2023 Summer Institute Schedule

We want to thank our speakers, sponsors, event staff and those that attended for making this conference such a success!

Please plan to join us again in July 2024


21st Annual Summer Institute
Advancing Together
July 17-19th 2023

Conference Schedule 

Monday July 17, 2023

7:45 Registration

8:30 Welcome

8:45 Keynote I:  Put Your Oxygen Mask on First: Fostering Educator Well-Being for Ourselves & Our Staff
Ricky Robertson

10:45 Vendor Showcase

11:15 Breakout I: 

Session A: Psychological Safety and Effective Collaboration
Ricky Robertson

Session B:  How to Equitably Serve Students in All Tiers 
Dr. Robert Zywicki

Session C:  7 Secrets of Compliance in Special Education 
Jenn Rosalino, Jennifer Cimilluca, Alison Brown, Ashley Kitchen

Session E: Can Tele-Assessment and Tele-Services Improve Efficiency and Effectiveness of Meeting Student Needs and Reducing School Staff Burnout 

Dr. A. Jordan Wright

12:15 Vendor Showcase

12:30 Lunch/Business Meeting/Karen Norlander Award for Outstanding Legal Advocacy in Special Education - Michael Lambert, Esq.

1:30 Keynote II: Understanding OSEP and Connecting the Dots
Valerie Williams OSEP U.S Dept. of Education 

2:30 Vendor Showcase

3:00 Breakout Session II:

Session F:  Current and Emerging Trends in Special Education: Pathways to Student Outcomes 
Dr. Michael Neiman, Dr. John McGuire

Session H: Developing an In-district MTSS Continuum to Support Student Mental Health

Aaron Winik, Amy Conklin

Session I: Words Have Meaning - A DEI Terminology Workshop 
Charlene Holmes

4:00 Vendor Showcase

4:30 President's Reception
* Please be sure to join us for free Hors D'oeuvres and wine!

Tuesday July 18, 2023

8:10  Introductions/Announcements

8:30  Keynote III:  
Dr. Kevin Rubenstein

10:00 Vendor Showcase

10:30 Breakout III:

Session K:  Transition Thought Exchange: Building Effective Parent Engagement with Authentic Voices of Self-Advocates 
Yvette Goorevitch, Helene Fallon, Naomi Brickel

Session L:  Beyond Our Four Walls: A Student-Centered Approach to MTSS 
Dr. Rosanna Grund, Dr. Dominique Ricciardelli, Chrissy Woodring, Jacklyn Beck 

Session M: Sharing the Care: Integrating Special Education with Care Coordination/Health Home Resources for Children with IDD 
Diane Marrone, Danielle Mazza

Session N:  Supporting Teams in Meeting and Exceeding NYS FBA and BIP Regulatory Requirements 
Jennifer Brager, Lauren Hamill

11:30 Vendor Showcase

12:00 Lunch/ Friend Of Special Education Award - Regent Dr. Frances G. Wills

1:00 Vendor Showcase

1:15 Keynote IV: Special Education: Federal Law, Federal Advocacy and Education
Phyllis Wolfram

2:45 Vendor Showcase

3:15 Breakout IV:

Session O: Lessons from the Nest: Best Practices in Supporting All Students
Katie Kirkman, Yvette Goorevitch

Session P:  Beyond Wellness - Lessons Learned from Interviews with Special Education Teachers Working with Students with Emotional Disabilities on What Causes their Job Satisfaction 
Dr. Rosanna Grund, Dan Hesler, Heather Marino, Dr. Dominique Ricciardelli, Chrissy Woodring

Session Q: Professional Learning Networks to Support School and District Leaders 
Dr. Kenneth Kroog, Joanna Malament, Francine Paladino

Session R: Including All Students with Disabilities in All Inclusive Activities 
Kathy Costello, Sarah Salamone 

4:15 Vendor Showcase

Wednesday July 19, 2023

8:45 Introductions

9:00 Special Education Administrator of the Year Award - Rocco Nalli 

9:30 Priority Initiatives to Support Inclusion and Placement in the Least Restrictive Environment for Students with Disabilities 
Christopher Suriano - Assistant Commissioner NYSED, Kathleen Milliman - Chief of Special Education Services, and Suzanne Bolling - Assistant Counsel NYSED  

11:00 Raffle items!