Beacon College shared the limelight in February with a global group of educational innovators and advocates for individuals living with disabilities as the Leesburg, Fla. college was recognized for its innovative pedagogy during the United Nations Zero Project Conference 2020 in Vienna, Austria.
Alexander Morris-Wood, Beacon’s director of transition services and outreach, developed Navigator PREP, the country’s first virtual transition program for learning-disabled students that specifically works on executive functioning, social skills and emotional management. Morris-Wood said he expected to start Navigator PREP with eight students and ended up with 50. The program just keeps growing.
Alexander Morris-Wood, director of transition services and outreach at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla. shared his expertise and advice during the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s 57th Annual International Conference at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Hundreds of parents, educators, adults with learning disabilities and professionals gathered for the four-day conference, which featured more than 150 sessions focusing on challenges, opportunities and best practices.
As an attorney, Carolyn Jeppsen is used to fighting for justice. Outside the courtroom, she has used her skills as both a litigator and Mama Bear of a child with disabilities to bring the fight to society. Jeppsen for more than 15 years has served on boards of organizations that champion clients with disabilities. Now as CEO and president of BroadFutures, an organization she, Diana Eisenstat, and Brad Holmes co-founded to champion a more inclusive workforce, Jeppsen is making the case for neurodiversity in the workplace, while empowering young people to succeed.
For collegians who struggle with Dick and Jane readers, bolstering their reading skills echoes another famous literary couple, Jack and Jill — as in uphill battle. That struggle led a group of students enrolled in reading strategies classes at Beacon College in December to raise cups of chilly lemonade during the Reading/Writing celebration and offer a “toast for change” to mark their strides up that tortuous hill.
More than 50 educators from 17 states were schooled in the Beacon way during the December session of Beacon College’s Professional Visit Day program. The session attracts high school guidance counselors and other educational professionals who visit the Leesburg, Fla. campus to kick the college’s tires to see whether America’s first accredited baccalaureate program for students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other learning differences would be a good college choice for the students they serve.
Retired U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin addresses attendees at the Second International Conference on Learning Differences at the University of Sharjah. SHARJAH, UAE — Beacon College President George J. Hagerty joined a Beacon delegation as participants last month for the Second International Conference on Learning Differences at the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. […]
In July, Beacon College’s anthrozoology faculty served as the local conference committee for the 2019 International Society for Anthrozoology’s annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Dr. Brian Ogle served as the conference chair and facilitated the 18-month planning process. The conference theme was “Animals in the Public Eye: Human Interactions and Perceptions of Animals.”
Beacon College assistant professor of art Dustin Boise is a hard-charging soul in his desire to elevate students’ understanding and in his pursuits as a studio artist. Therefore, the one word you’d never associate with him is … “capitulation.” Yet, that word titled his solo exhibition that enjoyed an 11-week summer run at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts in Florida.