2012 Conference: Featured Presenters


Monday, March 12, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

M-10 What Works in Co-Teaching: Fulfilling Promises, Forgoing Pitfalls

David J. Connor, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Dept. of Special Education, Hunter College, New York, NY

Dr. Connor has been a classroom teacher, tutor, teacher coach, professional development specialist and full-time professor. He has researched the social, cultural, and historical understandings of disability, learning disabilities, inclusive education and kindergarten through college classroom pedagogy. Dr. Connor is the co-author of Rethinking Disability: A disability studies approach to inclusive practices (McGraw-Hill, 2010) and Reading Resistance: Discourses of Exclusion in Desegregation and Inclusion Debates (Peter Lang, 2006)and is the author of Urban Narratives: Life at the Intersections of Learning Disability, Race, and Social Class (Peter Lang, 2007).


Tuesday, March 13, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

T-41 Authentic Language Evaluations: Translation into Classroom Realities

Lydia Soifer, Ph.D., CCC-Sp
Director & Founder, Soifer Center for Learning & Child Development, White Plains, NY
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Faculty
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY

Dr. Soifer is a language specialist and educational consultant with more than thirty-five years of clinical practice. She is a parent educator, teacher trainer and staff developer in independent and public schools and has taught courses on language development and disorders at Columbia University and other New York area colleges. An authority in the fields of language and education, most recently Dr. Soifer authored a chapter entitled Development of Oral Language and Its Relationship to Literacy in the textbook Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills (Brookes Publishing, 2011).


Tuesday, March 13, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

T-40 High Expectations/High Levels of Support: Preparing Students for Success with Common Core State Standards

Aida Walqui, Ph.D.
Director, Teacher Professional Development Program
WestEd, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Walqui contributes to WestEd teacher professional development efforts, working with schools, education agencies, policymakers, and others in education and human development to promote excellence, achieve equity and improve learning for children, youth and adults. Dr. Walqui is the author of Scaffolding the Academic Success of Adolescent English Language Learners (WestEd, 2010) as well as Access and Engagement: Program Design and Instructional Approaches for Immigrant Students in Secondary School (Delta Publishing, 2000) and Contextual Factors in Second Language Acquisition (ERIC, 2000).