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Conference Focuses on Developments in Special Education

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | 08:27am
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Education announces the Annual Special Education Conference on February 23-25, 2011. Presented by the Division of College & Career Readiness, this year’s theme, “First to the Top Through Creating Partnerships,” addresses the importance of working together to ensure that students with disabilities are prepared for independent living and employment once they leave the public school system.
“It’s important that we invest time in professional development to better improve our efforts to provide students the services they need alongside their peers,” said Joseph Fisher, Assistant Commissioner for Special Education. “We want to ensure that every student with individualized education needs has the support to enable them to lead productive and independent lives.”
More than 1800 attendees are expected to join the general and break-out session opportunities  to learn about such education topics as: inclusive classrooms, addressing behavior challenges, effective classroom management, high quality math instruction, STEM initiatives/updates, latest technology, coordinated school health, gifted education, preschool practices, improving high school graduation rates, dropout prevention, aligning resources for school improvement and turnaround, student driven IEPs, and much more.
Conference Details:
Wednesday, Feb. 23– Friday, Feb. 25, 2011
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
1200 Conference Center Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37129
Pre-kindergarten to post-secondary special educators, graduate students, K-12 school and district administrators and special education service providers
Assistant Commissioner Fisher will recognize several school districts for outstanding work in the area of special education services during the Friday morning session. For more information, registration instructions and the Conference at a Glance, visit
For more information, contact Amanda Maynord Anderson at (615) 532-7817 or

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