The “Blurring” of Special Education (Doug Fuchs, Vanderbilt University)

March 23, 2010

10:30 am
Presented by:Doug Fuchs, Professor and Nicholas Hobbs Chair in Special Education and Human Development, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
Room 242 JRP Hall
Lawrence, KS


The “Blurring” of Special Education: Redefining the Role of Special
Education in an RTI Framework

Doug Fuchs
Professor and Nicholas Hobbs Chair in Special Education and Human
Development, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

In recent years, the role of special educators as experts who work with the
most difficult to teach students has become blurred as schools move toward a
new continuum of general education placements and services. Dr. Fuchs will
lead a discussion (via video conference) about response to intervention, the
role of special education, and the need for the profession to return to its
historic mission.

ABOUT OUR GUEST SPEAKER
Dr. Fuchs is co-director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Reading Clinic. He
has been principal investigator of 35 federally sponsored research grants
focusing on the development of pre-referral interventions, peer-assisted
learning strategies in reading and math, curriculum-based measurement
procedures, and methods of reintegrating students with high-incidence
disabilities into mainstream settings. Dr. Fuchs’s research interests
include instruction of students at risk for school failure because of
disability or poverty; peer-mediated learning; classroom assessment; school
improvement and school reform; urban education; and special education
policy.