Participants at TFS 2014

Participants at TFS 2014

TFS 2016 Conference Details

Registration is closed.

Saturday, November 12, 2016
8 am - 4 pm
Holiday Inn Gaithersburg
2 Montgomery Village Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20879 (map)

View the TFS flyer

View the updated CONFERENCE AGENDA (as of 10/31/16)

View the abstracts for the BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Topics and speakers for 2016

The links below provide additional details. 

Keynote: A Self-Advocate Perspective by Madison Essig  

  • Morning breakout sessions:
    • Supporting Inclusion through Universal Design for Learning (UDL) by Katie Siguenza (Parent and Educator Track)
    • Positive Behavior Strategies by Dr. Dan Shapiro (Parent Track)
    • How to Support Your Child's Academic Inclusion by Madison Essig (Parent/Self-Advocate Track)
    • Increasing Narrative Language Production by Dr. Lisa Schoenbrodt (Educator Track)
  • Afternoon breakout sessions:
  • Afternoon: 
    • A Parent Perspective by Paul Daugherty and his daughter, Jillian Daugherty Mavriplis

Who should attend?

TFS covers education strategies for students from preschool to high school.  The conference is appropriate for educators and parents including:

  • General education teachers
  • Special education teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Administrators
  • Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Parents 
  • Homeschooling parents

This year, there is again one conference for educators and parents with topics offered that are relevant to both groups. 

Is it worth my time?

Yes!  Past participants have indicated that TFS inspires them and gives them valuable tools to immediately use in their classrooms.  If you have attended TFS in the past, it is definitely worth coming back because the topics change each year.

To get a sense of what TFS is about, watch our short video of highlights from the 2013.  And click here to see comments from past participants.    

Many participants have noted the value of attending TFS with colleagues from their schools, so they can discuss new ideas and how they may work within their school setting.


Only $25 including:

  • An opportunity to learn from and interact with national and local education experts.
  • Access to electronic copies of speaker presentations and materials to take back to your school.
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks.  Lunch will be a deli buffet that will include vegetarian options.
  • A significant discount on books from Woodbine House, a respected publisher of books on disabilities.
  • Continuing education credit for some teachers and therapists. (See below.)
  • Free raffle and door prizes.  (Must be present to win.  Prizes are not redeemable for cash.)  
  • Exhibitors with resources for educators and parents.

The $25 registration fee is non-refundable, and will appear on your credit card statement from "`WWW.DSNMC.ORG".  DSNMC stands for the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County, one of the co-sponsors of TFS.


The list of exhibitors for TFS 2016 is still being determined.  Please check back on September 15 for exhibitor names.

Continuing Education Credit

Certificates will be distributed at the end of the TFS conference. To date, the following organizations have approved TFS 2016 as a continuing education program, which will be noted on the certificates:

  • Montgomery County Public Schools: 8 hours toward a continuing education unit (CEU). (Note from MCPS:  Advanced Professional Certificate holders can submit the certificates received at TFS along with other acceptable CEUs with the MCPS Form 440-34, IF NEEDED for renewal. Otherwise, all educators can put the certificates in their personal professional development folders.)
  • Maryland Board of Occupational Therapy Practice: 6 contact hours applying to occupational therapy principles and procedures (course number 2016:129 expiring 6/30/2017).  
  • Maryland Board of Examiners for Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers and Speech-Language Pathologists: 5.25 hours for speech (1 CEU = 1 contact hour). 

In addition:

  • Frederick County Public Schools staff are eligible to receive 1 MSDE credit when they attend the conference and complete follow up requirements by December 5, 2016. Click here to review the specific requirements from FCPS.
  • Carroll County Public Schools staff are eligible to receive 1 MSDE credit when they attend the conference and complete follow up requirements by December 16, 2016. Click here to review the specific requirements from CCPS.

Unfortunately, we have not been successful in getting approval of credit for physical therapists.    

Book Sale

During the conference, participants may purchase books from Woodbine House at a significant discount. Woodbine House is a respected publisher of books on disability-related topics.


Registration is closed.