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UCI Division of Continuing Education Offers Special Education Webinar Series for Teachers and Administrators

Sessions Provide Tools for Special Education Professionals to Provide Top-Notch Education Despite Current Budget Crisis

IRVINE, Calif. – April 14, 2010 – In an effort to provide a solution for special education educators pressured to yield results despite a financial crisis for education funding nationwide, the University of California, Irvine Extension announces a new “Special Education: K-12 Practices Webinar Series.” The series is designed to arm teachers and administrators with the most up-to-date knowledge about the implementation of special education practices within schools as special education administrators remain responsible for viable planning lessons. The four-topic, content rich Webinar series will begin on May 4 and run through May 27.

“UC Irvine Extension recognizes the challenges special education teachers and administrators face on a day-to-day basis. In support of these educators, this Webinar series is custom designed to address their specific needs,” said Angela Jeantet, director of UC Irvine Extension’s Education Programs Department. “By tapping into industry-respected professionals who have extensive experience in special education, we’re committed to providing relevant content for our Webinar participants that will have a direct correlation to the challenges they’re facing in their day-to-day work.”

The four online workshops – divided into eight 1.5 hour long Webinars―will address how teachers in inclusion classrooms can best meet the needs of students with and without disabilities simultaneously. Participants will study classroom management, disability classifications and profiles, development and implementation of accommodations and modifications, and how to meet state content standards. The workshops are delivered online and in real time.

UC Irvine Extension’s “Special Education: K-12 Practices Webinar Series” includes:

  • “Classroom Management -- Strategies in the Inclusion Classroom” will be presented on May 4 and 6 from 4- 5:30 p.m. PST and will cover the structure, set up and management of a classroom with any combinations of students with and without disabilities. The presentation will also include information on what resources are needed, how to obtain them and what systems are most effective.
  • “Disability Definitions, Profile, Symptoms, Goals and Needs” will take place on May 11 and 13 from 4- 5:30 p.m. PST. Participants will learn federal and state definitions of disabilities and explore evaluation of special education services. Common diagnoses, profiles, and development of programs for students with disabilities will also be explored.
  • “Implementing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs): Providing Accommodations and Modifications” is set for May 18 and 20 from 4- 5:30 p.m. PST and will share with participants how they can learn to teach students of varying needs and ability in one classroom environment, how not to be overwhelmed by the accommodation of individualized plans and what special education services are available to better the teaching experience.
  • “Meeting State Standards and Succeeding at State Testing for Students with Disabilities” will take place May 25 and 27 from 4- 5:30 p.m. PST. Participants will explore how students with disabilities can be encouraged to approach grade level content. The Webinar will also share how to prepare special needs students for state testing.


Webinar series instructor, Melissa S. Connors, JD, MBA, CAGS Sp Ed, has been an educator for over 20 years and an attorney for six years. As a current faculty member at the University of Phoenix and Director of Education at the F.L. Chamberlain School, a private therapeutic boarding and day school in Southeastern Massachusetts, Connors has extensive experience working with special education professionals. She has presented on the topic of Special Education Law at conferences and professional development seminar for several years and is working towards completing her Doctorate in Education in both Special Education and Educational Leadership.

Participants have the option to purchase each Webinar topic separately or purchase the entire series for a discounted rate. For those who successfully complete all of the workshops, there is an opportunity to be eligible to earn 1.5 units of credit for an additional fee.

To register for any one or all of these Webinars, visit http://unex.uci.edu/areas/education/.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit ce.uci.edu.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit uci.edu.