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PRESENTATION:Supporting the Whole Child through Social-Emotional Learning and Positive Learning Environments

Presenter: Sara Krachman

Sara Krachman is the Founder & Executive Director of Transforming Education, a non-profit that supports educators in fostering the development of the whole child. Sara has authored more than a dozen publications and toolkits that translate findings from neuroscience, psychology, and related disciplines into actionable guidance and strategies for K-12 educators and leaders.

Before founding TransformEd, Sara was a Senior Associate in the Parthenon Group’s Education Practice. In that role, she served as a strategic advisor to leading national foundations, large K-12 school districts, and state departments of education on the design and rollout of large-scale education reform efforts. Sara earned an A.B. in Government from Harvard University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Tufts University and the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.

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BREAKOUT SESSION Secondary Transition: Envisioning the Way Forward

Presenter: Amanda Green

Amanda Green has served for eight years as the statewide Secondary Transition Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). She is also the founding and contributing editor of Headlines, the quarterly newsletter of DESE’s Office of Special Education Planning & Policy Development. Previously she was an Information Specialist and Coordinator of the Massachusetts Association of Special Education Parent Advisory Councils (MassPAC). As an adjunct instructor for Fitchburg State University, Amanda developed and taught a graduate course for school professionals on partnering with families during the Transition years through the Massachusetts Focus Academy system of online courses. A former English teacher, Amanda also served as Co-Chair of her district’s special education PAC for eight years. She is the mother of three adult children, one of whom is 29 years old, has intellectual disabilities and autism, and lives his own life in New Haven, Connecticut.

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BREAKOUT SESSION: The Ever Emerging IEP: The Realities, the Changes, the Nuances to Increasing Student Outcomes

Presenter: Allan Blume, Ed.S.

Allan Blume is a former associate professor of practice formerly of Simmons College, Boston, and a current adjunct faculty member at Elms College, Chicopee. He taught courses that focused on laws and regulations of special education, IEP development, transition, and inclusion. He continues to consult to schools throughout Massachusetts regarding topics such as federal and state special education regulations, writing and implementing individualized education programs, disability awareness, special education process, inclusion, eligibility, Section 504, as well as assisting school districts with the creation and editing of their District Curriculum Accommodation Plans.

Allan worked for 18 years as a special-education teacher in public schools and educational collaboratives in Massachusetts. He consults with universities, public and private schools and collaboratives, both in the United States and internationally.

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BREAKOUT SESSION A Dual Presentation: Special Education Team, Student and School Focus

Presenter: Atty. Caitlin Leach Mulrooney, Murphy, Lamere and Murphy
Presenter: Atty. Tim Sindelar

Atty. Tim Sindelar is a solo practitioner in Newton, where his practice focuses chiefly on special education and other litigation concerning the rights of children to essential services such as education and health care.

Prior to entering private practice attorney in early 2003, Tim was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Disability Law Center in Boston for more than eight years, where he divided his time between work in the special education and health law fields. Before coming to the Disability Law Center, Tim had worked for more than 15 years in legal services programs in Massachusetts, Nebraska and West Virginia.

Tim has represented hundreds of families in matters before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals and the state and federal courts on special education issues. He has also worked with parents’ groups on legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to special education and health issues. He has served on a number of advisory groups for the Massachusetts Departments of Education and Mental Retardation and the Disabled Persons Protection Commission.

Tim has presented testimony to committees of the United States Senate and the Massachusetts General Court on education and health matters. Tim is a frequent speaker at trainings and conferences on special education and children’s health.

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