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Special Education Webinars

Free professional development: Browse Education Week's collection of webinars on special education. These virtual broadcasts address the achievement gap for students with disabilities and strategies to help them succeed in the classroom. All webinars are accessible for a limited time after the original live streaming date. Participation certificates are not provided, but viewers receive a post-event confirmation email.

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Joining Forces: Tapping Teacher Specialists to Serve All Students

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This webinar took place on January 28, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Join us for this webinar from our Education Week Leaders To Learn From virtual events series. This annual Leaders To Learn From special report shines a light on forward-thinking district leaders who seize on good ideas and execute them well in their school systems. Throughout 2016, we'll host webinars, live chats, and more virtual events related to this year's Leaders.

Find out more at leaders.edweek.org.

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Adams 50’s Steve Sandoval—a 2016 Education Week Leader to Learn From—created an “interventionist framework” out of frustration that his district's talented education specialists were isolated by separate certifications, regulations, and funding streams. The framework helps to "cross-pollinate" teachers of special education, English-language learners, and gifted students, to identify common strategies and target interventions for all students. The approach has helped dramatically raise student achievement in the district during a time of demographic change, and has helped make possible Adams 50's switch from traditional grade levels to a competency-based-leveling system.

Presenters:

Steve Sandoval, executive director of special services, Adams County District 50, Westminster, Colo., and member of the Class of 2016 “Leaders To Learn From”
Chad Anderson, principal, Scott Carpenter Middle School, Adams County District 50
Sarah Gould, principal, Hodgkins Elementary School, Adams County District 50
Moderator:
Sarah D. Sparks, assistant editor, Education Week

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Reaching All Learners: Common Core Tests for Students With Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Underwriting for the content of this webinar has been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This webinar took place on November 21, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET

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The Common Core State Standards and aligned tests have brought a momentous change to the way students with severe cognitive disabilities are assessed. Two federally-funded consortia, Dynamic Learning Maps and the National Center and State Collaborative, have been tasked with creating alternate assessments for this small population of students with widely diverse needs. The consortia are also working with teachers on developing common-core-based lesson plans that are appropriate for students with cognitive impairments. Join Neal Kingston, the project director for DLM, and Rachel Quenemoen, the project director for NCSC, as they discuss their approaches to assessing these students and the challenges and opportunities presented by this work.

Presenters:

Neal Kingston, project director, Dynamic Learning Maps
Rachel Quenemoen, project director, National Center and State Collaborative
Moderator:
Christina A. Samuels, staff writer, Education Week

Every Child Reading: Linking Knowledge and Practice to Support School Systems

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This webinar took place on October 28, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET

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How can teachers ensure that all children, including millions impacted by dyslexia—the most common type of reading disability—learn to read and write proficiently? To close the literacy achievement gap, support measures must be embedded in schools and include all stakeholders—administrators, teachers, parents, and children. Acclaimed educator and researcher Margie Gillis will share her precedent-setting work with schools, districts, state departments of education, and policymakers to advocate on behalf of all children and protect their right to learn to read well. Her work centers around five essential school priorities:

• Supporting school leadership
• Using data transparently for accountability
• Coordinating a multitier system of support
• Providing embedded professional development based on best practices
• Engaging parents and families

This free one-hour webinar is sponsored by Learning Ally, a national nonprofit providing resources, training, and technology for teachers and schools; and 80,000 human-voiced audiobooks for students with learning & visual disabilities.

Presenter:

Margie Gillis, president, Literacy How, Inc. and research affiliate, Haskins Laboratories and Fairfield University
Moderator:
Doug Sprei, national director of communications, Learning Ally

Wanted: Teachers with Knowledge of Language and Dyslexia

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This webinar took place on March 26, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Dyslexia, the most common type of reading disability, affects millions of students across the U.S. However, many myths and misunderstandings around dyslexia impede teachers' and parents' access to information and effective interventions. In this one-hour webinar, leading researcher and educator Dr. Louisa Moats will define dyslexia, provide essential facts, and discuss groundbreaking practices in professional development to help teachers learn what they need to know to help students with this condition succeed in the classroom.

This webinar is presented by Learning Ally, a national nonprofit organization that has helped millions of K-12 and college students who read and learn differently due to dyslexia, visual impairment, and other disabilities. Through its support programs for teachers and parents, with a library of over 80,000 downloadable human-narrated audio textbooks and literature titles, Learning Ally enables students with print disabilities to succeed.

Presenter:

Louisa Moats, Ed.D., is a renowned teacher, psychologist, researcher, and author of many influential scientific journal articles, books, and policy papers on reading, spelling, language, and teacher preparation. She was a contributing writer of the Common Core State Standards for grades K-5.
Moderator:
Doug Sprei, national communications director, Learning Ally

Helping At-Risk Students Develop Literacy Skills

This webinar has been sponsored by Nuance.

This webinar took place on March 5, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Students with disabilities and other children at risk of reading difficulties may require different teaching strategies and additional scaffolding to reach their full potential, particularly in an era of common standards. Join Peggy Coyne, a research scientist at the Center for Applied Special Technology in Wakefield, Mass., and Lori DiGisi, a curriculum coordinator for Framingham Public Schools in Massachusetts, for a discussion of how teachers can use differentiated instruction, universal design for learning and assistive technology to help struggling readers at all grade levels.

Presenters:

Peggy Coyne, research scientist, Center for Applied Special Technology, Wakefield, Mass.
Lori DiGisi, STEM coordinator, Framingham Public Schools, Framingham, Mass.
Moderator:
Christina A. Samuels, staff writer, Education Week

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