LaGrange Area Department of Special Education

Intermediate Session Multi-Tiered System of Language Support


ALL LADSE employees and our 15 member district staff and parents may attend free of charge.
To those outside of our membership area, an event fee of $100.00 per participant will be assessed for attending.





Trina D. Spencer, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Florida State University


DATE:  Wednesday, January 17, 2018


TIME:   8:30 AM — 3:30 PM  Registration begins at 8:00 AM






8:00 - 8:30 Registration


8:30 - 11:45 Presentation


11:45 - 1:00 Lunch (on your own)


1:00 - 3:30 Presentation



The presenter will provide in-depth information about Story Champs and the Narrative Language MeasureListening Retell. More specifically, she will address:


  • vocabulary
  • writing
  • connections
  • fictional and personal generations
  • goal writing tied to these areas
  • how to use the assessment (narrative language measure-listening retell) to target intervention
  • Q & A about the assessments


Together, the assessment (listening retell) and intervention (Story Champs) allow us to be more proactive about identifying and intervening with early language skills that could lead to later difficulties with comprehension if they aren't addressed.


Continuing Education

IDFPR (Continuing Education Units): Clock Hours - 7
Professional Development Clock Hours (ISBE): PD Clock Hours - 5.5


LADSE is a Continuing Education Sponsor for Social Workers, Speech/Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists.


Dr. Trina D. Spencer is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida in the Department of Child and Family Studies. She joined USF in 2017 as part of the new Rightpath Research and Innovation Center.


Dr. Spencer earned a specialist degree in School Psychology and a PhD in Disability Disciplines from Utah State University with emphases in language and literacy and early childhood special education. She has been a board certified behavior analyst since 2001 and has worked with culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse children as well as children with disabilities, their teachers, and their families for 16 years. She has published 33 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 5 book chapters, and 22 non-peer reviewed articles, briefs, or encyclopedia entries. Her publications and editorial service span a number of disciplines including speech-language pathology, early childhood education, special education, applied linguistics, and school psychology.


Benefiting from strong collaborations with practitioners and other researchers, Dr. Spencer maintains a spirited research agenda to improve reading comprehension and academic outcomes of the nation’s most vulnerable students. Specifically, she has developed dynamic screening, curriculum-based measurement, and intervention tools so that schools can implement an efficient multi-tiered system of language support to complement schools’ decoding efforts. Finally, Dr. Spencer promotes interdisciplinary, collaborative relationships among clinicians, educators, and researchers through an evidence-based practice framework.



Plymouth Place, Dole Hall
315 N La Grange Road
LaGrange Park, IL 60526


Registration open through 1/17/2018 10:59 PM EST




Remaining Registrations: 35

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