CASE DuPage Institute Day

Friday, March 1, 2019
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 3/1/2019 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:

  1. 'Practical Strategies for Students with Mental Health Challenges' with Jessica Minahan

  2. 'Impact Cycles' with Jim Knight

  3. 'Evolving Communicative Competence in School-Age Children who Stutter' with Kristin Chmela

  4. 'Understanding Dyslexia' by Dr. Crysta Morrissey
    Note - Due to the interactive nature of this training, registrations for 'Understanding Dyslexia' are limited to 20 seats


Event A: “Practical Strategies for Students with Mental Health Challenges”


Jessica Minihan PhotoPresenter: Jessica Minahan


Time: 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: This advanced training geared to professionals consulting to teachers and student programs in schools focusing on building capacity within your school or district. Participants will discuss and walk away with strategies for reducing behavioral challenges that are fueled by mental health issues.


About 10 percent of kids in school –approximately 9-13 million students — struggle with mental health problems. Whether they're running out of a class, not doing their homework, disrupting others, or quietly being defiant, their behavior is often misread and misdiagnosed. The frustration level teachers and parents face can be overwhelming, and traditional behavior plans are often ineffective and even unhelpful in addressing certain behaviors because they do not acknowledge the underlying causes. The training will provide empathetic, flexible, practical, and more importantly effective strategies for preventing inappropriate behavior from the start in the classroom, and dealing with it once it's already happening.


Speaker Bio: Jessica Minahan is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), author, special educator, and consultant to schools internationally. Since 2000 she has worked with students who struggle with mental health issues and challenging behavior in public school systems. She specializes in training staff and creating behavior intervention plans for students who demonstrate explosive and unsafe behavior. She also works with students who have emotional and behavioral disabilities, anxiety disorders, or high-functioning Autism. Her particular interest is to serve these students by combining behavioral interventions with a comprehensive knowledge of best practices for those with complex mental health profiles and learning needs.


Event B: “Impact Cycles”


Presenter: Jim Knight


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


Target Audience: Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders, Related Services and Administrators


Description: The Impact Cycle workshop and resources comes loaded with every possible tool to help you reach your coaching goals, starting with a comprehensive video program, robust checklists, and a model Instructional Playbook. Quickly, you'll learn how to


• Interact and dialogue with teachers as partners

• Guide teachers to identify emotionally compelling, measurable, and student-focused goals

• Set coaching goals, plan strategies, and monitor progress for optimal impact

• Use documentary-style video and text-based case studies as models to promote maximum teacher clarity and proactive problem solving

• Streamline teacher enrollment, data collection, and deep listening


Jim writes, “When we grow, improve, and learn, when we strive to become a better version of ourselves, we tap into something deep in ourselves that craves that kind of growth.” With The Impact Cycle you'll soon discover how you can continually refine your practice to help teachers and students realize their fullest potential.



Speaker Bio: Jim Knight has spent more than two decades studying professional learning, effective teaching, and instructional coaching. He is a Senior Partner at the Instructional Coaching Group and a Research Associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning.


Jim's book Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction (Corwin, 2007) popularized the idea of instruction coaching. Jim edited Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives (Corwin, 2009) and co-authored Coaching Classroom Management (Pacific Northwest Publishing, 2010). Jim's other books include Unmistakable Impact, High-Impact Instruction, Focus on Teaching, Better Conversations, and The Impact Cycle, which contains the much of the content for today's session.


Jim's articles on professional learning, teaching, and instructional coaching have appeared in journals such as “The Journal of Staff Development,” “Principal Leadership,” “The School Administrator,” “Kappan,” and “Educational Leadership.”


Frequently asked to lead professional learning, Knight has presented to more than 100,000 coaches and other educators from six continents. He has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Kansas and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. Jim also and writes the Radical Learners blog.


Event C: “Evolving Communicative Competence in School-Age Children who Stutter”


Presenter: Kristin Chmela


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


Target Audience: Speech / Language Pathologists


Description: Participants review both informal and formal evaluation measures across 3 case studies and develop functional, measurable treatment goals and objectives. Strategies to evolve communicative competence across Five Areas of Focus are presented and practiced. From this workshop participants will be able to 1) Assess communicative competence within the school setting for fluency cases 2) Develop Differential Evaluation and Treatment plans 3) Implement 3 strategies across each of the Five Areas of Focus of Communicative Competence.


Speaker Bio: Kristin Chmela, M.A. CCC-SLP BCS-F, is a recognized expert in the area of childhood fluency disorders. She is Founder and Director of Chmela Fluency Center, lectures nationally and internationally, has co-authored practical books and therapy materials, and is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Camp Shout Out. For over thirty years, Kristin continues to spend the majority of her time diagnosing and treating individuals of all ages who stutter at her clinic in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.


Event D: “Understanding Dyslexia”


Presenter: Dr. Crysta Morrissey


Time: 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: Understanding how the brain reads is as important as teaching a child to read. Readers struggle for a variety of reasons but the most significant impact is in the area of language processing (dyslexia). Dyslexia impacts reading and other learning areas. Dr. Morrissey shares her perspective as a teacher, principal and special education administrator on the importance of supporting learners with dyslexia. Partnered with this experience is an in-depth understanding of the struggles of a dyslexic in working through the school system to become a successful learner.


Speaker Bio: Dr. Morrissey is a veteran educator dedicated to building foundational systems that support students' learning needs. She has worked with teachers, parents, students and administrators to debunk myths and build understanding in the sometimes-ignored SLD category of Dyslexia. Dr. Morrissey shares her experience of years of struggles as an undiagnosed dyslexic and how finding the label led to ownership and growth of her disability.


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.