• St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Huffman Hall (map)
  • 8134 Mesa Drive
  • Austin, TX, 78759
  • United States

DSACT is excited to offer information from first-class specialists in their fields that will impart information to you, as educators and parents, to implement immediately for the benefit of students with Down syndrome and other disabilities.

Seminar Schedule

9am-11:30am Tackling Reading Comprehension
11:30am-12pm: Lunch (provided)
12pm-4pm: Sharpen Your Skills: Accessing Grade Level TEKS for All Students in All Environments
4pm: Evaluations and Conclusion

Tackling Reading Comprehension: Strategies and Experiences of a Diverse Specialized Panel
Reading Comprehension is an area that can be particularly difficult for children/students with Down syndrome and is one that both teachers and parents struggle with. Students with Down syndrome can often decode words and read short passages many grade levels above what they can understand. Many strategies that work with students with other disabilities often do not seem to work with children with Down syndrome. This panel of educators and one parent will explain and demonstrate decoding vs. comprehending with research-based strategies that work with many students with disabilities and are successful with students with Down Syndrome. Parent/school collaboration to be sure that a student is getting the specific strategies that he needs will also be addressed. Please come prepared with specific questions. We look forward to a discussion-based experience.

Laura Judd, former Texas State University Professor and former classroom teacher
Jennifer Sangave, Director of Lindamood - Bell Learning Center, Austin
Catherine Coppersmith, Teacher at Lindamood- Bell
Suzanne Shepherd, Mother of adult son with Down syndrome, DSACT Board Member
Erin Root, Eanes ISD high school teacher

Sharpen Your Skills: Accessing Grade Level TEKS for All Students in All Environments Kimberly Cook and Patty Callaway presented at Inclusion Works! last year. They are dynamic, highly qualified individuals who demonstrate special and general education working together at its best. They have a ton of easy-to-use ideas to help students at home and school with math.
Parents and teachers often struggle with how to implement inclusion. What should it look like? How can it work? How much work is it? Do I have the tools that I need? How can I help my child/student?
In a fast-paced presentation, participants will learn how to teach ALL students in ONE inclusive environment by looking at grade level TEKS and aligning instruction through the use of manipulatives, ord walls, visual supports, task analysis, and brain-based learning, while discovering literacy connections.
Participants will problem solve using manipulatives and TEKS aligned over grade levels, exploring possible solutions to math activities. Alternatives for assessment will be considered through targeted goals and data collection. Participants will leave amazed at their own understanding of the math concepts presented and their ability to provide accessible options to students with disabilities.
Although they demonstrate with math, the concepts apply across disciplines. If you've wondered how a general education and a special education teacher can improve any classroom, here are your answers! You'll see how this can be implemented for everyone’s benefit, teachers and students alike.

Kimberly Cook focuses on access to the curriculum for all learners. She serves educators, students, and parents through her work with Access Curriculum Together and as an adjunct instructor at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. Her experience includes teaching diverse students in general education and special education environmen and serving as a federal programs director. Kimberly participated in Harvard Graduate School of Education's professional education course, Universal Design of Learning: New Directions for Teaching Learners with Diverse Needs.

Patty Callaway is a Mathematics Specialist with more than twenty years of experience. Patty now plays an integral role in transforming "Improvement Required" or low performing school districts into "Met Standard" ratings. Providing professional development and supporting mathematics teachers while modeling and teaching mathematics in kindergarten through eighth grade is her primary focus and passion.

Please park in the lot off of Steck behind the church and closest to Steck. We will be in Huffman Hall. 

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