College of Education

COE Faculty to Speak at Annual TASH Conference for Disabled Students

November 1, 2010

Dr. Janet Sauer and Dr. Christi Kasa-Hendrickson of the Special Education Department will be presenting at the TASH 35th Annual Conference: "Embracing Difference."

The conference will be held on December 8 -11, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The presentation is called "The Student Has No Voice: Diverse Families' Experiences in Schools."

This presentation will explore misunderstanding cultural differences and "double minority status."

They will describe themes resulting from the analysis of transcribed interviews with diverse families about their experiences with schools and their children's IEP's. Two professors collaborated with preservice teachers to seek the perspectives of families from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds through a progrma called "Families as Faculty."

Since family involvement leads to student achievement, they will also discuss possible strategies to improve family school partnerships.