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SUNY Potsdam Presents Virtual Conference on Special Education on March 20

March 3, 2020

Inaugural Virtual Conference on Special Education to Examine Persistent Issues & Draw Participants from SUNY System, Public Schools & Beyond

SUNY Potsdam’s School of Education and Professional Studies will feature more than a dozen presenters during its inaugural Virtual Conference on Special Education, set for Friday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference will bring together preservice and in-service educators, researchers, parents, professors and students in the SUNY system, at North Country schools and beyond, to discuss persistent issues in special education and how educators can do better.

The event will center on discussions of evidence-based teaching strategies and effective inclusive practices to improve the learning outcomes and life quality for students with special needs. Topics include support for dyslexic learners, use of martial arts training to develop mental focus and physical skills, therapy dog interactions in the classroom, and more generally, culturally responsive education and its role in the provision of equitable, just and effective experiences for students receiving special education services.

“An online format was chosen to expand the reach of the conference for both presenters and participants, facilitate dialogue and further showcase SUNY Potsdam’s position as a high-tech learning environment,” said Dr. Allen Grant, dean of The School of Education and Professional Studies.

Sessions will be presented in a webinar format, to allow for information sharing, discussion and networking. Each session will last 45 minutes, with the first 20 to 30 minutes reserved for presentations and the remaining time slotted for questions and discussion.
Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit is available for New York State teachers.

For free online registration and a complete program schedule, visit

The School of Education and Professional Studies at SUNY Potsdam has been preparing educators for more than 200 years. Today, that legacy of educational excellence also stretches to undergraduate and graduate programs in business administration, public health and human performance, to help students prepare for professions in the global economy. For more information, visit

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit

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