PresenceLearning Launches New Fall Webinar Series Focused on Closing the Achievement Gap for Students with Special Needs

Series kicks off on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 with leading expert Dr. Alan Coulter discussing current state of Results Driven Accountability (RDA)

SAN FRANCISCO, August 16, 2016 – PresenceLearning, the leading provider of telemedicine/telehealth services in education and health care, is launching a free, three-part webinar series for special education leaders this fall. The series, “Results Matter – Closing the Achievement Gap,” will kick off on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 1 PM Eastern/10 AM Pacific with “Results Driven Accountability: Where Were We? Where Are We? Where Do We Go Next?” led by RDA expert Dr. Alan Coulter.

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In March 2012, the Department of Education announced it was taking new steps – what is referred to as Results-Driven Accountability (RDA) – to close the achievement gap for students with disabilities by shifting from a focus on procedural compliance to increased attention on educational outcomes. During the webinar, Dr. Coulter will discuss the current state of RDA and how it is affecting special education leaders. He will provide a timely update on RDA, explore the implications of RDA, and offer up guidance on where RDA is heading and how educators can prepare for it. As a result of the webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify and list the four primary purposes of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its predecessors, the federal laws concerning children with disabilities in schools, and the current approaches to accountability.
  • Summarize and describe the structure and phases of the state systemic improvement plan (SSIP) and its relationship to RDA.
  • Apply three actions that support the principles of RDA in their professional practice.

About “Results Matter – Closing the Achievement Gap” Webinar Series
After decades of legislation, litigation, research, professional development, and an alphabet soup full of acronyms, the achievement gap remains stubbornly wide. What are the practical realities and what work still needs to be done to make the dream of full achievement for all students come true? PresenceLearning’s latest SPED Ahead webinar series will explore this topic and provide a comprehensive look at where our education system is in reaching full achievement for all students and where we are headed. Led by subject matter experts, the series will unpack topics such as RDA and ESSA, factors that contribute to programs like RTI not living up to their promise, socio-economic factors that impair achievement, how a growth mindset is the key to success, and much more.

About Dr. Alan Coulter

Alan Coulter, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences and Human Development Center and one of the most respected and well known experts on RDA. Dr. Coulter introduced RDA as a presenter for the SPED Ahead Fall 2014 webinar series. Dr. Coulter has been an advisor to the U.S.OSEP and to state DOEs and LEAs on accountability issues. He also served on the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education.

About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning ( is the leader in the delivery of clinical services via the web. PresenceLearning has provided over one million sessions of live, online speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral interventions and mental health services, assessments, and early childhood services for K-12 students with special needs in schools. In 2016, PresenceLearning expanded to serving patients in healthcare organizations with allied health services delivered via telemedicine.