Exceptional Student Education Events

These events are sponsored by the Department of Exceptional Student Education. Events are listed chronologically and are coded to indicate the various purposes and intended audience. Registration information is provided within each entry. These events do fill, so registration is required.

Event Types
HOOT Colloquia
HOOT Colloquia are sponsored by the ESE’s Honors-In-The-Major program, Honoring Outstanding Owl Students (HOOT), presenting programming related to disability studies, and/or the education of individuals with disabilities.
Audience: College of Education students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals.
RER
RER events or research studies are designed to fulfill the Research Experience Requirement (RER) in some ESE courses.
Audience: Students enrolled in EEX 4070 or EEX 2091.
Doctoral Student Research
Doctoral Student Research events are presented by ESE Doctoral Students in partial fulfillment of requirements for EEX 7918, Pre-Candidacy Research in Special Education. These students will present research conducted prior to dissertation under the guidance of department faculty.
Audience: College of Education students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals.
Invited Speakers
These events are presented by invited speakers on behalf of ESE. Speakers will present information related to disability studies, the education of individuals with disabilities, etc.
Audience: College of Education students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals.
Fall 2021 Events
Title/When Presenter Abstract Audience
HOOT: Early Academic Skills for Young Children on the Autism Spectrum
October 1, 2021
530-7pm, Via Zoom Video Conferencing
Kaley Adams, M. Ed, BCBA and Michelle Giler, M.Ed., DESE Doctoral Students Abstract: Early skill development sets the stage for a student’s academic future. Strong early literacy and numeracy competence are predictors of subsequent academic achievement. Children on the autism spectrum face challenges in social communication and restrictive/repetitive behaviors that may impede the acquisition of foundational skills. In this session, participants will learn about basic academic skills, why they are important, and how to teach them to children on the autism spectrum. Register here. This session is intended for COE students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals. This event also satisfies Research Experience Requirement for EEX 2091 or EEX 4070.
Coming Together for Students with Exceptionalities – A Community Outreach
October 15, 2021
430-630pm, Via Zoom Videoconferencing
Panel Moderator: Daniely Lins da Silva – DESE Honors in the major (HOOT) student, Founder and Director of a support group for Brazilian families of special needs children living in South Florida, Autism activist, and mother of neurodiverse children.
Panelists: Ms. Riane De Melo - FAU alumni, former Broward Early Steps Service Coordinator, Consutant; Ms. Fabiola Ana Torrez-Chalifour - Parent Coach & Advocacy Coordinator at United Community Options of Broward, Palm Beach & Mid-Coast Counties UCO, and Broward Autism Foundation president; Ms. Kelly Thomas - FAU alumni and PBCSD Teacher; and, Dr. Marissa Kase - Palm Beach County School District, Florida CEC President.
Through empowerment and unison, we can better the life and education of students with disabilities. This moderated panel discussion will address the importance of early intervention, how to prepare yourself for an IEP meeting, roles of the educator-activist, and how teachers can support their community to become more inclusive, as it truly takes a village! Register here. This session is intended for COE students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals. This event also satisfies Research Experience Requirement for EEX 2091 or EEX 4070.
Behave or Else! The hidden coercion in school discipline.
October 29 2021
530-7pm, Via Zoom Videoconferencing
Michael Bonevento, Ed.S., School Psychologist, DESE Doctoral Student Abstract. Under the guise of discipline, coercion is often used as a means to influence student behavior in schools. Coercive practices are seen as necessary and even preferred to positive discipline alternatives. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the origins and subtle (and not so subtle) effects of coercion in school and classroom discipline as well as positive alternatives for teachers and administrators. Register here. This session is intended for COE students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals. This event also satisfies Research Experience Requirement for EEX 2091 or EEX 4070.
Inside Academia: Featuring Christopher J. Rivera, Ph.D.
November 12, 2021
5-545pm, Via Zoom Videoconferencing
Moderated Discussion with Christopher J. Rivera, Ph.D., Moderated by Dr. Charles Dukes. In this series, invited scholars will engage in a facilitated discussion with doctoral students about varied aspects of academia. The format is informal, allowing for question and answers about working and thriving in academia. This event will feature Dr. Christopher Rivera, Associate Professor of Special Education at East Carolina University (ECU). Register here. View event flyer. This event is open to all COE Doctoral students and faculty.
English language learners with extensive support needs: Where do we go from here?
November 12, 2021
6-720pm, Via Zoom Videoconferencing
Christopher J. Rivera, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Special Education at East Carolina University (ECU). Over the past 10 years, research has emerged depicting methods to improve academic outcomes for English language learners with extensive support needs, still there is much to be desired. This presentation will focus defining the population, examine current practices, discus limitations in the field, and provide suggestions for future research. Register here. This event is only open to COE Graduate Students and Faculty.
Spring 2021 Events
Title/When Presenter Abstract Audience
Department of Exceptional Student Education Virtual Mixer
Friday, January 29, 2021
530 to 7 pm
ESE Faculty This event is intended to introduce attendees to the programs and faculty in the Department of Exceptional Student Education. View event flyer and registration information here. This event is intended for all who are interested
These Images Don’t Represent Us: A New Civil Rights History of Anti-Blackface
Friday, February 5, 2021
3-415pm
Dr. Rhae Lynn-Barnes, Assistant Professor, Princeton University Imagery is powerful. Think about the images seen on television, movies, or the internet. Sometimes entertaining, sometime hurtful, but also educational. Learn how images were used in the past and ultimately shaped our present. This session will present a new history of the American Civil Rights Movement’s fight for racial representation. All are welcome to attend. Register here: View event flyer and registration information here. This event is open to all COE students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals.
Navigating Academic and Education Initiatives Around Blackface and White Supremacist Backlash
Friday, February 5, 2021
5-6pm
Dr. Rhae Lynn-Barnes, Assistant Professor, Princeton University Dr. Barnes will follow her "These Images Don’t Represent Us: A New Civil Rights History of Anti-Blackface" talk with this event, "Navigating Academic and Education Initiatives Around Blackface and White Supremacist Backlash." This event is intended for academics and those who work in academia. View event flyer and registration information here. This event is only open to COE Graduate Students and Faculty.
Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classroom Settings: Speech and Language Interventions
Friday, February 19, 2021
530 to 7 pm
Hannah Kammet, M.S., CCC-SLP and Kaley Robinson, M.Ed. ESE Doctoral Students Speech and language interventions are part of the many common services for students with disabilities in schools today. General and special educators alike will likely have students with speech and language impairments in their classrooms and thus will have the opportunity and responsibility to collaborate with speech language pathologists (SLPs). In this session, participants will learn about approaches to implementing speech and language services within the inclusive classroom setting to include push-in, co-teaching, and pull out approaches to service delivery. View event flyer and registration information here. This session is intended for COE students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals. This event also satisfies Research Experience Requirement for EEX 2091 or EEX 4070.
Be an Educator Activist! Join your Professional Organization to Advocate for Education
Friday March 5, from 3:30-4:30pm

Dr. Jacqueline Rodriguez, Vice President for Research, Policy & Advocacy, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). Advocacy is an important skill for teachers and educational professionals to understand and utilize. This speaker will discuss ways that educators can advocate on behalf of their students while utilizing an important tool, their professional organizations. View event flyer and registration information here. This event is open to all COE students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals.
Beyond Dominant Narratives of Teaching & Learning: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in Higher Education
Friday, March 19, 2021
4-5pm
Dr., Bianca Nightengale-Lee Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University, Department of Curriculum, Culture, and Educational inquiry In this session we will explore the curricular and instructional practices, which align with a culturally relevant educator outlook to promote culturally efficacious learning experiences for students of Color. View event flyer and registration information here. This event is intended for all who are interested
Culturally Competent Special Education: How do I know when I see it and what I am supposed to see?
Friday, April 9, 2021
530 to 7 pm
Dr. Charles Dukes, Ed.D., Ph.D., Professor, Florida Atlantic University, Department of Exceptional Student Education In this session we will explore what it means to be culturally competent and how teacher educators know culturally competent teacher candidates when they see them. View event flyer and registration information here. This session is intended for COE students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals. This event also satisfies Research Experience Requirement for EEX 2091 or EEX 4070.
Exploring Dancehall Culture and Its Masculine Debates.
Thursday, April 22 2021
5-6pm
Donna P. Hope, Ph.D., Professor of Culture, Gender and Society in the Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Jamaica This moderated discussion will explore: an overview of dancehall culture, key manifestations of masculine debates, gendered power dynamics, female deejays as key players in a traditionally male-dominated space and dancehall’s reflections on sexual orientation. The implications of these masculine exemplars for within and beyond the dancehall will be assessed. View event flyer and registration information here. This event is intended for all who are interested.
Fall 2020 Events
Title/When Presenter Abstract Audience
Fall 2020 All events will be conducted virtually, via Zoom Videoconferencing
Virtual education for students with cognitive disabilities
Friday, September 18
6:30-8 pm
Charles Dukes, Ed.D., Ph.D. HOOT & RER Event
The presentation will highlight the features of effective virtual educational experiences for students with significant cognitive disabilities. View event flyer and registration information here.
This session is intended for COE students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals. This event also satisfies Research Experience Requirement for EEX 2091 or EEX 4070.
Teachers of color: Characteristics and trends in attrition and retention from a large urban school district in Florida from 2009 to 2019
Friday, September 25
2-3:30 pm
Kerry Wittel, M.S., Ed. Doctoral Student Research
Ms. Wittel will discuss her research on the attrition and retention of teachers of color in a large urban school district.
View event flyer and registration information here.
This two-presentation session is intended for COE students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals. Ms. Wittel will present from 2-245pm.
Growing older with autism: The lived experiences of aging adults with Autism
Friday, September 25
2-3:30 pm
Jacqueline Wood, M.Ed. Doctoral Student Research
Ms. Wood will discuss her research on the lived experiences of older individuals with ASD. View event flyer and registration information here.
This two-presentation session is intended for COE students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals. Ms. Wood will present from 245-330pm.
Last Backpack Generation... Who are also diverse learners
Friday, October 2
11 am – 12:15 pm
Zachary Walker, Ph.D. Invited Speaker
Dr. Walker will discuss his work examining modern learners whose lives have been transformed through technology and what this means for schooling and teacher education. View event flyer and registration information here.
Event is for ESE Doctoral Students and interested ESE faculty only.
Working Internationally in Special Education
Friday, October 2
1-2 pm
Zachary Walker, Ph.D. Invited Speaker
Dr. Walker will host this Q & A session about his professional experiences and working in the field of special education personnel preparation outside the United States. Event is for ESE PhD doctoral students.
This session is intended for ESE Doctoral Students and interested ESE faculty.
The victimization of individuals with ASD: Bullying in the school setting
Friday, October 16
6:30-8 pm
Susanne Lauder, M.S. Ed., & Jacqueline Wood. M.Ed. HOOT & RER Event
The presenters will describe strategies for preventing, recognizing, and addressing instances of bullying students with ASD may experience in schools. View event flyer and registration information here.
This session is intended for COE students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals. This event also satisfies Research Experience Requirement for EEX 2091 or EEX 4070.
Identifying and implementing AAC support needs for children with disabilities
Friday, October 23
2-3:30 pm
Hannah Kammet, M.S., CCC-SLP Doctoral Student Research
Ms. Kammet will discuss her research on the implementation of a professional development session intended to teach pre-services teachers basic knowledge and skills in Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems.
View event flyer and registration information here.
This two-presentation session is intended for COE students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals. Ms. Kammet will present from 2-245pm.
Educator perceptions that lead to suspension and expulsion of young children from early childhood education programs
Friday, October 23
2-3:30 pm
Jennifer Amador, M.Ed. Doctoral Student Research
Ms. Amador will discuss her research on early childhood educators’ perceptions of policies and practices related to the suspension and expulsion of young children. View event flyer and registration information here.
This two-presentation session is intended for COE students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals. Ms. Amador will present from 245-330pm.
Implementing interventions in real-world settings: Where do we go from here?
Friday, November 6
11-12:15pm
Brian Boyd, Ph.D. Invited Speaker
The standard in applied science and community-based research is to implement interventions in real world contexts such as homes or schools. Yet, we continue to face many hurdles in our efforts to bridge research and practice. Using the Advancing Social-communication and Play (ASAP) intervention as a case study example, this talk will address the current state of behavioral intervention research for children with autism spectrum disorder as well as barriers and potential solutions to moving behavioral intervention research forward. View event flyer and registration information here
This session is intended for COE doctoral students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals.
Moving from evidence to implementation: Understanding the role of implementation science
Friday, November 6
1-2pm
Brian Boyd, Ph.D. Invited Speaker
Implementation science is focused on the use of systematic methods to facilitate the adoption, uptake and sustainment of evidence-based innovations. This presentation will provide an overview of implementation science, relevant conceptual frameworks, stages of implementation, and application to autism intervention research. Event is for ESE Doctoral Students and interested ESE faculty only.
This session is intended for ESE Doctoral Students and interested ESE faculty.
Examining the Impact of Virtual Instruction Using Procedural Facilitators on the Opinion Writing of Elementary School- age Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Friday, Nov. 13
2-3pm
Susanna Launder, M.S. Ed. Doctoral Student Research
Ms. Launder will discuss her research on the implementation of virtual instruction designed to teach a planning strategy for writing to elementary school students with autism.
View event flyer and registration information here.
This session is intended for COE students, faculty, staff, and interested individuals. Ms. Launder will present her research, then host a brief Q&A.