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More than 550 attend Fall Conference in Eugene Print E-mail

by Sue Roessler, Deputy Director of Professional Development

More than 550 teachers, administrators and professionals who work in special education recently attended the Fall Conference for Special Education Administrators in Eugene. 

scott-perryAt the welcoming, COSA President Scott Perry challenged the attendees to “think of a child you know is struggling with the fierce reality and fury of their disability.  Ask yourself:  'What one thing will I take away when I get in my car to leave this conference on Friday that I can put into action ... that will in some way help that child or youth breathe easier either now or into the future?”

While this challenge was mentioned several times throughout the conference, there was an “ah ha” moment for Jackie Burr (ODE) as she listened to Chris Parra (South Lane School District) talk about what her district is doing to support and include students with disabilities in jobs previously considered gender-specific.  This last session focused on South Lane's Engineering Tech Prep for Girls and the EMT-Basic Program.  More than 20 girls participate in the E-Tech program, which provides individualized transition support for life skills, work skills, study skills, money management skills and leaming skills, in addition to connecting these girls to non-traditional post-school options.  The EMT-Basic Program provides thirteen at-risk youth the opportunity to pass the National EMT Basic Skill Test.  You can read more about this exciting program and get Conference materials and handouts at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1547.

ODE staff will be using your feedback on the evaluation forms and on the COSA follow-up survey to help develop the content for the next ODE/COSA Winter Conference for Special Education Administrators, set for January 11 at the Wilsonville Holiday Inn.  Register here.

The Spring Conference dates are March 3, 2008 (Salem) and May 2, 2008 (Eugene).

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