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Annual Education Conference Day 2: Inspiring School Leaders

May 12, 2017
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
NY Academy of Medicine
1216 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029

Morning Keynote: Best Practices in Raising Achievement for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities by Nathaniel Levenson

All school districts want to improve outcomes for students with special needs and for students who struggle, but current practices don’t always align with best practices. Nathan Levenson, President of District Management Group, will outline best practices for improving outcomes for struggling students. Leaders will discuss best practices in reading, and strategies for finding more time during the day for intervention and remediation. The importance of content strong staff, allowing special educators to play to their strengths, and optimizing the role of paraprofessionals will also be explored. Leaders will also learn how to expand social, emotional, and behavior supports despite tight budgets.

Lunch Keynote: Let’s Hear From the Other Side – parent and advocate Maria Sanders and Eye to Eye Diplomat Speaker Matt Brown

Afternoon Keynote: Variability is the Norm: Using Universal Design for Learning to Unlock Student Potential by Lisa Carey

This interactive session will guide school leaders through the purpose and promise of using UDL to guide all students toward expert learning. In the past, schools have addressed student differences by categorizing students as average, above average, or below average. Leaders will explore why these labels do not fully address student variability and how schools that include student options and choice can lead to instructional practices and systems that support all students in rigorous learning.

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