Webcast and Recorded Sessions of the 2013 PDE Conference

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education are pleased to announce that eleven presentations, which took place during the 2013 conference - Making a Difference: Educational Practices That Work!, are now available for on-demand viewing.

Wed, March 6, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Tim Lewis, Ph.D.

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Addressing Dropout Prevention Through School-wide Positive Behavior Support

Drop-out prevention/intervention starts in preschool and should remain a focus throughout students’ school attendance. Essential to school completion is keeping students successfully engaged socially and academically. This session will provide an overview of the essential features of school-wide positive behavior support and how current outcome data aligns with critical features of dropout prevention.

Thu, March 7, 2:15 PM to 4:15 PM

Perry Zirkel, Ph.D., J.D.

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Two Applications of Law v. Lore: Section 504 and RtII

This session will present two separate applications of current interest to general and special educators. The first application will be to examine Section 504 in relation to K-12 students, showing current conceptions that do not pass legal muster. The second application will be a set of items concerning what Pennsylvania terms "response to instruction and intervention (RtII)," including common confusion regarding applicable case law.

Fri, March 8, 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Karen L. Mapp, Ed.D.

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Building the Capacity for Effective Family-School Partnerships

Dr. Mapp will summarize the most up-to-date information on the ways that family engagement relates to improvements in student outcomes and school improvement and the characteristics of and criteria for family engagement initiatives that are effective, sustainable, and transformative for families, school staff, students, and communities.