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Save the Date: 2020 Fall Conference

Yes, there will be an OSPA Fall Conference!

The 2020 Fall Conference will be held Nov. 5-6 via Zoom. Ethics credit will be included in the Thursday sessions.

Thursday, Nov. 5

We will begin the day with an extended, 90-minute Ohio Department of Education Update. ODE presenters Joe Petrarca and Bernadette Laughlin will cover the usual updates but also delve into the latest guidance related to education in the age of COVID-19. This session will garner ethics credit.

Also in the morning, attorney Pamela Leist will provide a Legal Update that reviews the legal and practical challenges of providing services and conducting telehealth sessions in a remote learning platform. She will explore relevant topics such as student confidentiality, compliance with state and federal special education laws, licensure restrictions, and more. This course will count as ethics credit.

Ms. Leist is a member of the Special Education and Workers’ Compensation Practice Teams, and she assists clients with a variety of education law issues including special education, student discipline, labor and employment law, negotiations, board policy review and development, and legislative review. She has represented boards of education before state and federal courts and multiple state and federal administrative agencies including the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the State Personnel Board of Review, the State Employment Relations Board, and the Ohio Department of Education. 

Thursday afternoon, A. Jordan Wright, Ph.D. will delve into Psychological Tele-Assessment. Traditionally, our testing relies on in-person interactions with the use of manipulatives and other materials. Dr. Wright will look at the research and best practice, and help determine how we can continue to move forward in serving our students.

Dr. Wright is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, as well as a Masters in Psychology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Assessment Psychology and a Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment and the American Academy for Assessment Psychology. Jordan is the founding director of the Center for Counseling and Community Wellbeing, the training clinic in NYU’s Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program, as well as coordinating and teaching the psychological assessment curriculum for the doctoral program. Jordan has authored books on psychological assessment: Conducting Psychological Assessment: A Guide for Practitioners and, with Gary Groth-Marnat, the sixth edition of the Handbook for Psychological Assessment. His third book, Essentials of Psychological Assessment Supervision, came out in 2019. Currently, he is working on another Essentials guide, this one on tele-assessment.

Friday, Nov. 6

Amy Gillespie Rouse, Ph.D. will present separate morning and afternoon sessions on Writing Instruction for Struggling Writers & Students with Disabilities: Setting Up the Writing Classroom & Addressing Transcription Skills and Writing Instruction for Struggling Writers & Students with Disabilities: Focusing on Composition Skills & Measuring Progress. Research on academic interventions tends to focus mostly on reading and math skills, which have traditionally been the focus of school supports. However, writing is required across all curriculum areas. Dr. Rouse’s sessions will identify common writing challenges encompassing areas including handwriting, spelling, fluency, composition, and expression. Effective methods of assessment, identifying appropriate interventions or specially designed instruction, and progress monitoring will be addressed.

Dr. Gillespie Rouse is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Southern Methodist University. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of Teaching from the University of Virginia, Dr. Gillespie Rouse was a teacher, primarily in Tier 1 and Tier 2 elementary settings, in Virginia public schools for five years. She subsequently earned her doctorate in Special Education from Vanderbilt University, where she was an Institution of Education Sciences predoctoral fellow. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Gillespie Rouse focused on writing research and quantitative methods.

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