Teachers Assn. to present forum on adapting special education to distance learning

By The Star Staff

The Puerto Rico Teachers Association (AMPR by its Spanish initials) announced Sunday that on Tuesday at 4 p.m. it will hold the virtual forum “How to adapt special education to the reality of distance learning” through the Zoom platform.

AMPR President Elba Aponte Santos highlighted the importance of the online meeting due to the need for services of the 105,000 students who belong to the Special Education Program, out of an overall official enrollment of 284,000 students in public schools.

In addition, in keeping with Special Education Month, meeting participants will discuss various issues related to the modality of distance education, which has been a fundamental part of the response to the dramatic increase in cases of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico.

Aponte Santos said the following topics will be discussed at the forum: “How to identify signs of learning disabilities,” “Challenges of special education and the pandemic,” “How to adapt to the new reality” (by Dr. Gretchen I. Seda Irizarry, interim director of the master’s program in School Psychology at Albizu University), and “Teachers with successful strategies: The importance of teamwork,” by professor Noelis Giovanna Reyes Rodríguez and Spanish teacher Noelia Cotto. The AMPR will collaborate with Víctor M. Rivera, CEO & creative director of the renowned group Attention Attention, to reveal his successful techniques for capturing the attention of children.

“In celebration of Special Education Month, at AMPR we seek that our educators have the essential tools to continue improving their service,” Aponte Santos said. “We thank all these professional resources, with extensive knowledge in their respective topics, for accepting our invitation to be part of the forum. We reiterate the commitment of our organization with the enrollment of special education students, as well as with the educators who provide them with the bread of education and help their adjustment to society.”

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