U.S. Department of Education: Pandemic Distance Learning Resources Focused on Special Populations

Monday February 8, 2021
1:15 - 2:45 PM
Keynote Theater

During this session, participants will receive an overview of what distance learning is and is not and explore resources and guidance from the Department and various of its technical assistance centers on distance learning with an emphasis on meeting the needs of special populations of students.

Kate Moran

Dr. Kate P. Moran has dedicated her life to the education of students who have learning disabilities, mental challenges, and other health impairments. For over 12 years, Dr. Moran has overseen States Special Education programs at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. In addition to her role as a State Lead, she is the Differentiated Monitoring and Support Systems (DMS) Implementation Team Facilitator and a lead for Disaster Response within OSEP. In October 2017, after volunteering to participate in the FEMA Surge Capacity Force, she was deployed to Puerto Rico for 45 Days, assisting Hurricane Irma and Maria Survivors, through an assignment to the Disability Integration Team, on the Western Side of the island, in Mayaguez. The work experience with FEMA has proven invaluable to her work at OSEP.

In December 2014, she received her Doctorate in Special Education Leadership, from George Mason University, and has worked in the field of education for more than 25 years. Dr. Moran's research focused on the effects of the CrossFit Kids Program on improved academics and fitness with students with disabilities. Dr. Moran studied theater at the Catholic University of America and followed that with a Master's in Special Education from The University of Virginia. After graduation she ran a behavior program with Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia and was a Special Education Coordinator with the Alexandria City Public Schools, Virginia, prior to obtaining her position at the Department. 

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