Lehigh University's College of Education offers numerous opportunities for educators to expand their skills. Our programs are created for school professionals, mental and health professionals, and policymakers.
We offer numerous opportunities throughout the year in the form of coursework, socratic rounds, certificate programs, workshops, symposia, lecturers, and conferences. These activities enhance both personal development and career advancement for the individual needs of our learners.
Through a variety of learning techniques – socratic rounds, lectures and courses – you will acquire new perspectives on leadership, enhance your problem-solving skills, engage in personal reflection and build lasting professional networks.
Our one-day program (May 12, 2017) provides a year-in-review keynote and perspectives. Other sessions will include: principles and factors why cases don't settle; social media and bullying, gender and sexuality matters; bullying under the IDEA; charter schools and traditional LEAs; FAPE and mental/behavioral health agencies; non-attendance of students with disabilities; juvenile justice and the IDEA; statute of limitations at the hearing officer level; dyslexia; transition to post-secondary education; placements of students with disabilities; and a two-hour special ethics section for attorneys.
Our intensive one-week institute (June 24-29, 2018) provides a practical analysis of legislation, regulations, and court decisions relating to the education of students with disabilities. The symposium is designed for special education coordinators and teachers, principals, psychologists, parent advocates, charter school personnel, attorneys (on both sides), hearing officers, state education agency personnel, and other individuals interested in a thorough exploration of the special education legal landscape. Attend the full week, or per day. Earn three Lehigh graduate credits, CLE attorney credits approved by the PA Bar Association, Act 48 credits for PA educators, or enroll for non-credit professional development.
A special and separable two-day (June 28-29, 2018) component of the Special Education Law Symposium, this Institute provides a conceptual framework and "nuts and bolts" implementation guidance for school personnel designated to implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the emerging non-discrimination mandate. The Institute explores areas in which Section 504 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) overlap as well as provisions that are unique to each. The 2018 edition of the Institute will feature nationally prominent Alabama attorney Julie Weatherly, who has appeared on CBS' "60 Minutes"; Lisa Hardcastle, a veteran Texas Section 504 administrator; and Lehigh's Dr. Perry Zirkel, university professor emeritus of education and law.
Competency through Collaboration: A Focus on the Mental Health Needs of Immigrant and Refugee Families
This conference focused on exploring the experiences and mental health needs of immigrant and refugee children in our community.
Middle level educators work tirelessly to connect with their students, but they also need time to connect with each other. Together, we have much to share and learn about student engagement and success. Check back for the 2017 date later!
This conference built pedagogical knowledge and skills and expanded attendees understanding of the broader educational, economic, socio-cultural, and legal context of students who are culturally and linguistically diverse.