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Conference Focuses on Developments in Special Education

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Education is holding its 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.

The conference is being held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville.

Published February 23, 2011

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