CASE DuPage Institute Day

Friday, March 2, 2018
The registration period has closed for this event.

8:00 AM-1:30 PM


   *Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Light breakfast snacks will be provided

   *Participants will receive a 1/2 hour break with a boxed snack provided



Registration open through 3/3/2018 10:59 PM Central Time (US & Canada)

CASE County Institute will take place at Glenbard South High School. Participants should review the list of offerings and choose the offering that best meets their needs on the registration form. See below for the list of offerings.

Additional information will be emailed to participants the Wednesday prior to the event regarding room location, parking information, etc.



Please choose from one of the following topics:

A. 'Schools as Laboratories for Social Change' with Ruha Benjamin
B. 'Effects of Poverty and Adverse Childhood Experiences on Language, Cognitive Development and School Achievement' with Dr. Marty Burns

C. 'Trauma' with Diane LaMaster- FULL








Event A

“Schools as Laboratories for Social Change: Regenerating Empathy at the Heart of Education”





Dr. Ruha Benjamin



8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Target Audience:

All General Education Staff, Special Education Staff, Related Services, Administrators, and Para-Professionals


Description: Schools are a microcosm of society. They are places where the next generation either comes alive with possibility or gets crushed by the weight of discouragement and discrimination. In many places, these two processes coexist: children living in parallel realities where some are nurtured and others are crushed. In this talk, Ruha Benjamin will pair insights about social and emotional learning with data on inequity and justice which, taken together, provide educators with tools to create learning environments that can potentially transform our world.


Speaker Bio: Ruha Benjamin is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she studies the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology. She is the author of People's Science (Stanford) and Race After Technology (Polity, forthcoming) and editor of Captivating Technology (Duke, forthcoming). She writes, teaches, and speaks widely about the relationship between power and innovation, race and citizenship, health and justice.

Event B

Effects of Poverty and Adverse Childhood Experiences on Language, Cognitive Development and School Achievement: Research and Best Practices



Dr. Marty Burns


8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Target Audience:

Educators, Related Service Providers, Social Workers, Psychologists, Behavior Interventionists, and School Nurses

Description: This course will provide a practical review the newest research on the effects of poverty on cognitive development, brain maturation and learning. Research has been available for two decades on the effects of poverty on language exposure. But new research published in the past year has focused on the effects of poverty and stress on cognitive development and brain maturation. Educators who work with students from homes of high poverty are in a unique position to help parents and the communities understand how years of poverty and stress affect working memory, attention skills, and executive functions. The course will conclude with best practices that target these cognitive differences. At the completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to apply the research on the effects of poverty on language exposure to assessment of children with specific language impairment; apply the research on the effects of stress on education of students with a history of poverty or other adverse experiences during their educational experience; assist other professionals in educational settings to provide high levels of language exposure to children from homes of poverty; and assist other professionals in recognizing the signs and characteristics of cognitive disorders of working memory, attention and executive function associated with stress and poverty.


Speaker Bio: Dr. Martha S. Burns has been a practicing speech language pathologist in the Chicago area for over 40 years working with both children and adults. She serves on the Faculty of Northwestern University, department of communication sciences and disorders, and has been a consultant to The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for 35 years. Dr. Burns is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has received honors from Northwestern University, Evanston Hospital Corporation, the American Speech Language Hearing Foundation and St. Xavier University. She has authored 3 books and over 100 book chapters and articles. Doody's Rating Service selected her book on the Right Hemisphere published through Aspen Press as one of the best health sciences books of 1997. In addition to that book, Dr. Burns is the author of a book on aphasia and the test Burns Brief Inventory of Communication and Cognition published by Pearson. Dr. Burns is a consultant to many school districts around the world. She presents 75-100 invited in-services, keynotes, webinars and continuing education courses world-wide each year on neuroscience applications to education and clinical practice.

Event C- FULL

“Creating a Trauma Informed School: Implementing School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports



Diane LaMaster


8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Target Audience:

Social Workers, Psychologists, Behavior Interventionists, and School Nurses

Description: Implementing school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SW-PBIS) with fidelity is the basis of creating a trauma-informed school and trauma informed classrooms. This training will help participants understand the basics of trauma, how it impacts performance in the educational setting and how it fits within a three tiered framework. Participants will learn about the short and long-term impact of trauma in the educational setting and strategies which can be implemented in the classroom.


Speaker Bio: Diane LaMaster is a trainer with the Midwest PBIS Network specializing in data-based decision making/action planning. She is a National SWIS/TIPS Trainer and has been involved with PBIS for 20 years.


Glenbard South High School

23w200 Butterfield Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Click here for directions

About Us

The Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE) is a joint agreement between Marquardt School District 15, Queen Bee School District 16, Glen Ellyn School District 41, Lombard Elementary School District 44, Glenbard Township High School District 87, Community Consolidated School District 89 and Community Consolidated School District 93 in DuPage County. CASE provides varied supports so that each member district can offer a complete range of services to students with special needs between the ages of 3 and 22 years.

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Continuing Education Credits
Professional Development Credit: Hours - 5


Free of charge for CASE member districts and staff (Districts 15, 16, 41, 44, 87, 89, 93).
$100 for the training for all other registrants. Materials are included unless otherwise noted.