MSPA is hosting a 1 day, 2-part fall workshop on October 15th, 2014.
The topics are:
- Best Practices in the Assessment of English Learners for Special Education by Tyson Zitzow (Morning Session)
- Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Cognitive Abilities: Administration and Interpretive Updates by Annie Hansen-Burke (Afternoon Session)
*Descriptions of the workshops are below.
You may register for either event or all day by selecting your option below:
Both Sessions/Full Day Registration (lunch on your own 12pm-1pm): $50
Morning Session (9 am - 12 pm): $35
Afternoon Session (1 pm - 4 pm): $35
* Registration is now closed *
The training will be held at:
Minnesota Department of Education - Conference Center B, Room 15
1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN
Best Practices in the Assessment of English Learners for Special Education (9 am - 12 pm)
Considering whether or not to refer a struggling English Learner for a special education evaluation is not an easy task. Making the decision to evaluate this student is even more difficult, but not as challenging as the process of deciding how to evaluate or making a final decision with the data gathered. The process and criteria is not as black and white as it is for the American born, Caucasian student. “Best Practices in the Assessment of English Learners for Special Education” provides training designed to assist staff in utilizing best practices to serve, evaluate, and identify English learners suspected of having a disability. Areas discussed include: The English Language Learner (second language acquisition, language proficiency testing, acculturation), Intervention, Data & Pre-referral Activity (team membership/roles, RtI/pre-referral intervention activities, ICEL/RIOT, problem solving processes), and Special Education Referral & Evaluation (due process requirements, informal assessment, standardized testing). Over 75 resources, including templates, will be provided.
Who Should Attend?
School psychologists, special education teachers, EL teachers, school social workers, educational speech/language pathologists, special education coordinators, and administrators. While schools may opt to send any of these individuals, it is recommended consideration be given to sending a team. Evaluating a student from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds requires a team of diverse and knowledgeable members.
Tyson Zitzow works for St. Cloud Area Schools as a school psychologist. He also consults with school districts around MN on a variety of topics. He holds special education teaching licenses in school psychology, specific learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders. He graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a B.S. in Special Education, M.S. in School Psychology, and Ed.S. in School Psychology. He works at Talahi Elementary School and serves as St. Cloud Area Schools' Cultural Evaluation Consultant. He has served on the Executive Board of the Minnesota School Psychologists Association (MSPA) and as the editor of School Psychology Minnesota, the official publication of the MSPA.
*There will be a break for lunch which will be on your own from 12 pm-1 pm
Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Cognitive Abilities: Administration and Interpretive Updates (1 pm - 4 pm)
This training will provide an overview of administration and interpretation of the new WJ-IV Cognitive. Areas discussed will include a brief overview of psychometric properties, description of core subtests, changes from the WJ-III, description and utility of cluster scores produced, and relationship to MDE criteria for Specific Learning Disabilities. This training will benefit those school psychologists who used the WJ-III and those who are less familiar with the WJ battery of tests.
Annie Hansen-Burke is a senior lecturer in the University of Minnesota School Psychology program and current president of MSPA. She teaches the cognitive assessment course in the school psychology program, holds an educational license to practice school psychology in Minnesota, and is a nationally certified school psychologist.