January 24, 2011

Regional chapter of AHEAD plans roundtable

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- For the first time, the Illinois Iowa Regional Chapter of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) will sponsor a roundtable at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

“Response to Intervention: A Framework for Eligibility Determination with Implications for Assessment of Student Learning in Higher Education” is set for Feb. 18 at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center at 150 E. Pleasant Hill Road in Carbondale. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and concludes at 3:30 p.m.

Nancy Mundschenk, associate professor of special education in the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education at SIUC’s College of Education and Human Services, will give the keynote presentation at 12:30 p.m. She’ll share an overview of legal requirements for determining eligibility within an RtI (Response to Intervention) model and the implications of changes when transitioning students from high school to post-secondary programs. Roundtable participants will discuss current trends that tend to focus more on assessing student learning to evaluate higher education programs.

Following a short break, participants will look at “Practical Implications at Disability Offices.” Presenters include Kathleen Plesko, director of Disability Support Services at SIUC, and Roger Pugh, development specialist for the University’s Achieve Program. They’ll highlight their own experiences with new or varying types of disability documentation with a focus on potential problems and solutions. The event concludes with a wrap-up and evaluations.

The registration deadline is Feb. 7. The cost is $10 for Illinois/Iowa AHEAD members or $20 for non-members. Pay $25 to register for the roundtable and become a member of the organization. The registration cost includes lunch catered by Honeybakers.

For more information or to register, contact Roger Pugh at 618/453-2369 or via e-mail at rpugh@siu.edu.