Communication Conversations

Wednesday, December 14, 2022
The registration period has closed for this event.

4:00 PM-5:00 PM


* Meeting Dates:  Tue 9/27; Thu 10/27; Tue 11/29; Wed 12/14; Wed 1/11

Registration open through 12/14/2022 3:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada)

In these meetings we will discuss ways to apply information learned by reviewing specific Jennifer Abrams videos. There are a total of five videos and each one is approximately 20 minutes in length. All videos are in one folder, so they are easily accessible. The link to this folder along with the link to join the online meetings will be emailed to you.

Here is how meetings will work....
-Videos can be watched at any time but our conversations will focus on them in order
-Conversations will be held via Google Meets from 4:00-5:00
-Continuing Education credits will be given - 1 credit for 1 meeting - you MUST sign up on Learning Stream to receive credit and will be required to sign in at the meeting
-Watching videos is not required to attend meeting just as attending meeting is not required if you would just like to watch the videos
-Dates: Tue 9/27; Thu 10/27; Tue 11/29; Wed 12/14; Wed 1/11


Formerly a high school English teacher and a new teacher coach in Palo Alto Unified School District (Palo Alto, CA), Jennifer Abrams is currently a communications consultant and author who works with educators and others on new teacher and employee support, being generationally savvy, effective collaboration skills, having hard conversations and creating identity safe workplaces.

 Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community, Hard Conversations Unpacked - the Whos, Whens and What Ifs, and the newest book, Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives.

 Jennifer has been invited to keynote, facilitate and coach at schools and conferences worldwide and is honored to have been named one of the “18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know,” by Education Week’s ‘Finding Common Ground’’ blog.  More about Jennifer’s work can be found at her website,, and on Twitter @jenniferabrams.

Mary Furbush is the Executive Director at CASE.  She has been with CASE for 6 years beginning as an Administrator of Itinerant Services and ESY.  As a special education classroom teacher for 20 years, Mary has worked with students from 2nd grade through high school.  Her passion is finding ways for students with special needs to be successful in learning Mary holds BA in Political Science, an MA in Elementary Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. 

Continuing Education Credits

1 hour of PD per meeting




Professional Development Hours or CEU credits will be sent electronically within 5 school days. Please be sure to sign in!


CASE is an approved provider for the following IDFRP licenses:

  • PT #216.000034
    SLP #202.0000102
    SW #159.000366
    OT #224.000018


Free of charge

Dates: Tue 9/27; Thu 10/27; Tue 11/29; Wed 12/14; Wed 1/11

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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