Special Education Conference: Proactive Planning for Students with IEPs for 2020-21

Thank you again to the those who participated in the conference on August 4. All registrants will receive emails in the near future with links to recordings of the session and additional presentation materials.


Presenter Information

Thank you again to the following session leaders from the Michigan Department of Education's Office of Special Education:

  • Teri Rink -- MDE/OSE Director of Special Education
  • Janis Weckstein -- MDE/OSE Asst. Director of Special Education
  • Rebecca McIntyre -- MDE/OSE Supervisor
  • Sarah Radu -- Special Education Consultant
  • Janet Timbs -- Special Education Consultant
  • Nancy Rotarius -- State Policy Coordinator
  • Jeanne Anderson-Tippett -- MDE/OSE Special Education Consultant
  • Kristina Collier -- MDE/OSE Coaching and Training Coordinator, Program Accountability unit
  • Marcia O'Brien -- State Policy Coordinator
  • Jessica Brady -- MDE/OSE member

Sponsor Information

This virtual conference was brought to attendees by the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers, commonly known as "the Council." The Council is a collaborative, nonprofit, non-partisan professional organization that allows for sharing of issues, ideas, resources and best practices among all charter public school authorizers working in the state. It is composed of leaders from the following authorizers:

  • Bay Mills Community College
  • Central Michigan University
  • Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Lake Superior State University
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Oakland University
  • Saginaw Valley State University

To focus on special education, the Council has put together a collaborative work group made up of representatives from each authorizer. Members of the special education work group are:

  • Katherine Tassier -- Curriculum Specialist, Bay Mills Community College
  • Laura Lynn Stabler -- Director of Academic Performance and Accountability, The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University
  • Dr. Jendayi Gardner -- Executive Director of Charter Schools, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Dr. Malverne C. Winborne -- Director, Eastern Michigan University Charter Schools Office
  • Bob Fidlar -- Academic Assessment Specialist, Ferris State University
  • Cindy Shinsky, Ed.S., -- School Support Specialist for Special Education, Grand Valley State University
  • Brooke Maciag, M.Ed. -- School Support Specialist, Public School Academy Operations Office of Lake Superior State University
  • Abby Standerford -- Associate Professor/Director of the Graduate Learning Disabilities Program, Northern Michigan University Charter Schools Office
  • Adam Leroy -- Administrative Coordinator for Special Services, Oakland University
  • Candice Casey -- Associate Director, School/University Partnership Office at Saginaw Valley State University

Additional Resources and Links