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Professionals, Families & Exceptionality:

Positive outcomes through partnerships and trust


September 14, 2013 * 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Shepherdstown, West Virginia


There are many people involved in a child's education. A child's family along with teachers, administrators, providers of specialized services in the schools and other professionals all must work together to provide the best education possible for the child. Each member in this collaborative team has an important role to play and it is important that partnership and trust are the basis of this collective goal of success for each child.


During this conference teacher, parents, administrators and other education professionals will discuss ways to work collaboratively together such as during transition from PK-12 to higher education, partnering together during the IEP process, supporting students during the early childhood years and much more.


This workshop will instruct teachers, education professionals, and families on how to empower, collaborate, and advocate for children with special needs.


Topics and Issues Include:


  • Families and Professional Partnerships
  • Examine issues surrounding a family's lifespan in the area of special needs children.
  • Family systems theory
  • Families and Professionals as Partners in the IEP (Individualized Education Plan)
  • Transition from PK-12 to Higher Education


Who Should Attend


  • Teachers; general and special education, early childhood, elementary, middle, and secondary levels
  • Administrators
  • School psychologists and counselors
  • Other professionals and community agencies who work with exceptionalities in the classroom setting
  • Parents, students and community members



For further information on the workshop, please contact Dr. Scott Beard at 304-876-5313 or



Graduate Studies and Continuing Education | P.O. Box 5000 | Shepherdstown, West Virginia | 25443-5000 | 304-876-5313 | 800-344-5231