Special education symposium
Registration is now closed for the 2016 Special Education Symposium held in Des Moines June 13-14. Some 1,200 people have signed up for the symposium.
The symposium, which is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education and is at no cost to participants, is intended for special education teachers, teacher leaders and mentors, Area Education Agency staff, administrators, and families with students with disabilities.
Breakout sessions will include topics such as enhancements for early interventions, literacy and significant disabilities, improving adolescent literacy, leadership supports in special education, teaching social emotional skills, and addressing Specially Designed Instruction through diagnosis, design, delivery and engagement.
Keynote speakers are Don Deshler, a nationally known expert in Specially Designed Instruction and Todd Whitaker, who specializes in staff motivation for teachers and administrators. Another keynote speaker is Tim Harris, a 26-year-old with Down Syndrome who owns and runs his restaurant in Albuquerque, NM. He also runs a nonprofit, Tim’s Big Heart Foundation, which helps people with intellectual disabilities and their families.
In addition to the keynote speakers, there also will be nationally renowned speakers at the breakout sessions.
The symposium will be held at the Iowa Events Center. When making hotel reservations, be sure to mention that you are attending the Iowa Department of Education Symposium.