State and national experts on tap for IDEA workshops

State and national experts on special education advocacy and practice will present at KASB’s IDEA workshops later this month. Click here to register 

The workshops are on Aug. 27 in Topeka; Aug. 28 in Dodge City and Aug. 29 in Salina. Each workshop will feature regional special education experts and KASB General Counsel and Assistant Executive Director of Policy Donna Whiteman. National School Boards Association Chief Advocacy Officer Chip Slaven will join KASB Advocacy staff Leah Fliter and Rob Gilligan and NSBA Western Region Director Frank Henderson of the Seaman USD 345 Board of Education to brief attendees on the national “It’s Time for a Great IDEA!: New Congress, New IDEA, New Opportunities” campaign to modernize and fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  

Gilligan, Slaven and Henderson will be joined by the League of Kansas Municipalities Census Outreach Manager Wendi Stark for “The Census and IDEA: Why It’s Critical to Count Everyone Once, Only Once, In the Right Place.” Gilligan and Stark serve on the Kansas Complete Count Committee established by Gov. Laura Kelly. 

Whiteman will cover Special Education Basics at each workshop. In Topeka, KSDE Assistant Director of Special Education Title Services Laura Jurgensen will discuss “Pitfalls and Red Flags.” Jurgensen will be joined by Holton USD 336 Special Education Director Dr. Amy Haussler, Auburn-Washburn USD 437 Special Ed Director Dr. Ann Matthews, and Mary Schroeger, Director of Special Education for Lansing USD 469. 

In Dodge City, Whiteman will be joined by new KSDE Director of Special Education Bert Moore and Marcy Fierstein, Director of the High Plains Educational Cooperative; Erica Nance, Special Education Director, Wichita USD 259, and Kathy Kersenbrock-Ostmeyer, Director of Special Education, NKESC. 

In Salina, USD 259 Executive Director of Special Services Heath Peine and Salina USD 305 Special Education Director Mike Lowers will join Slaven, Henderson, and Fliter for the IDEA advocacy programming. Pitfalls” presenters will include KSDE’s Moore; NKESC’s Kersenbrock-Ostmeyer; Rebekah Helget, Special Education Director for Concordia USD 333; and Lowers. 

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