Peoria CVB

Special Education Directors to host TLC star



For Immediate Release

July 21, 2010


Special Education Directors to meet at Peoria Civic Center

Star of TLC show set to speak at this year's convention


PEORIA, IL - The Illinois State Board of Education will be hosting the 2010 Special Education Directors Conference, "Building on the Past and Preparing for the Future," July 28-30, 2010 at the Peoria Civic Center.

The conference will focus on workshops and presentations relating to the special education field, including providing the best learning environment for special needs students and information needed to comply with federal law.

            Star of TLC's "Little People, Big World" Matt Roloff will be a guest speaker Friday, July 30 at 8:45 a.m. in Hall D of the Peoria Civic Center. His autobiography, "Against Tall Odds," describes the challenges he faces as a little person, as well as the inspirational successes he has achieved.

            Thursday's keynote speaker will be Dr. W. Alan Coulter, Co-Director of the Data Accountability Center, a project funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs. He is involved in the design and implementation of early intervening services and Response to Intervention services. These topics directly relate to non-discriminatory identification of disabilities.

            A complete schedule of events can be found at

            The PACVB represents an eight county region including Bureau, Fulton, Marshall, Mason, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. The organization's mission is to promote the Peoria Area as a destination for visitors and contribute to the economic growth of the communities they represent.

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The Illinois State Board of Directors 2010 Special Education Directors' Conference will create an economic impact of $76,700 - $117,410 and 590 room nights for the Peoria Area. There will be approximately 450 attendees.


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