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(DC) More Than Overdue: Special Ed 2.0 – A Conversation with Miriam Kurtzig Freedman

May 4, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT

What if we were to create schools that really focus on teaching and learning for all their students — general- and special-education youngsters alike? What if we were to think beyond just tweaking today’s creaky, costly system? Since its enactment more than forty years ago, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has succeeded in ensuring that children with disabilities have access to education, by identifying, serving, and providing them with due process rights—often in the Least Restrictive Environment. But the complex, confrontational, compliance-oriented structures that we’ve created to ensure the above no longer truly put students at the center. Today’s byzantine system precludes collaboration between home and school, and relies on parents’ advocacy to achieve results — two factors that frequently put the most disadvantaged students at even greater disadvantage.

Attorney Miriam Freedman’s bold new book, Special Education 2.0, delves into how we could reframe the conversation around special education to include all students and begin to lower the systemic, legal, and philosophical barriers that preclude effectiveness. She highlights research-based interventions, such as the Least Intervention Necessary model, and trust-building approaches, while urging a focus on student strengths, as well as deficits. Join Miriam and Fordham senior fellow Chester E. Finn, Jr., in a forward looking discussion of realities and challenges facing both special and general education today.

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