Free conference on special education planned at Ripon College

A free conference on diversity and inclusion in higher education will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, on the Ripon College campus. “Special Education: A Changing Landscape” is sponsored by the Higher Education Diversity Initiative Team (HEDIT), comprising the four higher education institutions of Fond du Lac County — Ripon College, Marian University, Moraine Park Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Fond du Lac Campus.

The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union, on the Ripon College campus. Students and staff from the four institutions and all interested members of the Fond du Lac County community are invited to attend. Busing from Marian University and Moraine Park will be provided, and breakfast and lunch will be included.

There is no fee for the workshop but online registration is required.

There will be two panel discussions, and the keynote speaker will be Daniel Parker, assistant director of special education with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Parker previously worked as an autism consultant and grant director for the Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative and the Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support. He currently supports updated frameworks for comprehensive special education evaluations, additional training resources for IEP development, monitoring of progress of IEP goals, and functional behavior assessments.

He has a unique blend of home-based, general and special education teaching, and administrative background at the school, district and statewide levels. His interests include data analysis, self-determination, family engagement, positive behavior interventions, cross-agency/organization collaboration, and highlighting implementation of evidence-based strategies and high-leverage practices in special education to support improved student outcomes across Wisconsin.

Parker received master’s degrees in special education and human development and family life from the University of Kansas.

HEDIT is a team of faculty and staff formed by the presidents and CEOs of Fond du Lac County’s four institutions of higher education to plan “an annual collaborative project designed to promote a climate of appreciation for all aspects of human diversity, supporting, fostering and welcoming inclusiveness, respect and dignity for all.” This is HEDIT’s 11th annual event.


Related Posts

Lezlie Bishop ’66 recalls college trip to Mississippi in recent Forbes interview

Lezlie Bishop ’66 is a retired teacher and public relations professional. These days, however, she is more commonly known as the mother of actor Stephen […]

Ripon College Logo

Update from One Merriman Lane: Advancing diversity and inclusion on campus

Dear campus community, Many of us who work, study and care about Ripon College looked at ourselves in the mirror last spring following the murder […]

Two Ripon College students presenting at Catalyst Day, April 2019

Catalyst Day presentations available for viewing today

Join Ripon College students today for their culminating presentations in the capstone seminar of the Catalyst curriculum. Catalyst Day — held each fall and spring […]

Mural currently being painted will celebrate message of diversity

A 4-foot by 26-foot mural celebrating the message of diversity is being created on the Ripon College campus. Painting began ths week on the side […]

HEDIT logo