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School of Education to host annual Gene A. Budig Lecture in Special Education

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Education will welcome Kathleen Lane, professor in the Department of Special Education, as the 2017-2018 Budig Teaching Professorship in Special Education award recipient and featured lecturer. 

The lecture, “Building Strong Partnerships: Responsible Inquiry to Learn and Grow Together,” will be given by Lane at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in 150 Joseph R. Pearson Hall. A casual reception will immediately follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. 

Lane's research interests focus on collaborating with schools and districts to design, implement and evaluate comprehensive, integrated, three-tiered (Ci3T) models of prevention to meet students’ multiple needs in an efficient, effective, collaborative manner. This work emphasizes the importance systematic screenings to inform instruction and respond to challenges at the first sign of concern using evidence-based strategies and practice. More information about Lane can be found here.

“Dr. Lane is a renowned researcher who is one of those scholars who is able to take her findings and apply them to improving schools,” said Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education. “She is widely sought out by school districts all over the country to support ongoing efforts to better serve students.”

The Gene A. Budig Professorships and lecture series were established in 1994 by Gene A. Budig, KU’s 14th chancellor, and his wife. The Budig Teaching Professorship in Special Education was added in 2002 with the intent to recognize outstanding faculty instruction in the special education department.

More information on the Gene A Budig Lecture Series can be found here.                       

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