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Presence’s Third Fall Webinar Highlights How to Prepare Students with Special Needs for Life Beyond High School

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SAN FRANCISCO, October 25, 2016 – For students with special needs and their families, planning for the future can be an uncertain endeavor. Families rely on schools to help prepare their children with the skills and resources needed to succeed in a career or at college. To help special education leaders best prepare those students for the future, PresenceLearning, the leading provider of teletherapy/telehealth services in education, is hosting the third and final webinar in PresenceLearning’s Fall 2016 “Results Matter” series. This 90-minute webinar, “How to Improve Transition Results for High School Students with Disabilities,” will be led by transition expert Dr. Mary Morningstar on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 1 PM Eastern/10 AM Pacific.

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For the general education population, college and career readiness is a common measure of success for students, teachers, schools and districts as a whole. As special educators and special education leaders are experiencing heightened accountability for student outcomes, college and career readiness for students with special needs has become a barometer of success as well. However, given these students’ needs for extra support and services, the transition after graduation may require a different approach than that for the general education population. During this webinar, Dr. Morningstar will:

  • Summarize the challenges students with special needs and their families may face during the transition from high school to college or career
  • Outline six academic and non-academic domains special educators can use to address transition challenges
  • Identify several implications special education leaders can use to determine if their transition program is successful

About the “Results Matter – Closing the Achievement Gap” Webinar Series

After decades of legislation, litigation, research, professional development, and an alphabet soup full of acronyms, the achievement gap remains stubbornly wide. What are the practical realities and what work still needs to be done to make the dream of full achievement for all students come true? PresenceLearning’s latest SPED Ahead webinar series explores this topic and provides a comprehensive look at where our education system is in reaching full achievement for all students and where we are headed. Led by subject matter experts, the series unpacks topics such as RDA and ESSA, factors that contribute to programs like MTSS and RTI not living up to their promises, socio-economic factors that impair achievement, how a growth mindset is the key to success, and much more. All webinars are 90 minutes and are offered free of charge. Every attendee receives a certificate of attendance. Qualified attendees who meet eligibility requirements may earn ASHA CEUs or NASP CPDs.

About Dr. Mary Morningstar

Mary E. Morningstar, Ph.D. is associate professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas and Director of the Transition Coalition. Dr. Morningstar has been involved in training, professional development and research regarding transition from school to adult life for over 25 years. She is an expert on evaluating secondary teacher quality and professional development, culturally diverse family involvement in transition planning, and interagency collaboration. Dr. Morningstar coordinates an online master’s program, focusing on preparing secondary educators across the country to provide transition education and services to youth with disabilities.

About PresenceLearning

PresenceLearning ( is the leader in the delivery of clinical services via telehealth. PresenceLearning has provided over one million sessions of live, online speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral interventions and mental health services, diagnostic services and assessments, and early childhood services for children with special needs. Over 30,000 leaders in special education have participated in PresenceLearning’s SPED Ahead webinars over the past 4 years. PresenceLearning is approved by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) as a provider of continuing education units and by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as a provider of professional development credits.


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