SPEDTalk with Pam & John

Lorraine Speaks: Autism Awareness

An episode of SPEDTalk with Pam & John

By The Calm Before The Storm
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Welcome to SPEDTalk with Pam Humphrey & John Bullion. For the past 36 years, Pam's work in Special Education in Texas has been integral in statewide efforts regarding Inclusive Practices and Transition Services. As a Special Education Teacher, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Special Education Director, John C. Bullion has prioritized moving from a compliance based educational system to one that embraces each and every child in support of improving student outcomes. Let's Elevate the Conversation about special education by Celebrating the People and Organizations making it happen for kids
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Welcome to SPEDTalk with Pam Humphrey & John Bullion. For the past 36 years, Pam's work in Special Education in Texas has been integral in statewide efforts regarding Inclusive Practices and Transition Services. As a Special Education Teacher, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Special Education Director, John C. Bullion has prioritized moving from a compliance based educational system to one that embraces each and every child in support of improving student outcomes. Let's Elevate the Conversation about special education by Celebrating the People and Organizations making it happen for kids

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Shucking and Jiving with Jose Hinojosa at The Burleson Center for Innovation and Education
In this episode of SPEDTalk, PAM, John, and Amy chop it up with the Mr. Jose Hinojosa (aka Joe), Director of Special Education at The Burleson Center for Innovation and Education in Edgewood ISD. After spending the morning getting to know the amazing staff and students of "The Magic Factory," a nickname assigned to Burleson by local media and the community for the amazing opportunities and outcomes it creates, even Pam agreed that this place is Straight Up Legit when it comes to preparing students for life after high school. If you want to hear what Kidcentric Passion and Purpose sounds like, check out this episode, and if you really want to experience the Magic, you're just gonna have to come check it out in person.  The Burleson Center for Innovation and Education; Pushing the Boundaries by Expanding Possibilities! This is Inclusion Lived!! Burleson Center  @spedtalk2020 Big Changes SPEDTalk Dashboard ARD Buddy SPED Leadership Academy Principal Dashboard Budget Buddy Dashboard ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
41:48
December 6, 2019
Special Education 2.0 in Frisco! An ISD that Builds Capacity!!
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam, John, and Amy come face to face with excellence in practice while dropping in to visit with the Frisco ISD Special Education Leadership Team. This Dream Team of Four consists of Traci Cartas (Executive Director), and her three fabulous Directors, Garrett Jackson, Christine Davis, and Dr. Coral Wilkens. Their efforts to develop organizational capacity at all levels can best be described as the Intersection between Innovation and Education. The Special Education Leadership Academy they have developed to build SPED Knowledge District wide combines just  the right mix of empathetic planning and strategic implementation. Utilizing a co-design process, the cohort model of professional learning opportunities developed provides prescriptive PD customized to the needs and interests of their staff. It really is exciting to see potential and possibility transform into practices in action. Frisco ISD is re-imagining what special education can be by developing leadership at all levels!   Frisco ISD SPED  @spedtalk2020 Big Changes SPEDTalk Dashboard ARD Buddy SPED Leadership Academy Principal Dashboard Budget Buddy Dashboard ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
1:01:08
December 6, 2019
Small and Rural Schools Network Shines Bright in The Lone Star State
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John are joined by two of our favorite folks. We are excited to sit down with Jam Page, Director of SPED at ESC Region 15 and Tammy Utter, Field Service Agent (and former ESC SPED Liaison Extraordinaire) also from ESC Region 15 to learn all about the new Small and Rural Schools Network (SRSN). The SRSN includes representatives from each of the 20 Regional Education Service Centers, along with Network Leads, Jam and Tammy. This Network is designed to meet the educational challenges unique to small and rural school's in Texas.  Jam and Tammy are super excited to be sharing information about the purpose, mission, services, activities, and opportunities schools can expect from this new Statewide Leadership Network. With a goal of supporting increasingly equitable services to students with disabilities in small and rural LEAs, the SRSN Small & Rural School Connection Conferences are a great opportunity for SPED Directors and support staff to come together for shared learning and networking. While these conferences are designed to focus on the unique needs of small and rural schools, everyone is invited to attend. If you're interested in attending, check out the flyer link below. SRSN Small & Rural School Connection Conference Flyer @spedtalk2020 Big Changes SPEDTalk Dashboard ARD Buddy SPED Leadership Academy Principal Dashboard Budget Buddy Dashboard ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
33:09
October 27, 2019
SPED Leaders Leveraging Relationships and Developing Capacity
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John discuss what it means to be an effective SPED Administrator, Shifting from Compliance to Outcomes, and the Importance of Student Self-Determination with the Director of Special Education at Connally ISD (Laurie Tresl) and the Director of Special  Populations at China Spring ISD (Lisa Howard.) The common denominator between us being that we intentionally plan to come together monthly to discuss, explore, and share ideas, information , and resources as an Extended Professional Learning Community of Special Education Leaders in Central Texas. Together, we are developing our own leadership qualities  through our investments in each other because we know the smartest person in the room is the room.  SPED Leadership Academy
44:44
October 27, 2019
Aggie ACHIEVE Elevates Higher Inclusive & Immersive Education Opportunities
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam, John, and Amy head on out to Aggie Land to learn all about A&Ms Aggie ACHIEVE Program from a couple of Aggie Students, Lexi and Miguel. Joining them to talk all about this unique to Texas four year college experience are...  Carly B. Gilson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Special Education Faculty Director, Aggie ACHIEVE  and  Olivia R. Hester, Ph.D. Program Director, Aggie ACHIEVE Aggie ACHIEVE (Academic Courses in Higher Inclusive Education and Vocational Experiences) is a four-year inclusive post-secondary opportunity for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who have exited high school. Aggie ACHIEVE provides an inclusive and immersive college education and equips students for employment in the community. Aggie ACHIEVE aligns coursework, internship opportunities, and extracurricular activities with each student’s academic interests and employment goals. Students reside in Texas A&M residence halls and have access to all campus-related activities. Aggie ACHIEVE
47:11
October 27, 2019
Meet TEAs Dynamic Duo, Jacob & Ramonda: Review. Support. Unify!
In Unity there is Power! In this episode of SPEDTalk with Pam & John, get up to speed on a few of the changes occurring within the State Education Agency (TEA) in the Department of Special Education through the efforts of the Review and Support Division. Listen in as Ramonda Olaloye and Jacob Klett, Review & Support Managers, discuss the Differentiated Monitoring System (DMS), Results Driven Accountability (RDA), and the new Self-Assessment Process and Platform. You're gonna be glad you caught this episode.  TEA Review and Support Division  
56:13
September 26, 2019
Ideas, Information, & Resources for Campus Administrators: The Beginning, Middle, and End
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam, John, and Amy connect with Lisa Kirby and Kelly Joseph from ESC Region 20 in San Antonio, Texas. Lisa and Kelly have developed an impressive catalog of online webinars for administrators in addition to a web page on the Region 20 website designed to support campus leaders in their efforts to administer effective special education services. Closing out this episode are reflections on the first season of SPEDTalk and projections of amazing things yet to come in the upcoming second season of SPEDTalk.  Campus Admin Resource Page
41:28
August 30, 2019
Resources and Reflection with Evan Heckmann
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John sit down with fellow Liaison, Evan Heckmann from ESC Region 10 to discuss resources and reflect on the evolution of the special education liaison role in Texas. In his first three videos in a series called "10 Minutes Til," Evan covers The Manifestation Determination Meeting, Child Find, and Behavior Situations. Be sure to check these out and share these resources with campus administrators in support of their efforts to administer effective special education services on their campuses.  Results Driven Accountability
40:59
August 30, 2019
Transition Redefined: The Student-Centered Transitions Network
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John celebrate the amazing work of The Student-Centered Transitions Network (SCTN).  Listen in as Dr. Vickie Mitchell (Sam Houston State), Susie May (TEA), Kayla Daniel (ESC Region 12), Townsley Tayebianpour (ESC Region 4), and Corinna Cole (Sam Houston State) share their insights into the evolution of how we define Transition in Texas.  SCTN is designed to build collaborative infrastructures among students, families, schools, districts, and communities to equip all students with disabilities to be actively involved in planning, communicating, and evaluating progress in meeting their transition goals from early childhood through high school graduation and post-secondary readiness.  Results Driven Accountability
1:00:18
August 30, 2019
SPEDTalk Live & Interactive at TCASE 2019
In this Live & Interactive Special Edition Episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John sit down with passionate educators from across the state of Texas to discuss the shift from a compliance heavy system to the Results Driven Accountability that has been adopted by the USDE and TEA. Listen in as problems are framed as possibilities and constraints lead to creativity.  Results Driven Accountability
31:02
July 26, 2019
Lorraine Speaks: Autism Awareness
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John sit down with Lorraine Klim, ESC Region 4 Special Education Liaison. Listen as Lorraine shares her passion for improving services for students with autism. Her efforts to create an Exemplar Autism Continuum speaks to a growing need in schools across Texas.   TEACCH Autism
34:13
July 26, 2019
Celebrating Contributions: Interactive at TCASE
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John crash the offices of the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (TCASE) in Austin, Texas. Joining them around the table are Theresa Parsons (Executive Director), Ginger Meyners (Deputy Director), and Kristin McGuire (Director of Governmental Relations) and of course SPEDTalk Producer, Amy Rogers. Listen in to learn about the vision, mission, and purpose of TCASE, as well as insights into the upcoming TCASE Interactive 2019 Conference.  TCASE  
45:09
June 23, 2019
What's So Special About Special Education?
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John sit down with Cody Martin and Dr. Coral Wilkens to discuss why special education is so important in the lives of the children who recieve special education services. As educational models and paradigms shift, the one constant is the presence of exceptional educators who understand the power of connection. We the people of special education are what make the provision of services so special.     Big Changes  
49:02
June 23, 2019
Special Extended Edition: Ultra Accessibility at Morgan's Wonderland
Let's Elevate the Conversation! In this Special Extended Edition of SPEDTalk, Pam and John sit down with Ron Morander to discuss his role as the Chief Operating Officer at Morgan's Wonderland. They also had the opportunity to talk with Nikki Young (Edutainment Director) and Allie Smith (Assistant Edutainment Director) about the impact that the Statewide Liaison Project had on the Morgan's Wonderland Community Based Instruction Program. Join us as Ron, Nikki, and Allie elaborate on the mission, vision, and future of Morgan's Wonderland as envisioned by founder Gordon Hartman.   Morgan's Wonderland   
1:02:03
May 17, 2019
Even Steven Prater from TEA is SPEDTalking
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John are hanging out with Steven Prater from the Texas Education Agency. That's right, Even Steven Prater from TEA is SPEDTalking about his his role as the Technical Assistance Manager in the Division of Special Education at TEA. Listen in as Steven discusses the work of his team of statewide coordinators, statewide networks, statewide frameworks, and changes within TEA.  TEA Resources  
30:50
May 17, 2019
SPED Literacy with a Twist
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam & John are joined by ESC Liaisons from Regions 10 & 13 as they elaborate on a collaborative project they are working on called Reading and Writing Connections for SPED Literacy. Come along as they discuss changes to the ELAR Standards and their work to bridge these streamlined standards to the vertical alignment for students with disabilities. Also, be sure to complete their survey so that resources and supports are reflective of your specific needs and preferences. Link to the survey can be found below. Reading and Writing Connections Survey.
29:24
May 17, 2019
SPEDTalking with Justin Porter
Let's Elevate the Conversation! In this episode of SPEDTalk, join Pam & John as they talk with Dr. Justin Porter, State Director of Special Education at the Texas Education Agency, about his vision for Special Education in Texas.  @spedtalk2020   
29:00
April 12, 2019
The Calm Before The Storm
Let's Elevate the Conversation! In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam Humphrey and John Bullion introduce themselves to listeners and discuss the role of special education liaisons. The following resources are also shared. Big Changes  
28:44
April 5, 2019
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