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3rd annual Nebraska Department of Education's Symposium on Special Education and Beginning Teaching

June 9, 2014
8:30 - 3:30
The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel
333 S 13th St, Lincoln, NE

Registration now open!

  • Limited number of $125 stipends are available to participants in order registered. June 9 must be a non-contract day to be eligible.

  • No registration fee


Keynote: Lisa Dieker
Embracing Effective Practices to Ensure the Success of All Learners in Inclusive Settings


Dr. Lisa Dieker is a Pegasus Professor and Lockheed Martin Eminent Scholar Chair at the University of Central Florida. She coordinates the doctoral program in special education and is Director of the Lockheed Martin Mathematics and Science Academy. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.  She has a passion for how technology and specifically virtual environments can be used to impact teacher preparation. She has received over $15 million in grant funding in her career and has published 5 books and 2 DVDs on her work in teacher education along with over 50 chapters and journal articles and provided over 100 Keynote addresses.  She currently serves on numerous editorial review boards and is the Associate Editor for Teaching Exceptional Children and past co-editor of the Journal of International Special Needs Education. She has been awarded the Council for Exceptional Children: Children Advocacy Network Advocate of the Year Award, the UCF Graduate Student Mentor of the Year Award and Eastern Illinois University Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award.


Keynote: Rick Smith
Stuff You Can Use for Managing and Motivating All Our Students


Rick Smith is an award-winning teacher and internationally recognized trainer. He shares a gold mine of practical methods, especially helpful to new teachers.


Energizer: Sheila Palmquist


Sheila Palmquist is owner and director of the Lincoln Yoga Center.  She has 12 years of experience instructing yoga for children and adults as well as training instructors. Sheila has recently brought yoga practice to students, educators, and parents to enhance learning, relationships, and whole health.  Through her efforts, the Calming Kids Program has been shared with both elementary and middle school teachers.  Also, more than 800 children and youth participated in Yoga through a partnership between the Lincoln Yoga Center and Lincoln Parks and Recreation this summer.  Finally, Sheila has provided in-service training to educators in schools and helped integrate Yoga into curriculum.   Her research based Take Five Program is currently part of a study being conducted through the University of Nebraska.

Article from Lincoln Journal Star: TAKE 5 promises calm kids in just five minutes