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ISCRD Virtual Summit 2021 – For Educators

Attendees will benefit from sessions led by experts on:

  • Effective distance learning
  • Student mental health
  • Behavior management in the classroom (online + in person)
  • Preventing burnout

Make sure you have the knowledge and resources to improve outcomes and student engagement for all your students, including those with mental health or cognitive needs. Attendees will receive a certificate for 2 hours of professional development CEs from IBCCES for attending the summit.

About the Host

For more than 20 years, The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) has been the industry leader in cognitive disorder training and certification for education, healthcare, and corporate professionals around the globe. IBCCES provides evidence-based training and certification programs created in conjunction with clinical experts and individuals with autism in order to provide professionals serving individuals with cognitive disorders a better understanding of what these disorders are, industry best practices, as well as strategies to improve outcomes and the patient experience.

Summit Keynote Speakers

Sheila DesaiSheila Desai, Ph.D., NCSP


Sheila Desai, Ph.D. is the Director of Educational Practice at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Desai has been in the field of school psychology for 12 years with previous experience in practice, teaching, and research. Seven of those years, she worked in Massachusetts and Connecticut as a school psychologist serving K-12 students in Boston Public Schools and EASTCON clinical day treatment settings. Her current role at NASP focuses on social justice, advocacy for students with disabilities, and technical support for school psychologists. She also represents NASP on the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities.

Jason Acosta principal Jason Acosta


Mr. Jason Acosta has worked in the Diocese of St. Augustine for 18 years.  For the first ten years, he worked as a middle school history teacher, before taking on the duty of Assistant Principal for the last four of those years.  He has been an acting principal for the last eight years, with four of those years as an elementary/middle school principal and the last four years as a high school principal.  He has also taught AP World History for the last two years at Saint Francis Catholic Academy, where he is the principal.  He has earned both a Master’s degree in History from the University of Florida and an MEd in Educational Leadership from St. Leo University.

Dr BrownSandy Brown, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, BCBA, CAS


Dr. Sandy Brown has been a licensed occupational therapist since 1998. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics (BCP) through the AOTA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS). She has specialized in pediatrics, however has worked in a variety of settings including home based, schools, private practice, residential facilities, outpatient clinics, and academia. She has also served as a center manager for a large outpatient rehabilitation clinic and serves as Race Director for the Bayada Regatta, the largest pararowing regatta in the country,

She received her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Florida in 2017 where she conducted research examining the impact of challenging behaviors on a child’s participation in therapy. Dr. Brown’s research interests include challenging behaviors, pediatric outcomes, quality of life, participation, knowledge translation, and clinical reasoning. Currently, Dr. Brown is an Assistant Professor in Jacksonville University’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program.

John HiteJohn Hite, Psy.D., M.Ed., NCSP


John Hite, Psy.D., M.Ed., is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of preschool and school-age children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and other health conditions.  Dr. Hite has training in school and clinical psychology across educational and medical settings and has been a school psychologist for ten years.  Before becoming a school psychologist, Dr. Hite was a specialist in the inclusion of students with severe disabilities and a special education teacher.  He also has extensive experience in working with state governments and organizations on the credentialing and practice of school psychology and advocacy for children.  Dr. Hite is the previous Chair of the Credentialing Committee for the National Association of School Psychologists.

Amy Cannava headshot - ISCRD presenterAmy Cannava, Ed.S., NCSP


Amy Cannava (she/her), Ed.S., NCSP, is a veteran school psychologist who has come to specialize in working with LGBTQ+ youth.  Professionally, Ms. Cannava is Chair of NASP’s LGBTQI2-S Committee, a position selected by the Committee Chair and approved by the President.  She trains school districts and universities on creating inclusive environments and
counseling LGBTQ+ youth.  She consults with group homes, juvenile justice, and social services in maintaining safe and affirming environments for LGBTQ; has worked with medical and mental health providers to create affirming practices; and volunteers in her community sponsoring a cross-regional Pride Prom which garnered national attention in its first year. Ms. Cannava routinely fields questions from school psychologists nationwide in working with this diverse group. She has provided expert testimony to both the Virginia House and Senate leading up to the ban on conversion therapy for minors, has worked with the VA Department of Education on the implementation of HB 145/SB 161, and provided crisis counseling for The Trevor Project for two years. Within the schools, she has provided individual and group counseling to LGBTQ+ students for ten years and sponsored Gender- Sexuality Alliances.  She has co-authored guidance documents with NASP, the Trevor Project, Gender Spectrum, HRC, HBO, and PBS. Personally, Amy has also served as Vice President of PFLAG Winchester, where she facilitated one of PFLAG National’s only sanctioned LGBTQ+ youth groups, mentors LGBTQ+ adolescents, and works with parents to better understand and support their children. She remains inspired, motivated, and challenged by the LGBTQ+ youth she serves.


ISCRD will be held February 25, 2021, from 9-11 am EST, featuring live Q+A from presenters. If you can’t join live, sessions will be available to attendees for viewing until March 12.

Session topics:

  • How To Maintain Learning Outcomes While Distance Learning
  • Decoding Student Mental Health – For Educators
  • How To Manage Behavior In Your Classroom – In Person And Online
  • Don’t Burnout! How To Cope With Stress And Anxiety

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  • K-12 Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers and Directors
  • Administrators
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • School Support Staff
  • Paraprofessionals
  • School Therapists


ISCRD will be held virtually on February 25, 2021, including live Q+A sessions with presenters. Attendees will be given access to view recorded sessions until March 12, 2021.


Issuing Organization

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards is the global leader in continuing education and certification programs for professionals who work with individuals with cognitive disabilities. Those attending the ISCRD Virtual Summit will receive 2 CE Credits issued by IBCCES.

How much CE credit can I earn at ISCRD?

Those attending the ISCRD Virtual Summit will receive 2 CE Credits issued by IBCCES that can be used toward licensure and other CE requirements.