Shooting for the STAARS: Boosting Brain Power
Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas
July 21-July 23,2014
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2014 Event Speaker
Ronald Stern, the current Superintendent of the New Mexico School for the Deaf and President of CEASD, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but grew up in New York City. He earned his BA in Sociology at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C, before attending the California State University at Northridge for his Masters degree in Education of the Deaf. Over his professional career, he has been a classroom teacher, principal, and Director of Instruction mostly at the California School for t...

2014 Event Speaker
Annette Reichman is the Liaison/Director, Office of Special Institutions in the U.S. Department of Education (Department), which oversees statutorily funded special institutions; including Gallaudet University, National Technical Institute for the Deaf and the American Printing House for the Blind. Ms. Reichman works with the three institutions on various policy questions as they arise and on developing and reviewing goals, measures and targets, as required by the Government Performance Result...
About the Statewide Conference on Education of the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing About the Statewide Conference on Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
In the early 1970s, Regional Day School Programs for the Deaf (RDSPD's) were established across the state of Texas in the public schools. As the programs were established, it became apparent there was a real need to expand the program to collaborate on ideas for staff development to enhance the deaf, hard of hearing and special needs education for deaf children across the state of Texas. The Statewide Conference for the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SWCED) was established to be the statewide voice for educators and parents of the deaf in Texas and the Texas Association of Parents and Educators for the Deaf (TAPED) is the organization founded to manage and run the conference. The excellence in Texas deaf education is due at least in part to the staff development provided to parents, educators, interpreters, and other stakeholders through the Statewide Conference. The efforts to continuously improve hard of hearing education and the education for Texas special needs children are the priority of both the SWCED and TAPED, and both organizations enjoy continued success.