2013 Spring Convention Speakers
Pre-Convention Keynotes | March 20, 2013
Kelly Schwegel, MSE, EdS, has been an educator since 1994. She is considered a specialist in implementing RtI and has experience as a teacher, dean of students, principal and currently develops and delivers trainings for CESA 1 and the Wisconsin RtI Center. She has additional certifications as a director of special education/pupil services and superintendent. Kelly Schwegel joined the CESA 1 team four years ago with prior experience as an elementary and middle school instructor, Dean of Students of a middle school, principal of an elementary school and additional certifications as Director of Special Education/Pupil Services and Superintendent. She has since enjoyed her decision to expand her career by branching out into the training development and presentation world. Since 2006 she has been assisting districts implement systems of Response to Intervention(RtI) as well as training on the various components that support a successful RtI model including differentiation, data analysis, curricular development, evidence-based interventions, culturally responsive practices and organizational change. Her goal in the educational field is to see it transform into a system that equally supports teachers, staff, families and students in their happiness, self-discovery and growth.
Betty V. DeBoer, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in the School Psychology Program. She teaches courses in child psychopathology, consultation, and behavior management and supervises practica and internship students. Betty became interested in supporting children with trauma histories in 2006 when she consulted with a district on how to assist a family struggling with their adopted, abused child. Betty and Christin have been presenting on trauma-related issues since 2006.
Christin Nelson, M.S., is a School Counselor at a residential and day treatment facility, Chileda, in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The majority of the students she works with have severe developmental differences, behavioral challenges and trauma histories. Christin conducts functional behavior assessments, provides counseling to students, consults during crises, and provides training and consultation services to staff on how to work with traumatized students. Betty and Christin recently published an article titled, “A collaborative approach for school counselors and school psychologists working with traumatized children within Wisconsin’s Response to Instruction (RtI) model” in the The Wisconsin Counseling Journal.
Sarah Coolidge, EdS, is currently a School Psychologist for Charleston County School District in Charleston, South Carolina. Prior to moving to Charleston, she worked for several years in Milwaukee Public Schools. Her interest in trauma-informed care and developmental outcomes related to attachment relationships and complex trauma in early childhood began there and continues to be influential in her practice of School Psychology. Sarah received her EdS in School Psychology from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and was supervised by Betty DeBoer during her practicum and internship experiences. Sarah has presented alongside Betty DeBoer and Chris Nelson for state and national conferences for the past 2 years.
Convention Keynotes | March
Amy Smith is an educational consultant for Pennsylvania’s Training and Technical Assistance Network, the training arm of the Bureau of Special Education. She was a member of the original state leadership team charged with developing Pennsylvania's model and has continued as state lead in the eastern region. Her primary role is working with districts implementing response to intervention, delivering trainings, and developing material related to response to intervention. Amy has served on the NASP Executive Council for five years, currently serving as President of NASP. Her previous leadership positions include Advocacy Program Manager, Pennsylvania Delegate, Northeast Region Delegate Representative, and President of Pennsylvania’s State Association.
Dave Cattoi, Ph.D., is a gifted and highly sought after national trainer. He inspires his audiences with a unique ability to blend humor and real life stories with serious classroom management issues. Dr. Dave uses his wide spectrum of teaching experience to provide practical, workable solutions to problems prevalent in today’s classrooms. He is especially known for his ability to reach and educate his participants, while giving them an arsenal of tools that are guaranteed to help them create a calm, respectful, high performing classroom…Dr. Dave, a moniker hung on him by his students at Marian University, has taught students from elementary grades through college graduate courses and has trained some of the most outstanding teachers in the country. As a former principal Dr. Dave has worked first hand with at-risk, undisciplined, and sometimes armed students. He has worked as an administrator and mentor to teachers and he has developed programs to make learning fun and successful for teachers as well as students. Dr. Dave’s seminars fly by as his humor and caring personality permit him to share ideas and strategies that are engaging, motivating, powerful, practical… and most importantly strategies that work. He is especially known for his powerful ideas and presentations on classroom discipline, educating and motivating at-risk students, and the strong ability to motivate and encourage fellow teachers. Dr. Dave is dedicated to helping future generations succeed.
Concurrent Sessions | March 21-22, 2013
Nissan B. Bar-Lev, Ph.D., is the CESA #7 Director of Special Education, a consortium of 38 school districts. He has been a WSEMS Partner for 17 years. He is Co-Chair of the Special Projects Committee & past president of the Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS). Bar-Lev serves on the National Board of Directors of the Council for the Administrators of Special Education (CASE), chairs the State Superintendent Advisory Council on Visual Impairment, member of the School Administrative Alliance (SAA) Council on Assessment, serves on the National IDEA Partnership Creating Agreement team and is a co-author of Special Education in Plain Language.
Matthew W. Bell is Associate General Counsel for the Madison (WI) Metropolitan School District (MMSD). Mr. Bell received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his graduate degree in school psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his law degree from Michigan State University (with no lingering allegiance to the Spartans). Mr. Bell practiced as a school psychologist for eight years prior to receiving his law degree. Before joining the MMSD, Mr. Bell practiced school and disability law as an associate with the Michigan law firm of LaPointe & Butler, P.C. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Kathryn L. Bush, Ph.D., is the Consultant for School Psychology Services at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Her position is housed on the Student Services, Prevention and Wellness team. Prior to her work at DPI Kathryn worked for over 25 years with the Madison Metropolitan School District as a school psychologist. She also maintained a private practice as a clinical psychologist and served as a university lecturer.
Troy Couillard is the Director of DPI’s Office of Student Assessment. Prior to that appointment, he was Assistant Director of the Special Education Team. Before his work at DPI, he was a Pupil Services Director, assistant principal and a teacher for 20+ years at the elementary and middle school level.
Robert J. Dixon, Ph.D., NCSP, is the Director of the School Psychology program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He also has his license to practice and consults with a number of school districts on promoting district and state initiatives (e.g., RtI). He is currently the NASP Delegate for Wisconsin and serves as the Chair of Continuing Professional Development for WSPA.
Kathy Halley, Ph.D., Is a clinical and school psychologist. She works in the Madison Metropolitan School District on the district-wide Mental Health Team, and specializes in trauma and trauma-informed educational practices. Katherine co-owned and practiced at Baraboo Psychological Services from 1998 through 2011. Her practice included psychological evaluation, family, child and trauma treatment.
Heather Hurd, Ph.D., NCSP is a Licensed Psychologist and School Psychologist. She is owner and Director of Hurd Psychology, a psychology practice located in Madison, WI. One day per week she works as the School Psychologist of Roosevelt Elementary School in Janesville. She completed a Public Policy Fellowship at the National Association of School Psychologists (2008-2009). She currently serves as the Legislative Chair of WSPA.
Tamara Maxwell is the English Language Arts Consultant on the Common Core State Standards Implementation Team at the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Before DPI, she has served at the secondary level as an English language arts teacher as well as an instructional coach specializing in working with students who struggle.
Elizabeth Mallegni, Ph.D., serves as the coordinator of Advanced Academic Programs and Services for Milwaukee Public Schools. Prior to moving into administration she was a classroom teacher for 12 years at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Elizabeth holds a Master’s degree in Visual Studies Education from Cardinal Stritch University and Bachelor’s degrees in K-12 education from Mount Mary College and sculpture and drawing from The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Elizabeth works to build capacity around advanced studies in intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, and academic performance. The Response to Intervention framework is designed to promote the success of all students in these areas.
Christine Neddenriep, Ph.D., NCSP, is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the School Psychology Program at UW-Whitewater. She also serves as the Professional Preparation and Training Representative to the WSPA board. She joined the faculty at UW-Whitewater in 2005 after practicing three years as a school psychologist in the Omaha Public Schools, where she specialized in the needs of children with behavioral disorders and autism. She earned her doctoral degree in School Psychology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Her areas of research interests include the implementation and evaluation of academic and behavioral interventions in educational settings. Ms. Neddenriep teaches course work in the assessment of behavior and personality, academic interventions, school-based consultation, and research methods in school psychology.
T. Chris Riley-Tillman, Ph.D., completed his doctoral training in school psychology at Syracuse University. At present, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational School and Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri. Dr. Riley-Tillman is one of the co-developers of Direct Behavior Ratings (www.directbehaviorrating.com) and the Usage Rating Profile as well as a recognized authority in the application of experimental design and analysis in applied educational settings. He teaches classes on behavioral assessment and intervention, Single Case Design and consultation. He is a Co-PI on Project VIABLE-II, a grant funded through IES to develop and evaluate direct behavior ratings as a measure for assessing social behavior. He has published 70 articles and 3 books on social behavior assessment, RTI, and single case design. Finally, he is a Follow of Division 16 of the American Psychological Association and a member of the Society for the Study of School Psychology.
Jan Serak, M.A., is the Executive Co-Director of WI FACETS, a non-profit agency serving children and youth with disabilities and their families statewide. She received her B.S. from UW-Madison and M.A. in Educational Psychology and Dispute Resolution from Marquette University. Serak is the parent of two sons, one of whom is a young adult with autism. She has been a WSEMS Partner for 17 years. Serak is the Co-Director of Wisconsin’s Parent Training & Information Center and the Region 4 Parent TA Center serving 18 OSEP parent centers in 9 Midwest states. She serves on the National IDEA Partnership Creating Agreement team, CADRE Advisory Council, North Central RtI Collaborative, and chairs the OSEP State Advisory Panel/ICC workgroup.
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