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Professional Development

The Bresnahan-Halstead Center is committed to work for the advancement of knowledge and quality services for people with disabilities through research, professional development, partnership/technical assistance, and scholarships. As part of this mission, the Center is committed to assisting not only professionals who work with students with disabilities but also families of these individuals to expand their knowledge and skills in their work with them. Because the ultimate goal of the Center is to improve the academic, social, emotional, and vocational outcomes of individuals with disabilities, we have made funding available to professionals and families to plan, organize, deliver, and evaluate professional development experiences.

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 2018 Events

Early Childhood Summit

Leading from the Middle:  Influencing Up, Down, and Sideways

June 21-22, 2018

 Join us at the Keystone Convention Center to interact and learn more about the concept of leading from the middle and discover ways in which your individual and collective interactions with children, families, and colleagues can make the biggest difference on a daily basis.  Leaders include state, regional, and local directors and other administrators as well as early childhood coordinators, building principals, and assistant directors and coordinators.  Camille Catlett, Scientist Emerita at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will provide keys to successfully implementing a leadership approach that accesses “buckets” of evidence-based practice for multiple contexts in which young children learn and grow.

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Download EDSE 508-642 course information

Special Education Directors' Leadership Academy

Mapping Your Journey:  Engaged Leadership for Customer Empowerment

July 18-20, 2018

Come to learn, to network, and to relax! Attend the annual Special Education Directors’ Leadership Academy co-sponsored by the UNC Bresnahan-Halstead Center and the Colorado Department of Education at Lion Square Lodge in the stunning Vail Valley. Lauren Larson, Chief of Staff for the Governor of Colorado, will lead us in mapping our journey of engaged leadership for empowering others that results in positive educational outcomes for PK-12 students.

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