2016 Catholic Educator Conference for ESE

2016 Catholic Educator Conference on Exceptional Student Education

Presented by IBCCES, the Diocese of St. Augustine, and the University of North Florida

July 27, 2016


University of North Florida
The Adam W. Herbert University Center
12000 Alumni Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32224

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How can we answer the call to serve all individuals in our Catholic schools inclusively and effectively? Join us as we collaborate and construct more capacities for inclusion in our Catholic schools, in response to the Church’s teaching of justice and pastoral care for individuals with disabilities.

This unique professional development opportunity has limited availability. Register early to reserve your spot and access early pricing discounts. Group rates available: For every five registrations, get one free.

Who Should Attend?

  • Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Administrators / Principals / Diocesan Leaders
  • Special Services Directors / Superintendents / Curriculum Coordinators
  • DREs / CCD Teachers / Catechists
  • Guidance Counselors / School Nurses
  • Campus Ministers


Goals for Conference Attendees

Upon registering, participants are provided with access to online coursework which can be completed prior to the conference. These fourteen online hours meet the autism certification program requirements. Six additional face-to-face hours are earned at the conference.

  1. Participants will gain an understanding of inclusive practices in education, including how to design support programs, work with parents, and accommodate the increasing population of students with disabilities in the Catholic school setting.
  2. Participants will learn evidence-based practices for working with students with developmental disorders, particularly autism and high-functioning autism, the fastest growing diagnosis in the U.S.
  3. Participants have an option for 6 or 20 hours in SWD teaching in service points, now required to renew the Florida professional teaching license (14 online plus 6 face to face).
  4. Participants have an option to earn the Certified Autism Specialist or Autism Certificate, an international recognition of experience, education and ongoing training in autism competency.


Beth ForakerBeth Foraker has been a Supervisor/Lecturer at UC Davis’ Multiple Subject Credential Program since 2006 and has over ten years of K-12 teaching experience as an elementary classroom teacher for the Vacaville Unified School District. As an educator, parent, advocate and the founder of The National Catholic Board of Full Inclusion, Beth’s mission is to inspire schools to begin the process of becoming inclusive, to educate teachers, parents, principals and priests on what it takes to be an inclusive school and to provide the educational research and real life experiences that support it. She is a presenter at the NCEA conference in 2016.

John KylerJohn Kyler serves as Director of Campus Ministry at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago, IL, the largest all-girls Catholic high school in the country. Before joining the McAuley community, John worked in the Office of Campus Ministry at the University of Notre Dame and served in the Alliance for Catholic Education. John is a composer of liturgical music through World Library Publications, and is known for themes of justice and inclusion in his work. Additionally, John has contributed to a number of other publications, including Five Minutes with the Saints: More Spiritual Nourishment for Busy Teachers by Ave Maria Press, and High School Retreats that Work, a forthcoming book by Saint Mary’s Press.

Jill MottsetJill Motsett Maliszewski, MA CCC/SLP is President of Play Works Therapies, Speech Therapist for Holy Family Catholic School and the Jacksonville School for Autism. Jill earned her BA from Appalachian State University in Communication Disorders and her MA in Communicative Disorders from University of Central Florida. She is a graduate of San Jose Catholic and Bishop Kenny Catholic High School class of 1994.

Lori HillLori Hill is an ESE Teacher/Learning Support Director at San Juan Del Rio Catholic School in the Diocese of St. Augustine and a graduate of Bishop Kenny Catholic High School, class of 1993. She earned her Master of Science in 2001 in Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional Handicaps from Florida State University and has worked in both public and private schools.

Trina MiddletonTrina Middleton, Education Director at The Jacksonville School for Autism, graduated with a BS degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Trina has been working within the autism community and the Duval County school system for the past ten years and has worked with Catholic schools for push in services as well. She started her experience as a classroom teacher of elementary children with autism in 2002. Trina served as the lead teacher to start a special needs Sunday School at her church, staffed a soccer program for children with autism and helped to establish the Sunrise Surf Shop surf camp. She also became a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in 2007 as an Early Childhood Through Adulthood/Exceptional Needs Specialist. She has partnered with the UF Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) for two years creating projects demonstrating how to set up effective teaching environments for children with autism.

Trina MiddletonCarol Guthrie has been an advocate, educator, and administrator for students who have special needs in Catholic schools for over 20 years. In her current role as Director of Academic Support at Bishop Moore High School in Orlando, Florida, she created a unique model that helps students with learning challenges succeed within a rigorous academic program. She and her staff empower students to become self-advocates with their peers, in the classroom, and in everyday life. She also works with parents and teachers to help students achieve a fulfilling high school experience that will lead them to be faith-filled life-long learners.

Natalie Bryan Natalie Bryan is a Physical Education Teacher in her 30th year at Morning Star Catholic School in Jacksonville Florida, the only Catholic Special Education School in the Diocese of St. Augustine. She is certified K-12 Physical Education with her Bachelor of Science from Jacksonville University and in the past year became certified in school counseling after completing her Master of Science Degree from Capella University. Natalie frequently integrates academic elements as well as cooperative learning and team building, striving to help students reach their academic, social, emotional, and physical potential.

sherylSheryl Sandvoss has over seventeen years of experience in special education administration. She is currently the Executive Director for the Florida Inclusion Network (FIN). Prior to her work with FIN, Sheryl spent ten years with the Florida Department of Education developing policy and programs for students with disabilities at the state level. Her undergraduate degree is in special education, and her Master’s degree is in educational leadership and administration, both from Florida State University. During a breakout session, Sheryl will provide an overview of the School BPIE, a self-assessment designed to look at the best practices for inclusive education at the school level. Sheryl graduated from Saint John Paul II Academy in Boca Raton, and her two children attend Mary Help of Christians Catholic School in Parkland.

Panel Discussion Members:

Kathy Conroy, Inclusion Consultant, Diocese of Toledo
Dr. Jacquelyn Flanigan, Associate Superintendent, Diocese of Orlando
Jean Barnes, Principal, Diocese of St. Augustine
Elaine Shott, Assistant Principal, Diocese of St. Augustine


Keynote Address:

Including Students with Disabilities in Catholic Schools:
Why? How? YES!

Presented by Beth Foraker, President and Founder of the National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion and Presenter at NCEA 2016


Breakout sessions will include topics of accommodating students and learning support programs in Catholic early childhood, K-8 and high school settings, communications and behavioral strategies for the classroom, practical advice for structuring lessons and environments for optimum access for all students, sports and physical education for students with disabilities and more.

Click here to download the Full Conference Program.


Space is limited, so register early to reserve your spot and take advantage of advanced pricing. Choose among three options for 6 or 20 total hours for teaching license renewal that counts as Students with Disabilities Teaching:

  • The Conference plus Certified Autism Specialist provides 14 hours of online training accessible immediately upon registering, plus the 6 addition face-to-face hours at the conference.
  • Conference plus Autism Certificate provides 14 hours of online training accessible immediately upon registering, plus the 6 addition face-to-face hours at the conference.
  • The Conference Only option provides 6 hours of face-to-face hours at the conference.

Special group discount available: One free registration with every five attendees (must include certification option).

(Ends July 1) (July 1 – 27)
Conference Only $199 $239
Conference + Autism Certificate (AC) $295 $355
Conference + Certified Autism Specialist (CAS)* $495 $595

* Note: The CAS certification requires a Master’s Degree + 2 years’ experience or a Bachelor’s Degree + 10 years’ experience. For more information, please view the full CAS requirements or the full AC requirements.

Click here to register online as an individual or download a printable form for group registrations, PO/invoice requests or mail-in registration.

General Sponsors

We have a very limited number of opportunities for vendor displays and conference sponsors. Download more information on exhibitor and sponsor packages, and contact Kelly Noda at kelly@ibcces.org for more details.

General Sponsors


Current Exhibitors

We have a very limited number of opportunities for vendor displays and conference sponsors. Download more information on exhibitor and sponsor packages, and contact Kelly Noda at kelly@ibcces.org for more details.

Current Exhibitors

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Why Exhibit?

The conference offers:

  • the opportunity to share your resources, products and dynamic ideas with Superintendents, Curriculum Directors, Principals, Diocesan leaders, Special Services Directors, DREs/Catechists, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Guidance Counselors and Campus Ministers
  • the ability to introduce new products and give demonstrations
  • maximum exposure at a minimal cost
  • networking at the conference workshops and exhibit venues

Benefits of Exhibiting

As a participant you can expect:

  • to build stronger partnerships with professionals and consumers
  • to provide information on resources available to education professionals and school personnel
  • the opportunity to network with over 500 conference attendees and presenters



The conference takes place on the campus of the University of North Florida in the city of Jacksonville, Florida, also known as “The River City by the Sea.” While you are here, take advantage of the 22 miles of wide, uncrowded beaches, or visit other sites promoted by the Jacksonville Visitor’s Center.

Click here for a list of preferred hotels. Mention UNF to obtain the preferred hotel rate for UNF.

Contact Us

For questions on registration or exhibiting, please contact:

Kelly Noda
(877) 717-6543, ext. 6