During this session, presenters will describe how States and local educational agencies effectively support all students, including English learners and children with disabilities. Presenters will discuss how approaches, including Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Response to Intervention (RTI), can help struggling students and how federal funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act can be leveraged to support programs and services for all students. Presenters will address this topic from both the federal and state perspectives. This session will feature staff from the U.S. Department of Education, State and local practitioners and subject matter experts from partner organizations.
Brenda Calderon is an Education Program Specialist in the Department’s Office of State Support and is the lead for the State Support Network’s English Language Proficiency Community of Practice.
Amy Bae is an Education Program Specialist in the Department’s Office of Special Education Programs, and she works across the Department supporting programs and services for English learners with disabilities.
Kerry Haag is an Assistant Director on the Early Childhood, Special Education, and Title Services Team (ECSETS) at the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE). In 1989, Kerry began as an Education Program Consultant on the Special Education Services Team. Since 1995, she has been an Assistant Director for the Learning Services Division. In addition to staff supervision, her program administration duties include the ESEA/IDEA Kansas Statewide Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) contracts; IDEA State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) Project Director; IDEA SPP/APR submission including Indicator 17: State Systemic Improvement Plan coordination. Her most recent leadership activity is as a leader of KSDE’s Initiative for social-emotional learning in pursuit of the Kansas State Board of Education Vision: Kansas leads the world in the success of each student. Additionally, Ms. Haag has presented at local, state, and national platforms, and co-authored grants, papers and book chapters that have been widely used in the field.