Adams State students to present at national conference

(04-02-2010)

Heather Tillman and Chris Medina, Adams State College special education generalist students, accompanied Michele Trujillo, assistant professor of teacher education, are traveling to Nashville, Tenn., to present at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, in April. Trujillo said it is the largest conference in the country which focuses on research about students with exceptionalities.

Their presentation, "The Journey of Pre-Service Special Education Teachers Toward Cultural Competency," will present research literature from Trujillo's dissertation and the students' stories about being prepared to address diversity in K-12 special education.

Trujillo said it is important for the students to attend and present at CEC and share knowledge with professionals in their future career field. "This builds their confidence and awareness about what is happening nationally in the field of special education, it also helps support and reinforce our efforts in the Adams State Teacher Education Department."

The group is raising funds to help with travel expenses with a raffle sponsored by "Our Lady of Guadalupe" Parish in Antonito/Conejos, with the permission of Father Sergio Robles and the gaming staff.

Prizes include a weaving by nationally renowned artist Norma Medina, $2,000 value; a free-range, all-natural lamb, fully dressed by Abeyta Ranch, $300 value; an ASC grizzly afghan by Maria Schmitz, $200 value; and a John Elway Plaque donated by Christopher and Leo Schmitz, $50 value.

To purchase a raffle ticket, before April 7, contact Medina at 719-589-2144; Tillman at 719-849-3644; or Trujillo at 719-580-3033.