Collaborative “Be a Hero. Be a Special Education Teacher.” event Sept. 23

Picture of SPED teacher helping a student

SPED teacher at work

Five colleges and universities will come together on the UH West Oʻahu campus on Saturday, Sept. 23 to provide information and recruit students thinking about a career in special education.

The collaborative recruitment and networking event for special education will involve participation by UH West Oʻahu, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Leeward Community College, Kapiʻolani Community College, and Brigham Young University–Hawaiʻi.

Prospective special education students can learn about associate, bachelor, post-bachelor and graduate programs in the field.  

According to Dr. Gloria Niles, UHWO assistant professor of education/special education, the event will target prospective teacher candidates in special education, as well as mentor teachers for field placements and for special education teacher candidates who are student teaching.

The recruitment fair is one of three back-to-back “Be a Hero. Be a Special Education teacher.” events that day. It begins at 10:30 a.m. with registration in C208.   The schedule includes:

  • Inclusion seminar, 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.  There will be presentations by students and parents and a keynote address by Christina Tydeman, director of the Office of Monitoring and Compliance for the Hawaiʻi Department of Education. The title of Tydeman’s address is “National and Regional Perspectives on Special Education.
  • Collaborative Recruitment Fair and Networking, 12:20-1:30 p.m. See above.
  • Hawaiʻi Council for Exceptional Children, 1:30-2 p.m. Annual Business meeting.

More information can be found on the events page of the Hawaiʻi CEC website. The day is co-sponsored by the UH-West Oʻahu Division of Education and Hawaiʻi Council for Exceptional Children.

Attendees who register by Sept. 18 will receive a copy of “Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?: 100 Ideas for Improving inclusive Schools,” by Dr. Paula Kluth.


Image courtesy of Hawaii CEC