant
George Mason University
Deborah Norris
Instructional Designer
Old Dominion University

Deborah is an Instructional Designer with over twenty years of experience in design and training development. She is currently working on her PhD in Occupational Studies and Resource Training. Areas of interest are making learning engaging for all learners.

About Deborah Norris

Instructional Designer
Old Dominion University
Karen Omohundro
Doctoral Student
George Mason University

Karen Omohundro is a PhD student at George Mason University. Her research focuses on reading instruction for secondary students, particularly in alternative settings. She has experience teaching in self-contained and collaborative classrooms, and in juvenile and adult justice settings.

About Karen Omohundro

Doctoral Student
George Mason University
Tiffany O'Neal, MS, SLPA
Assistive Technology Specialist
AIM VA

Tiffany O'Neal is the Training & Technical Assistance Specialist at AIM-VA. She holds a BS, in Speech-Language Pathology, a MS, in HS Administration, and a Grad Certificate in AT. Her primary areas of focus are: d/Disability, Technology, Collaboration & Inclusion.

https://aimva.org/

About Tiffany O'Neal, MS, SLPA

Assistive Technology Specialist
AIM VA
Tracie Ortiz
Instructional Designer
Old Dominion University

Tracie is an Instructional Designer at ODU practicing accessible online course design and implementation. I have a PhD in Educational Technology from the University of Hawaii @ Manoa and have taught students with hearing loss in K-12 and higher education.

About Tracie Ortiz

Instructional Designer
Old Dominion University
Debbie Price, M.Ed.
Title I Instructional Coach and Testing Coordinator
G.W. Carver Intermediate School

Mrs. Debbie Price is a Title I Instructional Coach and Testing Coordinator at G.W. Carver Intermediate School in Chesapeake. Mrs. Price has joyfully spent 34 years in public education serving diverse communities. Mrs. Price is also a member of the Tidewater Writing Project where she conducts children's writing camps and delivers demonstrations for teachers. She has presented at local, state level and national conferences.

About Debbie Price, M.Ed.

Title I Instructional Coach and Testing Coordinator
G.W. Carver Intermediate School
Kelley Regan, PhD
Professor
George Mason University

Dr. Kelley Regan is a Professor in the Division of Special Education and disAbility Research at George Mason University. Her research has involved improving the preparation of preservice and in-service special education teachers and their use of evidence-based practices.

About Kelley Regan, PhD

Professor
George Mason University
Cassidi Richmond, M.A.
Doctoral Student
University of Virginia

Cassidi Richmond, PhD student at the University of Virginia, studies reading comprehension supports for adolescent students with or at risk for reading difficulties. Cassidi has teaching experience as an elementary classroom teacher, interventionist, and middle school special education teacher.

About Cassidi Richmond, M.A.

Doctoral Student
University of Virginia
Lindsay Sanborn Owen
Doctoral Student
George Mason University

Lindsay Sanborn Owen, M.Ed., is a doctoral student at George Mason University. Her focus of research is on inclusionary practices in secondary schools. Prior to beginning her program, Lindsay was a science and writing teacher for secondary students with disabilities.

About Lindsay Sanborn Owen

Doctoral Student
George Mason University
Wendy Scott, Ph.D.
Director
Tidewater Collegiate Academy

Wendy Scott, Ph.D is the founder and director of Tidewater Collegiate Academy (TCA), an innovative laboratory school serving diverse PK-12th grade students on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan University (VWU) She also is an assistant professor at VWU teaching research.

About Wendy Scott, Ph.D.

Director
Tidewater Collegiate Academy
Kelley Seitz
Technology integration Specialist
Chesapeake Public Schools

Technology Integration Specialist, Chesapeake Public Schools.

About Kelley Seitz

Technology integration Specialist
Chesapeake Public Schools
Meaghan Sekinger, M.S.
Literacy Coordinator
VDOE Technical Training & Assistance Center

Meaghan Sekinger, M.S., is a Literacy Coordinator with TTAC at GMU. Previously, she worked for Stafford County Public Schools as a school administrator, educational diagnostician, instructional coach and special education teacher. She is currently the membership chair of VCLD.

https://ttac.gmu.edu/

About Meaghan Sekinger, M.S.

Literacy Coordinator
VDOE Technical Training & Assistance Center
Sunita Sharma, Ed.D.
Professor and Interim Dean of Education (Retired)
Virginia Union University

Dr. Sunita Sharma has over 30 years of teaching and administrative experience from PreK-12 - doctoral levels in the field of Special/General Education, and leadership. She is an International professional presenter of special education, multicultural education, inclusion, differentiated instruction and leadership emphasizing culturally responsive teaching practices.

About Sunita Sharma, Ed.D.

Professor and Interim Dean of Education (Retired)
Virginia Union University
Mary Murray Stowe, M.Ed.
Coordinator of Specialized Reading Instruction
VDOE Technical Training & Assistance Center

Mary Murray Stowe, M.Ed. works with teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, directors and coordinators of Special Education through the Training and Technical Assistance Center at William & Mary and the Virginia Department of Education as an educational specialist, and with William & Mary as an adjunct professor. Mary is certified as a SIM™ Certified Learning Strategy Professional Developer, Certified Local LETRS Classic Trainer, and LETRS Third Edition Facilitator. Currently, Mary is pursuing her doctoral degree in Special Education and serves as the Co-President of the Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

https://education.wm.edu/centers/ttac/

About Mary Murray Stowe, M.Ed.

Coordinator of Specialized Reading Instruction
VDOE Technical Training & Assistance Center
Chrystal Trapani
Instructional Technologist
Old Dominion University

Instructional Technology Specialist and Adjunct English Professor, Web Accessibility Expert

About Chrystal Trapani

Instructional Technologist
Old Dominion University
Samantha Vann, M.Ed.
Doctoral Student
University of Virginia

Samantha Vann is a PhD student at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on literacy instruction for students with Emotional Disturbance. Her teaching experience includes working as a Positive Behavior Support teacher, collaborative Geometry teacher, and collaborative English 10 teacher.

About Samantha Vann, M.Ed.

Doctoral Student
University of Virginia
Isabel Vargas, M.T.
Doctoral Student
University of Virginia

Isabel Vargas is a PhD student at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on evidence-based literacy instruction for English learners. Her teaching experience includes working as a first and second grade teacher in a Spanish dual-language immersion program.

About Isabel Vargas, M.T.

Doctoral Student
University of Virginia
Rosemary K. Walsh
Doctoral Student
George Mason University

Is a doctoral candidate at George Mason University and current lead special education at an elementary school. Her research focus is on the social-cognitive theory of self-regulation using self-monitoring technology.

About Rosemary K. Walsh

Doctoral Student
George Mason University
Lindsay Watkins
Doctoral Student
George Mason University

Lindsay Watkins has been a social studies educator in general and special education settings. She is now a doctoral student at George Mason University. Her current research projects focus on training special educators to adapt curriculum for students with disabilities.

About Lindsay Watkins

Doctoral Student
George Mason University
Rachel Woodward
Co-Teacher
Tidewater Collegiate Academy at Virginia Wesleyan University

Rachel Woodward is a graduate of VWU. She is now a co-teacher for Tidewater Collegiate Academy (TCA), an innovative laboratory school serving diverse PK-12th grade students on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan University.

About Rachel Woodward

Co-Teacher
Tidewater Collegiate Academy at Virginia Wesleyan University
Gabriela Zapatero, Ph.D., BCBS, LBA
Behavior Analyst
Acorn Health

Dr. Gabriela Zapatero became a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) in 2018. She obtained her PhD in special education in May 2021. As the lead BCBA for Virginia Beach she supports clients, RBTs, and fellow BCBAs.

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About Gabriela Zapatero, Ph.D., BCBS, LBA

Behavior Analyst
Acorn Health

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07:30 AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

07:30 AM - 08:30 AMBatten Student Center
08:30 AM

Opening Remarks

08:30 AM - 08:50 AMTowne Bank Arena
  • Mindy Gumpert, Ph.D.

    President, VCLD and Adjunct Assistant Professor

09:05 AM
Technology

How to be a Digital A11y

09:05 AM - 09:55 AMClarke Hall, 118
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  • Jenna Ashley, Ed.S.

    Instructional Technologist

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Culturally Responsive Teaching in 21st Century Classrooms

09:05 AM - 09:55 AMClarke Hall, 214
  • Sunita Sharma, Ed.D.

    Professor and Interim Dean of Education (Retired)

Culturally Responsive Teaching using Technology: Supporting Diverse Readers w/ AIM

09:05 AM - 09:55 AMBatten Hall, 237
  • Tiffany O'Neal, MS, SLPA

    Assistive Technology Specialist

UDL Intertwined with Cultural Responsiveness for Students with LD

09:05 AM - 09:55 AMGreer, 260
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  • Kia Felder Williams, M.A.

    ASPIRE Fellow, Doctoral Student

Other Important Topics

Virginia's Legal Hot Topics

09:05 AM - 09:55 AMGreer 155
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  • Sabrina Gross

    Coordinator of Complaints and Special Projects

Triennial Evaluations: Marrying the Means and the Ends

09:05 AM - 09:55 AMClarke Hall, 217
  • +1
  • Rick Brigham

    Professor

The Token Economy: Current Research and Protocol Expansion to Increase Emotional Regulation Skills

09:05 AM - 09:55 AMClarke Hall, 215
  • +1
  • Brittany Marcella, B.S., RBT

    Registered Behavior technician

Content Area Instruction, Evidence-Based Practices, High Leverage Practices

Returning to School after COVID-19: National and State Resources

09:05 AM - 09:55 AMGreer, 255
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  • Alisha Demchak, M.Ed.

    Doctoral Student

Addressing Students' Math Anxiety

09:05 AM - 09:55 AMBatten, 228
  • +2
  • Bill McConnell, Ph. D.

    Symposium Panelist

Co-Teaching or Inclusion

Stepping Out of Academic Silos to Better Serve Diverse Students

09:05 AM - 09:55 AMPierce
  • +1
  • Amy Christy-Davila

    ASPIRE Fellow, Doctoral Student

10:10 AM
Technology

Effective Professional Development: eCoaching with Bug-in-Ear Technology

10:10 AM - 11:00 AMClarke Hall, 118
  • Olga Karadimou

    Doctoral Student

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Let's Do Lunch: Extending Student Engagement to Build Vocabulary

10:10 AM - 11:00 AMBatten, 237
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  • Kristin Garman

    Reading Specialist

Teaching with Cultural Relevancy in an Anti-Critical Race Theory Moment

10:10 AM - 11:00 AMGreer, 260
  • Karin Kaerwer, M.Ed.

    Lecturer

Other Important Topics

Mindfulness & Education: We're All in This Together

10:10 AM - 11:00 AMGreer, 155
  • Margaret Meyers, MAT, CAEP

    Director of Enrollment Management

Content Area Instruction, Evidence-Based Practices, High Leverage Practices

Using Worked Solutions to Scaffold Mathematical Thinking and Reasoning

10:10 AM - 11:00 AMGreer 255
  • Paul J. Riccomini, Ph.D.

    Symposium Panelist

Specially Designed Instruction: A Continuum for Intensifying Literacy Instruction

10:10 AM - 11:00 AMClarke Hall, 214
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  • Judith Fontana, Ph.D.

    Specialized Reading Instruction Coordinator

Better Questions, Better Answers: Uniting Complex Curriculum and Assessment

10:10 AM - 11:00 AMBatten 228
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  • Rick Brigham

    Professor

Co-Teaching or Inclusion

Disrupting Subordinate Roles for Support Co-Teachers: Empowering all Co-Teachers

10:10 AM - 11:00 AMPierce
  • +1
  • Peggy King-Sears, Ph.D.

    Professor

Round Table

Physical Activity and Social Engagement in Individuals with AS

10:10 AM - 11:00 AMBrock Commons
  • Chrissy Blanchard-Alworth, C.A.P.E.

    Doctoral Student

Effective Communication-School to Home Partnerships

10:10 AM - 11:00 AMBrock Commons
  • Stephanie Lambrecht

    Director of Special Education and Student Services

The VCLD Co-Teaching Network Roundtable Discussion

10:10 AM - 11:00 AMBrock Commons
  • +1
  • Kaitlynn Fraze

    Doctoral Student

Rethinking Assignments for Diverse Online Learning and Teaching

10:10 AM - 11:00 AMBrock Commons
  • +1
  • Deborah Norris

    Instructional Designer

11:15 AM
Technology

Operation Accessibility

11:15 AM - 12:05 PMClarke Hall, 118
  • Chrystal Trapani

    Instructional Technologist

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Creating a Culturally Responsive School Climate for the Diverse Learning Needs of all Students

11:15 AM - 12:05 PMBatten, 237
  • Sierrah Chavis, Ed.S.

    Curriculum Specialist

Exceptional Education: Where Do We Go From Here?

11:15 AM - 12:05 PMGreer, 260
  • Rebecca Dilling

    Assistant Professor

Other Important Topics

Transformative Inclusion You Can't See

11:15 AM - 12:05 PMGreer, 155
  • +1
  • Wendy Scott, Ph.D.

    Director

Content Area Instruction, Evidence-Based Practices, High Leverage Practices

Expanding the Simple View of Reading to Address the Needs of all Readers

11:15 AM - 12:05 PMClarke Hall, 214
  • Tracy Hough, Ed.D.

    Professor

Using Worked Solutions to Scaffold Mathematical Thinking and Reasoning

11:15 AM - 12:05 PMGreer, 255
  • Paul J. Riccomini, Ph.D.

    Symposium Panelist

Blending Transition Components into Daily Academic Lesson Planning Using the Universal Design for Transition Framework

11:15 AM - 12:05 PMBatten, 228
  • Jarrod D. Hobson

    Adjunct Professor

Co-Teaching or Inclusion

We’ve Got the Power: Using Instructional Technology to Amp-Up Inclusive Instruction

11:15 AM - 12:05 PMPierce
  • +1
  • Cindy Buckley, Ph.D.

    Literacy Coordinator

Round Table

A DisCrit Content Analysis: A Lens for Social Justice

11:15 AM - 12:05 PMBrock Commons
  • +2
  • Kwame Mensah Bonsu

    Teacher

Using a Technology-Based Graphic Organizer to Support ELs in Persuasive Writing

11:15 AM - 12:05 PMBrock Commons
  • +1
  • Amy Christy-Davila

    ASPIRE Fellow, Doctoral Student

Strategies for Teaching Coding to Students with High Incidence Disabilities

11:15 AM - 12:05 PMBrock Commons
  • Roba Hrisseh, M.Ed.

    Doctoral Student

Exploring Writing Instruction and Adaptations in Inclusive Middle School Content Classrooms

11:15 AM - 12:05 PMBrock Commons
  • +4
  • Stacie Brady, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    Research Program Manager

12:05 PM

Break

12:05 PM - 01:30 PMBoyd Dining Center

Sponsors

01:30 PM

Afternoon Opening Remarks

01:30 PM - 01:40 PMTowne Bank Arena
01:40 PM

Panel Presentation

01:40 PM - 03:00 PMTowne Bank Arena
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  • Corrin Gillis, Ph.D.

    Symposium Panelist

03:10 PM

Dessert Reception

03:10 PM - 04:00 PMTowne Bank Arena
04:00 PM

Campus Tour

04:00 PM - 04:45 PM
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