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Cultivating Productive Partnerships with Educators at the Local Level
The three individuals presenting this session have extensive experience working with LEAs, districts, and schools to conduct personnel development programs, research, and TA in special education. The session provides a forum for these discussants to share their insights on how to successfully approach and engage local educators as partners in these pursuits.
Dr. George Sugai is Professor and Carole J. Neag Endowed Chair in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. His research and practice interests include school-wide positive behavior support, behavioral disorders, applied behavior analysis, organizational management, and classroom and behavior management, and school discipline. He has been a classroom teacher, program director, personnel preparer, and applied researcher. Currently, he is co-director of the OSEP Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, director of the UConn Center on Behavioral Education and Research, and co-principal investigator of the OSEP Center on State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices.
Dr. Laura Brown serves as the Director of North Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS) coordinating special education services and professional development for local schools in the northeast corner of Georgia. She is a 33-year veteran educator and began her career as a special education teacher. Dr. Brown is also the Coordinator for Georgia’s State Personnel Development Grant, GraduateFIRST. The GraduateFIRST project aims to keep more students with disabilities on track for graduation by providing school teams with coaching as they implement targeted interventions. Through the support of GraduateFIRST, 131 middle and high schools are monitoring 4000 students. This summer, an additional 156 schools including elementary schools, began this process as part of Georgia's Focus School Improvement initiative.
Dr. Kristin K. Stang is in her tenth year as an Associate Professor of Special Education in the College of Education at California State University, Fullerton. She received her Ph.D. from the Program in Learning Disabilities, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. At CSU Fullerton, Dr. Stang is currently the Director of the PROCESS Project (a 325T Program Improvement Cooperative Agreement), Director of the campus Academic Technology Center, and Coordinator of the campus Accessible Technology Initiative. She has previously served the Special Education Department as Mild/Moderate Program Coordinator and Program Fieldwork Coordinator, working with over 70 local school districts to facilitate student teaching placements. Dr. Stang's research interests include the improvement of teacher education programs and teacher ratings of student behavior and performance. Dr. Stang spent 7 years as a public middle school special educator prior to her work at CSU Fullerton.