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Monday, March 1, 2021

The 2021 ACRES Annual Conference is rapidly approaching!

 ACRES = American Council on Rural Special Education 


Conference Registration and Fees
  • Attendance is FREE for all students and PreK-12 teachers! 
  • For all other attendees, including presenters, please consider making a tax deductible donation of at least $25. A registration fee of $100 will include a 1-year annual membership and a $25 tax-free donation.
  • We strongly encourage all attendees to become an ACRES member or renew your membership! Click the Membership link above for more information.
  • All presenters and attendees must register for the conference to receive a link to the virtual sessions. 
You can find more information about ACRES here

You can find a full list of presentations here

Sessions include:

IEP Facilitation in a Virtual World 

Mary Anne Fleury, Colorado Department of Education 

COVID-19 has created significant challenges in special education, one being holding effective individualized education program (IEP) meetings. Tele-facilitation allows us to meet deadlines and continue to respect all voices in a virtual format. IEP facilitation services are now provided more efficiently, supporting rural districts to a higher degree. 


 I-Connect: A technology-based self-monitoring app 

Gretchen Scheibel, University of Kansas; Howard Wills, Kajsa Mullenix-Mohammed, University of Kansas 

I-Connect, a freely available and research-based self-monitoring (SM) app, will be introduced to demonstrate how SM interventions can be individualized (e.g., target behaviors, prompts, and interval length) to meet the uniqueness of students with diverse learning needs. Tips for introducing SM interventions and progress monitoring tools will be included. 


Providing Classroom-Based Support to Rural Special Education Teachers and Paraeducators with Bug-in-Ear Technology 

Annemarie L. Horn, Jonna Bobzein, Old Dominion University 

eCoaching is a validated procedure that has been shown to improve special education teacher and paraeducator instruction, as measured by skill transfer and sustainability in the classroom context. Further, there are limited barriers to rural settings. Session attendees will acquire information for practical application of eCoaching procedures in rural schools. 


Rural Native American Students with Disabilities during COVID-19: Challenges and Recommendations 

Patricia Peterson, Candi RunningBear, William P. A. Terrill, Adriana Frates, Northern Arizona University 

The COVID-19 pandemic caused serious disruptions in the education of Native American students with disabilities who live in rural and remote areas. This presentation focuses on the challenges, solutions, and recommendations for the future related to educating Native American students with disabilities in rural communities and remote tribal lands. 


Reaching Educators Through the Wires: Enhancing Functional Behavior Assessments in the Public-School Setting 

Jennifer Hamrick, Jennifer Hixson; Texas Tech University 

Research indicates behavior plans in public schools typically lack integrity. We will discuss trainings focused on assessment and intervention strategies to all levels of educators to increase knowledge of assessment skills, implementation, and training procedures necessary for high treatment integrity.