Frances Partridge Connor

Frances Partridge Connor, an influential figure across many aspects of special education, passed away 28 March 2015 in Boca Raton, FL. She was the Richard March Hoe Professor Emeritus of Education at Teachers College of Columbia University in New York (NY, US).

For many decades, Professor Connor affected the practice and policy of special education. She not only chaired the special education program at Teachers College, but also served as president of the International Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). In addition, she advised local, state, federal, and international government agencies about educational policies related to children and youths with disabilties. She was also a member of multiple research teams focused on improving the tools of teachers and methods for advancing outcomes for children with disabilties.
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Suspension data by U.S. state

Over on On Special Education, Christina Samuels reported that a group that is part of the Civil Rights Project of the University of California, Los Angeles, has indicated that 37% of secondary students with disabilities in Florida had been suspended from school, the highest rate in the US and more than double the average for the country.

Eighteen percent of secondary students with a disability served an out-of-school suspension in 2011-12, according to data collected by the U.S. Department of Education, but behind that number are enormous variations in suspension rates at the district and state level.

A civil rights advocacy group’s analysis of the data released Monday shows that Florida, at 37 percent, leads all other states in suspending students with disabilities at the secondary level. Florida also led the nation that year in suspensions overall, both at the elementary and secondary level, at 5 percent and 19 percent, respectively, said the Center for Civil Rights Remedies.

Read Ms. Samuels’s full post at “States’ Suspension Rates Vary Widely for Students With Disabilities, Group Says.”

University of South Florida doctoral studies

Professor Jeannie Kleinhammer-Tramill and colleagues at the University of South Florida are soliciting applications for a new cohort of Ph.D. students to begin doctoral studies in the fall of 2015. They are recruiting for a diverse group of individuals who want to prepare for roles as faculty members in special education and special education policy leadership. Those who are selected for the program will receive scholarships of up to $30,000 per year for full-time study to complete the doctorate in special education with emphasis on educational policy leadership. Download the accompanying flyer for additional information.

Sprout Film Festival in Winchester Virginia

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The Arc & Sprout Film Festival, screening films featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will take place in Winchester, VA, on Tuesday 11 November through Friday 14 November 2014! This four day festival is presented by The Arc of Northern Shenandoah Valley and will take place on the days and at locations as follows:

  • Tuesday – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 10am & 6pm
  • Wednesday – Bright Box Community Theater 7pm
  • Thursday – Woodstock Community Theater 10am
  • Friday – Shenandoah University 2pm

Anthony Di Salvo, Executive Director of Sprout, will be presenting the films and running a Q&A at all the screenings. Throughout the four days there will be a variety of short documentaries, narratives and music videos screened. Get additional information and view a trailer about the festival.

Assistant Prof at Millersville U.


The Millersville University Department of Early, Middle, and Exceptional Education seeks an Assistant Professor of Special Education beginning August 2015. Minimum qualifications include ABD status in special education, or a closely related field, 4 years of successful full-time teaching experience with Pre-K – 8 individuals demonstrating a broad range of disabilities. Highly regarded for its instructional quality and strong commitment to diversity, Millersville University is a learner-focused institution located in historic Lancaster County, known for its excellent schools and vibrant arts community, and close to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, and NYC. MU enrolls about 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students. We seek individuals who embrace our public mission and value exploration, professionalism, integrity and compassion.

For a full listing of qualifications and to apply, go to and complete a faculty application. Full consideration given to applications received by November 23, 2014. Direct questions to Dr. Richard Mehrenberg, search committee chair, at

An EO/AA institution.
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Director of Education at UW-Tacoma

The University of Washington, Tacoma, announced a search for a Professor and Director of the Education Program. The position, which is slated to begin in July of 2015, will be for the nine-month academic year plus a three-month summer period. The Director will report to the UWT Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and should be committed to helping the program transition from its program status into a departmentalized school of education. Review of applications begins 1 November 2014.

Please download the accompanying PDF for more a comprehensive description of the position.

Tenure Track Faculty Positions at WVU for FALL 2015

West Virginia University announces the availability of 3 open-rank, tenure-track faculty positions in the following areas:

  • Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • Moderate/Severe Disabilities
  • Gifted Education

These 9-month positions require teaching, research, and service. A description and directions for submitting an application are available at: Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2014.

FMI: Barbara Ludlow, Professor and Chair, or 304-293-3835.

Department Chair in Ed Leadership and Counseling at Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University is conducting a search for a tenured Associate or Full Professor/Chairperson in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling to begin January 1, 2015

Primary Responsibilities


The Chairperson maintains standards, policies and procedures for a department with two distinct disciplines: Educational Leadership and Counseling. The department serves graduate students and offers degrees including Master’s Degree programs in Educational Administration, School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, and Higher Education Administration. Specialist level degrees are offered for Educational Administration, Counseling Education, and Educational Leadership Development. The Department also supports a Cooperative Ed.D. program in partnership with the University of Missouri.

Responsibilities include administration, leadership, teaching, faculty-personnel relations, student recruitment, department liaison, student development, and management/budget oversight consistent with a diverse graduate level department. In addition, the chairperson maintains an active, scholarly and service agenda. The Chairperson of the department has a reduced teaching load.

Required Qualifications

         Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Educational Leadership/Administration (Degree must be from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited/government certified university)

  • Demonstrated record of administrative/leadership experience
  • Ability to champion both counseling and administration programs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ELCC and CAEP/NCATE standards
  • Demonstrated success with scholarly research
  • Excellent record of college/university teaching
  • Experience/knowledge of administrative and counseling accreditation and certification processes
  • Demonstrated commitment to shared governance
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of faculty morale and enthusiasm
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with multi-cultural populations and awareness of issues affecting women and minorities

Read the full HR posting of the position and get additional information regarding the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling.

Iowa technology center director

The Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research (ICATER) at the University of Iowa is seeking candidates for the position of Director of ICATER. ICATER assists students, educators, parents, and education professionals through training, education and research to achieve full access and participation in their communities. The Instructional Services Director will oversee the center and programs, develop and evaluate programming, provide consultative services, and act as liaison to public and private agencies and constituents on assistive technologies to enhance resources available to users.

Please see the accompanying document for more details.

This is a full time Professional & Scientific staff position. It may be filled at any time. Information on how to apply is available at under Professional & Scientific positions. Search Jobs and refer to requisition #64612.

For additional information about this position, please contact

Vilia Tarvydas:
ICATER Interim Director
The University of Iowa
College of Education
N168 Lindquist Center
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1529

U. Oregon open-rank position

The Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences at the University of Oregon is seeking to hire a tenure-line faculty member in Special Education with expertise in the design, development, and delivery of instruction in core academic areas (e.g., reading, writing, and mathematics). For full position description and application information, please visit our website at: Apply by August 15, 2014, to be assured of consideration.

Frederick J. Weintraub, 1942-2014

Frederick J. Weintraub, one of the primary contributors to U.S. laws that guide special education, passed away 2 May 2014 at age 72. He was born 28 August 1942 in New York City, the son of Barbara and Israel Weintraub, and grew up in Philadelphia.

In addition to co-editing classic works on educational policy (e.g., Ballard, Ramirez, & Weintraub, 1982; Weintraub, Abeson, Ballard, & Lavor, 1976) and testifying before the U.S. Congress repeatedly, Fred is probably most widely known for his contributions to the development of the laws and regulations that are the foundations of special education in the U.S. In the mid-1970s he had substantial influence on Public Law 94-142 and the rules guiding its implementation. That law and those rules have quite literally affected the lives of millions of children and their families.

For most of his career, Fred worked for the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). He served in multiple different roles primarily focused on governmental relations, policy, and professional development. In 2006 CEC gave Fred its highest honor, the J. E. Wallace Wallin Lifetime Achievement Award. After his career with CEC, he moved to the Los Angeles area where he sometimes lectured at local universities and later served as a special monitor for the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Modified Consent Decree (based on the Chanda Smith Consent Decree).

Fred was a man of loyalty, consideration, character, and wit. He manifested all of those strengths when he sent a note to his friends a few weeks before his death, lamenting the fact that he would not see them at the annual CEC convention:

For the first time, since 1967, I will miss the pleasure of seeing you and my other CEC colleagues at the Convention. Since Philadelphia is where I grew up, my absence will be even more disappointing.

As some of you know my health has been declining for the past year leading to a near death system collapse in February. Since then I have been regaining my health and strength. However, we have found that the culprit for all the problems is Pancreatic Cancer, that is currently inoperable. While the chemo I am receiving may be of some help, I am not planning on submitting a session proposal for next year’s Convention.

I have had, thanks to many of you, a wonderful career. The campaigns we fought led to persons with disabilities having civil rights, children with disabilities having the right to an education and establishing national standards for the special education profession. Back in the early 1970’s I explained to a Member of Congress that he should support a civil rights amendment for people with disabilities by noting that at some point in our lives we will all be disabled. Well today I have an Accessible parking placard.

I am blessed to have a wonderful family and circle of friends. I am very proud of them and thankful for their support. For the past month we have shared stories about the adventures and experiences we had on this journey.
If there are stories you would like to share, I would love them. And if there are questions you may have about how we got here I’ll do my best to answer.

If you sense that I am spiritually and emotionally in a good place, you are correct. That is mostly because of the continuous support, assistance and love I receive from my wife and professional colleague Dr. Lynne Cook. If you are a friend of Lynne’s, as I know many of you are, a kind word or offer of support would be appreciated.

Finally, for those of you in Philly there is something you can do for me. Do one of the following:

  1. Have scrapple and eggs for breakfast
  2. Have an Italian Hoagie or Italian Cheese Steak with sweet and hot peppers for lunch (skip the Philly Cheese steak.
  3. Have a soft pretzel with mustard and a good beer
  4. Go to Independence Hall to remind yourself of what this journey has been about
  5. Share the experience

Best Wishes


Fred is survived by his wife, Lynne Cook and his daughters Marya Long and Heather Moore, as well as grandchildren. Donations can be made to the Frederick Weintraub Educational Leadership Scholarship at California State University, Northridge. See the obituary from the Los Angeles (CA) Times 18 May 2014.


Ballard, J., Ramirez, B., & Weintraub, F. J. (Eds.). (1982). Special education in America: Its legal and governmental foundations. Reston, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.

Weintraub, F. J., Abeson, A., Ballard, J., & LaVor, M. L. (Eds.). (1976). Public policy and the education of exceptional children. Reston, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.

DISES conference at University of Minho

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The Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES) and the University of Minho will convene an international conference in Braga, Portugal, from 14-17 July 2014. The conference will take as its theme “Embracing Inclusive Approaches” and will feature Arlene S. Kanter of Syracuse University and Luis de Miranda Correia, of the Instituto Português de Dislexia e outras Necessidades Especiais (Portuguese Institute of Dyslexia and other Special Needs) and the Associação Portuguesa para as Necessidades Especiais (Portuguese Association for Special Needs). Learn more by visiting the section of the DISES Web site devoted to the conference.

IASE call for proposals

The International Association of Special Education, in collaboration with the University of Lower Silesia, issued a call for proposals for its 14th biennial conference. Under the title “New Dimensions toward Education, Advocacy, and Collaboration for Individuals with Special Needs,” the conference will convene in Wroclaw, Poland, 21-25 June 2015. The accompanying PDF provides additional information about the conference and submitting proposals for presentations.

CLD search for editor for LD Forum

Council for Learning Disabilities

Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) is seeking applications for the position of editor of LD Forum, its official newsletter. The role of the editor involves preparing in a timely manner the newsletter content, which should:

  1. inform the membership about business of the international organization and state chapters, and
  2. offer brief articles related to the LD field. Applicants must be a member of CLD and maintain membership during the term as editor.

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