Parading into a Brighter Future for Exceptional Children Council for Exceptional Children

Council for Exceptional Children
Mississippi Federation
2014 Conference
Parading into a
Brighter Future
for Exceptional Children
February 5-7, 2014
IP Casino & Resort
Biloxi, Mississippi
The voice and vision of special education.
The voice and vision of special education.
Mississippi Federation CEC Executive Board
& Conference Planning Committee
Dr. Mario Miller, President
Holmes County School District
Dr. Sherry M. Ponder, President-Elect
PS: Ponder Solutions, LLC
Dr. Terri Rhea, Vice President
Choctaw School District
Millie Wood, Secretary
Itawamba Public School District
Carol Ann Franklin, Treasurer
Clinton Public School District
Bobby Richardson, Divisions
Nettleton School District
Debbie Hubbert, Membership
Jackson Public School District
Dr. Linda McDowell, Past President
University of Southern Mississippi
The voice and vision of special education.
On behalf of the Mississippi Federation CEC Executive Board and the Mississippi Unit
Council for Exceptional Children, we welcome you!
We are so excited you have chosen to join us as we Parade into a Brighter Future for
Exceptional Children here in beautiful Biloxi, Mississippi.
We are excited about what our 2014 state CEC conference has to offer. Not only are there
opportunities to participate in pre-conference workshops focusing on specific issues, but there
are breakout sessions filled with information to enhance your professional development. This
event offers you an unparalleled experience to help you learn the latest in evidence-based
practices; explore innovative technologies, products, and services; and network with other
professionals working with children with exceptionalities and their families.
Further, we are thrilled to introduce our inaugural 3K Sunset Beach Walk/Run/Roll, which
showcases our consummate support for students with exceptionalities and their families.
Throughout this year’s conference, you are encouraged to network with colleagues
from around the state during general and breakout sessions and breaks. Additionally, the
conference offers fourteen top vendors of educational products and services. Complimentary
continental breakfast, luncheon and breakfast buffet are provided. And you have the potential
to win exciting door prizes.
Additionally, I wish to recognize Dr. Sherry Ponder, this year’s Conference planner, and the
MS-CEC Executive Board. Thank you to the Imperial Palace Casino Resort, City of Biloxi,
our conference sponsors, and all who have contributed to making this a pinnacle event in
the lives of education professionals. I want to thank them for all their hard work, travel, and
diligence to make this conference a success.
Again, thank you for attending another awesome conference. It has been my pleasure to
serve as your president this year.
With enthusiasm and high expectation,
Dr. Mario Miller,
MS-CEC Board President
Office of the Mayor
A.J. Holloway
To Participants and Guests attending the Council for Exceptional
Children (CEC) Conference:
Greetings. It is a pleasure for me to welcome you to Biloxi and
the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I’m delighted that you were able to attend
this important event.
Today, you are at the most exciting time in our city’s long and
colorful history. Our community has it all for residents and visitors
alike: an outstanding quality of life, miles of white sand beaches, tasty
seafood restaurants, great deep-sea fishing, championship golf
courses, family attractions, a rich cultural history and historic sites,
affordable prices and the excitement of unlimited casino gaming. Our
strongest assets, however, are the smiling faces and Southern
hospitality you’ll experience during your visit.
Today, in a post-Katrina Biloxi, I’m proud to say that we still find
ourselves in one of the most exciting and promising times in our city’s
history. In the aftermath of the massive devastation and destruction
that we have endured, we stand poised to realize even greater
success here in Biloxi and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The Council for Exceptional Children is a premier education
organization that offers resources, expertise, and leadership to assist
in providing high quality education for children and youth with
I hope that each of you shares a wealth of information at this
gathering, and I hope you share my excitement for our future.
City of Biloxi
140 Lameuse St.
P. O. Box 429
Biloxi, MS 39533
Fax: 228-435-6129
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MS-CEC 2014 Conference
Schedule of Events
Wednesday • February 5
11 am - 4 pm
11 am - 1pm
1 pm - 4 pm
5 pm
6 pm
6 - 8:30 pm
Conference Area - Third Floor
Pre-Conference Workshops
(Session Descriptions on pg. 10)
Vendor Setup
Parade to Mardi Gras Museum
3k Sunset Fun Run/Walk/Roll
Shuttle bus between IP and
museum every 15 min
Conference Area - Third Floor
IP Parking Lot
Beach at Beau Rivage
3K Walk/Run
Immediately following the pre-conference sessions,
join the sunset parade to the
Biloxi Mardi Gras Museum for
an opening reception complete with
Hamburgers • Hotdogs • Refreshments
After the reception, enjoy a 3k walk/run at dusk
to raise awareness for children with exceptional needs.
Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday and Carnival all refer
to events of the carnival celebration, beginning on
the Epiphany or Kings day and culminating on the
day before Ash Wednesday.
Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring
to the practice of indulging in food and drink before fasting during the Lenten seaon. Mardi Gras
day is always 47 days prior to Easter Sunday.
The colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and
gold. Those colors were selected in 1872 to honor
a visiting Russian Grand Duke to the city of New
Orleans. The color of purple represents justice;
green represents faith; and gold represents power.
The colors of Mardi Gras should be worn if not in
A popular custom is the baking of a special cake
in honor of the three kings, called a King’s cake.
Inside every cake is a tiny plastic baby. The person who receives the slice of cake with the baby
is asked to continue the festivities by hosting the
next King Cake party.
“Laissez les bon temps roulez!”
(Let the good times roll!)
MS-CEC 2014 Conference
Schedule of Events
Thursday • February 6
7 am - 4:30 pm
7 am - 7:45 pm
8 - 8:15 am
8:15 - 9:30 am
Continental Breakfast
Conference Area - Third Floor
Ballroom A - Third Floor
Welcome: Mayor AJ Holloway Ballroom A - Third Floor
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Therrell Myers,
Ballroom A - Third Floor
MS Dept. of Education
Special Education Director
9:30 - 9:45 am
Break & Vendor Time
Conference Area - Third Floor
11:15 - 11:30 am
Break & Vendor Time
Conference Area - Third Floor
9:45 - 11:15 am
11:30 am - 1 pm
Breakouts (Block 1)
2013 MS-CEC Awards
Keynote: Dwight Jones
(Session Descriptions on pg. 12)
Ballroom A - Third Floor
1 - 1:15 pm
Break & Vendor Time
Conference Area - Third Floor
2:45 - 3 pm
Break & Vendor Time
Conference Area - Third Floor
1:15 - 2:45 pm
3 - 4:30 pm
4:30 - 4:45 pm
4:45 - 6 pm
7 pm - until
Breakouts (Block 2)
Breakouts (Block 3)
Break & Vendor Time
Divisions/Special Interest
Group Meetings
CEC Conference Social &
Grand Prize Giveaway
(Session Descriptions on pg. 14)
(Session Descriptions on pg. 16)
Conference Area - Third Floor
Conference Area - Third Floor
Ballroom A
MS-CEC 2014 Conference
Schedule of Events
Friday • February 7
8 - 9:45 am
9:45 - 10 am
10 - 11:30 am
11:30 - 11:45 am
11:45 am - 12:15 pm
Biloxi Breakfast
Keynote: Congressman Gregg
Harper, MS 3rd District
Conference Area - Third Floor
Break & Vendor Time
Conference Area - Third Floor
Break & Vendor Time
Conference Area - Third Floor
Breakouts (Block 4)
Final General Session
MS-CEC Business Meeting
(Session Descriptions on pg. 18)
Conference Area - Third Floor
MS-CEC 2014 Conference
Pre-Conference Workshops
Wednesday • February 5 • 1-4 pm
Inclusion in the 21st Century Classroom
Ballroom A
Cheri Ladner, Curriculum Advantage
Combining an inclusion instructional model and centered-based literacy, Indianola School District is
providing targeted instruction that is differentiated based on assessment data for each student. Beginning
in PreK-2 classrooms personalized learning for both reading and mathematics are tailored to each student’s
standards based on individual educational plan.
Improving Student Outcomes by Improving
Transitions Services in Mississippi
Ballroom C
Dr. Catherine Fowler, National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)
This preconference workshop will provide participants with a tool to evaluate their current practices through
the lens of research-based practices that predict post-school success for students with disabilities. This tool is
applicable at the community, district, school building and classroom level.
Legislation and Law: The Latest Issues in Special Education
Ballroom D
Jim Keith, Esq., Adam and Reese, LLP
Come learn what the current hot legal issues are in Mississippi. You will also hear about current legislative
issues. This session sponsored by the MS-Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE).
School Programming for Students with Autism in Mississippi:
Strategies for Addressing the Basics
Ballroom E
Dr. Timothy Morse, University of Southern Mississippi
During this session basic information about school programming issues that pertain to students with autism
will be presented with a particular emphasis on appropriate school-based environmental arrangements and
instructional strategies.
Dynamic Behavior Education Strategies
Ballroom F
Dr. Mark Yeager, TEAAM Autism
Most teachers and other professionals are not prepared to understand the role that behaviors play in enhancing
the optimal behavior of learning. This session introduces a set of processes that helps professionals understand
how to consider problematic behaviors and turn them into productive learning behaviors. This interactive
workshop will provide participants with ready to use skills once back in their teaching environments.
MS-CEC 2014 Conference
Pre-Conference Workshops
Wednesday • February 5 • 1-4 pm
Using Data-Based Individualization to Provide
Intensive Intervention in Academics and Behavior
Ballroom G
Dr. Rebecca Zumeta, National Ctr. on Intensive Intervention
This session provides participants with a rationale and overview of data-based individualization (DBI)
– intervention for students with severe and persistent learning and behavior needs. DBI is a researchbased process for individualizing validated interventions through the systematic use of assessment data to
determine whn and how to intensify instruction for non-responsive students. The National Center on Intensive
Intervention (NCII) is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs. Recommended by CEC-DLD.
2e Students: Who Are They? What Do They Need?
How To Educate Them To Be All They Can Be
Ballroom H
Dr. Terri White Rhea, Choctaw School District
This session will take an in-depth look at the twice exceptional student and how to teach them for maximal
With miles of white
sand beaches, tasty
seafood restaurants,
unlimited gaming and
rich cultural history,
we hope you
enjoy your stay.
MS-CEC 2014 Conference
Breakout Sessions 1
Thursday • February 6 • 9:45 - 11:15 am
Stop the cycle of Illiteracy: Solutions for
Leadership, Data and Student Success
Ballroom A
Amanda Burnett, Winsor Learning, Inc., Senior Consultant Yes
A methodology that can be used to analyze data from assessments, inform instructional decisions, and align
programs ensuring that instruction meets the needs of each student.
Strategies and Applications for Building Positive
Behavior within the Classroom
Ballroom C
Mary Claire Griffin, Assessing Educational Competencies, Consultant – Behavior Services Division
Behavior intervention strategies at the classroom level; how to effectively collect data and utilize information
to improve behavior and learning within classrooms.
Welcome to my World: Shaping a Positive Classroom
Environmentfor Students with Autism Me
Ballroom D
Margaret Ellmer, Ph.D, Rankin County Schools, Asst. Dir. Of Special Education
Information about an 8-step process designed to develop classrooms with environments and routines that are
both productive and pleasant. Emphasis will be placed on developing schedules, programming and behavioral
interventions for students with autism.
Assessing the Teacher’s Voice
Ballroom E
Vanessa Savoie, Lightspeed Technologies, Consultant
Showcasing a powerful new classroom audio tool for both whole room and differentiated instruction;
importance on student achievement; integration of all media related technology into one system.
Catch the Buzz with Kurzwell 3000-firefly (Includes an iPad App)
Ballroom F
Missy Tatum, Kurzweil & Intellitools/Audio Systems of Austin
Powerful suite of tools provides students with anytime anywhere access to their text-to-speech literacy
capabilities and their documents.
MS-CEC 2014 Conference
Breakout Sessions 1
Thursday • February 6 • 9:45 - 11:15 am
Examining the Post-high School Activity of
Individuals with Disabilities
Ballroom G
Sabrina Singleton, The University of Southern Mississippi, Doctoral Student
In order for a smooth transition, youth with disabilities should experience employments, independent living,
and explore opportunities to postsecondary education while in high school.
Transition: The Bridge That Brought Me Over
Ballroom H
Valecia Davis, MDE/OSE, Program Coordinator
Best practices and eligibility requirements for accessing outreach programs and services in the areas of
secondary transition provided by Local Education Agencies (LEAs), MDRS, other State and local agencies;
provisions of IDEAs requirements for transition services and best practices for its implementation.
MS-CEC 2014 Conference
Breakout Sessions 2
Thursday • February 6 • 1:15 - 2:45 pm
Vocabulary and the Common Core Standards for SCD Students
(Yes, It IS possible to teach vocabulary to SCD students – Let’s
Ballroom A
Donna Davis, Assessing Educational Competecies, Co-Partner
Co-presenter: Diona Berry
Teaching Vocabulary to students with significant cognitive disabilities; examining a tiered approach to
teaching vocabulary and leaving with strategies to successfully implement in working with students who will
take an alternate assessment.
What Do I Do Now? Using Activity Schedules & Visual Supports to
Help Students Achieve Success in Academic Settings
Ballroom C
LaShanda Lenoir, Assessing Educational Competencies, Consultant
The Basics of developing an activity schedule, the principles supporting the use of activity schedules, and
various ways to implement activity schedules into their student’s academic day; leaving with strategies and
tools to use in implementing activity schedules in their classroom.
Strategies for simultaneously addressing the positive behavior
support and language needs of students with autism
Ballroom D
Dr. Tim Morse, The University of Southern Mississippi, Associate Professor
Strategies that the staff who operate the USM-Gulf Coast Autism Project employ for the purpose of addressing
the need for positive behavior supports by the students who attend the Autism Demonstration School, as well
as the conceptual model the staff uses to develop the students’ receptive and expressive language skills. Copresenters: Sandy Bankston and Erin Ballantyne
Take Note – Teaching Note Taking Skills
Ballroom E
Dr. Marge Crowe, MS State, Meridian, Director of Special Education Programs, Assistant Professor
Strategies to teach note taking skills, organizational skills, and strategies to support students as they take
notes; using graphic organizers, technology, class procedures, Universal Design for Learning strategies, and
processes; leaving with an illustrated handout that includes suggestions for further reading and websites
offering free materials.
MS-CEC 2014 Conference
Breakout Sessions 2
Thursday • February 6 • 1:15 - 2:45 pm
Promoting Literacy through Research Based Assessment
Ballroom F
Casey Robertson, Louisiana Tech University, Teacher of Blind Students
Co-presenters: Laura Bostick, Sheena Manuel, and Dr. Edward Bell.
For all persons working with blind and low vision students. Participants will learn how to assess blind or
visually impaired children for the appropriate reading media.
Twice Exceptional
Ballroom G
Debbie Davis, Lee County School District, Gifted Teacher
Characteristics and strategies for working with twice exceptional students in order to help them be successful
in the classroom; participating in games and activities that will be both educational and stimulating for your
A Day of Vocabulary and the Common Core
Ballroom H
Susan Brasfield, Assessing Educational Competencies, Consultant
Teaching vocabulary to both regular education and special education students Participants will examine a
tiered approach to teaching vocabulary and leave with strategies to successfully implement in any classroom.
Conference Social and Reception
Thursday • 6 - 10 pm
The first 75 conference attendees receive a
FREE drink ticket!
Line Dancing Lessons at 6 pm.
Food • Fun • Entertainment
Music by Double DJS Entertainment
MS-CEC 2014 Conference
Breakout Sessions 3
Thursday • February 6 • 3 - 4:30 pm
Convince Me! A How-to Session in Common
Core Argument Writing
Ballroom A
John Dorroh, Assessing Educational Competencies, Consultant
This hands-on model is an easy and practical way for teachers to begin helping students understand what
is required for successful argument writing; addressing the needs of different learning levels and styles in
classrooms of regular education and inclusion students. Assessing Educational Competencies, LLC
Autism: A View from the Inside
Ballroom C
Marie Claire Giffin, Assessing Educational Competencies, Consultant – Behavior Services Division
History, current statistics, and diagnosis of Autism will be presented. Through the utilization handson activities, experience living with Autism and how characteristics of Autism affect students within the
classroom. Strategies for classroom design, effective ABA intervention techniques, and educational resources.
Safety Skills Instruction for Students with Autism:
A Comprehensive Programming Perspective
Ballroom D
Dr. Tim Morse, The University of Southern Mississippi, Associate Professor
Information about the application of evidence-based practices to the design and implementation of a
comprehensive safety skills curriculum. Co-presenter: Sandy Bankston
Using Technology to Provide General Curriculum Access
Ballroom E
Dr. Beverly McKissick, Mississippi State University, Assistant Professor
Key Components of using computer-assisted instruction (CAI) to provide instruction; how to determine what
makes a good CAI program and how to use program features to create CAI programs.
It’s a Parade, Not a Circus: RTI & IEP….Oh, My!
Ballroom F
Dr. Vicki Hartley, Delta State University, Associate Professor
Thoughts/actions; the what-why-how of transforming planning, teaching, and monitoring student learning
into an integrated bundle of pragmatic practices which meet the learning needs of students in RTI and IEP
environments. Co-presenter: Dr. Steve Street.
MS-CEC 2014 Conference
Breakout Sessions 3
Thursday • February 6 • 3 - 4:30 pm
Cognitive Interventions for Students with
Attention Deficit Disorder Transitioning to College
Ballroom G
Jonnie Cleveland, The University of Southern Mississippi, Graduate Assistant
This session looks at a quantitative synthesis of strategies available for the supports of individuals with ADD
in the transition from secondary to post-secondary education.
Through Song, Dance and Story...
Ballroom H
Dr. Buddy Fish, Jackson State University, Associate Professor
Constructs of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Curriculum, a research based program proven to reduce problems
in children with EBD, improves academic progress and social function. The program helps at-risk children
develop into productive citizens. Research has shown that the EQ curriculum can decrease aggression and
anti-social behaviors, school suspensions, and discipline problems; while increasing school attendance and
completion, satisfaction, and academic achievement.
With so many colors in the rainbow,
Let’s use every one.
Exceptional Children. Exceptional Opportunities.
MS-CEC 2014 Conference
Breakout Sessions 4
Friday • February 7 • 10 - 11:30 am
New IEP Software for Mississippi Schools
Ballroom A
Summer Allison, SpedTrack, VP of Sales & Client Services
SpedTrack has been providing IEP software to schools for over eleven years. Now Mississippi schools have
another option! Stop by our presentation to get an overview of the great features and benefits SpedTrack
provides to both administrators and teachers. We have everything you need from referral through dismissal.
This includes a full evaluation report writer, IEPs, standard reports, custom reporting, and many other great
Identifying and Understanding Key Shifts in CCSS ELA and Math
and what that means for Special Education
Ballroom C
Cheri Ladner, Curriculum Advantage, Account Executive
Six shifts in Math and six shifts in ELA/Literacy have been identified as necessary to fully align with the
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in our classrooms. Come learn about these shifts and see how they can
be implemented within digital curriculum and performance based learning models.
Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans:
Why we do them and how to implement them
Ballroom D
Tricia Cox, Pass Christian School District, Asst. Director of Special Education
Get a review and examples of processes and forms, including FBAs and BIPs, and examples of how to
complete the overwhelming task of progress monitoring. Co-presenter: Dr. Kristi Mong.
Assignments Matter: Making the Connections that Help
ALL Students Meet CCSS
Ballroom E
Terri White, Ph.D, Presenter
Gifted, Special Services, and Elementary Curriculum Director, Jones County SchoolDistrict
In this session, educators will interactively discuss why assignments matter! Participants will be introduced to
a sequential process of crafting an assignment that meets the demands of CCSS complete with attention given
to how to scaffold that assignment for ALL of the learners in the classroom.
MS-CEC 2014 Conference
Breakout Sessions 4
Friday • February 7 • 10 - 11:30 am
G.L.A.S.S.: Reflections of Parental Resiliency
Ballroom F
Dr. Kalanya Moore, Mississippi Valley State University, Director of Field Experiences and Student Teaching
Greenwood Leflore Autism Spectrum Society (G.L.A.S.S.) in partnership with Mississippi Valley State
University Department of Teacher Education will provide information regarding the Five Stages of Resilience,
based on The Resilience Model and the effects educational support networks for children with Autism
Spectrum Disorder has on the fortitude and resilience of families. Co-presenter: Miranda Hodge, NBCT,
G.L.A.S.S. co-founder, Parent; Co-presenter: Sylvia Clark, OT, G.L.A.S.S. Parent
Transition Coordinator: Duties and Tools for Successful Transition
Ballroom G
Robbie Sellers, Petal School District, Transition Coordinator
The benefits for school districts to have a Transition Coordinator; duties and specific examples of tools to
assist teachers, families and students (elementary through high school) plan for the most successful transition
for individual students (writing transition plans, IEP summaries of performance,and use of Portfolios.) Copresenter: Teresa Bell
Standards-Based IEPs
Ballroom H
M. Pleshette Smith, MS Department of Educational Program Coordinator
Providing educational benefits not merely compliance with IDEA 2004; the seven-step process for writing
Standards-Based IEPs; developing a data based Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional
Performance (PLAAFP) and the process for using the PLAAFP in state standards to develop measurable
annual goals.
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Poster Presentations
Ballroom B
Success Defined: A Student Centered Approach to Transition
Eileen Milner, MS Department of Mental Health, Employment Facilitator
Information on (1) providing effective planning and transition services for young adults with disabilities who
are exploring options for employment, volunteer services, community involvement and living, (2) development
of effective partnerships and collaboration to have in place for a smooth flow from education to adult services,
resource development, and advocacy skills.
Collaboration During Transition Planning: The Parents’ Perspective
Kellie Fondren and Dr. Sandy Devlin, Mississippi State University, Graduate Student
An illustration of parents’ feelings and thoughts about the collaboration between school and home during the
transition planning process; depicting parents’ ideas to increase better collaboration and their desires for their
child concerning life after high school.
Camp Jigsaw: Putting the Pieces Together
Dr. Sandy Devlin and Eric Martin, Mississippi State University, Professor of Special Education
Camp Jigsaw is a weeklong camp for adolescent boys with autism held every summer on the campus of
Mississippi State University. The camp brings children on the spectrum into relationships with typical
peers. Planned activities focus on remediation of social skill deficits and allow the students to practice selfdetermination skills. The camp is staffed by graduate students in special education under the direction of Dr.
Sandy Devlin.
Collaboration With Parents and Professionals in the Treatment
of Autism with an Elementary-Aged Student
Dr. Sandy Devlin and Jill Vance, Mississippi State University, Professor of Special Education
The impact of collaborative efforts of parents and school professionals in the treatment of autism in an
elementary aged boy is portrayed. Method of treatment was discrete trial training across settings (e.g. home
and school). Change agents were the child’s parents, special education teacher, and paraprofessional.
Collaboration Between the Center for Technology Outreach,
Special Education Graduate Students, and the Center for
the Advanement of Service Learning Excellence
Dr. Sandy Devlin’s Graduate Students, Mississippi State University, Dept. of Special Education
The Extension Center for Technology Outreach partnered with students enrolled in the Seminar in Emotional/
Behavioral Disorders class to develop an innovative approach to teaching 4-H volunteers and Extension agents
how to best work with students with special needs who participate in the robotics project. The seminar class
was divided into groups according to focus (autism, anger management, etc.) Each group researched the topic
and devised a response for the constituents to learn and use in their interactions with special needs youth.
The research was delivered via interactive video to Extension agents and 4-H volunteers as an in-service
MS-CEC 2014 Conference
Poster Presentations
Special Education Transition Planning
Anji Reddy Nalamalapu, Gentry High School, SPED Instructor
Material useful to the special needs teacher for developing quality Transition IEPs – students and parent
surveys collecting data to develop Transition part of IEP. By using survey forms parents are included in IEP
development. The information is effective and useful for writing transition plans for middle and high school
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Keynote Speakers
Thursday • 8:15 am
Therrell Myers, Ed.D. was named the director for the
Office of Special Education (OSE) at the Mississippi
Department of Education in June, 2013 by the State Board
of Education. He took over the Office after working
alongside the OSE as a financial consultant with school
districts in Mississippi.
He brings a wealth of professional knowledge in both
the areas of secondary and higher education, including
focus on special education. He served as headmaster
for the New Learning Resources School District, a
special purpose school district, for 10 years. Dr. Myers
also has experience as superintendent, serving in that
capacity in both Columbus and Philadelphia. He has both
teaching and administrative experience from serving at
Mississippi State University, Mississippi College and all
three campuses of Holmes Community College. He also
Thursday • 11:30 am
From Washington, D.C., to Washington State, Dwight
Jones is a game changer, known for his common sense
approach to education reform and his unwavering passion
for raising student achievement.
A nationally recognized consultant and speaker, Jones
has held virtually every position in K12 public education,
from student and teacher to principal and superintendent
– most recently overseeing the nation’s fifth largest school
district – Clark County School District in Las Vegas,
Nevada. During his tenure there, he initiated a school
reform agenda designed to raise the academic bar and
ensure that all of the district’s 310,000 students were
“ready by exit” for the military, a career, or postsecondary
Prior to his time in Nevada, Jones was the Colorado
Commissioner of Education, where he worked with the
legislature to implement landmark reforms – including
the revision of content standards and an appropriate state
assessment; a student identifier to track individual student
academic progress; a statewide educator evaluation system
to hold educators accountable for their students’ academic
growth; and an online growth model to depict how well
each school performs.
While superintendent of the Fountain-Fort Carson
School District (Colorado), Jones’ work to raise student
achievement led to minority students actually outperforming their non-minority peers. As an operational
has experience as a
classroom teacher and a
Dr. Myers’s priorities
as director focus on
improving educational
results for children
with disabilities
by addressing the
importance of access to
the general curriculum
in regular education,
strengthening the roles
of parents and focusing
resources on teaching
and learning.
Dr. Therrell Myers
vice president of
EdisonLearning Inc.,
after opening three
reconstituted, 100percent minority schools
in Baltimore, Jones
was recognized by the
state of Maryland for
realizing the highest
student achievement
growth in the city.
Jones is a commissioner
for the 21st Century
Commission on the
Future of Community
Dwight Jones
Colleges and the
Education Commission of the States, and an advisory
committee member of the Education Research and
Development Institute. He serves on national and local
boards for a number of organizations including WestEd,
Education Sector, the International Association for K12 Online Learning, and the Center for Research on
Education Outcomes, and has addressed state legislatures
and advised numerous governors, as well as U.S.
Department of Education administrators, on student
achievement and other education matters.
A father of three, he and his wife, Jenifer, reside in
Denver, Colorado.
MS-CEC 2014 Conference
Friday • 8:00 am
Keynote Speakers
Gregg Harper is currently serving his third term in the
U.S. House of Representatives after having been first
elected to Congress in November of 2008.
In 2012, he was honored to be reelected with 80 percent
of the vote. Mississippi’s Third Congressional District
stretches from Wilkinson County to Oktibbeha County
and includes the northeast corner of Jackson and the I-20
corridor into east central Mississippi.
Gregg has lived in Mississippi’s Third Congressional
District since 1972 and currently resides in Pearl with
his wife of 34 years, Sidney, and their two children,
Livingston and Maggie. The Harpers are active members
of Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon, where he serves
as a deacon.
The son of a former petroleum engineer and a mom who
worked two days a week until she was 88 years old, Gregg
learned at a young age the value of hard work and the
importance of a solid education. Gregg and Sidney are
both graduates of Mississippi College where he majored
in Chemistry. He then earned his law degree from the
University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981.
Prior to his service in Congress, Gregg practiced law for
twenty-seven years, including serving as the prosecuting
attorney for the cities of Brandon and Richland. He also
served on the Mississippi Oil and Gas Board, and remains
active in his community as a member of both the Pearl and
Rankin County Chambers of Commerce.
In Congress, Gregg serves on the influential House
Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he is a
member of three subcommittees: Environment and the
Economy; Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade; and
Oversight and Investigation.
The state’s senior House Republican also sits on the
select Committee on
House Administration,
a special appointment
made by House
Speaker John Boehner.
Additionally, Gregg
serves as chairman of the
Joint Committee of the
Library of Congress.
A longtime advocate for
American-made energy,
Gregg believes that
Congress must advance Rep. Gregg Harper
ideas that stabilize
fuel prices and build
a steady supply of American energy. He is also devoted
to working with families raising special needs children.
As a member of Congress, he has relentlessly aimed to
streamline federal programs and services intended to be a
support to youth with significant disabilities in transition
from adolescence to adulthood. A strong advocate for our
Second Amendment rights, he is a Life Member of the
National Rifle Association.
Gregg has also championed laws removing burdensome
and unneeded federal mandates, helping to ensure that
safe and affordable public drinking water is available to
small and rural communities, promoting innovative drug
developments for neurodevelopmental disorders, and
honoring public servants. He has also authored legislation
that would end taxpayer financing of presidential
campaigns and shut down an obsolete federal election
It is Harper’s desire to serve our state and country with
honor and integrity. In the U.S. House of Representatives,
he is committed to advocating conservative values in the
tasks and challenges facing America.
The voice and vision of special education.
Thank you!
to all the sponsors and vendors who made
the MS-CEC 2014 Conference possible.
Gold Sponsors:
Class Works • City of Biloxi
Green Sponsors:
Bailey Kirkland Education Group
Lightspeed Technologies • SpedTrack
SEAS Education
Purple Sponsors:
Assessing Educational Competencies • Regions Bank
Trustpoint, LLC • Holmes Educational Consultants
Educational Materials Specialists • Fluency Plus
Kaplan Early Learning • Playscapes of Mississippi
Kurzwell-Audio Optical System
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