The webinar is sponsored by PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech and occupational therapy for K-12 school districts. Our web-based approach to live online speech therapy is highly effective and affordable. We are delivering 120,000 sessions this year that are individualized, curriculum-relevant and evidence-based using our nationwide network of SLPs and OTs.


During this webinar, participants will:

  • Increase their knowledge of the need to promote efficiencies and effectiveness in special education programming.
  • Understand how to pursue efficiencies and cost containment measures in a range of special education services spanning organization, personnel, and therapist services.
  • Get examples of ways data may be used to develop locally applicable special education program improvements.


    Speaker Bios:

    • Peter Bittel is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Futures HealthCore, a company providing special education and clinical services and management to 25,000 students and individuals. Dr. Bittel has more than 35 years of clinical and executive leadership experience in the areas of special education, rehabilitation and developmental disabilities. He has taught on the primary, secondary, college, and graduate school levels. Dr. Bittel holds a Masters Degree in Urban History, a Masters Degree in Communication Disorders and a Doctorate in Organizational Development.

    • Dr. Nicholas Young is the Superintendent of South Hadley Public Schools in South Hadley, MA. Prior to that, Dr. Young was the Superintendent of Schools in neighboring Hadley, MA. In 2010, Dr. Young was named the Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year by the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents. Dr. Young is a former President of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, chairman of the Massachusetts State Task Force on Small & Rural School Districts, and a 2008 Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Fellow. 

    Title:  Leadership Challenges for Superintendents: Transforming Special Education in a Challenging Fiscal Environment

    Date: Thursday, May 9th

    Time: 2pm ET (11 am PT)

    Cost: No Charge

    Abstract: While 13% of US students receive special ed services, districts spend 20-30% of their budgets delivering these services. Despite this sizable spending, significant evidence suggests that special ed often falls short of stakeholders' expectations. How can superintendents get more engaged and lead transformation in this often-confounding area rather than just continuing "business as usual"? This webinar will present practical strategies around staffing, service delivery options and budgeting that can help district leaders lead meaningful change.

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