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PresenceLearning Highlights Specific Strategies for Supporting At-Risk Students in New Spring 2016 Webinar Series

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SAN FRANCISCO, January 11, 2016 – This February, PresenceLearning is launching a free, three-part webinar series to explore new strategies for supporting at-risk students. The “Success for Every Learner: From At-Risk to Successful” webinar series will kick off on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 10 AM Pacific time with one of the nation’s leading consultants on inclusionary practices, Dr. Frances Stetson. Dr. Stetson’s 90-minute webinar “Inclusion Is for Every Learner — Or is It?” will discuss the overidentification of students for special education services and how our nation’s use of inclusion can be improved to better support at-risk students.

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Dr. Stetson’s webinar, like the other two webinars in the series, will challenge special education directors and clinical professionals to take a hard look at the uncomfortable realities in school systems and consider some new solutions for reaching every student. Dr. Stetson’s webinar will address the following themes:

  • What can we do to reduce instances of inappropriate identification of minority students for special education services?
  • How can we learn to use a cultural lens to examine our current attitudes and practices for our at-risk students?
  • What new approaches will open doors for them to succeed?

About the “Success for Every Learner” webinar series

At-risk students are labeled as problems as young as kindergarten and first grade. Is there more educators can do to help the most vulnerable student population? The “Success for Every Learner: From At-Risk to Successful” webinar series dives deeper into school climate and behavior issues by exploring the school-to-prison pipeline, analyzing how bias affects discipline and disciplinary measures, and discussing what needs to be done to break this cycle. Dr. Frances Stetson, a leading special education and inclusion specialist, kicks off the series with her webinar on how to reduce the inappropriate identification of minority students for special education services. Dr. Ed Dunkelblau, one of the originators of the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) movement, will talk about how improving social emotional skills can help at-risk students achieve. Lastly, Dr. Ross Greene, a best-selling author, speaker and psychologist who originated the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach for students with serious challenges, will wrap up the series with his webinar on how his CPS approach can help reduce disciplinary issues for students with special needs.

About Dr. Frances Stetson

Dr. Frances Stetson is President of Stetson & Associates, Inc., an educational consulting firm specializing in supporting systems change in schools – with a focus on inclusive practices, closing the achievement gap, differentiated instruction and quality standards for instruction and leadership particularly for struggling learners. She is also the Executive Director and sponsor for the Inclusive Schools Network and website that offer free resources, blogs, and articles on emerging topics in education. Previously, she worked for the Texas Education Agency addressing the needs of students with cognitive challenges; conducted research and national training and technical assistance for the US Department of Education on least restrictive environment/inclusion; and Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the education service center in Houston. After forming Stetson and Associates, Dr. Stetson and her staff have supported thousands of school districts in implementing quality education services across the US.

About PresenceLearning

PresenceLearning ( is the leading provider of online speech and occupational therapy, behavioral and mental health services, special education academic instruction, and assessments for K-12 districts and families of children with special needs. PresenceLearning’s nationwide network of online professionals and telehealth providers includes hundreds of highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs), special education teachers, and behavioral and mental health professionals. Sessions are delivered via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practices combined with powerful progress reporting.

By partnering with PresenceLearning, education agencies can fill service gaps related to acute and chronic shortages of special education and related services personnel, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, reduce their backlog of assessments, improve student outcomes, and improve efficiency. Since 2009, PresenceLearning has delivered more than 1 million live, online therapy sessions to students in public, charter, and virtual schools across the U.S. and globally, proving that online delivery of special education and related services is practical, convenient, and highly effective.


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