SUNDAY, January 20th, 2019

Noon – 4:00pm        Conference Registration

11:30am - 12:30pm     NAPSEC Board of Directors/NCASES Luncheon

12:30pm – 2:30pm     NAPSEC Board of Directors Meeting

1:00pm – 5:00pm      Exhibitor Set Up

2:30pm – 4:30pm      NCASES Commissioners Meeting

6:00pm – 7:00pm     VIP Reception for New Attendees

7:00pm – 8:30pm      Welcome Reception 

9:00pm - 11:45pm      NAPSEC Networking


MONDAY, January 21st, 2019

7:30am - 8:30am      Breakfast

7:30am - 2:30pm      Conference Registration

8:30am - 10:00am     General Session

7 Prescriptions for Executive Leadership Success 

Mary Kelly , Ph.D., CSP, U.S. Navy (Ret.)   

Thousands of leadership programs tell you how to be a great leader. Far fewer delve deeper into the surprisingly common mistakes supervisors, managers and even CEOs unknowingly make that derail team’s effectiveness and productivity. Whether in your first year of management or your 30th, this session will share hidden pitfalls and how to avoid them. The program also outlines specific actions that ensure success. Based on the book of the same title, this content-rich, data-based program is also entertaining and full of actions that participants can use to further develop leadership skills, outcomes and organizational morale. 

SPEAKER PRESENTATION DOWNLOADS:  7 Prescriptions for Executive Leadership Success,  Workbook  

10:00am - 10:30am      Coffee Break

10:30am - 12:00pm      Concurrent Sessions

A. The Three R’s: Recruitment, Retention & Relationships  

Jonathan Evans, MA, M.Ed. 

This session will detail the steps that have been taken to recruit new staff, retain existing staff and build relationships with colleges and universities in Arizona and California. Topics discussed will include the importance of collaborating and supporting university faculty with guest lectures and placements for practicum and intern students, the importance of building relationships with the career services faculty, as well as sharing what ACCEL has done to successfully recruit and retain staff.

B. Creating a Safety First Culture    

Harry Schaeffer and Tanya Kim-Guild

Education leaders always acknowledge the need to establish and maintain safe environments and safe working conditions for students and staff. However, in reality the challenges of managing day to day operations often result in safety issues being lost in the shuffle or taken for granted. Overlooking safety issues often becomes the status quo, right up until the moment something bad happens. Creating a culture that truly places and keeps safety first requires an organization-wide commitment that must originate and be maintained by leadership. This presentation will include several suggestions for improving overall agency safety practices as well as concrete ideas for improving safety in specific high-risk areas of operations. Personal experiences with safety related incidents will be shared by the presenters. The presentation will also include a brief overview of the FBI’s 26 identified potential school incidents. There will also be first-hand accounts of one or more school’s experiences at review and revision of all safety related policies and practices.

SPEAKER PRESENTATION DOWNLOAD:  Creating a Safety First Culture 

C.  The Adult Autism Cliff: Light at the end of the tunnel
Ami Taubenfeld and Carrie Hubbard


Over the next decade 500,000 adults with autism will exit the school system. As families face the crisis about what’s next, there is a solution based program creating a model of hope for others. Learn why this autism-specific program is exceeding the expectations of parents and even their founders, with their mission driven programming. 


12:15pm - 1:30pm      State of the Association Meeting & Federal Update - box lunch provided

DOWNLOADS: 2018 State of Association Attendees, 2018 State of the Association Meeting Minutes

1:30pm - 2:30pm      NAPSEC Board of Directors Meeting

1:45pm - 3:00pm      General Session

A History of San Antonio

Richard Kriese, San Antonio Detours

3:00pm - 5:00pm      NAPSEC Happy Hour & Exhibitor Showcase

9:00pm - 11:45pm      NAPSEC Networking



TUESDAY, January 22nd, 2019

7:30am - 8:30am      Breakfast

7:30am - 8:15am       Breakfast Roundtable - Social Media

Dorian Townsend

7:30am - 12:00pm     Conference Registration

8:30am - 10:00am     General Session

Board Governance Fundamentals: Not the Theory but BEST PRACTICE
John Littleford

Boards can become caught up in the latest jargon such as “generative” or “policy” governance. While these concepts have merit, there are many examples worldwide of boards that have collapsed for lack of attention to the basic principles of good practice. This session will reinforce the importance of governance fundamentals and will utilize the case study teaching method.

SPEAKER PRESENTATION DOWNLOADS: Developing The Boardnais, Chair Qualities, Strategic Board Governance 


10:00am - 10:30am      Coffee Break

10:30am - 12:00pm      Concurrent Session

A.  John Carver’s Policy Governance Model — Board accountability-based system that supports organizations in meaningful governance 

Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee

Policy Governance is an operating system for board accountability. Boards that operate with this system provide their organizations with meaningful and outcome-driven governance. Through the structure, the system allows for flexibility as well. Participants will learn: a) the components of policy governance, b) hear about successful organizations that thrive due to the structure, and c) the necessary requirements for implementation. 

SPEAKER PRESENTATION DOWNLOADS: Introduction to John Carver's Policy Governance Model

A Model of Governance, Four Reasons That Policy

B. Parents as Entrepreneurs - Creating Employment Opportunities 

Julie Tracey     

Despite the requirement that IEPs must include plans for transition, parents are faced with the harsh reality that special education is an entitlement that will end at age 21. Adult services are often inadequately funded and present providers with a myriad of challenges, resulting in long wait lists for young adults with disabilities.  Now, the new neurodiversity movement has begun to shed light on the issues facing those aging out of special education.  Many parents are taking on the challenge of starting businesses in order to provide meaningful employment opportunities for their adult children with disabilities. On this unique panel, parents will discuss the challenges they have faced and their personal decision to pursue opening their own business.


12:15pm - 2:00pm       How to Prepare for NCASES Accreditation - lunch provided

Participants will be provided with an overview of the accreditation process (i.e. origins, philosophy, mission, organizational structure) and a summary of the NCASES process from the time a program applies for accreditation through the completion of the site review and the final report. 

DOWNLOAD: How to Prepare for NCASES Accreditation Presentation

11:30am - 5:30pm       Rich Robinson Memorial Golf Tournament 

5:30pm - 6:30pm       NCASES Gathering 

Stop by at the end of the day to relax and learn more about NCASES and becoming a site reviewer. We encourage current site reviewers to attend so we can thank you for donating your time and expertise on behalf of NCASES. 

9:00pm - 11:45pm       NAPSEC Networking 


WEDNESDAY, January 23rd, 2019

7:30am - 8:30am      Breakfast

7:30am - 8:15am       Breakfast Roundtable - Hot Topics in Human Resources

Tina Schmitt & Dr. Linda Myers  

7:30am - 12:00pm     Conference Registration

8:30am - 10:00am     General Session

Workplace Stigma toward Employees with Intellectual Disability   

Maureen Gormley, RN, MPH, Ph.D. 

Though research has shown that individuals with intellectual disability (ID) can function successfully in a broad array of jobs, workplace assimilation remains a challenge as employer and coworker perceptions reportedly stigmatize these prospective employees. Coworker perceptions of employees with ID can stem from attitudes of unfairness of accommodations and misperceptions related to performance, promotion, and retention. This presentation will review a qualitative study addressing how co-worker perceptions of employees with ID, hired in the context of a school-to-work transition program, shift over time. The study has implications for ways in which employers can help change the paradigm for individuals with ID from segregated to integrated employment and, in doing so, add a rich element of diversity to their organizations.  

SPEAKER PRESENTATION DOWNLOAD: Maureen Gormley's Presentation - San Antonio

10:00am - 10:30am      Coffee Break


10:30am - 12:00pm      Concurrent Sessions

A. Entitlement to Eligibility: The Funding Cliff

Charles J. Durgin, MS, MSEd, Bruce Ettinger, Ed.D., Caroline L. Hubbard, M.A., Christopher J. Manente, Ph.D., BCBA, Paige Pape, Tina M. Schmitt, SHRM-SCP, CHCR, PHR, Zosia Zaks, M.Ed., C.R.C.

This diverse panel will offer perspectives from young adults, parents, and service providers entering the world of post-secondary funding for young adults with significant disabilities. Panelists will discuss the struggle to understand and qualify for funding after leaving special education, as well as the many well-intentioned but misguided regulations governing the funding of services. These panelists’ perspectives include highly experienced providers as well as parents and providers just entering the world of entitlement funding.

PRESENTATION DOWNLOAD: Entitlement to Eligibility

B. Using School Climate Data to Make Decisions in Special Education Settings

Kristine Larson, Ed.D.

This session will provide an overview on best practices being utilized in public school settings to measure school climate and apply data to decisions regarding positive behavior supports and evidence-based practices across the continuum of student needs. The speaker will present information about why schools should and how they can measure school climate and present an example of a school climate survey collected in Maryland schools, from students, staff, and parents. Participants will work through the gaps in such measures for students with disabilities, and the applicability to special education school settings and brainstorm areas for improvement and consideration in their practice. The speaker will then present examples of utilizing school climate data to select school focal areas and evidence-based practices and highlight best practices for data-based decision making within teams. Participants will then have an opportunity to engage around how this can be applied in their own settings.

SPEAKER PRESENTATION DOWNLOADS:  Using School Climate Data to Make Decisions in Special Education Settings, Handouts Packet, Using Data 

C.  Hot Button Legal Issues Affecting Private Schools for the Disabled 

David B. Rubin, Esq.    

Private schools for the disabled must function in a highly regulated and litigious environment. Knowledge of the legal framework in which you operate, and evolving trends in the courts, are essential to survival. This session will address an array of timely legal topics including the U.S. Supreme Court’s reformulated standard for “free appropriate public education” in the Endrew F. case, potential applicability of IDEA’s “stay put” provision and other remedies, the latest on legal standards for out-of-district placements for psychiatrically fragile students, your legal obligations to students and parents, and more.

SPEAKER PRESENTATION DOWNLOADS:  David Rubin Presentation ,  Endrew F. ,  Third Circuit Court of Appeals 

12:15pm - 1:45pm      Celebrating NAPSEC Luncheon

During this final event at the conference, we will recognize NAPSEC Awardees and the NCASES programs which were accredited this year. We will also hold the raffle drawing at the conclusion of the luncheon. You don't want to miss this!