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By DeAngela Milligan on 6/28/2013 7:08 AM

Those of you who have been attending the PD Conference for some time are probably familiar with Dr. Raymond Hull.  Dr. Hull is a professor of Communication Disorders at Wichita State University and a regular breakout presenter whose engaging sessions are highly attended.  Dr. Hull is a leader in the field of identifying and diagnosing hearing loss and interventions for children and adults who are hard of hearing.  In recent years this has also included a focus on personnel development in the area of aural rehabilitation.

Click below for more information on Dr. Hull's presentation at this year's conference.

By DeAngela Milligan on 6/20/2013 9:59 AM

“To me one of the gravest challenges facing education today is our inability to translate ideas… we can’t really seem to get the ideas from the research to the legislative piece and to schools.” Dr. Vanessa Siddle Walker

 

A number of sessions at this year’s OSEP Project Directors’ Conference will address cultural responsiveness, including a keynote presentation by Dr. Vanessa Siddle Walker, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Educational Studies at Emory University.  Many OSEP funded projects strive to ensure the needs of diverse learners and school personnel are met through a variety of projects, including personnel development projects.

On Monday, July 15, 2013 Dr. Siddle Walker will deliver a keynote presentation, “Lost Professional Commitments and Living Conceptual Challenges,” that will focus on how using successful practices employed by Black educators in the past may better engage schools and communities today.  In this candid conversation Dr. Siddle Walker reflected on how the lessons learned from the past can influence practices used in school systems today, not only for diverse learners, but for all students.  

By DeAngela Milligan on 6/6/2013 9:23 AM

Increasing attention on Early Childhood initiatives to benefit all children is evident in the number of Part D projects incorporating this focus in their work. The PD conference will feature a Monday afternoon Large Group Panel Session on the topic: Investing in High-Quality Early Learning Opportunities for all Children. Presenters from the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services will share their vision for the upcoming efforts to strengthen early childhood learning for students with disabilities.

Click 'Read More' below, for more on sessions that address young children with disabilities at this year's conference.

By DeAngela Milligan on 5/20/2013 3:06 AM
Lederick Horne, a 2009 keynote speaker, brings us up to date on his most recent work in the field. For information about Lederick's work on hidden disabilities and related sessions at the PD Conference, click “Read More.”
By DeAngela Milligan on 5/13/2013 5:18 AM
Supporting inclusive classroom environments is a priority for the Department of Education as well as the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and today, more than ever, educators are providing comprehensive supports for all students. One such example is the new School-wide Integrated Framework for Transformation Center (SWIFT), which is housed at the University of Kansas and funded by OSEP. The Center aims to help school districts serve all students, including those with the most extensive needs. SWIFT is currently working to develop tools – such as the SWIFT Field Guide, the SWIFT Readiness Checklist, and the SWIFT Fidelity of Implementation Tool – that will help achieve the Center’s goal of "equity and excellence for all students."...
By DeAngela Milligan on 5/6/2013 5:36 AM
The OSEP PD Conference blog will be used to provide you – the grantees – with updates, logistical information, and introductions to timely topics leading up to, during, and following the 2013 PD Conference. To stay connected to the most up-to-date information about the Conference:

Subscribe to this blog Look for our “PD Conference Attendee Tips” – reminders at the end of each blog post that will prepare you for your trip to DC in July #PDConf is the official PD Conference Twitter hashtag! We encourage you to use it in your tweets leading up to and during the conference. Be on the lookout for updates and information about using the hashtag from official ED Twitter accounts, OSEP TA&D Centers, and your fellow grantees. To kick off the blog, we’d like to highlight a number of changes to the conference based on your feedback from previous years:

Networking opportunities: We are excited that the schedule for this year’s conference allows for more informal networking opportunities....
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