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Speaker to address the impact of race and culture on special education

RELEASED: March 2, 2010

Dr. Gwen Webb-Hasan
Dr. Gwen Webb-Hasan

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Gwen Webb-Hasan, associate professor in the department of educational administration and human resource development at Texas A&M University, will present an education workshop this week at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The workshop, to be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 5 in Old Library Room 2150 and McIntyre Library Room 2023, will focus on race, culturally responsive pedagogy and special education.

Webb-Hasan's visit will provide practitioner-based discussions and activities for UW-Eau Claire College of Education and Human Sciences teacher education faculty, staff and students. The Eau Claire Area School District also will be involved in the discussion of the workings of race and culture within special education.

The event is part of ongoing professional development relating to equity, diversity and inclusivity initiatives at UW-Eau Claire and within the district. Topics addressed will include the impact of race and culture within special education; the relevance of culturally responsive pedagogy for accurately diagnosed students; and the relationships between race, culture and disproportion in special education.

Webb-Hasan's research interests focus on curriculum and instructional development, multicultural education, parental and family development, and special education. She is president of the African-American Professional Organization at Texas A&M and has authored several publications.

Space is limited for the workshop. Those interested in participating should register for the event before March 5 by contacting Dr. Christin DePouw, assistant professor of educational studies, at 715-836-5587 or depouwca@uwec.edu.

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