Monday, January 5, 2015

SAVE THE DATE: 2015 COE Winter Forum

Idea (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) turns 40!: Examining the Past and Present of the Special Education Law

 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Public Law 94-142. Our forum will offer an appraisal, addressing the following broad questions:  Where have we come? Where is special education going? What are the issues we need to address?

February 17th 2015, 
5:30 to 7:30 PM 
Student Center, 314 AB

Panelists and their tentative topics include:

-DePaul Special Education faculty, Drs. Eva Patrikakou, Linsey Sabielny, and Jennifer Walberg, will offer an introduction to IDEA

-Dr. Federico Waitoller, Assistant Professor, Special Education, University of Illinois at Chicago has written extensively on racial and ethnic inequities in special education and equity-minded professional learning for inclusive education. His presentation will address equity issues at the intersections of disability, race, and current education policies.

-Beverley Johns, President, Illinois Learning Disabilities Association and Chair of the Illinois Special Education Coalition, is a long time special educator and author. In her presentation she will discuss current challenges to the provision of services to students.

-Kristen Mayle, Special Education teacher in Chicago Public Schools and graduate of DePaul’s Special and Elementary Education (Dual Licensure) program, is currently the liaison to the Chicago Teachers Union Special Education Committees and Chair of the Illinois Federation of Teachers Special Education Committee.  She will present a view from the classroom, discussing her work with children with special needs and the challenges special educators face.

-Dr. Beverly Trezek, Chair of the Department of Counseling and Special Education, will moderate the panel. 

The forum is appropriate and relevant to education students in all programs.

For more information, contact Diane Horwitz at