Free Webinar Offers District Leaders Transformational Strategies for Special Education Management

PresenceLearning’s May 9th webinar helps school administrators re-envision special education management in their district

SAN FRANCISCO, April 29, 2013 – To share the latest recommended practices that can transform special education programs and service delivery in public school settings, PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students, is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, May 9th at 1 pm ET (10 am PT). To register for the webinar “Leadership Challenges for Superintendents: Transforming Special Education in a Challenging Fiscal Environment,” visit

During the one-hour webinar, Dr. Peter Bittel, a leading special education management expert, and Dr. Nicholas Young, superintendent of South Hadley Public Schools in South Hadley, MA, will share their expertise and first-hand experience with leading successful special education programs. This webinar will identify practical strategies for leading the changes needed in staffing, service delivery and budgeting that can help districts be more effective and meet fiscal challenges in their special education programs.

By attending the webinar, participants will:

•Increase their knowledge of how to lead transformation that fosters efficiencies and effectiveness in special education services.

•Identify ways to pursue efficiencies and cost containment measures in a range of special education services spanning organization, personnel, and delivery.

•Recognize ways data may be used to develop locally applicable special education program improvements.

This webinar is part of an on-going series of free webinars sponsored by PresenceLearning. The webinar series, “SPED Ahead: New Realities, New Choices – A Forum for School Leaders,” brings together thought leaders who are re-thinking the way special education services, especially speech-language pathology and other related services are delivered in the 21st century.

Since 2009, PresenceLearning’s online speech therapy services have provided schools with a practical, affordable new option for service delivery: web-based access to a nationwide network of live, highly qualified, fully licensed speech-language pathologists who are available whenever and wherever they are needed. In 2012, PresenceLearning added occupational therapy (OT) to their service offering. By partnering with PresenceLearning, school districts can fill staffing gaps related to acute and chronic SLP and OT shortages, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, improve student outcomes and save money. PresenceLearning also offers access to technical specialists, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists.

During the 2012-13 school year, PresenceLearning will conduct more than 120,000 live online therapy sessions in public, charter and virtual school districts of all sizes nationwide.

About Dr. Peter Bittel

Dr. Peter Bittel is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Futures Education, a company providing special education and clinical services and management to 25,000 students and individuals. Dr. Bittel is a Speech and Language Pathologist and has more than 35 years of clinical and executive leadership experience in the areas of special education, rehabilitation and developmental disabilities. He has taught on the primary, secondary, college, and graduate school levels. Dr. Bittel holds a Masters Degree in Communication Disorders and a Doctorate in Organizational Development.

About Dr. Nicholas Young 

Dr. Nicholas Young is the Superintendent of South Hadley Public Schools in South Hadley, MA. Prior to that, Dr. Young was the Superintendent of Schools in neighboring Hadley, MA. In 2010, Dr. Young was named the Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year by the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents. Dr. Young is a former President of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, chairman of the Massachusetts State Task Force on Small & Rural School Districts, and a 2008 Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Fellow.

About PresenceLearning

PresenceLearning ( is the leading provider of live online speech therapy services for K-12 students and now offers online occupational services as well. The company offers school districts web-based access to a growing, nationwide network of more than 300 highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs) and occupational therapists (OTs) via live videoconferencing combined with the latest in evidence-based practices. PresenceLearning expands access to highly trained, fully licensed experts and helps improve student outcomes. PresenceLearning is an ASHA-approved continuing education provider for SLPs and a U.S. Department of Education grant-winner, dedicated to bringing the highest clinical standards to online speech therapy and online occupational therapy.


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