Center for Educational Justice

The goal of the Center for Educational Justice symposium, “Serving K-12 Students with Special Needs: What, Why, and How,” is, according to moderator Dr. Jose Lalas, threefold:

• Provide awareness to K-12 teachers, administrators, parents, and the broader school community on how K-12 students with special needs are served

• Connect concerned individuals with others who care about special education and special needs students

• Inspire conversation and reflection on how to best serve students with special needs

“This topic has a very high level of importance,” said Lalas. “Relative to the attention given to such comparably important issues such as how to teach English learners, how to teach reading, how to teach math, and standardized testing, the issue of special education is lagging behind. K-12 students who are in special education programs need effective approaches, interventions, placements, and classroom strategies.”

Featured speakers at the symposium will include professors, teachers, students in the doctorate program for Leadership in Educational Justice, special education program directors, and school district employees. All featured speakers work in the field of special education, whether through the school district or in their own classroom.
Featured speakers include:

• 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 School District

• Janice Warshaw—Director, California School for the Deaf, Doctoral Student, University of Redlands

“Serving K-12 Students with Special Needs: What, Why, and How,” begins at 6 p.m., Thursday Dec. 9 in the Casa Loma Room on the University of Redlands campus. Anyone interested in educational justice and special needs education is welcome to attend. Contact Martin Bright by phone at (909) 748-8815 or by email at

Closing the achievement gap and advocating for educational justice is a priority at the University of Redlands School of Education. The school’s distinctive doctorate program in educational justice and focused credential and master’s programs educate students not only to be inclusive educators, but also to be active participants in educational reform.

The Center for Educational Justice, directed by Dr. Jose Lalas, organizes symposiums each year that hope to raise awareness and raise discussion on educational issues.

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