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Recorded Sessions

Statewide Child Find, Evaluation, and
ARD Supports Virtual Workshops

We are excited to offer FREE virtual workshops on a variety of pertinent topics related to child find, evaluation, and ARD supports.

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Certificates of attendance will only be provided to participants who attend and participate in the live virtual workshop. Certificates of attendance will not be provided for viewing of any recordings.


Recordings:

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Recorded: January 21, 2021

Description: Evaluations must be comprehensive and based on a variety of data sources. Participants will learn how to triangulate data (from more than two sources) to verify results. Consistency of findings leads to recommendations for evidence-based interventions and how to progress monitor those interventions.

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Presenter:  Dawne Vanderhule, Child Find Evaluation, and ARD Supports Network Coordinator, Texas Education Agency

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Recorded: November 12, 2020

Description: This session is designed to address critical issues and provide best practices in conducting virtual admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee meetings. Topics to be included are the basic requirements of an ARD committee meeting, confidentiality considerations, preparing staff and families for the virtual ARD format, tips for engaging ARD committee members in the virtual meeting, and obtaining electronic signatures will also be addressed.

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Presenter: Kara Zwolinski, MEd, Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Support Network Lead

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Recorded: September 11, 2020

Description: The full and individual evaluation (FIE) must be comprehensive and yield decisions that are valid, data-based, and lead to the development of appropriate services. This session is designed to address critical issues in completing FIEs during in-school learning and remote learning, whether synchronous or asynchronous. Topics to be discussed include: planning the FIE, using multiple methods and sources of data to inform decisions, collection and interpretation of data given issues related to test administration and observations, and factors influencing decision-making.

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Presenters: Dr. Gail Cheramie, Consulting School Psychologist, and Dr. Andrea Ogonosky, Educational Consultant/Author

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Recorded: June 3, 2020

Description: Welcome to the webinar on Considerations for Conducting Summer 2020 Evaluations While Implementing Health and Safety Measures Related to COVID-19. While this webinar addresses considerations for conducting special education evaluations during the Summer 2020, the information provided would most likely apply during any further outbreaks of COVID-19 that results in school closure or adaptations to conducting in-person instructional activities on campuses.

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Recorded: February 6, 2020

Description: This virtual workshop will review the requirements of an ARD committee meeting, including membership, participation, and components. Participants will gain an understanding of the different types of ARD committee meetings and the processes for mutual agreement. Learn best practices of a compliant ARD committee meeting and process.

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Presenter: Kara Zwolinski, Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Network Lead

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Recorded: January 16, 2020

Description: While it is important to obtain a peer comparison level of performance, standard scores and percentile ranks are not the best measures to document growth in students with disabilities. Equal interval scores compare a student’s performance to his/her previous performance. The purpose of this virtual workshop is to promote the inclusion of equal interval data in the full and individual evaluation (FIE).

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Presenter: Dr. Mertie “Mimi” Gomez, assistant professor of College of Education, School of Teaching and Learning, Sam Houston State University

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Recorded: October 17, 2019

Description: Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the academic and underlying difficulties associated with dyslexia and develop a comprehensive plan for evaluating dysgraphia within an FIE.

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Presenter: Cherry Lee, Director of the Reading Academies, Division of School Programs, Texas Education Agency.