(High Expectations for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities)
November 9, 10, 11, 2020
November 8, 9, 10, 2021
November 14, 15, 16, 2022
HELIX 2020 Update!
As our state is taking steps toward opening up, we are all thinking about what the next school year will look like, with the hope that teachers and students can be safely together again.
And because no one can predict the future (as much as we may want to), at PaTTAN, we are working to be flexible and responsive to whatever model of school we find ourselves following in the fall.
PaTTAN’s mission is to build the capacity of Pennsylvania public schools in supporting students with disabilities. The HELIX planning team has had many discussions, and has decided that HELIX will best meet this mission through a virtual conference in 2020.
We will miss seeing everyone in person and celebrating through shared experiences and networking, but we know, in these difficult times, that our priority must be supporting the continued learning and high expectations of our students!
We hope that this virtual conference will be an opportunity to provide professional development and resources to even more teachers and will inspire attendees with the consistent quality sessions and speakers we have had in the past.
At this point, you may have a lot of questions … we do too! As we are working out the details, please visit this page for updates on the format, specific schedule, and sessions.
Who Should Attend?
Staff who support students with low incidence disabilities (including intellectual disabilities) and may serve the following roles:
- Family members
- Special education teachers who support students with low incidence disabilities
- Teachers of students with visually impairments/orientation and mobility specialists
- Teachers of students with hearing loss
- Speech therapists who serve students with complex communication needs
- Supervisors and others who support programs for students with low incidence disabilities
- Professionals who support students with an acquired brain injury
Here's what attendees said about HELIX 2019!
History of the HELIX Conference
Over the past several years, Pennsylvania’s Low Incidence Institute has provided educators and families with the opportunity to engage in deep learning and collegial discussion on topics and strategies essential to the learning and achievement of students with low incidence disabilities.
HELIX (High Expectations for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities) is the reimagining of the Low Incidence Institute by focusing on preparing ALL students, especially students with low incidence disabilities, to be college or career ready when they leave Pennsylvania’s schools. The logo of the interconnected arrows moving upward symbolizes high expectations for student achievement, entwined with strong professional collaboration to help our students accomplish their goals.
HELIX is being held toward the first part of the school year so you can immediately apply your newly-acquired knowledge to your work with students and share ideas with your colleagues.
HELIX has an added focus on strategies and supports for students with intellectual disabilities and students with complex communication needs.