Skivington participates in international special education strategy meeting
Michael Skivington, a participated in the two day strategic planning meeting for the Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES) in Washington, D.C., Oct. 21-22, 2010.
The main purpose of the meeting was to refocus effort on educating students with disabilities. The DISES is part of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and Skivington has served as chair of the membership committee for DISES over the last two years. Board members in attendance came from many different parts of the globe, including Israel, Qatar and Mexico.
At the meeting the group revised the DISES vision and mission to reflect current international standards for education of students with disabilities: DISES promotes international communication, cooperation and progress in education and services for children and youth who have disabilities and/or are gifted and talented — across all age groups, from infancy through adulthood. DISES refers to these children and youth as individuals with exceptional education needs.
The board also decided upon three areas that will help shape the future of the DISES: research/scholarship, collaboration/communication and human rights/advocacy. The group will use these topic areas to develop action plans that will be implemented within the next five years. The DISES members will meet electronically throughout the academic year to continue work on their action plans. They will then meet in April during the CEC International Conference and Expo in National Harbor, MD. to further discuss their progress.
For more information about visit the DISES website or Facebook page.