CONVIVIUM LUNCHEON AND PROGRAM – Thursday, December 7, 2017
You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Thursday, December 7, noon to 1:00 p.m., in Le Café, Morris. Dr. Frank Thornton, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education, will present a talk titled, “SPECIAL EDUCATION IN RURAL SCHOOLS: MEETING THE CHALLENGE.” Abstract: In the United States today, the majority of unserved children with special needs reside in rural areas. Ever since President Gerald Ford reluctantly signed into law, legislation granting equal rights to education for students with disabilities, rural schools have struggled to provide the services necessary to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Studies have shown that there are many obstacles to providing high quality services in rural schools, including funding formulas, access to resources, and a shortage of qualified professionals. However, rural schools also have advantages their big city districts lack, such as community cohesion, a sense of place, and local school board control. The challenge for special education teacher preparation programs is ensuring candidates are able to meet the social, cultural, and academic needs of students in districts where these challenges and opportunities exist. Responding to these challenges, Dr. Thornton will share how high leverage practices in special education teacher preparation programs help rural schools meet the needs of students with disabilities.

Seating is limited. To reserve a seat please call X2517 prior to December 4. Vegetarian meals are available.