Bachelder Presents at the ASSEC Conference
The Alaska Statewide Special Education Conference (ASSEC) was held last week from February 2nd through 10, 2016 sponsored by The Council for Exceptional Children in Alaska. This conference is a great opportunity for special educators to learn and share in a collaborative environment. Many UAS graduates are here as their district sends them to the conference. Dr. Batchelder was able to visit with a few UAS graduates to include Laura Steward. Ms. Steward is our very first UAS graduate of our fairly new Bachelors in Special Education. Like Laura, many of those in attendance are first or second year teachers. Dr. Batchelder sits on the CEC board along with professors in special education from UAA and UAF.
UAS School of Education Assistant Professor Heather L. Batchelder presented at the session entitled IEP Goals: From Paper to Classrooms to Families. Participants learned to take their students' IEP goals from the paperwork and embed learning opportunities throughout the day plus how to take and track data on the students' progress towards their goals. They also learned that communicating progress towards the IEP goals and how the children "look" when they are actively engaged in learning opportunities is important to families of the community because families may want to extend their child's opportunites to learn in the domestic setting. Batchelder also reported that the CEC held their teacher of the year luncheon and the Governor's Council for Disabilities Inclusive Practice as part of the conference.