Educators to Discuss Serving K-12 Students with Special Needs

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Educators to Discuss Serving K-12 Students with Special Needs
at University of Redlands Forum

REDLANDS, CA– Serving children with special needs will be the topic of a symposium sponsored by the Center for Educational Justice at the University of Redlands’ School of Education. Held on Thursday Dec. 9, the symposium “Serving K-12 Students with Special Needs: What, Why and How” will examine challenges and solutions within the public education system.

The evening will feature several speakers, including:
• Dr. Penelope Keough – Coordinator, Special Education Intern Program, National University
• Dr. Therese Bustos – Professor of Special Education, University of the Philippines
• Gregory Minton— Special Education Teacher, Doctoral Student, University of Redlands
• Dr. Maureen Latham – Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction, Beaumont Unified School District
• Dr. Terry Tibbetts – Director of Special Education, Beaumont USD
• Patty Metheny – Director of Student Services, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified District
• Janice Warshaw— Director, California School for the Deaf, Doctoral Student, University of Redlands

Topics to be discussed include common standards for special education, identifying learning disabilities, response to intervention (RTI), highly qualified teachers, adaptation pedagogy for special needs students and historical legislation.

Dr. Jose Lalas, director of the University’s Center for Educational Justice who organized and will moderate the symposium, emphasized that “one of education’s most pressing issues is how best to serve learners with special needs. Within the context of educational justice and educational reform, we must create a vision and a path that includes both access and learning options for special needs children.”

The symposium is scheduled at 6 p.m. at the University of Redlands in the Casa Loma Room. The educational event is open to teachers, administrators, aides, private and public education professionals, and those interested in educational justice and special needs issues. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Martin Bright at or (909) 748-8815.

The School of Education at the University of Redlands has a unique focus on educational justice, from the doctoral level with its Ed.D. in Educational Justice to courses and programs throughout the School. Its Center for Educational Justice sponsors symposiums throughout the year and an annual conference each July to explore educational issues.


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