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2018 AASEA Special Education Conference
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6/11/2018 to 6/12/2018
When: June, 11, 2018
8:00 AM
Where: Embassy Suites
11301 Financial Center Parkway
Little Rock, Arkansas  72211
United States
Contact: Amy McNabb

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Arkansas Association of Special Education Administrators

2018 AASEA Special Education Conference


June 11-12, 2018
Embassy Suites
Little Rock, Arkansas




The Arkansas Association of Special Education Administrators (AASEA) Special Education Conference is scheduled to be held at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock, Monday, June 11, and Tuesday, June 12.  


Last year, over 200 Arkansas special education administrators, LEA supervisors, and school administrators were in attendance. We hope you are planning to attend and will register as soon as possible.  The 2018 AASEA Special Education Conference agenda is listed below.



Richard Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.

Rick Lavoie has served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs since 1972. He holds three degrees in Special Education and has served as an adjunct professor or visiting lecturer at numerous universities including Syracuse, Harvard, Gallaudet, Manhattanville College, University of Alabama and Georgetown.


He serves as a consultant on Learning Disabilities to several agencies and organizations including Public Broadcasting Service, New York Times, National Center for Learning Disabilities, Girl Scouts of America, Child Magazine and WETA. He is a member of the Professional Advisor Board of the Learning Disabilities Association.


Rick has delivered his message to over 500,000 parents and professionals throughout North America. He has the distinction of having delivered Keynote Addresses for all three of the major special needs advocacy organizations in the United States (Learning Disabilities Association, Council for Exceptional Children, Children with Attention Deficit Disorder).







Monday, June 11


7:30                           Registration


8:00 - 12:00              Morning Session

Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.




               "Life in the Jungle: An Affectionately Critical Look at Special Education"

In this workshop, Rick will explore the day-to-day realities and myths inherent in the education of students with learning disabilities and will present insights in frustrations felt by all educational professionals and will provide guideline and advice for maintaining a healthy and productive perspective on the daily hassles and obstacles of life in the classroom.



    "Other People's Kids: Everyday Ethics for the Special Education Professional"

In their training, doctors and lawyers invest substantial amounts of time learning about the history, philosophy, and ethics of their profession. Unfortunately, these three concepts are often ignored in the training of educators. If Special Education is to be viewed as a significant and valid profession, practitioners, must come to understand and embrace ethical tenets that under gird our daily work.


12:00-1:00                 Lunch



1:15-3:15                 Legal Panel
Jay Bequette, Attorney at Law, Bequette & Billingsley, P.A.

Kendra Clay, Student, Personnel, and Legal Services Director, Springdale School District

Cody Keys, Attorney at Law, Bequette & Billingsley, P.A.
Thomas Pennington, General Counsel, Arkansas Tech University

Sharon Streett, Attorney



Tuesday, June 12


7:30                           Registration

8:00 - 12:00               General Session

Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.


               "These Kids Are With Me: the School Leader's Role in Special Education"
Rick will discuss a piece of research from Colorado State University that identifies the six traits of effective principals (risk taking, accessibility, collaboration, etc.) and the strategies principals can use to foster these traits in their own day-to-day performance. He will also speak on the concept of "Universal Design."



    "Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning on the Tuned-Out Child"

Every learning theory from Maslow to Gardner has "motivation" as its initial and fundamental step. However, few teachers have a repertoire of effective motivational strategies and techniques. In the classroom we tend to use a "one size fits all" approach by attempting to motivate all students with one single reward system, star chart or grading policy. This session presents an innovative and field-tested model that enables teachers to better understand and foster student motivation at all grade levels. The workshop begins with an exploration of some of the common misconceptions related to student motivation and some of the common strategies that are, simply, ineffective (competition, reward systems, punishment).



     "Helping Students With Special Needs Understand and Negotiate the Hidden Curriculum"

Every school has its own "culture" or Hidden Curriculum.  These are the unspoken, unwritten rules that dictate student behavior.  Because these rules are not explicitly outlined, many children with special needs do not understand it or adhere to it.  As a result, the child experiences social isolation and rejection.  This seminar explains how administrators can identify and teach the "Hidden Curriculum" in the areas of personnel, physical plant, school traditions/rituals, schedule and social environment.



12:00 .                   Adjourn




AAEA members - $305         Non-Members - $330  



Embassy Suites - Little Rock, Arkansas

Reservations - 501-312-9000

$119 Single/Double

Mention "AR Special Ed Admins" when making reservations.

Conference Rate ends Monday, May 14.



For more information:


Amy McNabb, Events and Operations Manager




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