UIndy to host charter special-ed conference



More than 60 teachers and administrators from Indianapolis’ mayor-sponsored charter schools will gather Friday at the University of Indianapolis for a Special Education Summit, the first of its kind in the city.

The event is organized by Dr. Azure D.S. Angelov, an associate professor of Teacher Education at UIndy, specializing in multicultural and special education. She is a former special-ed teacher, a charter school evaluator for the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office, advocacy representative and state board member for the Indiana Council for Exceptional Children, a national accreditation evaluator for CEC, and vice president of the board of directors for the Indiana Partnership Center.

“Recent education reforms have pushed new structures for public schools, and it’s extremely important to ensure that students with exceptionalities don’t get lost in the shuffle,” Angelov says. “Many of the mayor’s charter schools have more than 20 percent of their student populations comprised of students qualifying for special education services.”

The day-long conference, with sessions covering various issues in the field, is being presented with support from the Mayor’s Office and the UIndy School of Education.