This November 2015 Special Education Conference connecting regulatory and legal guidelines with innovative and research-based techniques was a huge success! There were 17 states represented as well as D.C. This annual event draws special education administrators from across the country providing unique professional development networking opportunities.
Thursday's keynote was award-winning playwright, sports media host, CEO of Educational Improv Works, comedian, and one of the top corporate speakers in the country, Spike Manton.
Friday's keynote was New York Times bestselling author, educator, and entrepreneur, Stedman Graham.
Sessions included topics in the areas of: medical/clinical updates, transition services, intervention strategies, technology, rate setting, social-emotional learning, program outcomes, multi-tiered systems of support, public/private partnerships, legal issues, innovative resources, etc.... Sessions were presented by dynamic speakers from places such as: Lurie Children’s Hospital, Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health, Northwestern University, Saint Xavier University, American Association of Children’s Residential Centers, Institute for Therapy through the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago, Rush Neurobehavioral Center, Kennedy Krieger Institute, law firms, nonpublic schools, public schools, consulting companies, vendors, and more.
An exhibitor hall was open for attendees to gain vital information from resources on nonpublic placements, transition services, community agencies, IEP/data software, curriculum, professional associations, and assistive technology. A social hour sponsored by Illinois Association of Private Special Education Centers (IAPSEC) and National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC) was offered Thursday afternoon of the conference in the exhibitor hall. Wine and appetizers were served.
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