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Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.

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Wednesday, November 30 • 8:20am - 12:20pm
TASH Doctoral Students and Beginning Special Education Faculty Workshop LIMITED

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This Wednesday session is meant for you! Come meet each other and nationally-recognized professors and researchers with successful records as college and university faculty who are willing to share their strategies with you. The groups will discuss the following topics.


8:20- 8:50 AM

Establishing a Professional Identity

Vicki Knight, Julie Thompson
Establishing a professional identity and getting through a doctoral program; negotiating to have experiences specifically related to severe disabilities & maximizing collaboration with seasoned faculty nationally; surviving when sole low incidence faculty member; begin to establish network between participants and presenters for specific tasks/activities. 

8:50- 9:50 AM

Grants and External Funding

Mary Morningstar, Pam Mims
Grantsmanship; seeking external funding for research, personnel preparation, systems change efforts, conference attendance; “Centers” versus projects; early career funding.

Teacher Preparation
Donna Lehr, Stacy Dymond
Preservice teacher preparation program development; constructing and implementing effective courses & a course sequence.

9:50 -10:50 AM

Developing and Sustaining a Research Agenda
Fred Spooner, Vicki Knight

10:50-11:50 AM

Service and Professional Development

Jacki Anderson
Interfacing of “service” & professional development activities (i.e., workshops; technical assistance) for building a community of services & support network that supports effective personnel prep. 

Susan Copeland, Marty Agran, Fred Spooner, Stacy Dymond
Publishing articles in RPSD (& other journals), chapters, & books.

11:50 AM-12:20 PM

Promotion and Tenure
Fredda Brown, Fred Spooner
Promotion and tenure issues; juggling all the required and desired tasks and activities for your professional identity (e.g., publish or perish; teaching or service in the community); packaging yourself for open faculty positions (i.e., beyond severe disabilities).

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Martin Agran

University of Wyoming
Dr. Martin Agran is a nationally recognized researcher in the area of special education. He is a professor and former department head in the Department of Special Education at the University of Wyoming. Additionally, he served as a professor in the Special Education Departments at Utah State University and the University of Northern Iowa (where he also served as department head), respectively. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois... Read More →

Stacy K Dymond

Professor | Department of Special Education | University of Illinois
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Pamela Mims

Associate Professor, East Tennessee State University
Systematic Instructional, Access to the General Education Curriculum, Alignment, ABA
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Mary E. Morningstar

Dr. Mary E. Morningstar is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas and Director of the Transition Coalition, which offers online, hybrid and in-person professional development and resources for secondary special educators and transition practitioners. Dr. Morningstar also is the Program Director for the Low Incidence teacher education program which trains teachers of students with significant... Read More →
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Fred Spooner

Professor, UNC Charlotte
Fred Spooner (Ph.D., University of Florida) is a Professor in the Department of Special Education, and Child Development and Principal Investigator on a Personnel Preparation Project involving distance delivery technologies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Co-Principal Investigator on a U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Project to teach students with moderate/severe intellectual disability... Read More →
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Julie Thompson

Assistant Professor of Special Education, Texas A&M University
Julie L. Thompson, PhD, BCBA, is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. Julie’s research examines explicit instruction procedures to teach academic skills to ethnically and linguistically diverse minimally vocal-verbal children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in public school settings. She is particularly interested in group instructional arrangements and technology delivered-instruction.

Wednesday November 30, 2016 8:20am - 12:20pm
Midway Suites III & IV

Attendees (25)