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Dr. Frances Stetson

Special educators are feeling the impact of a changing student population and the heightened emphasis on the results of our services. There are so many ways we can get off track and sometimes fail in education. Join your colleagues as we take a look at just five of these common pitfalls, and with humor, share new ideas and plenty of practical tools that will stimulate inclusive practices and help you become a special agent of change. Thousands of school leaders around the world have been engaged by this presentation, which encourages self-examination and personal skill-development for systems change, relationship-building and cultural proficiency. This lively presentation by a world-famous speaker, along with answers to your questions, wrap up our agents of change series.

Presenter: Dr. Frances Stetson

Learning Outcomes
After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify five major shifts in thought and practice required of today's school leaders who are working to transform SPED services
  • Assess the leadership challenges in a new "silo-busting" vision for special education
  • Summarize practical leadership strategies and tools for each of five major areas of change predicted for special education

Dr. Frances Stetson is President of Stetson & Associates, Inc., an educational consulting firm specializing in supporting systems change in schools – with a focus on inclusive practices, closing the achievement gap, differentiated instruction and quality standards for instruction and leadership particularly for struggling learners. She is also the Executive Director and sponsor for the Inclusive Schools Network and website that offer free resources, blogs, and articles on emerging topics in education. Previously, she worked for the Texas Education Agency addressing the needs of students with cognitive challenges; conducted research and national training and technical assistance for the US Department of Education on least restrictive environment/inclusion; and Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the education service center in Houston. After forming Stetson and Associates, Dr. Stetson and her staff have supported thousands of school districts in implementing quality education services across the US.

Time-ordered Agenda (90 minutes) *All times Eastern time
  • 1:00 - 1:10 pm Introduction and description of the framework for “Five Easy Ways to Fail in Education”
  • 1:10 - 1:30 pm Losing the vision: The history of special education, current trends, and reimagining services for increasingly diverse students
  • 1:30 - 1:40 pm Admiring the problem: Systems-level solutions to proactively address intractable challenges in education
  • 1:40 - 1:52 pm Avoiding fear: Learning to embrace fear through the lens of culturally responsive instruction
  • 1:52 - 2:00 pm Avoid isolation: The importance of collaboration and signals and impact of isolation
  • 2:00 - 2:10 pm Dont’ stop learning: States of individual growth and action steps to promote professional learning and growth
  • 2:10 - 2:30 pm Audience questions and answers
Five Easy Ways to Fail in Education: The Imperative for Reinvention in Special Education

Financial Disclosure:
Frances Stetson, Ph.D. received a consulting fee from PresenceLearning, Inc. for her presentation for this webinar and receives a salary from Stetson & Associates, Inc., where she is president.
No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

This webinar is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area)