Closing Achievement Gaps and Raising Achievement for Special Education, Minority, 

and Poverty Students,ELL Students and Students of Color 

December 07, 2017

RIASP OFFICES 330-332 NEIT Campus 2480 Post Rd., Warwick  

Registration 8:00am Workshop: 8:30am-3:30pm

RIASP Member (& Staff) Fee: $195, Non-Member Fee: $245

REGISTER : Closing Achievement Gaps


In this workshop, you will learn 16 high-leverage, research- based strategiesto close achievement gaps for special education and minority students. “The facts are clear in every state: our education system does far worse for special education students, low-income students, and students of color than for their white or more affluent peers”. (Education Trust, 2015) 

Dr. Ash will share with you how the Lexington Public Schools closed achievement gaps for special education and African American students. You will learn how you can significantly narrow and close achievement gaps, and hear about successful gap closing strategies from other schools in United States. These strategies have been shared with colleagues at the MASS and MSSAA conferences, and with educators throughout Massachusetts. Dr. Ash has shared these 16 high-leverage, research-based strategies with colleagues at Superintendent and Principal Conferences, and with school systems in New England.

In Lexington,

  • Grade 10 ELA Special Education MCAS scores increased from 79% proficient and advanced in 2010 to 100% in 2014; 
  • Grade 10 Special Education mathematics scores increased from 81% proficient and advanced in 2010 to 95% in 2014;
  • Grade 10 ELA African American MCAS scores increased from 43% proficient and advanced in 2007 to 100% in 2014;
  • Grade 10 African American mathematics scores increased from 68% proficient and advanced in 2007 to 96% in 2014; and
  • SAT scores for African American students increased by a total of 294 points on the writing, reading, and mathematics tests combined over a seven-year period.

Presenter: Dr. Paul Ash: retired as the Superintendent of Schools in Lexington, Massachusetts after 10 years. During his 42 year career, Paul has held a wide range of school leadership roles: Superintendent of Schools, Westwood, MA; Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, Finance, and Administration, Wellesley, MA an Chair of the Legislation Committee, MA Association of School Superintendents. Paul’s contributions to the field have been recognized at the state and national level in human resources/labor relations, financial operations and professional development. He is the co-author of a highly acclaimed book, School Systems That Learn: Improving Professional Practice, Overcoming Obstacles, and Diffusing Innovation 

Working in Classrooms with Students with

 Neurological and Emotional Disorders

January 30, 2018

Warwick NEIT Campus 2480 Post Rd., Warwick


Registration 8:00am Workshop: 8:30am-3:30pm

RIASP Member (& Staff) Fee $195 ; Non-Member Fee $245 


The classroom is becoming increasingly more complex. We need the ability to work with students who have a wide array to blocks to learning “road blocks.” 

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the various aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder and what to expect when working with a student with this diagnosis
  • Explain the various aspects of ADD and ADHD and what to expect when supporting a students with this diagnosis
  • Demonstrate strategies that support a student with emotional and/or behavioral challenges in the classroom

*Presenter: Jane Hardin  began her career teaching both general and special education in public schools. During her time as a resource room teacher, her program was selected as an exemplary model by the National Council for Exceptional Children. For the last 20 years, Jane has been a member of the Simmons College Faculty, supervising and training student teachers and interns entering the field of special education. In addition, she served as a consultant for a variety of school systems both locally and nationally and was a board member of the Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children, Jane’s B.A. is in general education, and she has a M.Ed. in Teacher of Children with Special Needs. Her areas of training and consultation include Response to Intervention, Classroom and Behavior Management, The Changing Face and News of the Student with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Teaching Students with Emotional and Behavioral Issues, How Anxiety Impacts the Learning Process, What Educators Need to Know about Traumatic Brain Injury.

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