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Lecture on Working with Diverse Families in the Special Education Process, Feb. 29
Author: Molly Lane, Office of University Communications, 503-725-8555
Posted: February 11, 2008
What: Portland State University's Graduate School of Education Bilingual Teacher Pathway Program will host, "Working with Diverse Families in the Special Education Process" with Beth Harry. Harry, a professor of special education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Miami, will discuss the impact of special education on families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

When: Friday, February 29, 2008, 7 p.m.

Where: Hoffman Hall (1833 SW 11th Ave.)

Cost: The lecture is free and open to the public.

Contact: For more information, contact Scott Yelton at 503-752-3824 or say@pdx.edu.

Background: A native of Jamaica Beth Harry entered the field of special education as a parent of a child with cerebral palsy. Her studies have included Puerto Rican, African American and a wide range of other cultural groups. She previously served on the National Academy of Sciences panel to study the disproportionate placement of minority students in special education. Her most recent work is featured in two books: "Why Are So Many Minority Students in Special Education?," and "Case Studies of Minority Student Placement in Special Education."

Portland State University's Graduate School of Education Bilingual Teacher Pathway Program is a teacher preparation program designed to fill critical shortages of bilingual/bicultural teachers in the Portland and Southwest Washington regions. Working with district partners, they recruit and prepare bilingual/bicultural instructional assistants for initial teacher licensure along with an ESL/Bilingual Endorsement.

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