FEDERAL PROGRAM Director COFFEE TALK - We will be hosting a networking meeting for PREPS Federal Program Directors on Wednesday, October 28 at 9:30 AM. 

Session Description: The pandemic calls for both a rapid response as well as long term planning as we address the challenges of providing continuous learning opportunities to all students, especially those most vulnerable. In response the National Comprehensive Center’s Systemic Technical Assistance Team created a collection of resources to assist states, districts, and schools through the pandemic and beyond. Our discussion will focus on a few of these resources and how they might be used to support you during these ever changing times.

Presenter Bio: Dr. Layland serves as a consultant for the National Comprehensive Center and 4 Regional Centers providing technical assistance to state education agencies, districts, and schools in areas related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). She has consulted with more than 11 state education agencies on effective implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and has more than 20 years of teaching and leadership experience in general and special education at the school, district, and state levels. As an adjunct professor, Dr. Layland facilitated special education teacher preparation at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has also worked at the corporate level in the telecommunications industry as a Communications Director and has a number of publications on strategic performance management. She is currently the Chief Education Strategist for the Academic Development Institute (ADI). Dr. Layland received a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Mount Saint Mary College in New York, a master’s degree in special education from James Madison University in Virginia, and a doctorate in education administration and policy studies from the University of Denver.

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