Special education faculty and students presented at the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children Conference Nov. 9 in Harrisburg.
Amber McAdoo, senior intervention specialist major from Leeper, paired with department chair Dr. Rick Sabousky on a presentation entitled, “Creating a New Professional.” The presentation described Clarion’s unique five-year intervention specialist program from a student’s perspective. Graduates of this program are certified in special education and reading, and also have three college level math classes. Graduates will be fluent in e-metrics, Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System and data interpretation and will be uniquely qualified to serve in districts using Response to Intervention.
Ashley Kraft, a senior early childhood special education major from New Castle, paired with Dr. Sally Sentner, professor of special education, to present a poster entitled “A Meta-Analysis of Treatments for Young Children with Oppositional Defiant Behavior.” This presentation examined the identification and treatment of young children labeled as having an oppositional defiant disorder and presented the results of a meta-analysis of research on the effects of treatments that combine behavior modification with parent training. A secondary focus was the application of parent training with families from different cultures.
Dr. Amy Conner Love, assistant professor of special education, presented a paper, “Teacher Perceptions of Professional Training: Considerations for Implementation of the RtI Initiative.” This paper highlighted Love’s research exploring teachers' perceptions of being sufficiently trained and prepared to implement the RtI components as schools prepare for global RtI implementation. Love related the impact of professional training on the perceived readiness levels of teachers in the implementation of RtI.
Dr. Pamela J. Gent, professor of special education, presented a paper, “Inspiration for Life: Service-Learning and Students with Autism.” Gent described service-learning, outlined the service-learning standards, discussed potential benefits of using service-learning with students with autism spectrum disorder, described specific ways to include students with ASD in service-learning, and provided examples of actual standards based service-learning involving students with ASD.
Pennsylvania CEC is the state branch of Council for Exceptional Children, the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities.
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