Archive for January, 2011

OSEP Memo – Timely Evaluations in the RTI World

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), has recently published a memo regarding RTI and timely evaluations.  We have highlighted some of the important aspects of the memo below. What’s in the memo? The intent of this…

Middle School: Reflective Practice for Students and Teachers

Students are at the core of planning for the Secondary School Summit.  As a former middle school curriculum supervisor and a middle school assistant principal, I can say that middle level education demands that students are at the center of learning, …

Fresh Thinking: Closing the “Knowing” – “Doing” Gap

The Secondary School Summit Pre-Conference: June 5, 2011 Conference: June 6-7, 2011 AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center 1900 University Avenue Austin, Texas You are invited to participate in The Secondary School Summit blog around the …

Introducing a Customized Counselor Strand

Join us for a 2 day customized training to assist Professional School Counselors with tools to create a 21st Century counseling program.  National presenters will provide information regarding College and Career Readiness, Effective Leadership, Accou…

High School: One size does not fit all

If we truly want to reduce high school dropout rate, secure a well-prepared 21stcentury workforce, help schools have more students meet rigorous standards, and put more high school students on an individualized and strategic comprehensive education pla…

What to do in the “Live Music Capital of the World”

Here are a few useful websites that can keep you posted on fun things to do while in Austin: The Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau Top 10 Things to Do in Austin Austin 360 Exploring Downtown Austin Hotspots Austin City Guide

Calling All Presenters!

Recently, a middle school English teacher from Bryan told me she gained many new ideas at the Secondary School Summit last June.  The presentations she attended provided ideas and strategies that the campus has used this school year.  Real life pract…

Conference Lodging

The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center (website) is located in the heart of Austin on the university campus. The center offers inspiring view of the university’s tower, the State Capitol, or the serene courtyard.    A room block as…

Registration Information

We are excited to announce registration for the upcoming Secondary School Summit conference and pre-conference will open February 1, 2011. With this years distinguished speakers and innovative topics we are anticipating spaces to fill quickly.  For a …

Facilitated IEPs

Are you keeping up with the latest? Are you familiar with a Facilitated IEP (FIEP)? If a parent asks, how will you respond? Facilitated IEP (FIEP) refers to the national trend of having a neutral facilitator for ARD meetings. A neutral facilitator is used most frequently when school and parent relationships are strained. However, the use of facilitation skills by ALL ARD members, […]