Events | 9/19/2017 - 9/19/2018

Tue 9/19/2017

Join Us For a FREE Webinar: Differentiated Classroom Increases Inclusive Opportunities

Location: On-line
Time(s): 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM ET
Calendar: STEP Webinars

Tennessee State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) and STEP (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents) have partnered to develop a new webinar series on increasing access to core instruction and inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities.

Join us for the Differentiated Classroom Increases Inclusive Opportunities Webinar.

Date:     Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Time:     12:30 pm - 1:30 pm      Eastern

               11:30 am - 12:30 pm   Central

Space is limited. Reserve your FREE Webinar seat now!

A major area of emphasis of the State Personnel Development Grant is the work being done with general education teachers using various techniques and tools to effectively reach ALL learners. Today’s classrooms are more inclusive and diverse than ever. Information from this webinar series will enhance teachers’ skills to be responsive to the learning styles and needs of students with and without disabilities in the classroom and provide parents with practical tools to use to give effective input to teachers that will help their child be successful.

Great information for parents, family members, teachers, and staff.

Learning Objectives for this webinar:

  • What differentiation is and how it fits under the umbrella of Universal Design for Learning
  • An overview of the Six Elements of the Differentiation Inventory and how each are implemented in a classroom setting
  • Understand how to use the information as tools to support instructional practices and effectively communicate with teachers and administrators about a child’s education.

Presenters: 

Robert Taylor | Regional Special Education Interventionist | SPDG

Robert serves as an interventionist for the TDOE with the State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) in East Tennessee. He has worked in Special Education for in twenty years in various roles, including Special Education Teacher, System-Wide Behavioral Specialist, Mental Health Counselor, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Trainer, Lead Teacher Evaluator, and Supervisor, working in both public and private residential school settings.

Deborah Yates-McBride | Director of Rural Services/ Professional Development Specialist | Support & Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP, Inc.)

Deborah began providing services with STEP as a contracted District Parent Trainer in 2012 and transitioned into a full time staff position in October of 2016. Deborah holds a B.S. in Special Education from Bethel University, McKenzie, TN and a M.Ed. in Special Education from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ.  Deborah represents the Southwest Developmental District for the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities appointed by Governor Haslam in 2013. She spent the majority of her professional life teaching students with disabilities within the public school system. Deb is the mother of four children. She attained personal knowledge of navigating the educational system by advocating for two of her children with exceptionalities. Deb’s extensive background as a special educator as well as personal experiences provide her a unique ability to understand the logistics of the educational system as well as best practices, accommodations and modifications necessary for student success. 

Click here to download and share the webinar flyer    

Don’t delay, reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9005333768540222721

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Click here to View System Requirements  

This webinar series is a collaborative project of the TN Department of Education State Personnel Grant (SPDG) and their family partner Support & Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP, Inc.).


Mon 9/25/2017

Volunteer Advocacy Project (VAP) 2017 Fall Schedule

City: Nashville
County: Davidson
Location: The training is conducted in-person at Vanderbilt University and via video conference to other sites across the state. Distance sites must have at least three participants.
Time(s): 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT
Calendar: Other Agency Events/Webinars

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Mon 9/25/2017

Condensed Basic Rights: Training on IDEA Parent's Introduction to Special Education Workshop

City: Dickson
County: DIckson
Location: Tennsco Corporation, 201 Tennsco Drive
Time(s): 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM CT
Calendar: STEP Workshops - Middle TN

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Tue 9/26/2017

Join Us For a FREE Webinar: Increasing Access to Core Instruction: Continuum of Services and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

Location: On-line
Time(s): 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM ET
Calendar: STEP Webinars

Tennessee State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) and STEP (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents) have partnered to develop a new webinar series on increasing access to core instruction and inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities.

Join us for the Increasing Access to Core Instruction: Continuum of Services and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Webinar.

Date:     Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Time:     12:30 pm - 1:30 pm      Eastern

               11:30 am - 12:30 pm   Central

Space is limited. Reserve your FREE Webinar seat now!

A major area of emphasis of the State Personnel Development Grant is the work being done with general education teachers using various techniques and tools to effectively reach ALL learners. Today’s classrooms are more inclusive and diverse than ever. Information from this webinar series will enhance teachers’ skills to be responsive to the learning styles and needs of students with and without disabilities in the classroom and provide parents with practical tools to use to give effective input to teachers that will help their child be successful.

Great information for parents, family members, teachers, and staff.

Learning Objectives for this webinar:

  • An overview of a continuum of services and the least restrictive environment
  • Increase understanding of the general education initiative RTI2 (response to intervention and instruction) and special education as the most intensive intervention
  • How to use the information to effectively engage in their child’s education as full, active, and informed participants in the education process

Presenters: 

Dana Johnson | Special Education Interventionist West Division | Tennessee Department of Education Special Populations

Dana serves as an interventionist for the TDOE with the State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) in West TN. She has been in education for 17 years and her roles have included School Psychologist and Special Education Supervisor. Duties and opportunities in her School Psychologist role included Child Find and IDEA identification, FBA and Behavior Intervention Plans, counseling, RTI Fidelity checks, collaboration with Education Professionals and parent consultations. Her leadership role responsibilities included conducting Student Support Team meetings, Individualized Education Plan meetings, oversight of federal and local budgets, and program planning for Students with Disabilities.

Karen Harrison | Executive Director | Support & Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP, Inc.)

Karen was appointed Executive Director of STEP, Inc. in 2009. She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of special education rights. She is the parent of a 26-year old daughter with special needs and special gifts. Karen has personally navigated special education systems from early intervention through adult services with her own daughter. Her first-hand knowledge has enriched her work with families across Tennessee since she became a STEP employee in 1994. Karen holds a certificate in nonprofit management and excels at bringing awareness of parental rights. She works closely with families to develop strategies to improve educational outcomes for their children. She also focuses on systemic change in the areas of inclusion, disability rights, and parent empowerment.

Click here to download and share the webinar flyer    

Don’t delay, reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8122623843529483777

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Click here to View System Requirements  

This webinar series is a collaborative project of the TN Department of Education State Personnel Grant (SPDG) and their family partner Support & Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP, Inc.).


Tue 9/26/2017

Increasing Inclusive Opportunities for Students with Disabilities Workshop

City: Rogersville
County: Hawkins
Location: Price Public Community Center, 202 Spring Street

Calendar: STEP Workshops - East TN

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Wed 9/27/2017

Middle TN Special Education Transition Academy "Planning for Life After High School"

City: Nashville
County: Davidson
Location: Lipscomb University, Ezell Center
Time(s): 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM CT
Calendar: STEP Transition Event

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Thu 9/28/2017

Middle TN Special Education Transition Academy "Planning for Life After High School"

City: Nashville
County: Davidson
Location: Lipscomb University, Ezell Center
Time(s): 8:15 AM - 1:00 PM CT
Calendar: STEP Transition Event

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Vendors/ Exhibitors/ Presenters CLICK HERE to register


Mon 10/2/2017

Volunteer Advocacy Project (VAP) 2017 Fall Schedule

City: Nashville
County: Davidson
Location: The training is conducted in-person at Vanderbilt University and via video conference to other sites across the state. Distance sites must have at least three participants.
Time(s): 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT
Calendar: Other Agency Events/Webinars

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Mon 10/9/2017

Volunteer Advocacy Project (VAP) 2017 Fall Schedule

City: Nashville
County: Davidson
Location: The training is conducted in-person at Vanderbilt University and via video conference to other sites across the state. Distance sites must have at least three participants.
Time(s): 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT
Calendar: Other Agency Events/Webinars

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Tue 10/10/2017

STEP, Inc. presenta: Derechos básicos: entrenamiento en IDEA (ley para personas con discapacidad educación) - introducción de los padres a la educación especial

City: Chattanooga
County: Hamilton
Location: Chattanooga Autism Center, 1400 McCallie Avenue, Suite 100
Time(s): 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET
Calendar: STEP Workshops - East TN


Mon 10/16/2017

Volunteer Advocacy Project (VAP) 2017 Fall Schedule

City: Nashville
County: Davidson
Location: The training is conducted in-person at Vanderbilt University and via video conference to other sites across the state. Distance sites must have at least three participants.
Time(s): 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT
Calendar: Other Agency Events/Webinars

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Mon 10/23/2017

Volunteer Advocacy Project (VAP) 2017 Fall Schedule

City: Nashville
County: Davidson
Location: The training is conducted in-person at Vanderbilt University and via video conference to other sites across the state. Distance sites must have at least three participants.
Time(s): 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT
Calendar: Other Agency Events/Webinars

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Thu 10/26/2017

Basic Rights: Training on IDEA Parent's Introduction to Special Education Workshop

City: Sparta
County: White
Location: Sparta Church of the Nazareth, 1787 Smithville Highway
Time(s): 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM CT
Calendar: STEP Workshops - Middle TN

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Mon 10/30/2017

Volunteer Advocacy Project (VAP) 2017 Fall Schedule

City: Nashville
County: Davidson
Location: The training is conducted in-person at Vanderbilt University and via video conference to other sites across the state. Distance sites must have at least three participants.
Time(s): 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT
Calendar: Other Agency Events/Webinars

Click here to download flyer


Mon 11/6/2017

Volunteer Advocacy Project (VAP) 2017 Fall Schedule

City: Nashville
County: Davidson
Location: The training is conducted in-person at Vanderbilt University and via video conference to other sites across the state. Distance sites must have at least three participants.
Time(s): 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT
Calendar: Other Agency Events/Webinars

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