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Welcome, Special Education alumni and friends!

Thank you for visiting the Department of Special Education's online home! As alumni, you have helped us build one of the top special education graduate programs in the country, and it is your collective effort across the nation and world that has enhanced the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Here the Department offers the latest news and information that is of interest to alumni. Be sure to also browse the Department's 50th Anniversary page to learn how the Department is celebrating this wonderful achievement!

The Department is in the process of collecting reflections and professional advice from our alumni. The online survey requests an update on personal and professional information as well as recollections of memories and words of advice for our current students. Be sure to check out our survey page for more information and to help us build a more robust picture of our alumni's experiences.

For visitors who are in search of a range of resources from faculty publications to national organizations, visit our Professional Resources page to find the most up-to-date information on professional special education assistance.

Alumni Memories
"I will always relish the memories of having classes and conversations (both personal and professional) with the late Dr. Floyd Hudson. What a marvelous human being. Otherwise, it is just the memory of driving Dr. Simpson and Dr. Deshler nuts wondering if I was ever going to finish my doctorate."
~Claude Tidwell, Jr., 2002 Ed.D. graduate
"I remember when Jerry Chaffin said 'You've got to come to my office. There's something I want to show you.' What he showed me was the Internet, when there were only a handful of sites available. He said it was going to change the world, and he was right!"
~Pamela Cress, 1980 Master's graduate
"I love my practicum experiences, which gave me the opportunities to learn from some wonderful classroom teachers, service providers, parents and young children! I am forever grateful for what I had learned from them."
~Shih-hua Yang, 2005 Ph.D. graduate
"Every professor I encountered was always willing to help in any way while I was in grad school and it continues to this day. Thanks."
~Edward Zamarripa, 1991 Ed.D. graduate
"My career advice is to always be in search of new ways to teach children. As a graduate, we never know all that there is to know about the "best" way to teach. Treat all children and their families with respect at all times and remember, children are gifts from God which the parents are sharing with you. What an honor it is to be able to work with them on a personal basis."
~Donna Trainer, 1994 Master's graduate
"Establish professional relationships with professors who have national reputations and learn how to involve yourself in national service, publications and grant proposal writing from them while you have the opportunity. Do not think of yourself as a student but as a professional."
~Candice Hollingshead, 1997 Ph.D. graduate
"I enjoyed my office mates very much during my years of Ph.D. study. We had both deep and light discussions and shared our frustrations, achievements, milestones and hours of study and research work over several years. Some of these friendships endure to the present day, and it is wonderful to see each other at conferences or other venues and track each other's accomplishments."
~Tammy Steeples, 1999 Master's graduate
"Take one semester at a time…and be sure to notice and try to enjoy the changing seasons as you commute between academic, work and family challenges. KU's special education faculty are top notch scholars, demanding instructors and role models in education for all of us. Be sure to get to know them on a personal and professional basis for they have much to offer...{C}"
~Gerard Buckley, 1977 Ed.D. graduate
"I was part of a small cohort of doctoral students receiving a stipend and we had weekly meetings with our advisor, Rich Simpson, to discuss our work and current practices, etc. These meetings were the highlight of my program because it was a time of collaboration, commiserating, counseling and learning that helped to keep me going when things were really tough...{C}"
~Sonja de Boer, 2005 Ph.D. graduate

Donors have made a huge difference in the Department's ability to prepare the next generation of special education teachers, teacher educators, disability researchers and administrative leaders. Please read "Special Ed Seeks Lives of Dignity for All," published in Fall 2008 issue of KU Endowment's KU Giving. With gifts from friends who share our commitment, we achieve goals that ensure better academic, social and vocational learning opportunities. To support the Special Education Department in this way, please contact Brian Friedman, 785-832-7464 or BFriedman@kuendowment.org. You can give online at kuendowment.org/education.


How to give

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the KU School of Education! There are many ways for you to support the school and our students, faculty and programs while achieving your philanthropic goals. If you would like to explore ways you can help, see the Giving Options at KU Endowment, or contact:

Brian Friedman
Brian Friedman
Associate Development Director, School of Education
1891 Constant Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66047
785-832-7464
BFriedman@KUEndowment.org

Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship

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An important event! WP4KU Special Education Dinner Women Philanthropists for KU is pleased to feature the KU Department of Special Education and the interactive learning environment for educators, TeachLivE. Please join us for dinner and this engaging program. Thursday, September 4, 2014 6:00 p.m. $25 per person The Pavilion Lied Center of Kansas 1600 Stewart Drive Lawrence, Kan. Seating is limited. Register for this event here: http://www.kuendowment.org/s/1312/endowment/index.aspx?sid=1312&gid=1&pgid=648

A letter from a parent to teacher about her daughter from SWIFT SCHOOLS: http://t.co/wdwuAIuQPj


#1 public program in nation for special education
—U.S. News & World Report
2nd nationwide for most published journal articles in special education
Wayne Sailor directs KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, to develop a national center to assist schools
A $2.5 million grant will fund research on reasons effective technology tools are underused for students with disabilities