Opening Convocation

Early Learning Sensory Support 2017 Convocation

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Our Special Day Is Coming Soon...

Time is drawing near! It will soon be time to join together once again for our annual Opening Convocation.



August 10th, 8:30am-4:30pm: Day 1 of Opening Convocation for all ELSSP (Mandatory) at Holiday Inn Downtown Raleigh 320 Hillsborough St.


August 11th, 8:30am-4:30pm: Day 2 of Opening Convocation for all ELSSP (Mandatory) at Holiday Inn Downtown Raleigh 320 Hillsborough St.

ELSSP Staff 2016 Convocation

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Opening Convocation Day 1

Thursday, Aug. 10th, 8:30am-4:30pm

320 Hillsborough Street

Raleigh, NC

This event is mandatory for all Early Learning Sensory Support Program (ELSSP) staff. Please see agenda below.

Opening Convocation Day 1 Agenda for August 10, 2017

8:00-8:30 Arrival, Sign In and Materials Pick Up


8:30-9:00 Welcome and Introductions, Vivian James, Ph.D


9:00-9:30 Department Updates, John Pruette, Executive Director, Office of Early Learning


9:30-10:30 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Dudley Flood “Mission Possible-Educating ALL Children”


10:30-11:15 Program Updates and Celebrations-Bethany Mayo and Ruth Anne Everett


11:15 Group Pictures


11:45-1:00 Lunch (on your own-HI/VI teams break out following lunch)


1:00-2:30 HI Team “Executive Functioning in Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Impairments”-Neena Malosky and Chris Czajkowski


1:00-2:30 VI Team “Cortical Visual Impairment in Young Children” - Paula Roten, NA, NBCT, TVI


2:30-2:45 Break


2:45-4:30: HI & VI Team “Safety Awareness in Home Visitation”-Detective Bryce Merold, Raleigh Police Department


4:30-4:45 Wrap Up, Feedback and Plus Delta


Infant Toddler Credits and CEU Credits Available

Meet Our Presenters...

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Dudley Flood


Dudley E. Flood was born and reared in Winton, North Carolina. Since 1970, Dr. Flood has lived in Raleigh, North Carolina .

He began his career as a teacher of math, science and English at the eighth grade level. He later taught high school social studies and coached high school basketball and football. He served for three years as principal of a school covering grades 1 - 12 before joining the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a specialist in school desegregation and race relations.

During his 21 years of service with the Department of Public Instruction, he earned promotions first to Assistant and then Associate State Superintendent. After retiring from Public Instruction on December 31, 1990, he served for 5 years and 3 months as Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators. Since April 1996, he has been a lecturer and consultant to groups throughout the country and abroad.

He has been a Visiting Professor at Meredith College and at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and has taught in the Principals Executive Program at the University of North Carolina.

He earned the bachelors degree from North Carolina Central University, the master's degree in educational administration from East Carolina University and the doctorate degree in the same field from Duke University. He has studied further at Elizabeth City State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Hampton University.

Dr. Flood has spoken in all 100 of North Carolina's counties. Also, he has spoken or conducted workshops in 48 of the 50 United States, in Bermuda, the District of Columbia, Canada, and Germany. His writings have been published in more than 25 journals and he has authored three books.

He has received more than 350 awards for civic service. He has been presented the Order of the Longleaf Pine Award (North Carolina's highest civic award), by three different Governors; Governor James G. Martin, Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., and Governor Mike Easley. He has received the Outstanding Alumni Award from both North Carolina Central University and East Carolina University, and has received the Doctorate of Humane Letters from both North Carolina Central University and the University of North Carolina in Asheville.

He served for twelve years on the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina. He currently serves on the N. C. Minority Cancer Awareness Action Team; the Public School Forum of North Carolina Board; the Wake Education Partnership Leadership Council; the UNC Press Advancement Council and on several other boards and committees. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He is also a member of Martin Street Baptist Church in Raleigh where he serves as Sunday School Teacher. For fifty-five years, he was married to the late Barbara Thomas Flood whose inspiration he credits with any success that he has experienced.

"Executive Functioning in Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Impairments" Neena Malosky

Neena Malosky is a licensed Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She received her undergraduate degree in Auditory-Oral Deaf Education from UNCG and then went on to receive her master’s degree from the University of San Diego/John Tracey Clinic. She was also an adjunct professor in Language Facilitation in Deaf Children at UNCG. She is currently in the Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) Certification Process. Neena spent 10 years of her career working as a teacher for children with hearing loss in Guilford County. She is currently employed with the Early Learning Sensory Support Program for Children with Hearing Impairments serving families with children birth to 3 years old.

"Executive Functioning in Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Impairments" Chris Czajkowski

Chris Czajkowski is a licensed Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She received her degree in Auditory-Oral Deaf Education at UNCG. She is also Nationally Board Certified and has her Infant-Toddler Family Specialist certification. She has worked with the Early Learning Sensory Support Program for Children With Hearing Impairments (ELSSP-HI) for 13 years serving families with children birth to 3 years old with hearing loss. The first 7 years of her career she served children and their families in their homes providing direct instruction and coaching. For the last 6 years she has served as a Lead Teacher, providing guidance, support and leadership to teachers in ELSSP-HI.

"Cortical Visual Impairment in Young Children" Paula Roten

Paula is a licensed teacher of the visually impaired. She has worked with the ELSSP-VI program for 20 years. She received her undergraduate and masters degrees in Birth to Kindergarten Education from Appalachian State University. She received her VI certification from NCCU. She is a National Board Certified teacher and has her Infant Toddler Family Specialist certification. In the past, she has served as an adjunct instructor for Wilkes Community College and Appalachian State University. In 2017 she obtained the Perkins-Roman CVI Range Endorsement becoming the first TVI in NC to be listed in the directory of CVI Specialists.

"Safety Awareness in Home Visitation" Detective Bryce Merold

Bryce Merold is a Detective assigned to personal and property crime in Northern Raleigh. Bryce has been with the Department since 2005 and has been assigned to numerous units including Field Operations, Crash Reconstruction, and Driving While Impaired Task Force. During his 12 years at the Department, Bryce has served as a training officer to 13 recruits and served the county as a Drug Recognition Expert. This unique set of experiences has provided him insight and an understanding of the home lives of the city's youth.

Opening Convocation Day 2

Friday, Aug. 11th, 8:30am-4:30pm

320 Hillsborough Street

Raleigh, NC

Opening Convocation Day 2 Agenda for August 11, 2017

8:00-8:30 am Arrival, Sign In, Materials Pick Up


8:30-9:00 Icebreaker


9:00-10:00 HI Team “Assistive Technology” Brian Deese, Human Services Planner/Evaluator III, Division of Public Heath, Early Intervention Branch


9:00-10:00 VI Team “Taptilo Braille Learning Device” - Heather Lister, M.Ed., CTVI & Lori Blaney Persinger, M.Ed./NBCT


10:00-10:15 Break


10:15-11:30 HI Team & VI Team “How to Effectively Utilize Interpreters to Maximize Success in Sessions with Families” Gilbert Medina, Nancy Collado, Maria Cobeo, and Maria Bonilla-Cooksey.


11:30-1:00 Lunch on your own


1:00-2:45 HI Team- “Technology Support for Effective Video Recording of Sessions with Infants and Toddlers and Families in Natural Learning Environments, and Instruction on the Use of Tablets in Working With Infants and Toddlers”-Sara Gibson and Anna Ownbey


1:00-2:00 VI Team "Children Learn Through Play" - Heather Bradford, M.Ed., CTVI


2:00-2:45 VI Team “Reducing Stress in a Stressful World” - Karen Beijer, M.Ed., NBCT, CTVI


2:45-3:00 Wrap Up, Feedback and Plus Delta


* Infant Toddler Credits and CEU Credits Available

"Assistive Technology" Brian Deese

Brian Deese has worked in the N.C. Infant Toddler Program for 14 years. During this time, he has served in various roles including: Early Intervention Service Coordinator in Robeson, Wake (Raleigh CDSA), and Durham County (Durham CDSA), Program Supervisor at the Durham CDSA and Human Service Planner/Evaluator for the North Carolina Early Intervention Branch (currently). In his current position with NCEIB, Brian wears many hats. He is a Data Team Member, Monitoring Team Member, and the CDSA Liaison for the Greenville, Elizabeth City and Morganton CDSAs. Brian is also part of the Continuous Quality Improvement Team and serves as the Hearing Link Referral Contact and thee Assistive Technology Contact.

"Taptilo Braille Learning Device" Heather Lister

Heather Lister is a licensed teacher of the Visually Impaired and has her Infant Toddler Family Specialist certification. She has worked for the ELSSP/VI program for 2 1/2 years. Prior to joining ELSSP/VI, Heather taught Special Education in the public schools for 18 years. She also served as an adjunct professor at Elizabeth City State University. Heather received her undergraduate degree in Special Education from Elizabeth City State Univeristy, her Masters in Special Education from East Carolina University, PreK add-on from East Carolina University and her Visually Impaired certification from North Carolina Central University.

"Taptilo Braille Learning Device" Lori Blaney Persinger

Lori Blaney Persinger, M.S.Ed./NBCT is a life long learner. She has been passionate about early intervention and educating birth-five year olds students with special needs for over 28 years, and has served a variety of educational roles including special education teacher for early childhood center for birth-two year olds, preschool teacher of a self-contained class , preschool teacher of an inclusive preschool classroom, Itinerant Lead Preschool Teacher/Specialist, and SEFEL Coach/Trainer. In all of these educational settings, Lori had students with visual impairments. In Fall 2015 Lori began her certification program at North Carolina Central University to become a Certified Teacher of the Visually impaired and will complete Fall 2017. Currently, Lori is a TVI with NC DPI Office of Early Learning (Early Learning Sensory Support Program-VI ) and loves her new life change (relocating to the Raleigh area, marriage, and new career).

"How to Effectively Utilize Interpreters to Maximize Success in Sessions with Families" Gilbert Medina

Gilbert Medina has been working as an Interpreter for ELSSP since February 2009. Previously, he worked in private industry for 2 years. Gilbert's main passion and focus is education. He was a bilingual teacher in the state of Massachusetts for 11 years before landing in Charlotte in search of a more temperate climate. He served 3 years in active military duty and holds a bachelors degree from the University of Puerto Rico.

"How to Effectively Utilize Interpreters to Maximize Success in Sessions with Families" Nancy Collado

Nancy Collado was born and raised in New York City. Her parents are from Puerto Rico and Spanish was the primary language spoken in her home. She has over 25 years experience working as an Interpreter. She has been working with the State /DPI for the past 24 years. She started out in a High School in New York City as a Parent Liaison/Teacher Assistant/Interpreter. When she and her husband relocated to North Carolina In 1995, she worked with Nash Rocky Mount Schools as an ESL (English as a second Language) Teacher Assistant/Interpreter. Since 2004, she has been working as an Interpreter for ELSSP.

"How to Effectively Utilize Interpreters to Maximize Success in Sessions with Families" Maria Cobeo

Maria Cobeo came to education after seven years as a bilingual medical insurance adjuster and six years in graphic arts with the Jewish Journal and Sun-Sentinel newspapers. During the ten years as a Spanish Language Facilitator for the Palm Beach County School District in Florida, Maria gained valuable interpreter and translator experience in the classroom, as well as learning to deal effectively with the students and their families. Maria would spend her summers co-directing and teaching art to middle school students and teaching ESL classes at Lynn University. In August of 1987 Maria’s family relocated to Florida, and again in May 2004 to North Carolina. She then began working with English as a Second Language learners for the Wake County School District, Raleigh Parks and Recreation, and then went on to work for the Governor Morehead School of the Blind. Maria now works for Early Learning Sensory Support as an Interpreter.

"How to effectively utilize interpreters to maximize sessions with families" Maria Bonilla-Cooksey

María Bonilla-Cooksey is originally from Costa Rica and made the U.S. her home 17 years ago. She has 12 years’ experience as an Interpreter and Translator in various areas including medical, early childhood development, parent education, legal, social services, and early intervention services. In 2012 she started the process of becoming a Certified Court Interpreter through the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, and acquired the certification in 2013. She has completed the Modules for Medical Interpreter training through North West AHEC, Wake Forest. As well as the Modules for Health and Human Services Interpreter through the Mountain AHEC, Asheville. She has provided Interpreter and Translator training for other State Agencies and created an online training for the CDSAs (Department of Public Health/Early Intervention Branch). She provides Cultural Sensitivity trainings for various community agencies. María is currently working as the staff Foreign Language Interpreter and Translator for the Morganton/Hickory Children’s Developmental Services Agency since 2014.

“Technology Support for Effective Video Recording of Sessions with Infants and Toddlers and Families in Natural Learning; Environments, and Instruction on the Use of Tablets in Working With Infants and Toddlers" Sara Gibson

Sara Gibson is from Mooresville, NC. She received her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education at NC State University (2014) and her Masters Degree in Deaf Education at Vanderbilt University (2016). She began with the ELSSP in July of 2016. Sara just completed her first year with the program and she's loved getting to know her coworkers and families she works with. Sara just relocated to the Greensboro area and is excited for this new opportunity and adventure!

“Technology Support for Effective Video Recording of Sessions with Infants and Toddlers and Families in Natural Learning; Environments, and Instruction on the Use of Tablets in Working With Infants and Toddlers" Anna Ownbey

Anna graduated from UNC-Greensboro in 2008 with a degree in Deaf Education K-12 with an add-on license of Regular Education K-6. She worked in the public-school system as a self-contained teacher for 3 years in Concord, NC and then as an itinerant teacher for 4 years in Hendersonville, NC. She is married to her husband of five years, Krew, and together, they have a little boy, Knox, who is 3. They currently live in Flat Rock, but are originally from Brevard. Anna loves spending time with her family and enjoys gardening in her spare time. Anna has been a teacher with the Early Learning Sensory Support program for 2 years now and is grateful for the opportunity to work with such skilled colleagues.

"Children Learn Through Play" Heather Bradford

Heather Bradford came to North Carolina from Ohio with her family in 2000. She has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education K-6 and a Masters degree in Reading K-12 from Ohio State University. After spending 18 years as a classroom teacher and Title One Reading Specialist, Heather became certified with an add-on license of Special Education Mild to Moderate and began working with exceptional children with self contained, inclusive and homebound placement. Heather then received licensure as a Teacher for Students with Visual Impairment from North Carolina Central University. She served as a TVI in the public school system for a short time before joining the Early Leaning Sensory Support Program in January of 2016. Heather is delighted and excited with the opportunity and adventure of early intervention.

"Reducing Stress in a Stressful World" Karen Beijer

Karen Beijer is a certified Teacher for the visually impaired. She received her certification through NCCU. She became nationally board certified in 2009. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from SUNY at Cortland. In 1996 before moving from New York (born and raised) with her husband, she received her Master’s degree in Special Education from Binghamton University. She obtained her Birth through kindergarten certification once she moved to NC.

She has worked for ELSSP/VI, formerly GMP, for 14 years and was brought to this decision because her second son, Luke, was born with a genetic x-linked eye disorder which has never shown up in her family, called Ocular Albinism. Her oldest son Jack is not affected. He will be heading to Western Carolina University this August. She will be an emotional mess at convocation due to this latest milestone. Please bring tissues and offer them to her if needed.

ELSSP/HI

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THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARRIVE.......

1. All ELSSP Bring Baby Pictures

All ELSSP staff please bring one of your baby pictures (we will be using them for an Ice Breaker activity).

2. Download PADLET onto your phone, laptop, and/or iPad and bring with you on Day 1 and Day 2.

We will be using an online tool called Padlet this year during our Opening Convocation. You will need to bring with you a device to the meeting in which you can access the internet. The device may be a lap top, tablet, or just your smart phone. Prior to the meeting please sign up for Padlet by following the instructions below:



  1. Go to https://padlet.com/
  2. Click Sign up
  3. Enter your DPI email address and create a password.
  4. Click Sign up



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3. ELSSP-HI Bring your Tablets and Cameras

Please make sure your tablets and cameras are fully charged.

Please bring your chargers as well; we will be using the devices during our training.

Early Learning Sensory Support Program T-Shirts are on sale NOW!

Online ordering for Early Learning Sensory Support Program Apparel ends on Tuesday July 25th, 2017 (11:59pm EDT)


The shirts can be mailed directly to your home or Cindy Boyd (ELSSP/HI) can deliver them to you during Convocation on August 10th.


Order using the link below:

https://elssp2017.itemorder.com/

ACCOMMODATIONS!!!

Holiday Inn Downtown Raleigh

320 Hillsborough St.,

Raleigh, NC 27603

919-832-0501


A reservation is already made in your name in the group block "Department of Public Instruction." You do not need to call the hotel to make reservations. The room costs will be billed to DPI and your credit card will not be charged for the room. Your credit card will only be billed for any incidentals you purchase during your stay.


There is a $5 parking fee per day to park at the Hotel. Holiday Inn will direct bill DPI for parking fees as well. If you are not staying overnight (coming and going each day) parking is free.


A travel form has already been sent in and approved for you on your behalf for the entire convocation. You will need to submit the Travel Reimbursement Form after the convocation for Meal/Subsistence reimbursement.

FOOD!

Holiday Inn will be providing danish and coffee both mornings and cookies both afternoons during our meeting. You will need to have lunch on your own. Here a few restaurants in the Downtown Raleigh area:

Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

111 Seaboard Ave.

Raleigh, NC 27604

Beasley's Chicken and Honey

200 S. Wilmington St.

Raleigh, NC 27601

Centro Mexican del Corazon

106 S. Wilmington St.

Raleigh, NC 27601

http://www.centroraleigh.com/

NCDPI Cafe

1st Floor NC DPI

301 S. Wilmington St.

Raleigh, NC 27601

NC Legislature Cafeteria

SKYE Tower Restaurant and Bar

20th Floor Holliday Inn

320 Hillsborough St.

Raleigh, NC 27603

http://www.hiraleighdowntown.com/raleigh-dining.php

Taverna Agora

326 Hillsborough St.

Raleigh, NC 27603

The Acro Cafe

4th Floor of the Natural Exploration Center

11 W. Jones St.

Raleigh, NC 27601

http://naturalsciences.org/visit/dining

The Daily Planet Cafe

121 W. Jones St.

Raleigh, NC 27601

http://www.thedailyplanetcafe.com/

The Pit Authentic Barbecue

328 West Davis St.

Raleigh, NC 27601

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Office of Early Learning, Early Learning Sensory Support Program