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Sped Summit

World's Biggest Special Education Conference. It's completely free!

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  • Is the conference virtual only?
    Yes Sped Summit is completely virtual. All presentations will be delivered online only.
  • Can I watch replays if I am unable to attend live?
    Yes replays are available for all sessions till February 14.
  • How will I get the Professional Development Certificates?
    You would be asked to take up a short quiz after each session. If you score above a certain percentage, the PD certificate will be delivered to you over email.
  • How do I sign up for Sped Summit?
    Use this link to sign up for the summit.
  • Who is this for?
    The Sped Summit is for all special ed professionals, be it special educations teachers, SLPs, PTs, OTs, ABA therapists and more...

Frequently Asked Questions

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24th Jul - 23rd Aug 2023

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Starbucks Gift Cards, TpT Resources, AbleSpace Subscriptions, and much more...

We have multiple giveaways lined up for you during the entire conference. Raffles, quizzes, and surprise gifts. Get ready to learn and get ready to win!

Professional Development and Fun!

Professional
Development Certificates

Get professional development certificates for each session you attend

Multiple
Giveaways

Opportunities to win multiple giveaways during the conference

Resources and
Bonus Materials

Powerful resources and bonus materials to upgrade your practice!

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Session List

Learn from the who's who in the special education space. Practical professional development sessions for FREE!

Are you a Sped Professional? This is for you!

Special Educations Teachers, SLPs, PTs, OTs, ABA Professionals and more...
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Sessions starts 24th July 2023
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9 speakers and 9 sessions
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5-day virtual conference
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Completely Virtual and online
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Replays available through Jul & Aug
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Absoultely free at no extra cost
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Sponsored by AbleSpace

An IEP Goal Tracking app for special ed professionals. Spend less time on paperwork and more time with students using AbleSpace.

Speakers

People who have been there and done that. Practical tips at the comfort of your home.

Sue Larkey
Michelle Vazquez
Sue Larkey

Special Education Teacher

Sue Larkey is a highly qualified special education teacher having taught in mainstream and specialist schools. She combines her classroom experience with a Master in Special Education and partially completed a Doctorate in Education. Some of Sue Larkey’s achievements include: ● Winner of Naturally Autistic 2013 International Award for Community Contribution ● Podcast ‘Sue Larkey’ over 1 Million downloads ● Over 130,000 subscribers to her weekly E-Newsletter in over 30 countries ● Authored over 18 Books for Educators, Teacher Assistants, Parents/Carers ● 120,000 Facebook in her Community to Embrace Difference to make a Difference ● Given hundreds of speeches including International and National Conferences ● A source of inspiration for parents/carers, support workers, teachers, teacher assistants, educators and more

Special Education Teacher

Michelle Vazquez

Michelle is a resource specialist & special education teacher that has been working in public schools for almost 14 years in Southern California. She is the host of a top-ranked podcast called ‘Stepping Into Special Education’. Michelle’s mission is to help special education teachers with strategies & support. In her free time, she loves going to Disneyland with her husband & two young boys.

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Esther Mmagu

Special Education Teacher

Esther Mmagu

Esther is a special education teacher with 7+ years of experience in a self contained setting. A self described data nerd, Esther holds Education Specialist Credentials for Mild to Moderate and Moderate to Severe Disabilities, a Bachelors in History and Masters in Social Sciences.

Ayo Jones

Special Education Teacher

Ayo Jones

Ayo Jones is an experienced special education teacher, successful instructional coach, and charismatic professional speaker. Driven by her love for all things special ed, Ayo provides educators teaching students with disabilities just what they need to survive and thrive. In her nearly 20 years in education, she has coached hundreds of teachers, trained thousands of educational professionals, developed curriculum for tens of thousands of students with disabilities, and reached millions with her blog at NoodleNook.Net. Ayo has delivered professional development throughout the United States and is a regular consultant to multiple school districts and educational support centers throughout Texas. She also does outreach to teachers of students with disabilities in Ghana, West Africa, where she currently lives. Ayo is the founder of Noodle Nook, an online resource for teachers in special education, providing tools for classroom success. She hosts a teacher podcast, is a published author, and delivers content worldwide.

Cynthia Long
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Nationally Certified Interpreter

Special Education Teacher

Cynthia Long
Melanie Brethour

Cynthia has extensive experience homeschooling and interpreting in primary, secondary, and post-secondary classroom settings. She is known as an author, speaker, and creator of online courses and educational worksheets at ASLTeachingResources.com. She is dedicated to providing Sign Language teaching resources to schools and families across the US.

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Melanie Brethour is a full-time resource teacher from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is a passionate advocate for dyslexia awareness and the science of reading. Her commitment to this cause was ignited by her son Benjamin's dyslexia diagnosis at the age of 9, which fueled her personal mission to understand dyslexia and provide support for her son and her students. Motivated by her son's journey, Melanie embarked on extensive research and pursued various training opportunities. She achieved associate-level certification in Orton Gillingham, became a CERI structured literacy classroom teacher, and was honoured as the Nessy Dyslexia Aware teacher of the year in 2023. Melanie regularly delivers presentations on dyslexia and the science of reading, sharing her knowledge with colleagues, teachers, and parents. Driven by her desire to assist others facing similar challenges, Melanie founded Decoding Dyslexia Quebec, a grassroots movement dedicated to raising awareness and offering support. Additionally, she launched Soar With Dyslexia on social media, providing valuable resources and information to teachers and parents navigating the complexities of dyslexia and the science of reading. Melanie also volunteers for Dyslexia Canada, extending her support to parents during their often-difficult journey. Furthermore, she serves as a board member of Teachers For Reading Canada, an organization that offers free Orton-Gillingham training to Canadian teachers.

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Stephanie DeLussey

Special Education Teacher

Stephanie DeLussey

Stephanie is a dual-certified veteran special education teacher, IEP Coach, children's book author, and teacher mentor. She has a passion for creating engaging, adapted resources for teachers and students with disabilities, and is self-proclaimed #datanerd. She understands that not everyone will love IEPs as much as she does, but it is her hope that with the appropriate training and resources, teachers will not only advocate harder for student services and supports, but also bridge the gap between teachers and families to foster a true IEP Team. She also provides professional development for teachers. You can connect with her at Mrs. D's Corner and The Intentional IEP.

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Melysa Mei

Special Education Teacher

Melysa, dual-certified and equipped with a rich background in special education, is the visionary behind Pre-K Spot and currently serves as a Pre-K teacher in the New York City public school system. Over her career spanning 16 years in early childhood education, she has skillfully utilized her experience as an early intervention provider and Special Education Itinerant Teacher, to foster supportive, inclusive learning environments for all children, regardless of their unique needs. Melysa's distinctive experience, particularly in special education, has significantly influenced her current role in her Pre-K classroom. She diligently applies her in-depth understanding of diverse learning needs to facilitate play-based, child-led learning experiences that celebrate the individuality of each student. She has a deep belief in the transformative power of play, and she's committed to equipping other educators with the tools to integrate more child-led learning into their pedagogical approach through professional development and coaching. Melysa is an ardent advocate for play-based learning, consistently striving to raise awareness about its benefits in the broader education community.

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Sue Larkey

Sue Larkey

Special Education Teacher

Increasing Participation of Autistic/Neurodiverse Learners

Discover effective strategies and practical tips to increase engagement and participation of neurodiverse students, including those with Autism, ADHD, ODD, and PDA. Learn how to create an inclusive classroom environment and optimize learning outcomes for these students.

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July 24, 9:00AM PST

Esther Mmagu

Esther Mmagu

Special Education Teacher

Tools and Techniques
for Digital Data Collection

Learn how to track data digitally with various online tools. Participants will be able to create and customize Google Forms to collect data, plot graphs and create reports. They will also learn about other digital tools that can be used for data collection.

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July 24, 9:00AM PST

Michelle Vazquez

Michelle Vazquez

Special Education Teacher

Special Ed Classroom Behavior Management: 7 Effective Ideas

Discover 7 effective strategies to manage classroom behavior in a special education setting. Learn practical ideas to create an organized learning environment, establish clear expectations, and implement individualized behavior plans. Gain valuable insights and actionable strategies to support students with special needs.

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July 25, 9:00AM PST

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24th Jul - 23rd Aug 2023

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Offline Recording Available

Replays are available to view till 31st Jan 2023

Ayo James

Ayo Jones

Special Education Teacher

From Chaos to Order: Productivity Hacks for Special Education

Special Ed teachers, are you drowning in paperwork and struggling to stay organized? Join us for a transformative session where we reveal ten essential forms and sheets that will revolutionize your organization all year long. Streamline your workflow, improve collaboration, and boost time management with powerful productivity hacks designed specifically for special ed teachers. Say goodbye to chaos and reclaim your productivity. Don't miss out on this engaging session packed with essential organizational strategies for your classroom.

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July 25, 9:00AM PST

Cyhtia Long

Cynthia Long

Nationally Certified Interpreter

A Quick Guide: Set Up
Your Classroom with Sign Language

In this training you will gain the knowledge you need to confidently start using sign language in your classroom. Together, we'll explore five essential things that will transform your teaching experience to make an incredible impact on your students' learning and engagement. By the end of our session, you'll be equipped with the tools to create an inclusive and dynamic classroom environment. Join me and get ready to embrace the power of sign language!

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July 26, 9:00AM PST

Melanie Brethour

Melanie Brethour

Special Education Teacher

Dyslexia and Effective Intervention in Classrooms

1 in 5 students are dyslexic. We have students in our classrooms who are struggling to read. With early intervention, we can rewire their brains. This workshop will address what dyslexia is, the signs of dyslexia and what these students who struggle to crack this code need. Participants will learn what effective intervention is, based on the science of reading, and practical ideas that you can take back to your classroom.

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July 27, 9:00AM PST

Stephanie DeLussey

Stephanie DeLussey

Special Education Teacher

Strategies for writing Standards Aligned IEP Goals

Explore the importance of crafting well-defined IEP goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART goals) for students with diverse learning needs. Acquire a range of effective strategies to align these goals with students' unique strengths and challenges, fostering optimal growth and achieving long-term success in their educational journey.

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July 27, 9:00AM PST

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Melysa Mei

Special Education Teacher

Multisensory Experiences in the Classroom Through Play

Let’s explore the profound role of multisensory play in early childhood education, with a particular emphasis on its value in inclusive classrooms. We’ll delve into the practical strategies educators can implement to create inclusive, play-based learning experiences that cater to diverse learning styles and needs. We will focus on how multisensory play fosters self-regulation, preparing all students to be calm, focused, and ready to play. Walk away with practical tips, ideas for sensory play activities, and a renewed appreciation for the transformative power of play in the classroom.

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July 27, 9:00AM PST

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