|Department of Special Education hosts Share Fair|
|Written by Ellie McGraw, Daily Vidette Reporter|
|Wednesday, 14 September 2011 21:40|
The Special Education Department will host the Special Education Share Fair in the Brown Ballroom Friday, Sept. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Kelli Appel, undergraduate program coordinator for the Special Education Department, explained the fair will include tables from different organizations around ISU, all of which are beneficial for special education majors to become involved in.
There will also be representatives present from the academic support groups on campus, according to Appel.
The fair will also include displays from students that are currently enrolled in the Special Education Department.
The professors within the department chose their most promising students last semester and recognized them for their excellent course work, including examples of students’ teaching or field experience. Those students were invited to display their work at this fall’s Share Fair, according to Appel.
Special education majors complete three semesters of experience in the teaching field, Appel explained. The students gain experience in the field for one semester, and the following two semesters are extensive field experience, followed by a semester of student teaching.
Appel said the fair will teach students about those parts of the program and will help any student who is considering transferring into the Special Education Department, as well as benefit those who have just begun their special education courses.
“It’s especially beneficial for students that are already in the program so that they can see exemplary work from course work that they haven’t yet taken,” Appel said.
The fair, although open to any major, is focused on educating the younger students within ISU’s department of special education on their future. Appel recommends younger students stop in to learn about the special education program.
“They can see things about the last year of the program, like student teaching, and talk to students that are more advanced in the program,” she explained.