Professor Michael Gerber of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School will present an invited keynote to the global round table Future Directions for Teacher Education for Inclusion at the Hong Kong Institute of Education on December 14. His presentation is titled “Emerging Issues in Teacher Education for Inclusion in the U.S.”
The very timely Round Table on Future Directions for Teacher Education for Inclusion will explore global progress including students with disabilities in general education programs. Public education in all nations is under growing pressure from increased global competition and technological advances while, at the same time, public expectations have risen that schools will provide educational opportunity for all students. Therefore, teacher training institutions and educational systems have had to reconsider how best to prepare support teachers for these changing demands. The Round Table is held on the day preceding the 2nd East Asian International Conference on Teacher Education Research.
Michael Gerber is currently a 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. He is the current president of the Division for Learning Disabilities in the Council for Exceptional Children. He is also the chair of the steering committee for an 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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