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April 11, 2007

CCNY, EDUCATION UPDATE PRESENT NEW YORK’S FIRST CITY-WIDE SPECIAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE SATURDAY, MAY 5

Event to Focus on Autism, ADHD & Inclusion

NEW YORK, April 11, 2007– Education Update and The City College of New York (CCNY) School of Education will present New York’s first city-wide Special Education Conference Saturday, May 5, on the CCNY campus. The event, for teachers, administrators, parents and students, details new research, techniques and insights into Autism, ADHD and Inclusion, three high-priority areas in the changing world of special education. 

The conference runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CCNY Faculty Dining Room in the North Academic Center building at 138th Street and Convent Avenue. About 400 teachers, administrators, parents, and college students are expected to attend the event, which is co-sponsored by Phi Delta Kappa of Columbia University, The New York City Task Force for Quality Inclusive Schooling and Parent to Parent.

“The cutting edge research presented will enable teachers and administrators to hone their skills while parents can find the latest materials, techniques and schools to help their children.” said Dr. Pola Rosen, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Education Update.

“There are a lot of issues being discussed now that could determine the future of special education as we have known it over the past few decades. This conference will address that debate,” added Dr. Alfred S. Posamentier, Dean of The City College of New York School of Education.

Attendees will hear from noted experts at Yale University, New York University, CCNY, Hunter College, Landmark College and other institutions. Among the speakers and their topics are:

  • Dr. Cecilia McCarton, founder of the McCarton Center for Autistic Children in Manhattan and Professor of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein Medical School, who will speak on autism.
  • Dr. Thomas E. Brown,Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, whose topic is: “How Are Pills Related to Skills in Students with ADHD? – A New Model.”
  • Dr. Lynda Katz, President, Landmark College, who will discuss “Frustrated Brilliance,” a look at learning disabilities and gifted students.
  • Dr. Jess Shatkin, Director of Education and Training, NYU Child Study Center, who will share news about learning disabilities and the work of the center.
  • Dr. Shirley Cohen, Professor of Special Education, Hunter College, who will discuss an inclusion program in the public schools.

The event features presentations, workshops, roundtables and breakout sessions that provide opportunities for small group discussions with the speakers. In addition, the “Outstanding Special Educator of the Year”award will be presented to Bonnie Brown, Superintendent of District 75, which provides educational, vocational, and behavior support programs for approximately 23,000 students with special needs citywide.

A Video Screening Room will offer continuous showings of documentaries on ADHD, Autism, Down’s Syndrome and other conditions. Resource tables will provide publishers’ materials and information on special schools, colleges, camps, tutors and guidance services.

Attendees must be registered. To register online, go to www.educationupdate.com/special. To register by mail, send check or credit card information to Education Update, P.O. Box 1588, New York, NY, 19159, or e-mail ednews1@aol.com.  The early registration fee is $35 for teachers, administrators and parents, and $10 for students with college ID’s, and includes breakfast, lunch and parking on the CCNY campus. After April 27, fees rise by $10. For more information, call 212-477-5600.

Education Update Contact

Dr. Pola Rosen, ednews1@aol.com.

About Education Update:

Founded in 1995 by Dr. Pola Rosen, Education Update, an award-winning monthly free newspaper, deals with issues, people and events in education from pre-school to graduate school.

About The City College of New York

For 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 13,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

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