Please join us for the
2018 Special Education in Connecticut Summit:
Promoting Equity for Marginalized Students With Disabilities
Co-sponsored by the Klebanoff Institute and the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person. You must register in advance. Registration is FULL at this time. We are no longer accepting new registrants.
Location: University of Connecticut School of Law — 45 Elizabeth Street, William F. Starr Hall, Hartford, Conn.
Parking: You must register your vehicle online to secure free event parking; all event parking information is available here.
Advance registration is required; space is limited.
Overview and Purpose
This summit will provide a unique opportunity for discussion and learning among educators, family/community members, policymakers, and researchers geared toward developing effective school environments that support the needs of all students with disabilities, including those from marginalized groups, such as minority students, homeless students, immigrant students, and LGBT students. Features of effective, safe, and supportive school environments to support all students will be presented, as will strategies for using multi-tiered environments to intensify supports for students with disabilities to promote equity and maximize outcomes.
Inspired by rich discussion among presenters, panel members, and participants, the summit will conclude with a small number of recommendations for moving the state forward in closing the achievement and discipline gaps experienced by students with and at-risk for disabilities.
The event will be open to a wide audience with an interest in special education services in Connecticut, including families, advocates, persons with disabilities, legislators, and education professionals.
The Special Education in Connecticut Summit has been made possible through the support of the Klebanoff Institute.
8:30-9 a.m.: Registration; Coffee and Light Breakfast
9-9:30 a.m.: Welcome Remarks
- Howard Klebanoff – Klebanoff Institute
9:30-10:30 a.m.: Keynote Presentation: Equal Access to Opportunity — Do We Have What It Takes?
- Renee Bradley, Deputy Division Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
10:45-11:45 a.m. — Panel Discussion: Promoting Positive and Equitable School Environments for All Students With Disabilities
Panel Moderator: David Desroches, WNPR
- Kelly Enoch — Director of Special Services, Clinton (Conn.) Public Schools
- Susan Freedman — Partner, Shipman & Goodwin Counselors at Law
- Steven Hernandez — Executive Director, Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors
- Tamika La Salle — Assistant Professor, School Psychology, Neag School of Education
- Marisa Mascolo Halm — Director, TeamChild Juvenile Justice Project, Center for Children’s Advocacy
- Kiomary Sotillo — Parent Consultant, Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC)
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Lunch
1-2 p.m.: Breakout Sessions
Facilitated panels of researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and families that focus on effective practices to promote equity and enhanced outcomes for all students with disabilities.
Promoting High-Quality Academic Outcomes for All Students With Disabilities
Facilitator: Michael Coyne — Professor, Special Education, Neag School of Education
- Karen Berasi — Superintendent, Suffield (Conn.) Public Schools
- Sharon Bremner — Director of Pupil Personnel Services, East Hartford (Conn.) Public Schools
- John Flanders — Executive Director, Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC)
- Courtney Spencer — Attorney, Law Offices of Courtney Spencer, LLC
Promoting Positive Behavior to Decrease Disproportionate Discipline of Students With Disabilities
Facilitator: Brandi Simonsen, Professor, Neag School of Education
- Sarah Eagan — Connecticut Children’s Advocate, State of Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate
- Jennifer Freeman — Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education
- Eben McKnight — Consultant, SERC
- Kathryn Meyer — Attorney and Director, Center for Children’s Advocacy
- Sarah Smalley — Director of Pupil Services, Regional School District No. 4
2:10-2:30 p.m.: Closing Remarks by Howard Klebanoff of the Klebanoff Institute
(Introduction by Joseph Madaus, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Neag School of Education)
*Subject to change
All registrants for the Special Education in Connecticut Summit must park in Lot B at the UConn School of Law campus. Please be sure to register your vehicle online in order to reserve free parking for the event; your reserved parking will be valid only on April 24, 2018, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.