Cultivating Equity Through Engagement Strategies and Empowering Learning Environments 

This workshop will focus on our understanding of the brain and the science of learning to promote educational equity. Current research and best practices will inform specific strategies and practices to cultivate equitable learning environments and engagement in education and learning. 

PRESENTERS: Michelle Gagliano & Michelle MacLuckie, Chester County Intermediate Unit 


Helping Teachers with Equity through Universal Design for Learning (UDL) 

Valuing the cultural background and norms of students and communities is a critically important professional disposition. This presentation introduces the HELP framework to challenge faculty and educational leaders to intersect culturally relevant teaching with UDL principles, with the primary goal of increasing practical and theoretical capacities to engage all learners. 

PRESENTERS: Dr. Ronald Whitaker, Dr. Amber Gentile, Mary Murphy Budzilowicz, & Jesse Gluckman, Cabrini University 


Hyflex Model through the Community of Inquiry Lens: A Special Needs Analysis 

To develop a path that might best serve the special needs student, an analysis of the Hyflex model has been conducted by the researchers. Through the lens of Community of Inquiry (COI), the researchers focused on how the Hyflex model can heighten learning through teaching, cognitive, and social presence. 


PRESENTERS: Tif Mulally & Bobbi Yeager, Misericordia University 




Preparing General Educators to Meet the Needs of Students with Special Needs 

For the inclusion of students with special needs to be successful, we need to support general educators in meeting their needs. This presentation will provide an overview of the series we provide for general educators to help them have a better understanding of the law and research-based strategies that work. 


PRESENTERS: Lorrie Hrycek & Jennifer Hagerman, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 


Enhancing Student Executive Functioning and Mental Wellness through Mindfulness 

We will explore research supporting mindfulness as a way to increase mental wellness and executive functioning. We will be focused on practical and effective interventions that can be incorporated into the school day. Accommodations to tailor interventions to meet the needs of students with disabilities will also be addressed. 

PRESENTERS: Dr. Laura Sharp & Dr. Adelle Campbell, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 


Understanding the Transition to Post - Secondary Education; How We Can Better Prepare Our Students for Success 


The transition to post-secondary educational environments can be confusing and overwhelming for all students. We will discuss changes in laws, student expectations, and strategies to teach our students (keying on self-advocacy) in order to ensure success at the post-secondary level. 

PRESENTERS: Dr. Matthew Vogel, Seton Hill University


Ethical Issues Surrounding Autism Research: Asperger, Kanner, and Wakefield 

The harmful effects of ethical violations in research will be discussed. This presentation considers three major well-known medical researchers of autism and the violations of ethical principles that they committed in and around their research. Evidence connects Hans Asperger to the Nazi regime’s childhood euthanasia program in the early 1940’s. Ethical issues of a different type also surround two other physicians whose names are highly associated with Autism, Leo Kanner and Andrew Wakefield. Both seem to have committed research misconduct (plagiarism and data fabrication, respectively). 


PRESENTERS: Judith Newman, Penn State Abbington 



Pre-recorded sessions represent some of the session proposals submitted to PACEC for the 2020 Conference. 

Sessions represent work being done in the field of Special Education in the state of Pennsylvania through the presenters’ viewpoints.