PresenceLearning’s Newest “Special Agents of Change” Webinar Helps School Leaders Reimagine Special Education

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World renowned presenter, Dr. Frances Stetson, uses humor to introduce new ideas for systems change in the education of students with special needs


This 90-minute webinar hosted by special education expert Dr. Francis Stetson will address five major shifts in thought and practice required of today's school leaders who are working to transform special education services.

The changing special education population and the emphasis on results AND compliance can lead some special educators to get off track and sometimes fail in education. To encourage self-examination and personal skill-development for systems change, relationship-building and cultural proficiency, PresenceLearning presents “Five Easy Ways to Fail in Education: The Imperative for Reinvention in Special Education” on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 10 AM Pacific time (1 PM Eastern Time). This 90-minute webinar hosted by special education expert Dr. Francis Stetson will address five major shifts in thought and practice required of today's school leaders who are working to transform special education services.

This is the fourth webinar in the Special Agents of Change webinar series.

To sign up for the webinar, visit:

By participating in this webinar, attendees will:
●    Review the leadership challenges in a new "silo-busting" vision for special education.
●    Gain practical leadership strategies and tools for each of five major areas of change predicted for special education.

About Special Agents of Change
PresenceLearning’s Spring 2015 webinar series “Special Agents of Change” features thought leaders and their expert experience in the special education field. Prior to Dr. Stetson’s webinar, gaming pioneer Trip Hawkins and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) expert Janice Toben kicked off the series by presenting on the importance of SEL for students with special needs. Dr. Shari Robertson explored a new collaborative and results-driven approach to early literacy intervention during the second webinar and Dr. Martha Burns covered new research and techniques related to autism and attention disorders in older students during the third webinar. Participate in the entire series to become a special agent of change for your schools.

Since 2009, PresenceLearning’s online speech therapy services have provided schools with a practical, affordable new option for service delivery: web-based access to a nationwide network of live, highly qualified, fully licensed speech-language pathologists who are available whenever and wherever they are needed. PresenceLearning also offers online occupational therapy (OT), online behavioral and mental health services, and online assessments. By partnering with PresenceLearning, school districts can fill staffing gaps related to acute and chronic shortages of related services personnel, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, reduce their backlog of assessments, improve student outcomes and become more efficient. PresenceLearning also offers access to technical specialists, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse clinicians.

PresenceLearning has delivered over half a million live online therapy sessions to students in public school districts, charter schools and virtual schools of all sizes nationwide.

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 its website offering 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 and assessments for K-12 districts and families of children with special needs. PresenceLearning’s nationwide network includes hundreds of highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs) and mental health professionals. Therapy sessions are delivered “anytime anywhere” via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practices combined with powerful progress reporting.

Serving thousands of students in public, charter and virtual schools across the U.S. and globally, PresenceLearning has shown that online delivery of related services is practical, convenient and highly effective.


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