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Special Education

NASDSE Professional Development Series 2009-2013

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has purchased a site license for distance learning opportunities from the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE). NASDSE has discontinued their professional development series in 2013. In preparation for the anticipated shut-down of the NASDSE Professional Development Series webpage, we have chosen to archive offerings from that series on topics particularly relevant to Massachusetts school districts and educational organizations. These topics are:

October 26, 2011 | 1h 56m

Section 504 Issues for Students With Disabilities: Case Law and Implications for Practice

Perry Zirkel
Professor of Education and Law, Lehigh University

When the conversations turn to law and dispute resolution matters, people quickly focus on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) statutory requirements and regulations, especially those issued by the U.S. Department of Education. However, another important law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act applies to all students, not just students receiving services under IDEA. In this conference Dr. Zirkel will address current Section 504 case law where special education students were involved and talk about the implications for practice. In addition to staff and local school personnel, states should consider making this conference available to their legal counsel, hearing officers and attorneys who represent schools/districts.

- Dr. Bill East, from NASDSE
Professional Development Series



November 1, 2012 | 1h 46m

Autism Today - Evidence-Based Practices and Tools for Implementing Successful Programs

Brenda Myles
Consultant, Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence and the Ziggurat Group

Lee Stickle
Director of the TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports Project

As the number of students diagnosed with Autism has risen, policymakers, educators, researchers and parents have continued to search for the appropriate mix of policy, proven practices and helpful tools to assist these students with their learning. As research provides more answers, stakeholders are learning more about what works. Since the knowledge base continues to evolve over time, it is important to stay updated about the progress that is being made to support students, their families, educators and related services providers and other stakeholders working with them. In this conference, presenters will summarize the field of Autism today and describe some of the successful evidence-based practices and tools being used.

- Dr. Bill East, from NASDSE
Professional Development Series



November 28, 2012 | 1h 20m

Improving Social Emotional Health In Schools: Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies For Young Children

Phil Strain
Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Colorado-Denver

When thinking about the social emotional health of young people, we most often think of problems in our elementary, middle or high schools. Problems are well documented and programs have been developed to ensure safe and healthy school environments and to assist children and youth with special social emotional or behavioral needs. However, more and more attention is being focused on children who come into our schools at very young ages who already have needs that require the attention of teachers and administrators. In this conference, we will focus on the work of the Technical Assistance Center for Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI). The presenter will discuss evidence-based practices that can ensure a good learning environment for all young children, with a focus on those with social emotional issues.

- Dr. Bill East, from NASDSE
Professional Development Series



October 26, 2011 | 1h 56m

Educating Students With Hearing and Vision Challenges - Innovations For Success

Lou Abbate, Ph.D
President and CEO of the Willie Ross School for the Deaf

Ann Barber, M.Ed
Assistant Regional Director, Perkins School for the Blind Educational Partnerships

Laurie Bell Farkas
Director of Student Services, Northampton Public Schools

Gordon Smith, M.Ed
Superintendent, East Longmeadow Public Schools

Students with hearing and vision impairments can and do learn commensurate with their peers, but they may need special technologies, innovative teaching strategies and meaningful partnerships among educators and others to ensure their success. Since these students receive services in public schools, special schools, online and other environments, coordination and partnerships are keys to providing high quality educational content and social-emotional support. All students must be prepared for successful transitions consistent with their post-school goals. In this conference, presenters representing public and special schools will discuss how the collaboration, use of innovative strategies and special technologies have enhanced the learning of students with hearing and vision challenges.

- Dr. Bill East, from NASDSE
Professional Development Series



December 4th, 2009 | 1h 34m

Healthy, Physically Fit and Ready for Action: Addressing the Physical Education and Activity Needs for Individuals with Disabilities

Dr. Robert Arnhold
Slippery Rock University

Dr. Garth Tymeson
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Linda Webbert
Baltimore County Public Schools

Students with disabilities are expected to achieve in their classrooms at the same high academic levels as their nondisabled peers. Yet, often times, health and fitness barriers such as obesity, low energy, plus low self-esteem and social integration issues get in the way of their ability to achieve. This conference will address these concerns and show how good programs in (adapted) physical education and activity led by highly qualified teachers can make a real difference, not only with the individuals' health, physical well-being and life-long fitness, but also in academics.

- Dr. Bill East, from NASDSE
Professional Development Series



Who is the intended audience for the series?
The intended audience is administrators, teachers, related service providers, and families - but anyone may participate.

How does my organization sign up for the series?
A DVD of the individual presentation or the entire series can be requested through DESE.

Please contact Lauren Viviani at lviviani@doe.mass.edu or 781-338-3372 for more information.

How much does it cost?
Nothing. It is free to all school districts and educational organizations in Massachusetts.

What if I still have questions?Contact Lauren Viviani at lviviani@doe.mass.edu 0r 781-338-3372



Last Updated: Augst 22, 2014
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