The Van Loan School at Endicott College’s Director of Graduate Licensure and Fellowship Programs Dr.Aubry Threlkeld will be presenting at the 40th Annual Conference of the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) held on November 8-10 in Savannah, GA; and will serve as part of a panel on Teaching and Learning with a Disability at the National Communication Association Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas on November 16-19th.
Threlkeld will share his presentation, “Fostering Cultural Competence in First-Year Urban Special Educators: The Endicott Urban Teaching Fellows Program” at TED in Savannah.
Endicott’s new urban-focused program — an outgrowth of the existing Endicott Teaching Fellows program — will be featured as part of the Diversity Showcase. Threlkeld will share video testimonials filmed in Chelsea Public Schools from the teachers involved in the first year of the program that describe the early indicators for success. This program was made possible by an Innovative Partnerships EPIC Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
“Initial feedback from our district partners is showing that our fellows in Chelsea Public Schools program are having an enormous impact on student growth and achievement,” said Threlkeld. “Our goal is to expand the program to new urban districts.”
In Dallas, Threlkeld will present as part of a panel, “Method to Our Madness: Teaching and Learning across Mental Disability.” His work (co-authored with Sarah Pieplow of Colorado State University) will be featured in a book titled Teaching and Learning with a Disability, edited by Dr. Michael Jeffress and published by Routledge in 2018.
“The work chronicles the stories of students with mental disabilities navigating higher education while managing chronic conditions,” said Threlkeld. “By highlighting such stories, we hope to give texture to the ongoing debates about how best to empower students and faculty who experience anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and other mental health concerns.”
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