Monday, July 7, 2014 - 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Rm. 403

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Rm. 403


This session is designed to provide educators with classroom strategies and accommodations that may be used to meet the needs of students with disabilities.


Karen Broome: Karen has been in public education for 24 years. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University where she earned a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences and teaching certification in Learning Disabilities. Karen received her Master of Arts degree in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University. She taught exceptional children in grades K-12 in Person and Wilkes Counties. She has also worked as an EC compliance specialist, elementary assistant principal, principal at the elementary and middle school levels, and director of exceptional children’s programs. Karen is currently serving as the EC consultant for Regions 7 and 8. In this role, she provides technical assistance and support to LEAs, charter schools, and state operated programs in matters of special education and the policies governing the provision of services to students with disabilities.

Vickie Norris: Vickie has 29 years of education experience with a background of teaching exceptional children K-12. She is a native of Watauga County and a graduate of Appalachian State University where she received her B.S. degree in Exceptional children and a M.A. Ed as a Reading Specialist). She was with Watauga County schools for 23 years teaching students with Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disturbance and served as the system’s Region 7 NC State Improvement Project Coordinator. Vickie is currently an EC Literacy Consultant in the Program Improvement and Professional Development (PIPD) section in the Exceptional Children’s Division where she provides professional development and technical support to LEAs in the area of literacy.

Rick Powers is the IDEA Outreach Consultant for the Exceptional Children Division. He provides leadership in the following areas; Secondary RtI/MTSS Pilot Sites for Reading and Math, State and Region Implementation Teams and Parent Involvement support with ECAC.


Improving teacher effectiveness and distribution
Supporting struggling students


K-12 educators


The learning will identify common accommodations and classroom practices that improve learning for students with disabilities
The learner will increase their knowledge of instructional strategies that are have show evidence of effectiveness
The learner will discuss simulated case studies to determine appropriate accommodations and strategies to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities