Special Education Administrators' Fall Conference Scheduled

September 02, 2004

The West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Special Education annual Special Education Administrators’ Fall Conference has been scheduled for September 20 – 22, 2004 at the Embassy Suite Hotels and Conference Center.  

Fall Conference

The theme of this conference, “Changing Times, Changing Needs: Strategies for Improving Results,” will provide school leaders access to researched based curriculums through presentations on raising student achievement. County special education directors, Title I directors, test coordinators, superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, higher education, state agency personnel and parents are invited to participate. You can download the Registration Form here.  

Conference Keynote Speakers  

The Conference agenda features four (4) general sessions followed by a comprehensive mix of concurrent sessions that highlight successful strategies being implemented by districts across the state. The general sessions are:   

- Monday, September 20, first general session, is Dr. Kevin McGrew, an educational psychologist from St. Cloud, Minnesota. He is the Director of the Institute for Applied Psychometrics who will address the relevance of cognitive ability information in the formation of appropriate academic expectations for students with cognitive disabilities.   

- Monday, September 20, second general session, is Mr. Chauncey Veatch, National Teacher of the Year 2002 who will deliver a wonderful message which addresses access to the general curriculum for students with disabilities.   

- Tuesday, September 21, third general session, is Dr. Robin Fogarty, know as the “teacher’s teacher”, who will provide participants with practical in strategies that transfer directly to the classroom.  

- Wednesday, September 22, fourth general session, is Dr. Troy R. Justesen, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS), who will provide a Washington update on the status of IDEA reauthorization and No Child Left Behind legislation.  

The Special Education Administrators’ Fall Conference
Embassy Suites Hotel – September 20 – 22, 2004
Conference At A Glance

September 20

September 21

Wednesday, September 22

8:30 a.m. -  10:00 a.m.


(Pre-Conference Area)

8: 30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

 Welcome and Opening                    Remarks

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Third General Session-

“The Coherent Curriculum: Connecting & Integrating Learning”

Dr. Robin Fogarty

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 p.m.

Key Note Presentation

Fourth General Session-

“IDEA & NCLB: Working Together to Meet the Needs of Students with Disabilities”

Dr. Troy Justesen

10:30 a.m. – noon

Key Note Presentation

First General Session-

“NCLB & Expectations for Students with Disabilities”

Dr. Kevin McGrew

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

 Break and Refreshments

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

 Break and Refreshments

Noon – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch Provided

(Served at Embassy Suites)

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Conference Workshops

10:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

 A Panel of West Virginia Initiatives

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 Key Note Presentation

 Second General Session-

“Each Child is a Gift”

Chauncey Veatch

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Provided

(Served at Embassy Suites)


11:15 a.m. -  12:00 p.m.

 A Panel of Local Education Initiatives

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Break and Refreshments

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Conference Workshops

Noon – 12:15 p.m.

Summary and Closing

2:15 p.m. -  3:15 p.m.

Conference Workshops

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Break and Refreshments


3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Conference Workshops

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Conference Workshops


4:15 p.m – 4:30 p.m.

Summary and  Closing

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Summary and Closing



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