“From PossAbilities to Practical Applications”
Agenda – At a Glance
Agenda – With Session Descriptions
Over 300 parents, educators and other professionals representing 37 school districts from throughout Virginia joined together for a day of learning, networking and inspirations. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Christi Kasa kicked off with a message of inclusion and left us thinking “What is Your Commitment Towards Inclusion? Our lunch speaker, Erin Thompson, took us through her journey to meaningful employment and reminded us to Dream Big!
Planning for 2018 starts early! If you are interested in joining our speaker planning team or connecting us with someone that would LOVE to attend next year, contact Kim Owens
We are thankful to all of our speakers who shared so much information with the attendees. Our 27 Exhibitors provided resources and services including PEATC who provided individual IEP consultations to parents. The self-advocates enjoyed introducing speakers as session hosts and greeting the attendees. Many thanks to the volunteers in green shirts who kept the conference running smoothly and professionally. Thank you to the many sponsors that allow us to offer this conference at a low-cost to all attendees. Thank you to everyone from both educational professionals to parents, we value your opinion on what we can do to continue to offer an amazing conference.
We hope you come back next year!
Keynote speaker… “Seeing My Gifts of Great Ability”
Christi Kasa, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Department Chair for the Department of Special Education in the College of Education at the University of Colorado. Her teaching, research, and consulting are guided by her passion to create successful inclusive schools for all students. Christi began her career teaching in the public schools of California as a general education teacher, special education teacher, and an inclusion facilitator.
Lunch Speaker...”My Journey to Meaningful Employment”
Erin Thompson is a 2010 graduate of George Mason University’s LIFE Program and has been happily and successfully employed at Rosetta Stone in Arlington, Virginia since January 2011 where she has reception and administrative duties. She enjoys being a self-advocate as well as a Buddy Ambassador for Best Buddies Virginia, board member for the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (DSANV) and a board member of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). In her spare time, she is part of the George Mason University Alumni Special Olympics team and enjoys basketball, writing lyrics, and listening to music and dancing in her spare time.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Keynote Speaker Sponsor
Breakfast and Lunch Sponsor
Outstanding Educator Award Sponsor
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Tote Bag Sponsor
Thank you to speakers – Cheryl Jorgensen; David Egan, C.J. Butler, ODU; Mona Pruett, Sharon Jones, Chris Frawley and Jackie Neidle T/TAC at VCU; Daniel Irwin and Marianne Moore, VDOE; Dr. Paul Wehman and Dr. Meg Sander, VCU-RRTC; Karen Dietrich, Loudon County Public Schools.
Over 300 parents, educators and other professionals representing 36 school districts from throughout Virginia joined together at the “From PossAbilities to Practical Applications” Education Conference on Saturday for a day of learning, networking and inspiration.
Our keynote speaker, Cheryl Jorgensen kicked off with a message of inclusion and provided three additional inclusion breakout sessions, our lunch speaker, Advocate David Egan touched the hearts and minds of the audience which led to a standing ovation. We are thankful to our additional speakers who shared so much information with our audience.
Our 25 exhibitors that provide resources and services to so many families readily shared their information including PEATC who provided numerous IEP 1:1 consultations.
Our DSAGR self-advocates enjoyed introducing our speakers as session hosts and greeting the attendees.
Many thanks to our volunteers in the blue shirts who kept the conference running smoothly and professionally.
Thank you to the many sponsors that allow us to offer this conference at a low-cost to all attendees.
A special appreciation goes to the educators and professionals that are reaching and teaching the hearts and minds of our children! We know there are many of you making a difference every day and we were thrilled to recognize several great educators on Saturday including our Outstanding Educators – Cory Allen (Cool Spring Elementary, Hanover) and Amanda Cook (Glen Allen High School, Henrico) and Honorable Mention – Lauren McCray (Echo Lake Elementary, Henrico), Marty Moritz (Kaechele Elementary, Henrico) and Sarah Dunn (Gayton Elementary, Henrico).
We wanted to share some of the feedback we have already received:
“there was so much valuable and pertinent information available”
“the conference was extremely well-organized and professional.”
“one of the most inspirational and informative and professional conferences I have ever attended”
We hope to see you back next year!
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THANKS FOR ATTENDING NOVEMBER 7, 2015