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Critical Conversations: Revealing Educational Issues at the Intersections of Disability, Race, Language and Culture

Online Event
December 16, 2021
Add to Calendar 2021-12-16 00:00:00 2021-12-16 00:00:00 Critical Conversations: Revealing Educational Issues at the Intersections of Disability, Race, Language and Culture United States Council for Exceptional Children America/New_York public
Presented by DDEL and CEC

Join the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL) for a series of Critical Conversations with experts and practitioners in the field of special education. This program will feature 8 live webinars presenting research and practice from scholars of color and allies engaging in work to address the needs of diverse exceptional learners. Each month, you will be invited to join a live webinar featuring a panel of experts as they discuss a pertinent topic facing the field. Webinars will include a brief overview of their work followed by a facilitated panel discussion and Q&A. Come prepared to learn and engage!

By registering for this program, you will have access to:

  • All 8 live Critical Conversations webinars (schedule below). Watch any of the webinars scheduled (live or later on-demand!) and receive professional development hour (PDH) certificates for those you attend. 
  • 2 additional pre-recorded webinars.
  • On-demand recordings of all webinars (after they are presented live) through April 2022. 
  • Access to a proprietary online community to engage in discussion with other registrants throughout the series.

How to Register: 

  • Register in advance of the series start to gain access to all the live webinars as well as the on-demand recordings
  • Register at any time and get immediate access to all live webinars left in the series in addition to the on-demand recordings for each webinar
  • Immediate access to 2 previously recorded sessions as soon as you register (info on these below)

$59 for CEC Members

$129 for non-Members

*Registration is free to current members of DDEL. New and current members are provided a discount code for registration in DDEL email announcements and the DDEL CECommunity member forum.

Learn more about or become a member of DDEL.

Past Sessions

Date Webinar Information Moderator
May 27, 2021
5pm EST

Migration and The Cultural Shift: Perspectives on Disability from Immigrant Families
Join this webinar where Drs. Werunga and Morin will be discussing research on perspectives of disability from Cambodian immigrant families and community members living in Sierra Leone. The discussion will focus on how these perceptions overlap and the implications of working with families from these areas in the United States. Listen as our panelists highlight important considerations for supporting these families through the transition and acculturation to schooling for students with disabilities in the United States.

Dr. Robai Werunga
Dr. Kristi Morin

Dr. Evette Simmons-Reed
June 29, 2021
5pm EST

‘Yes, and’: Pride at the Intersections of BIPOC, Dis/ability & LGBTQA+
 Join this webinar for a conversation celebrating Pride month with a discussion on the unique strengths and challenges faced by scholars, teachers, and students with intersectional identities. Our panelists will share insights, stories, and recommendations from their own experiences, scholarship and teaching. Come participate in an affirming queerness And dis/ability, And Blackness, And Indigenous, And People of color across all the intersectional identities we are.

Featuring Dr. Bryan Cichy-Parker, 
Hannah Grabowski 
Mir Plemmons

Dr. A. Joy Broughton
July 29, 2021
5pm EST

But What Does It Look Like? Instructional Strategies for Exceptional CLD Students
Across the country educators are realizing the importance of implementing culturally responsive and humanizing pedagogy, but sometimes it’s not clear what that entails. Join this webinar to hear the research-based instructional strategies to support culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional learners.

Dr. Le Tran
Lindsay Carlisle, M.S.
Sarah Gorsky, M.Ed.
Margene Brohammer
Jeannie Merritt

Dr. Evette Simmons-Reed
August 26, 2021
5pm EST

Persevering Through Difficult Times: Supporting Students with Disabilities from Diverse Backgrounds During the Pandemic
Teachers and students are finally returning to the halls of school buildings for face-to-face instruction. But what does this look like and what considerations do we need to make for diverse exceptional students and their families? Join this webinar for a discussion on lessons-learned and the latest strategies for supporting CLD students with disabilities this school year.

Featuring Drs.
Christina Gabaldon
Peishi Wang
Shaqwana Freeman-Green 
Jessica Kamuru
Melissa Driver
Dia Jackson
Julie Esparza Brown 

Dr. A. Joy Broughton

September 30, 2021
5pm EST

Uncovering Segregation: How Disability, Race, & Language Become Tools of Exclusion
Join this webinar for a discussion on how to address the pervasive and persistent issues of segregation within schools. These panelists will share the patterns of discrimination and segregation at the state, district, and school levels.

Dr. Adai Tefera 
Dr. Melissa Cuba 
Dr. Rebecca Cruz 
Cady Landa 

Dr. Evette Simmons-Reed
October 28, 2021
5pm EST

Assessing Our Awareness: Tools for Developing Teachers' Cultural Competence
In this webinar, panelists discuss tools to support teachers to become culturally competent, critically conscious allies in the fight for racial justice. Panelists will share tools and strategies for teacher educators, administrators, and teachers themselves to engage and commit to anti-racist teaching.

Drs. Elizabeth Harkins
Alta “Joy” Broughton 
Kelly Carrero 
Tammy Ellis-Robinson

Dr. Allison Gunter

November 18, 2021
5pm EST

Mothers, Fathers, Aunts, & Uncles: Asset-Based Pedagogy for Family Engagement in Special Education
In this webinar, panelists discuss strategies to affirm and engage with diverse family structures. Students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds come from families of diverse backgrounds and composition. Let’s prepare for the holiday season centering the importance of family in all shapes and sizes.

Drs. Amy Noggle 
Sehrish Shikarpurya  
& Cristina Santamaria    

Dr. A. Joy Broughton

December 16, 2021 5pm EST    

Removing Shade from Their Light: Magnifying Minoritized 2E Learners with Strategies and Implications for Research 
Join webinar panelists in highlighting CECs upcoming TEACHING Exceptional Children Special Issue centering twice exceptional diverse learners. Panelists will discuss how giftedness has been racialized and excluded students of color. Learn strategies for referral, evaluation, and supporting twice exceptional students and the research that’s needed.

Christopher Cormier, PhD
Endia Lindo, PhD
Donna Ford, PhD

Dawn Rowe, PhD

Also included with your registration:

On-Demand Sessions Presenters
Translanguaging and Bilingualism Across Borders: Addressing the Myths to Support the Self-Determination of Students with Disabilities Alta Joy Broughton, PhD.
Steve Pryzmus, PhD.
Alba A. Ortiz, PhD.
Rachael Gonzales, PhD.
Implementing Culturally Responsive Practices to Foster Family Engagement

Cathy Kea
Endia Lindo
Mary Ruth Coleman
Joy Banks
Kimberly Bunch-Crump
Joy Broughton (Moderator)

CECs Pioneer Division and  DDEL Showcase Session (2021)


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