Fall Conference 2017


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September 29, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Registration: 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

DoubleTree Orlando East
12125 High Tech Ave.

The Coalition of McKay Scholarship Schools provides unique programs to our schools, students and families. As the McKay Scholarship Program has matured, The Coalition has responded to our members’ desires to have a presentations addressing the unique needs of a McKay Scholarship participating school.

Join us in Orlando in September to learn and share the innovations and programs that make a difference in our students’ lives.

It is always a hard decision as to which concurrent session a participant will attend. This year, the conference will feature two 20 minute round table discussions where all of the speakers will be available for participants to learn more about their topic and/or meet with the speakers if they don’t get to attend their first presentation.
We will bring you the latest legislative news and Laura Harrison will represent FLDOE with any changes or information from the state.
Meet face to face with exhibitors sharing the latest information on technology, online courses, advertising, curriculum and more.
For those arriving Thursday afternoon, September 29th, a Networking Reception has been scheduled from 5:30 – 7:00 at the DoubleTree Hotel. Join us in an informal setting for great conversations.


(Download Agenda PDF)

7:30-8:00             Registration and Visit with Vendors

8:00-8:30             Welcome by President Steve Hicks
Special Recognition for our Networking Sponsor: Extensys

8:30 – 9:45          Breakout Session I                

Spreading the Word about the McKay Scholarship and our Schools
Robyn A. Rennick, MS, Dyslexia Research Institute           (Waterford A)

School Safety and Security: No Longer a Luxury, It’s a Necessity
James Howard , Tampa Bay Security Allies                      (Waterford C/D)

Building Social Bridges in Middle and High School
Carol T. Miller, Social Skills Curriculum                            (Waterford B)

Using Technology to Open Doors to Self-Determination Skills
Kathy Powell and Tosha Littles, Parent Support Network     (Avalon)

9:45 – 10:15        Coffee Break and Exhibitor Visit
Thanks to our Coffee Break Sponsor: AAA Scholarship Foundation

10:15 – 11:15      Breakout Session II

Navigating Leadership in Special Needs Schools (Waterford A)
Patricia Myers and Sarah Donovan
The First Hope of The First Academy

Everyday Arts for Special Education (Waterford C/D)
Amanda Robison
North Florida School of Special Education

Changes in the Gardiner’s Scholarship-Questions About the McKay Scholarship
Laura Mazyck                                                          (Avalon)
Florida Department of Education

Assessing Our Teachers – A Positive Experience for All (Waterford B)
Dr. LeDale Southerland
Trinity Christian Academy

11:20 – 11:40 and 11:40 – 12:00   Round Table Discussions
ALL SPEAKERS will have a Round Table for two, 20-minute sessions.  This is a time when participants may discuss your session further or those who did not get to hear you may gather information.

Patti Frobel: AAA Scholarship Foundation
Liz Cherry: Cherry & Company
Bryan Taber: Extensys, Inc.
Jimminda Thompson: Florida Virtual School
Paul Soost: Step Up for Students
Gary Falcon: Twine
James Howard: Tampa Bay Security Allies
Carol Miller: Social Skills Curriculum
Kathy Powell & Tosha Littles: Parent Support Network
Patricia Myers: The First Hope of The First Academy
Amanda Robison: North Florida School of Special Education
Laura Mazyck: Florida Department of Education
Dr. LeDale Southerland: Trinity Christian Academy
Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology

12:00 – 1:00        Lunch
Thanks to our Lunch Sponsor: Twine

1:00 – 1:20 The Natural Landscape of Choice
Adam Peshek, Foundation for Excellence in Education

1:45 – 2:00 McKay Scholarship and Gardiner Update, Laura Mazyck, FLDOE

2:00 – 2:30  The Coalition of McKay Scholarship Schools, President Steve Hicks


Register now by downloading registration form.

For more information, contact Robyn A. Rennick at info@mckaycoaliton.org.


Hotel Information






DoubleTree Orlando – East

12125 High Tech Ave.
(407) 275-9000
$119 per night

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