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.
Click on the registration link to register for the LIVE virtual workshop and receive more information.
Certificates of attendance will only be provided to participants who attend and participate in the live virtual workshop. Participants should receive their certificate of attendance within 3 business days from the virtual workshop. Certificates of attendance will not be provided for viewing of any recordings.
If you cannot attend the live virtual workshop, please check back here after the workshop date and you can access the recording.
Upcoming Virtual Workshops
November 12, 2020
Best Practices for Conducting a Virtual Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee Meeting
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.
Presenter: Linda Gellman, MS, LSSP, Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Network Representative
January 21, 2021
Triangulating Data in the Full and Individual Evaluation: Telling the Student’s Story
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.
Presenter: Dawne Vanderhule, Child Find Evaluation, and ARD Supports Network Coordinator, Texas Education Agency
March 25, 2021
Writing Effective Impact and Need Statements in the Full and Individual Evaluation
Description: This virtual workshop will review the development process of an individualized education program (IEP), which begins with the student’s full and individual evaluation (FIE). Participants will be provided guidance and resources for writing effective impact and need statements that will drive the creation of comprehensive present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFPs) and development of an appropriate IEP.
Presenter: Nicole Price, LSSP, NCSP, Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Network Representative
May 20, 2021
Reevaluations: From Review of Existing Evaluation Data (REED) to Evaluation
Description: A reevaluation must occur at least once every three years unless the parent and the local education agency (LEA) agree that it is unnecessary. A review of existing evaluation data (REED) is part of any reevaluation and is a process to identify what, if any, additional data is needed to determine eligibility and/or programming. Participants will examine regulations related to reevaluations, review the process for conducting a REED, and determine best practices of a comprehensive reevaluation.
Presenter: Kara Zwolinski, MEd, Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Support Network Lead
Recorded on 10/17/19
Evaluating Dysgraphia in the FIE
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.
Presenter: Cherry Lee, Director of the Reading Academies, Division of School Programs, Texas Education Agency.
Recorded on 1/16/20
Documenting Growth in the FIE
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).
Presenter: Dr. Mertie “Mimi” Gomez, assistant professor of College of Education, School of Teaching and Learning, Sam Houston State University
Recorded on 2/6/20
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.
Presenter: Kara Zwolinski, Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Network Lead
Recorded on 6/3/20
Considerations for Conducting Summer 2020 Evaluations
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.
At the beginning of the presentation recording, you will find a slide with link to the handout for the webinar.
Recorded on September 11, 2020
Evaluations during the 2020-21 School Year: Efficient Multimethod, Multisource Solutions for Completing Comprehensive Evaluations
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.
Presenter: Dr. Gail Cheramie, Consulting School Psychologist, and Dr. Andrea Ogonosky, Educational Consultant/Author