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DSAM – Educator Conference

November 2, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

November 2nd, 2017
8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Mall of America
Parkview Meeting & Event Center

REGISTRATION:

ONSITE: $75 to attend in person, includes coffee, snacks, lunch and handouts

REMOTELY: $50 to attend online

The Learning Profile of Students with Down Syndrome

Presented by: Karen Swanson, Parent of a child with DS, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica

This presentation will cover the specific developmental profile associated with Down syndrome.  Both strengths and weaknesses will be covered.  Strengths can include social interactive skills, empathy, behavior, visual memory and processing.  Weaknesses can include delayed motor development, visual and hearing impairments, speech and language delays, verbal short memory function.  Strategies and interventions will be discussed to capitalize on the strengths and adapt for the weaknesses.

About the Speaker:

K2015-karen-swansonaren Swanson, PhD, MPT, MA, ATC-Retired.  Dr. Swanson is the parent of a child with Down syndrome and previously served as President of the Board of Directors for the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota.  She is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.  Karen is also a certified trainer of the Down Syndrome Education’s Reading and Language Intervention for children with DS.

 

 

Curricular Supports to Create Access and Engagement in General Education Curriculum and Environments

Presented by:  Laura Medwetz, Adjunct Faculty, University of St. Thomas and Terri Vandercook, Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Special Education and Coordinator for the Program in Developmental Disabilities

Laura and Terri, from University of St. Thomas will be part of a presentation team that includes educators working in the schools. They will share various frameworks to consider when thinking about curricular supports. Multiple examples across elementary through secondary programs will be provided within each framework.  Activities will be designed to support attendees to consider and create curricular supports for the students they serve. We look forward to a day of working together and sharing ideas that will support meaningful access and engagement in general education curriculum and environments.

About the Speakers:

Vandercook, Terr , College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, Faculty, Staff, MinneapolisTerri Vandercook is an Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Special Education and coordinator for the program in Developmental Disabilities.  Terri earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota and has worked with and learned from individuals with significant developmental disabilities, their families, and team members for nearly 40 years.  Themes throughout her career have been the active belonging, participation, and learning (inclusion!) of each child in her or his community.  Recently, she has also focused upon literacy instruction for those individuals with the most significant developmental disabilities.  Terri grew up in Iowa and has an M.A. in Education and a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa.  In her free time, Terri likes to read books for fun, jump around at the Y, and hang out with her family and friends, playing games and eating good food.

Terri is known for two sayings, “Make it a great day” and “Together we are better,” and she strives to make that decision for herself as she interacts with others on a daily basis.

lauraphotoLaura Medwetz has dedicated her work to developing inclusive school communities where all learners are valued members. As an educator for over 30 years, she has taught students across multiple areas in special education and has taught grades 1 – 3 in the elementary classroom. Laura is currently adjunct faculty for the University of St. Thomas, School of Education. Laura has worked with local schools as a special education coordinator, consulted with school districts and schools, and has worked as a program coordinator for university affiliated programs. Laura received her B.S. in special education at Ball State University, Indiana and M.S. in elementary education at Purdue University, Indiana.

Laura enjoys walking, hiking, gardening, and watching the seasons change. She also knits and loves to “putts around” with other projects.

Conference attendees

SCHEDULE

2017 Educator Conference

8—8:45 am   Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45—9 am   Welcome & DSAM Updates

Kathleen Forney, Executive Director, DSAM

9 —10:00 am   The Learning Profile of Students with Down Syndrome

Presented by: Karen Swanson, Parent of a child with Ds, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica

10:00—10:15 am   Break

10:15 am—Noon   Curricular Supports to Create Access and Engagement in General Education Curriculum and Environments

          Presented by:  Laura Medwetz, Adjunct Faculty, University of St. Thomas and Terri Vandercook, Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Special Education and Coordinator for the Program in Developmental Disabilities         

Noon—1:00 pm    Lunch

1 —2 pm   Session continues… Curricular Supports to Create Access and Engagement in General Education Curriculum and Environments

2:00—2:15 pm   Break

2:15—3:00 pm   Session continues… Curricular Supports to Create Access and Engagement in General Education Curriculum and Environments

3:00 pm   Educators may pick up Certificates of Attendance

Details

Date:
November 2, 2017
Time:
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Website:
https://www.dsamn.org/conferences/educators/

Organizer

Down Syndrome Association of MN
Phone:
651-603-0720
Email:
dsamn@dsamn.org
Website:
https://www.dsamn.org/events/