• Available Workshop Offerings

    The C in FIE: Collaborating through the FIE Process


    Evaluations for special education students have to be conducted as outlined on 34 C.F.R. Part 300; Texas Education Code and 19 T.A.C. Chapter 89. During this workshop participants will review the basic areas of the Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE). They will go through the FIE process using a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) approach. Pre-Referral practices as well as tools to improve planning and collaboration will be provided.


    Writing Full and Individual Evaluations: How to Report Cross Battery Results Effectively and Efficiently


    This workshop will provide an overview of the current guidance on FIE timelines and procedures. In addition to guidance on efficiently and effectively communicating referral and background information, behavioral observations, test results and interpretation, summary and diagnostic impressions and instruction in how to complete each section in a cohesive way. Familiarity with Cross Battery practices is required.


    Use and Interpretation of the Woodcock Johnson IV.

    This presentation will introduce participants to the new features of the WJ IV. Participants will learn about the content of the three different batteries: Tests of Cognitive Abilities, Tests of Oral Language, and Tests of Achievement. All new tests and clusters will be reviewed, as well as several of the new interpretive features. The different types of comparison procedures (discrepancies and variations) that are useful for specific learning disability identification will be explained. A case study will be presented to illustrate the application of the assessment results. Participants should be familiar with the administration and interpretation of the WJ III Cognitive and Achievement batteries.


    Principles and Methods of Cross-Battery Assessment 3rd Edition BEGINNER LEVEL

    This workshop will provide BASIC instruction and guidance in using and applying the current principles of Cross-Battery Assessment, 3rd Edition (XBA3) including use of the software suite (i.e., DMIA 2.0, PSW-A 1.0, C-LIM 2.0) which are designed to facilitate and automate the process of validating assessment results. Participants will be given instruction in a step-by-step manner covering the foundations of CHC theory and instruction on the use of the XBA3 software in conducting evaluations. In addition, a guided case study will be presented which illustrates the application of XBA and use of the software tools in the evaluation of a learning disability.


    XBASS- Cross Battery Updates BEGINNER LEVEL I


    This workshop will provide an overview and update on the Cross-Battery Assessment Software System (XBASS). Samples and examples will be provided. PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF CURRENT CROSS BATTERY PRACTICES. The Cross-Battery Assessment Software System (X-BASS) allows school psychologists and other assessment professionals access to efficient, expert analysis of cross-battery assessment findings. The X-BASS integrates the Cross-Battery Assessment Data Management and Interpretive Assistant, Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses Analyzer, and Culture-Language Interpretive Matrix into a single program, covering the latest revisions of major batteries all classified according to CHC theory. Preprogrammed formulas conduct the analyses and display the results within the context of CHC theory, and allow you to customize the parameters to answer specific questions. The Cross-Battery Assessment approach allows you to measure reliably a wider or more selective, in-depth range of cognitive abilities and processes and academic achievement than any single battery can measure. The X-BASS provides the theoretical and psychometric foundation that permits accurate derivation of meaning from test scores, in full alignment with the most recent versions of the major batteries. •Interpret and present cross-battery assessment findings efficiently and accurately •Target analysis to answer specific questions for SLD evaluations •Analyze empirical cognitive/academic relationships beyond relative magnitude of test scores •Customize referral-relevant batteries by selecting from the X-BASS database of hundreds of cognitive, achievement, neuropsychological, and speech-language subtests

    Must bring: WJ IV battery and protocols, XBASS software installed in a laptop, Cross Battery Essentials 3rd edition book.


    ***Participants MUST have through knowledge of XBA Essentials or MUST have taken Principles and Methods of Cross Battery Assessment 3rd Edition


    XBASS and WJ IV Review and Practice Session- BEGINNER LEVEL II


    This workshop will provide an overview and review of the WJ IV. Samples and examples will be provided. PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE ATTENDED A WOODCOCK JOHNSON IV WORKSHOP. In this workshop participants will review the principles and steps to using XBASS for LD identification. They will also review and practice the basic principles of the WJ IV battery including the cognitive, achievement and oral batteries.

    Must bring: WJ IV battery and protocols, XBASS software installed in a laptop, Cross Battery Essentials 3rd edition book.


    ***Participants must have taken XBASS-Cross Battery Updates BEGINNER LEVEL I


    Legal Framework updates


    The Legal Framework goes through changes as new legislation is approved. During this presentation participants learn how to navigate the Legal Framework site and how to use it as a resource. Activities to understand the Procedural Safeguards and the Parent’s Guide to the ARD process are included within the presentation.


    XBASS Q&A-Cross Battery and SLD Identification INTERMEDIATE LEVEL


    During this session participants will learn about frequently asked questions related to cross battery using the XBASS software. Troubleshooting will be discussed. Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance.


    XBASS- Cross Battery and SLD Identification ADVANCED LEVEL


    LD Identification requires the interpretation of data from multiple assessments tools as well as the integration of multiple sources of data in order to make eligibility determination decisions (34 Code of Federal Regulations § 300.309. Determining the existence of a specific learning disability). During this session participants will learn about the use of Cross Battery as outlined on the Essentials of Cross Battery 3rd Edition in order to determine the presence of a Specific Learning Disability. Additionally, a step by step process for the use of the XBASS software will be reviewed with an emphasis on its use for the assessment of English Language Learners (ELLs). Guided practice will be provided.


    Crucial Conversations 


    You will learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.


    Culturally Diverse Practices for Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSPs)


    The position statement on assessment published by the National Association of School Psychologists (2009) emphasized that, "School psychologists consider diversity. They consider and adapt assessment practices to ensure fair and valid data collection and data use". In this professional development session, LSSPs will be provided with research on the impact of second language acquisition on English Language Learners (ELLs). The information provided by the presenter will focus on the principles and strategies that evaluation personnel must employ for culturally fair and appropriate assessment practices in the assessment of English Language Learners for the presence of disabilities. The length of the training is 3 hours, which meets the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists requirement for three hours annually of training in cultural diversity. (For LSSPs).


    STAAR, STAAR A and Accommodations for the 2015-2016 School Year


    This workshop provides the most up to date information about the STAAR assessment program including a review in accommodations.


    Autism Assessment Essentials: Diagnostic Differentials and Comorbidity


    An introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders including the history and characteristics will be reviewed. This workshop is a book study based on the “Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment.” Diagnostic basics, differentials, and comorbidity are the focus of the book study.


    Foundational Skills for Special Education Evaluation Personnel New to the Field


    Educational Diagnosticians and LSSPs will learn the skills necessary to begin the work required of evaluation personnel in the district and charter schools for the 2015 - 2016 school year. Agenda items include issues related to the job, legal, evaluation, ARD meetings, and resources. This will be an academy style workshop with the first day being conducted in person and 2 to 3 additional meetings being conducted through webinar format.


     Updated July 21, 2016