National Conference

MAIS organises a national conference on Specific Learning Disabilities in Middle and High School: Policy, Pedagogy and Practice

The school organised a national conference on Specific Learning Disabilities in Middle and High School: Policy, Pedagogy and Practice on December 2nd and 3rd, 2016.The purpose of the conference was to:

  • increase awareness of the nature of Specific Learning Disabilities
  • share subject specific classroom and home based strategies
  • discuss existing accommodations and accommodation pathways
  • examine existing policies and laws
  • empower stakeholders to advocate for the rights of students with Specific Learning Disabilities

The two day conference saw a vibrant mix of keynote addresses, interactive workshops, and panel discussions. Participants at the conference included heads of schools, teachers from middle and high school sections, special educators, students of special education, school counsellors and parents from across India. Feedback from the participants indicates that the conference added value to the practice of supporting students with Specific Learning Disabilities in India by:

  • broadening the scope of intervention and practices in middle and high school
  • recognizing parents, mainstream teachers and heads of schools as crucial stakeholders
  • sharing evidence-based practices
  • focusing on the interaction of social and emotional factors with learning
  • enabling successful transitions to high school and college

The conference also provided opportunities to build networks of practitioners facilitated by the creation of special interest groups.