This year’s keynote address, Equitable Access to Accelerated Learning for Students with Disabilities, will be delivered by Dr. Eddie Fergus. Dr. Fergus is an applied researcher at Temple University and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Urban Education at Rutgers University, Newark. His work explores the effects of educational policy and practice as they intersect the lives of populations living in vulnerable conditions. More specifically, his policy work extrapolates the relationship between discipline codes of conduct, gifted program practice, and academic referral processes and the educational outcomes of low-income and racial/ethnic minority student populations. This work also outlines policy and practice changes in order for schools to develop as protective environments for vulnerable populations. Dr. Fergus consults on these policy and practice changes with state departments of education (e.g., California and Texas) and the U.S. Department of Justice on disproportionality. Additionally, his publications include basic research on educational outcomes of populations in vulnerable conditions, and data workbooks focused on monitoring policy and practice changes.
This year’s sessions will include the following: Accounting for Accelerated Learning in the IEP: SMART, Standards Based, and Progress Monitored; A High Tide Floats All Boats: Using Differentiated & Intensified Instruction and Support to Accelerate Learning for All Students; Leveraging Social Media to Support Professional Learning; and Legal One: COVID Special Education Update. Speakers will include Dr. David Bateman, Professor at Shippensburg University; Dr. Judy Elliott, Former Chief Academic Officer of the Los Angeles Unified School District and Consultant at EduLead, LLC; John Worthington, Esq, Former State Director of Special Education, State of New Jersey and Consultant Attorney for LEGAL ONE; and David Meyers, Founder of TeachersConnect.
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Alyssa Brown, Public Consulting Group