Michael Gerber of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School will be a member of the Keynote Panel at the 2009 Office of Special Education Director’s Conference, July 20-22 in Washington, D.C. The Keynote Panel takes place on Monday, July 20 at 9:25 am and will be on the topic Special Education: Our Future Role and Needed Policy Supports. Other speakers on the panel are Lynn Fuchs, Vanderbilt University; Ricki Sabia, National Down Syndrome Society; and Mabrey Whetstone, Alabama State Department of Education.
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) – part of the U.S. Department of Education – is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) authorizes formula grants to states, and discretionary grants to institutions of higher education and other non-profit organizations to support research, demonstrations, technical assistance and dissemination, technology and personnel development and parent-training and information centers.
Michael Gerber is currently Professor of Education, Emphasis Leader for the Special Education, Disabilities, and Risk Emphasis and contributing faculty in the Educational Leadership and Organizations Emphasis both in the Education Department of the Gevirtz School. From 2005-2009 he was the chair of the Department of Education. Since 1995, he has also been the UCSB director of the Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, a collaboration between UCSB and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. 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.
[Michael Gerber is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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