Michael Gerber, a professor in the Department of Education at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, will present as part of thee panels at the 2010 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) annual convention in Nashville, TN, April 21-24. The Council for Exceptional Children is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
Gerber will be one of four distinguished researchers and former Presidents of the Division of Research who will discuss special education’s evolving role on the panel The Contributions of Research to Special Education’s Past, Current, and Future Identity. He will be one of four distinguished scholars on the panel The LD Construct: Can It Be Saved? Is It Worth Saving? that will consider whether changes like inclusionary practices, RTI, co-teaching, and other reforms sweeping special education, are for good or ill and whether they ultimately will weaken or strengthen the construct of LD.
Gerber will also be one presenter in a Town Hall Meeting – The Future of Inclusion: Will Practice Be Shaped by Evidence or Ideology? Since its origins in the “mainstreaming” movement, through the Regular Education Initiative and contentious debate on “full inclusion” in the 1990s, the issue of where service is best provided to students with disabilities has been an issue of critical importance. This meeting will focus on several aspects of the challenges of inclusion in years ahead including RTI, early reading, and inclusion; the politics of full inclusion; the practice of inclusion; and future issues in district-level implementation of inclusive practices.
Michael Gerber is currently Professor of Education, and contributing faculty in the Special Education, Disabilities, and Risk and the Educational Leadership and Organizations emphases, both in the Education Department of the Gevirtz School. From 2005-2009 he was the chair of the Department of Education. Gerber has been the director of a Center for Advanced Studies of Individual Differences in the Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research (ISBER). He is also a founding member of UCSB’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Emphasis in Cognitive Science. Since 2004, he has served as chair of the publications committee for the Division for Learning Disabilities in the Council for Exceptional Children. He is also the chair of the steering committee for a UC-wide Center for Research on Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk.
[Michael Gerber is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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