PREPS SPED DIRECTORS - 12/1/20 at 9:30 AM

PREPS - Special Education Directors

December 1 at 9:30 AM - JOIN US TOMORROW MORNING!


Topic: Tools for Success in a Pandemic- Scenario Planning & After Action Review





Session Description: COVID-19 has had a profound impact on all aspects of our lives, including how to reach our students. It is clear that the K-12 education system as we have known it is changed. The pandemic has stressed each level of the education system: the state education agency (SEA), regional education agencies (REA), local education agencies (LEA), tribal education agencies (TEA), and schools. There are immediate needs such as reopening schools, however there are also opportunities to rethink the way we have been doing things and make the schools that students return to even better than when they left. We will share several tools to help SEAs, LEAs, and schools think through their immediate needs as they recover from COVIID-19 as well as the long-term impact.


Presenters: Allison Layland & Julie Corbett


Julie Corbett is the President and Founder of Corbett Education Consulting LLC. She brings over a decade of experience with the school and district continuous improvement process, understanding of systemic reform and structural changes for improvement, and implementation of the federal school improvement requirements at the state and district levels (under SIG, priority/focus, and CSI/TSI designations). She has conducted extensive interviews with state education agency school improvement leads, developed publications, and has completed numerous case study research projects on state education agencies, districts, charter management organizations, and schools. Julie has also overseen and performed peer review processes of both state ESSA plans and school improvement plans. She has broad networks in the school improvement field and frequently consults with state education agencies (either directly or indirectly through federally-funded content centers) on the strategic implementation of school and district improvement. She has facilitated extensive professional development trainings with state education agencies, including acting as the Advisor to the School & District Improvement state collaborative working group (SDI SCASS) managed by the CCSSO for four years.

Julie has managed a consulting practice for the last 10 years, conducting research projects, performing strategic planning, creating publications, developing training modules, and overseeing all deliverables created by consultants and subcontractors. Prior to launching her own consulting practice, Julie was a founding member of the school turnaround team at Mass Insight Education and Research Institute and led stakeholder outreach efforts for The Turnaround Challenge publication and the creation of deliverables for national and state-specific consulting projects.

Julie served as a locally-elected school board member for two years and has completed a state-based and a global Education Policy Fellowship Program. She holds an MPA from the University of Delaware’s Biden School of Public Policy and Administration and a BA from Denison University.


Dr. Allison Layland is currently the Chief Education Strategist for the Academic Development Institute (ADI) and serves as a consultant for the National Comprehensive Center and 4 Regional Centers providing technical assistance to state education agencies, districts, and schools in areas related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). She has consulted with more than 11 state education agencies on effective implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and has more than 20 years of teaching and leadership experience in general and special education at the school, district, and state levels. As an adjunct professor, Dr. Layland facilitated special education teacher preparation at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has also worked at the corporate level in the telecommunications industry as a Communications Director and has a number of publications on strategic performance management. Dr. Layland received a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Mount Saint Mary College in New York, a master’s degree in special education from James Madison University in Virginia, and a doctorate in education administration and policy studies from the University of Denver.

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