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IU Northwest School of Education to host Northwest Indiana Roundtable workshop on special education

National special education expert, former Region psychologist George Batche scheduled to speak on responses to intervention in special education

The Indiana University Northwest School of Education is pleased to serve as host for the Dec. 15 Northwest Indiana Special Education Rountable program “Response to Intervention,” featuring nationally renowned speaker and education expert George Batche, Ph.D. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the program will run from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the IU Northwest Savannah Center, 3400 Broadway in Gary, Ind.

Three hundred teachers from across the state of Indiana have signed up to attend the program, and there is currently a registration waitlist with more than 30 names, according to Mary Meduna of the West Lake Special Education Cooperative.

Batche, who began his career as a school psychologist for the Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative, is currently a professor at the University of South Florida. He has served on the National Association of State Directors of Special Education Committee for developing the “Intervention, Policy Consideration, and Implementation Book.” Copies of the book will be available at the workshop for $15.

Batche will discuss changes in the Indiana Disabilities Education Act and how educators can adapt their instruction to the needs of at-risk students before those students are evaluated for learning disabilities. By meeting the instructional needs of students before they are classified as learning-disabled, teachers may be able to help some students improve their learning skills and bolster achievement, thereby avoiding the need for them to receive the LD classification.

Because it focuses on the needs of special-education and general-education students, Meduna said, the Roundtable program has attracted wide interest from across Indiana. The School of Education at IU Northwest is pleased to host this important event, which is also being co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

The IU Northwest School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. It offers bachelor’s and master’s programs in elementary and secondary education.



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