Expert on minority disproportionality in special education to speak at UNT Sept. 27

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 16:23

What:           University of North Texas’ College of Education presents Dr. Dan Reschly, professor of education and psychology in Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, as Project TELL’s Distinguished Lecturer. Reschly will address “Response to Intervention and the Prevention of Minority Special Education Disproportionality”


When:          4:30 p.m. Sept. 27 (Friday)


Where:         Matthews Hall Room 311, 1300 W. Highland St.


Cost:            Free


Contact:       Bertina Combes, associate professor in UNT’s College of Education, at or 940-565-4325


DENTON (UNT), Texas — Why are minority students overrepresented in special education classes?

Dr. Dan Reschly, an expert on minority disproportionality in special education, will talk about how to prepare teachers and other school personnel to better identify students who are at risk of being incorrectly referred for special education. Reschly will speak as Project TELL’s Distinguished Lecturer for the University of North Texas’ College of Education at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27 (Friday) in Matthews Hall Room 311, 1300 W. Highland St. He serves as professor of education and psychology in Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.

“The issue of how to adequately prepare teachers for the diversity of students they will encounter in our schools has been a long standing issue in the field of education, especially in regard to addressing the needs of students experiencing social and academic disadvantage,” said Dr. Endia Lindo, assistant professor of educational psychology at UNT. “Dr. Reschly has worked for over 40 years researching, advising and training personnel to better address issues related to the chronic gaps in academic performance and inappropriate educational placement of culturally and linguistically diverse students.”

Reschly has published on the response to intervention, special education system reform, overrepresentation of minority children and youth, and LD classification procedures. Reschly has served as president of the National Association of School Psychologists and as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panels on Standards-based Reform and the Education of Students with Disabilities and Minority Overrepresentation in Special Education.

UNT’s Project TELL prepares leadership personnel in special education.


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