Virtual Conference on Special Education
Friday, March 20, 2020
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Online)
The School of Education and Professional Studies at the State University of New York at Potsdam is pleased to announce its inaugural Virtual Conference on Special Education. The conference aims to bring together pre- and in- service educators, researchers, parents, and students in the North Country and beyond to discuss evidence-based teaching strategies and effective inclusive practices to improve the learning outcomes and life quality for students with special needs. The conference will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020. Sessions will be presented in a webinar format to allow for information sharing, discussion, and networking. Each session is designed for 45 minutes, with the first 20-30 minutes reserved for presentation and the remaining time reserved for Q&A and discussion. Registration for this online conference is free.
* CTLE credit is available for NY state teachers
9 - 9:45 a.m. EST
Title: Egypt: Special Education Policy as a Reflection of Cultural Practices
Presenters: Alia Amar and MJ DeCarlo; Drexel University
Abstract: Special education policy can shape the identity of individuals with disabilities. This discourse analysis analyzes the language used in the education articles of Egypt’s disability policy & examines ways IDEA (IDEA 300.8) & the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD, n.d) can inform Egyptian policy.
Title: Teaching and Learning Strategies Drawn from Exploring Parental Needs in the Special Education Process
Presenter: Jennifer Economos, Ed.D.; Touro College, New York
Abstract: Our individual experiences teaching and raising students with special needs can present different challenges. Education professionals may need to reassess how we are preparing graduate students, teachers, and parents to face them. This presentation highlights the steps that need to be taken in order to have successful participation in a CSE meeting as well as best support families and educators throughout the special education process.
10 - 10:45 a.m. EST
Title: Martial arts training helping special needs students
Presenter: Brad Bowelle; United Karate Studio of Dahlonega Georgia
Abstract: This session introduces the use of martial arts to address components of cognitive, behavioral and physical challenges faced by special needs students.
Martial arts is increasingly recommended as an activity for families that find themselves seeking alternative methods to help their special needs students. This outlet provides for the development of physical skills, mental focus, and improve the quality of life to address a wide range of special needs challenges.
Title: This School's Gone to the Dogs- Animal Assisted Interventions in Special Education.
Presenter: Krista Vince Garland; SUNY Buffalo State
Abstract: This session discusses considerations and benefits of including therapy dogs in school settings. Presenter provides a practical knowledge on preparing schools, classrooms, staff, and students for successful educational therapy dog interactions. Cultural, legal, cost, and outcome evaluations are discussed.
11 - 11:45 a.m. EST
Title: Supporting Grades 5-8 SWDs in Integrated Co-Teaching Setting for ELA and Math
Presenter: Cassidy Mattimore; Norwood-Norfolk Central Schools
Abstract: A panel of special and general education teachers will provide an overview of how one district supports students with disabilities across grades 5-8 in an Integrated Co-Teaching setting for ELA and Math. The types of instructional delivery will be reviewed along with other supports provided to students throughout a typical day at each grade level as attempts are made to gradually release students to more independence as they approach HS.
Title: Strategies in Teaching Mathematics for Students with Disabilities
Presenter: Ajay Das, SUNY Empire
Abstract: This presentation will identify common math challenges for students with disabilities. We will discuss a list of accommodations that are generally provided to them. The session will also include a number of strategies including evidence-based practices that may assist students with disabilities in mathematics co-taught classrooms.
Noon - 12:45 p.m. EST
Title: Dyslexia for Educators: Recognizing Signs, Sparking Learning, and Supporting All Students’ Success
Presenter: Tara Allen; Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam
Abstract: Affecting 5-17% of the population and manifested in educational settings, dyslexia can be debilitating, impeding academic success and undermining long-term self-efficacy. Educators can support dyslexic learners with early symptom recognition, by promoting a network of support, and incorporating best practice strategies to facilitate content delivery; active learning; and metacognition.
Title: Teaching the Whole Child: Culturally Responsive Practices in Special Education
Presenters: Dyanis Conrad-Popova, Monica Iverson; University of South Dakota
Abstract: This presentation explores the key principles of culturally responsive educational policies, programs, and practices and the ways in which they connect to the provision of equitable, just, and effective educational experiences for students receiving special education services.
1 - 1:45 p.m. EST
Title: A Tradition of Excellence: Special Education at SUNY Potsdam
Presenters: Bette Bergeron, Anjali Misra, Pamela Charleson, Mei Shen; SUNY Potsdam
Abstract: In this panel presentation, Bette first addresses the vision and mission for Special Education at SUNY Potsdam; Anjali then provides an overview of program history, design, and requirements; Pamela will share her experiences going through the program and growing up as a faculty. Lastly, Mei explains how students stay informed of research-based practices in special education.
Title: How parenting dyslexics changed me as a teacher.
Presenter: Erica Weems, Massena Central Schools
Abstract: Bright, capable, intelligent students that thrive outside of the classroom but are hindered by language processing disorders can be supported by all teachers. With 1 in 5 students struggling with dyslexia, understanding some simple strategies to support these students and all struggling readers is a powerful change we can make in classrooms.
2 - 2:45 p.m. EST
Title: Egypt’s Special Education Policy Influence on Perception
Presenters: Alia Amar and MJ DeCarlo; Drexel University
Abstract: The gap between special education policy and teacher practice is a challenge around the world. This paper analyzes the potential influence of Egypt’s special education policy on special education practice in its private international schools which educate about 8% of the population.
Title: Designing and Teaching an Online Special Education Clinical Residency Course: Challenges and Insights
Presenter: Patricia Isaac; SUNY Empire State
Abstract: The Special Education Residency Seminar One online course provides residents with mentoring and support that is primarily situated in the classroom, supplemented with online discussions, synchronous webinars, related assignments and classroom observations. This presentation will focus on the challenges and insights of designing and teaching an online clinical course.