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Friday, November 22
 

8:30am EST

Registration & Check In
Friday November 22, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am EST
Foyer Near Ballroom

8:30am EST

Continental Breakfast
Friday November 22, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EST
Foyer

9:00am EST

Welcome & Conference Overview
MCEC Board
avatar for Lyndsey Nunes, Program Co-Chair, MCEC

Lyndsey Nunes, Program Co-Chair, MCEC

Lyndsey Nunes, Ph.D., BCBA, has served as the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative Program Director at Westfield State University since 2013. Lyndsey has 10 years of experience working with students with disabilities between the ages of 8-22. She has worked in a variety of settings... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2019 9:00am - 9:05am EST
Ballroom A

9:05am EST

Opening Address, MCEC President, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe: A Sea Change in Special Education
Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Stringer Keefe

Elizabeth Stringer Keefe

President, Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children
Elizabeth Stringer Keefe, Ph.D., serves as director of graduate education for Stonehill’s Education Studies Department. She has held faculty appointments in higher education for 18 years and served as a public school teacher prior to her work in teacher preparation. Her work as... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2019 9:05am - 9:25am EST
Ballroom A

9:30am EST

Defining Accessibility in the Lives of People with Intellectual Disability: Contributions to an International Tapestry of Voices
*Recipient of the 2019 MCEC Professional of the Year Award*

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disability were invited to participate in an international quilt project to share their opinions of what 'access' means to them. In this presentation we will share finding from the Massachusetts contingent of this project and discuss ideas for using quilt-based art to discuss inclusion and access other educational settings.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Paiewonsky

Maria Paiewonsky

Program Director, Institute for Community Inclusion
Maria Paiewonsky is a program manager and transition specialist at the Institute for Community Inclusion. She also serves as Director of the Massachusetts Transition Leadership Initiative, a personnel preparation program that prepared Master’s Level Transition Specialists at the... Read More →



Friday November 22, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am EST
108

9:30am EST

Staying Out of Harm’s Way: Protecting Students with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
Students with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience significantly higher levels of abuse. Learn how to raise protective factors for vulnerable students by applying best practices from IMPACT:Ability, an innovative, evidence-based training program for students with disabilities. This experiential session provides educators with immediately applicable skills to help students stop abuse and advocate for themselves and others.

Speakers
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Mandy Doyle

IMPACT:Ability Manager, IMPACT Boston
Mandy is a licensed special education teacher and trained sexuality educator. She serves as the IMPACT:Ability Manager at IMPACT Boston and teaches self-defense, relationship skills, and healthy sexuality to students and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. She previously... Read More →



Friday November 22, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am EST
109

9:30am EST

Storybooks and Avatars: Using Mixed Reality Simulations and Dialogic Reading to Support Social-Emotional Learning in Young Students
The purpose of this presentation will be to share our preliminary findings using dialogic reading alongside mixed reality simulations as part of a social-emotional learning curriculum in an after-school program for children in grades K-2 to foster acquisition of competencies including positive peer feedback, positive communication, and problem solving.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Cook

Amy Cook

Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Amy Cook is an associate professor of school counseling. She received a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut Storrs. She has worked in urban schools and mental health agencies, providing counseling services to students and families. Her research interests... Read More →
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Kristin Murphy

University of Massachusetts, Boson
Dr. Kristin Murphy is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has over fifteen years of experience in Special Education in varied teaching, research, and policy roles. Her research primarily focuses on understanding the experiences... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am EST
Essex Room

9:30am EST

Using SRSD with Social Skills Prompts to Improve Writing and Behavior
Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD; Harris & Graham, 1992) has been found to be effective in improving writing skills of students with emotional and behavioral disorders, and has the potential to positively impact student behaviors and social skills. The presenters will share results from a single-case study that expanded on existing SRSD literature with students with EBD by utilizing behavioral/social skills prompts to teach opinion writing to students with EBD.

Speakers
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Robai Werunga

Assistant Professor of Special Education, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Robai Werunga, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research focuses on early interventions through Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). Specifically, she researches ways to support special and general education teachers... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2019 9:30am - 10:20am EST
Lennox Room

10:30am EST

12:00pm EST

Annual Awards Ceremony
We're so pleased to announce the recipients of our annual awards!

Citizen of the Year: Gretchen McIntire, President & Co-Founder, Boston Calm
Professional of the Year: Joel M. Ristuccia, Trauma and Policy Learning Institute, Harvard University

Speakers
avatar for Gretchen McIntire

Gretchen McIntire

President and Co-Founder, BostonCalm
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Joel M. Ristuccia

Trauma and Learning Policy Institute, Harvard


Friday November 22, 2019 12:00pm - 12:15pm EST
Ballroom A

12:15pm EST

Lunch
Friday November 22, 2019 12:15pm - 1:00pm EST
Ballroom A

12:30pm EST

VR and AI Tech Lab
MCEC Board
avatar for Adam Steiner

Adam Steiner

Media Chair & Co-Treasurer, MCEC
Adam Steiner is a technology integration specialist for the Holliston Public Schools in Holliston, Massachusetts and recently completed a PhD at Boston College with a focus on curriculum, instruction, and technology. His research interests include one to one technology, universal... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2019 12:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Foyer Near Ballroom

1:00pm EST

Coping with Autism in Challenging Times
Gretchen McIntire is the founder of BostonCalm, a 501(c)3 that provides sensory care packages to help calm, inspire, and encourage children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Tourette Syndrome, and other developmental disabilities. As an autistic self-advocate diagnosed in adulthood, Gretchen did not have supports navigating the school experience.  During this session, she will share her perspectives and detail the coping skills she had to learn on her own to be successful.

Speakers
avatar for Gretchen McIntire

Gretchen McIntire

President and Co-Founder, BostonCalm


Friday November 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EST
108

1:00pm EST

Learning from Post-Transition College Students: Using Research to Improve Transition Services for College Inclusion Success
This session draws on research on transition services for college-bound students with learning disabilities and a recent study of college-going experiences of students with disabilities at public colleges/universities in Massachusetts, as well as personal experience of a recent college graduate with disabilities to provide participants with insights and practical applications to improve transition service design and implementation for students transitioning to college.

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Abbott

Jordan Abbott

PhD Candidate, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Jordan is a doctoral candidate in Special Education and a former secondary special education teacher and team leader. Her research interests include college-focused transition services for students with learning disabilities.
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Catherine McEachern

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Catherine McEachern has a B.S. in Psychology with a specialization in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services. Her areas of interest include neurodegenerative diseases, learning disabilities, and their interconnection.



Friday November 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EST
109

1:00pm EST

Collaborating with Families: Communicating Assessment Information and Results
This presentation will introduce participants to strategies for communicating assessment results and collaborating with families during the assessment procedure in early intervention/early childhood special education, from a family-centered framework. Real-life vignette(s) will be used to illustrate communication between practitioners and family members who have young children with disabilities.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Silva

Stephanie Silva

University of Massachusetts Boston
Stephanie Silva is a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Master’s Level Psychologist in Early Intervention. Her research includes transitions into and out of early intervention.
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Dr. Serra Acar

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Acar is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research includes culturally and linguistically responsive assessment practices in early intervention/early childhood special education.
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Kelly Brown

University of Massachusetts Boston
Kelly Brown is a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Certified Early Intervention Specialist. Her research includes collaborations between early intervention/child welfare and trauma-informed practice.



Friday November 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EST
Essex Room

1:00pm EST

Combining Project Based Learning with Culturally Responsive Teaching to Meet the Needs of All Learners
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Dr. Ellen Rustico

Bay Path University
Ellen Rustico, Ed.D. is Chair of Education Programs at Bay Path University. She has worked with pre-service teachers since 2004. Ellen’s research focuses on first-generation female college students, and pass rates on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure.
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Jennifer Stratton, EdD

Coordinator of Undergraduate Education, Bay Path University
Dr. Stratton is committed to sharing her areas of expertise in multicultural education and literacy, which has led her to serve local and global organizations promoting literacy development. To create change in children's literature regarding underrepresented groups, Dr. Stratton... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Hickson-Martin, EdD

Andrea Hickson-Martin, EdD

Coordinator of Graduate Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Bay Path University
Dr. Hickson-Martin is committed to sharing her areas of expertise in multicultural education and literacy, which has led her to serve local and global organizations promoting literacy, diversity and inclusion development.
avatar for Dr. Kristen Bonanno-Sotiropoulos

Dr. Kristen Bonanno-Sotiropoulos

Bay Path University
Dr. Bonanno-Sotiropoulos has worked in education at the various levels for more than a dozen years. Her professional career within K12 public education included roles as a special education teacher and special education administrator at the elementary and middle school levels. After... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EST
Lennox Room

2:00pm EST

Presidential Session: Collette Divitto, CEO, Collettey’s Cookies
Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Stringer Keefe

Elizabeth Stringer Keefe

President, Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children
Elizabeth Stringer Keefe, Ph.D., serves as director of graduate education for Stonehill’s Education Studies Department. She has held faculty appointments in higher education for 18 years and served as a public school teacher prior to her work in teacher preparation. Her work as... Read More →
avatar for Collette Divitto

Collette Divitto

Collettey's
Collette Divitto was born in 1990 with Down syndrome. She grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut, where she developed a passion for baking after taking classes in high school. After testing out several cookie recipes, she came up with an original cinnamon chocolate chip cookie that people... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm EST
Ballroom B

3:00pm EST

Poster Session
Friday November 22, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Ballroom B

3:30pm EST

Inclusion of Students with Intellectual Disabilities at the University Level
This presentation offers a synopsis of effective models of transition applied at Bridgewater State University and focused on integrating individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). These include a college inclusion model where students with ID are fully assimilated into typical college courses. Relevant supporting research will be discussed.

Speakers
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Dr. Ashley Rodrigues

Bridgewater State University
Dr. Ashley Rodrigues is a member of the Department of Special Education at Bridgewater State University. Prior to that she was a special education teacher leading a post-secondary transition program.


Friday November 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm EST
108

3:30pm EST

Mathematical Learning Profiles: Understanding Why Math is So Hard for Some Students
Results from a retroactive chart review of patients referred for evaluation at a metropolitan, pediatric medical center’s Learning Disabilities Program reveal that students in grades 3 – 5 present with a variety of cognitive difficulties that impact math learning. The prevalence and manifestation of these difficulties, and implications for interventions, will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Melinda (Mindy) Eichhorn

Melinda (Mindy) Eichhorn

Gordon College
Dr. Mindy Eichhorn is an assistant professor of Education at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. She is also a mathematics specialist at the Boston Children’s Hospital Learning Disabilities Program.
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Dr. Ellen Boiselle

Associate Director, Boston Children's Hospital
Dr. Ellen Boiselle is the Associate Director of the Learning Disabilities Program at Children’s Hospital in Boston, where she conducts comprehensive, interdisciplinary evaluations of children who are struggling in school.



Friday November 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm EST
109

3:30pm EST

Cultural Competence During the IEP Process: Learning from Families
Cultural competence and family collaboration have been emphasized in teacher preparation programs for decades, yet collaborative partnerships between culturally diverse families and school personnel remain elusive. Using Goodman’s (2013) Cultural Competence for Social Justice (CCSJ) model, this presentation shares research on pre-service teachers learning from families and describes evidence-based practices.

Speakers
avatar for Zach Rossetti

Zach Rossetti

Associate Professor, Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
Zachary Rossetti, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the Teaching and Learning Department at Boston University's Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. His research examines the social belonging and participation of people with intellectual and developmental... Read More →
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Dr. Janet Sauer

Lesley University
Janet Sauer, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor of Education/Special Education at Lesley University. She prepares educators for inclusive education and cultural competence. Her scholarship is based in the interdisciplinary field of Disability Studies and focuses on family engagement... Read More →



Friday November 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm EST
Essex Room

3:30pm EST

SYMPOSIUM: Social Emotional Learning in Schools Today
This session will feature three mini-presentations followed by cross-cutting commentary from Jane Hardin, M.Ed., co-author of 

Discussant, Jane Hardin, M.Ed.

Using a Trauma-informed Lens to Promote Social-Emotional Learning for an Elementary School Community
Amy Ballin & Matt Fusco
Social-emotional learning is most effective when incorporated into school culture. In this workshop, participants will hear the experiences of school personnel that overhauled the culture of one elementary school by embracing the practices of trauma sensitivity. A qualitative researcher will present findings from a multi-year study of these practices.

Response to Intervention with a Focus in the Area of Social/Emotional Learning
Diana Mullen, Tammy Rundle, & Greg Ranieri
Scituate Public Schools has had a focus on Social/Emotional Learning in our District Strategic Plan for the past 6 years. We have developed Tiered Levels of Intervention for all areas (Academic, SEL and Behavior) in our elementary and secondary grades along with development of a data driven process that supports all students. This presentation will focus on helping districts start process/procedures for SEL interventions in their district.

The ‘E’ in SEL: Teach Kids the Skills to Identify, Understand and Manage their Emotions, and They Will Learn
Lori Jackson & Steve Peck 
Almost two-thirds of teachers say that behavioral issues interfere with their ability to teach. Schools must teach their students to manage their emotions in order for them to learn academically. This session will underscore the importance of building students’ emotional intelligence by developing their emotional regulation skills.

Discussants
avatar for Jane Hardin

Jane Hardin

Discussant, SEL Symposium

Speakers
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Dianna Mullen

Scituate Public Schools
Ms. Mullen is the Director of Special Education for the Scituate Public Schools. She holds a Masters in Education fro the University of Bridgeport, CT and a second Masters+ in School Administration from Southern Connecticut State University She has been in education for 31 years... Read More →
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Tammy Rundle

Scituate Public Schools
Ms. Rundle holds an undergraduate degree from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. I have been in education for twenty years, formerly as a School Counselor and for the past ten years as the PK-12 Department Chairperson of School Counseling... Read More →
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Greg Ranieri

Scituate Public Schools
Gregory Ranieri has been the Health & Wellness Chairperson for the Scituate Public Schools since 2006. Greg feels fortunate to work for a school district that values student wellbeing and the impact thereof on their growth. In 2010, Greg earned the designation of MIAA Wellness Coordinator... Read More →
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Amy Ballin

Simmons University
Amy Ballin is an assistant professor in special education at Simmons University. She is the author of The Quest for Meaningful Special Education (2016), which explores the ethics of special education.
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Matt Fusco

Principal Veteran's Memorial School
Matt has worked for 13 years as a school principal. Formerly, he taught fifth grade in Chelsea, MA.  He earned a Master's degree in educational leadership from Salem State.  
avatar for Lori Jackson

Lori Jackson

The Connections Model
Lori is an educational psychologist who has been working with students and their families for over 15 years. She believes that all children have the capacity to succeed in school and the right to a quality education. Lori has seen the transformation that is possible when students... Read More →
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Steve Peck

The Connections Model
Steve is a special educator with over 15 years of experience working with students who have multiple and severe disabilities. Steve believes that new technology is key to helping students overcome their functional skill deficits in the classroom. Steve has always been both a teacher... Read More →


MA cec pptx

Friday November 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm EST
Ballroom A

4:20pm EST

Concluding Remarks, Vendor Raffles & National Conference Giveaway
MCEC Board
avatar for Abby Hanscom, Membership Chair, MCEC

Abby Hanscom, Membership Chair, MCEC

Abby Hanscom has worked in the field of special education since starting as a special education teacher in the Framingham Public Schools in 1994. She has held positions as a learning center teacher, curriculum specialist, special education administrator at the middle school level... Read More →


Friday November 22, 2019 4:20pm - 4:30pm EST
Ballroom B
  Plenary Session
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