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School of Education continues free professional development in Kansas City

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

OVERLAND PARK — The School of Education at the University of Kansas has announced dates for the 2018-2019 Strategies Event Series, which will include three interactive professional development lectures at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. 

The first session of the series, “The Illusion of Average: Using UDL to Break Down Barriers & Build in Flexibility,” will feature Eva Horn, professor, and Stephanie Parks, lecturer in the Department of Special Education. The presentation will explore the illusion of the “average” student and advocate for the use of universal design for learning. 

Horn and Parks’ session will take place at 9 a.m. Nov. 3 in Room 120 of the BEST Building. The session is free and open to the public, though an RSVP is required.                                          

The second session of the series will be at 9 a.m. Feb. 23, 2019. Steven Case, director of KU’s Center for STEM Learning, will present alongside Carrie La Voy and Laurie Cleavinger, both from the Department of Curriculum & Teaching. The presentation title and description will be announced later this year.

The third and final session of the 2018-2019 series will be April 13, 2019. Katie Zimmerman and Irma Brasseur-Hock from the Department of Special Education will present on co-teaching to support students with learning and behavioral needs.

“Each summer we host a free day of professional development called the Strategies for Educational Improvement Conference,” said Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education. “We see this event series at the KU Edwards Campus as an extension of our goal and intention to support teachers and classrooms in the region.”

More information about the Strategies Event Series can be found here.  

The School of Education partners with the Edwards Campus for the Strategies Event Series in order to bring high-quality academic programs, research and public-service benefits of KU to the Greater Kansas City community.

The KU School of Education is a nationally ranked school, preparing educators as leaders.    


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#1 public program in nation for special education
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Assists public schools and other partners in all 105 Kansas counties
$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
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44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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