We are excited to welcome the following speakers to our 2016 conference:


Resiliency in Special Education:  Characteristics of Effective Professionals

Our keynote speakers will share characteristics of resilient special educators.  They will also offer suggestions for developing resilience that will help professionals 


Gwendolyn Carter, B.S., M.Ed, Ed.S & Megan Grattan, B.S., M.A.T.

Topic: ULS- Unique Learning System Curriculum


Gwendolyn has been a special education teacher for over a decade.  Her alma mater is Wayne State University.  She recently has obtained an Educational Specialist Certification in Special Education Administration.


Megan is a special education teacher (4 years in an SXI room, 1 year in an SCI room).  She works at a center based school (Lyle Torrant Center) within Jackson County.  She received her B.A. from University of Michigan-Dearborn, a M.A. in Special Education from Central Michigan University and is currently pursuing an Ed.S. degree from Oakland University.


Have you ever wanted a curriculum that’s focus is on learning, not just participation? Is curriculum alignment to the Common Core important to you? Have you dreamed of a curriculum that is flexible enough to adjust for various learning styles? If so this is the session for you!

This presentation will demonstrate how the Unique Learning Curriculum can be effective in both POHI, SXI & SCI classrooms! Teachers, Gwen Carter and Megan Grattan will explain how they utilize this curriculum in their center-based classrooms.  This presentation will include hands on demonstrations and active participation.



Michele Morgan, OT & Debb Carlton, OT

"Make it Work", we did and so can you!


Michelle graduated with degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University.  Practiced in a variety of settings for over 19 years. Employed at Warren Woods Public Schools for the last 10 years.


Deb graduated from Eastern Michigan University with degree in Occupational Therapy. Have been practicing for over 19 years and employed through Warren Woods Public Schools for the past 10 years.


The vision of the ” Make it Work” program is to take on projects that incorporate students of all ability levels and to develop collaborations between special education, general education, local businesses, and the community. The “Make it Work” program was co-created by Occupational Therapists Michele Morgan and Debb Carlton and is currently housed in Warren

Woods Tower High School. This presentation will provide the evolution of our program as well as suggestions, resources, and funding ideas for projects that can be implemented in any setting.

Michelle Eaddy

Hot Topics in Special Education Law


Michelle is an attorney and shareholder with the Thrun Law Firm in East Lansing, MI.  Her practice focuses on representing school districts in special education, Section 504, and disability-related issues.


A review of the hot topics in special education in 2015 and legal trends to watch for in the future.

Becky Boyd, M.A., P.T. & Terri Woznicki, M.A., P.T.

Hands-On Therapy Ideas for the School Environment


Becky has a Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Oakland University.  She has past work experience in inpatient rehab, hospital acute care and home care.  She is currently working as a PT for Utica Community Schools in the POHI Program at Plumbrook Elementary.


Terri has a Physical Therapy degree from Oakland University and a Master's degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College.  She is certified in Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) and has worked in Pediatrics at William Beaumont Hospital, Warren Woods Schools, MISD and currently Utica Community Schools in the POHI Program at Plumbrook Elementary.


2 Pediatric Physical Therapists will lead small groups discussions , demonstrations and idea sharing.  They will bring some of their favorite therapy toys/activites and equipment along with some Make-It/Take-It tools for all ages.  Participants are also encouraged to bring their own successful therapy ideas including apps, photos, music CD's and handouts to share with the group.

Tomoko Page, MT-BC & Susan Gregory, MT-BC

Music Therapy: What is it and how can it benefit my students?


Tomoko completed her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy at Eastern Michigan University and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Music Therapy at Western Michigan University.  She works for Jackson County Intermediate School District serving music therapy services to student with various disabilities.


Susan completed her Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Therapy at Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Music Therapy at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. She currently works with students who attend Center based programs in the Detroit Public Schools. She is serving students with significant cognitive impairments, multiple impairments and autism spectrum disorders. She is also on staff at FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation working with a variety of clients.


This presentation will educate participants about the difference between music therapy and general music activities.  Ideas for the use of music in the classroom will be provided.  Plan to move about and have some fun!

Kellison Kohler & Meegan Winters

Using Google Forms to Track IEP Goals and Objectives


Kellison is a special education teacher in a young adult program for the Jackson County Intermediate School District. He received his Bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University in special education -Cognitive Impairment. He is in his last semester for his Master's degree through Michigan State University.  The program is the Master of Art in Education with a focus in special education and technology in learning.


In this session you'll learn how to use Google Forms to track IEP goals and objectives.  We'll cover how to create a form from "scratch", and discuss how you can collect data using the form.  Please bring a laptop for this hands-on session.