Attracting Personnel to Serve Children With Disabilities (August 2019)

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Attracting Personnel to Serve Children with Disabilities

August 15, 2019

1:30 – 3:30 pm

Washington, DC


Dwight Thomas, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

Opening Remarks

Laurie VanderPloeg, Director, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education           

Today’s the Day: Teacher Shortages in Education

Lisa Dieker, Ph.D., Pegasus Professor and Lockheed Martin Eminent Scholar, University of Central Florida

Elevating the Teaching Profession: National, State, and Local Examples

Lindsey Hayes, Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research and Teacher Shortages Project Lead, Center on Great Teachers and Leaders

Efforts to Attract Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists to Serve Children

Jaumeiko Coleman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, FNAP, Director, School Services, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

A Teacher’s Perspective

Whitney Hanley, Doctoral Student, Exceptional Education, University of Central Florida

Videos on Attracting Personnel

“Growing Our Own” in Prince William County Schools

Benny Delgado, President and Owner, Leaps & Bounds Family Services Inc. and President, Illinois Developmental Therapy Association.

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