About the Series: One of the major responsibilities of state education agencies is to support local districts build their capacity to deliver high-quality services to improve student outcomes. The National Association of State Directors of Special Education’s (NASDSE) ongoing work with the U.S Department of Education, national organizations, technical assistance providers, respected researchers and other stakeholders uniquely positions us to identify and deliver content on the most relevant issues affecting teachers and administrators. Through four, two-hour sessions, the NASDSE Professional Development Series will deliver thought-provoking, professional development on the most current topics that can be easily integrated with the professional development services of any state.
Meeting Professional Development Needs: The NASDSE Professional Development Conferences are not a one-time event! Subscribing states will be provided with a fully accessible, state-of-the-art web delivery system that includes features such as a searchable knowledge base of information, conference chapters for easy navigation and accurate transcription of all conference content. To facilitate dissemination of conference-related information, a contact person from each subscribing state will receive login information to the site. This login will provide that state’s viewers with access to the online conference presentation page where all related PowerPoint presentations and other resources will be available for download. The state education agency also receives a master DVD that it can reproduce and distribute. This year, for the first time, we will be releasing two conferences and their corresponding DVDs together – one set in the fall and a second set in the spring. Beginning with each of the release dates, the conferences will be available online 24 hours/7 days a week for the convenience of your viewers. This allows states to provide flexible, highly affordable opportunities to reach stakeholders to support their continued learning and need for current, relevant information.
State education agencies can purchase the entire NASDSE Professional Development Series of four conferences for only $4,500, receiving unlimited access to the content of the series for ALL stakeholders in their states. Subscribing states receive unlimited rights to rebroadcast and reproduce these conferences for in-state, noncommercial use . States can use these conferences in a variety of ways such as hosting local screenings of the conferences with discussion groups, distributing DVD copies to professionals at state conferences, showcasing conferences in higher education teacher preparation programs, placing DVD copies in libraries, broadcasting conferences on statewide television networks and utilizing them to meet state continuing education requirements. There are endless creative ways to make the most of these conferences!