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OCU Education Conference Focuses on Students with Disabilities

The Education Department at Oklahoma City University will continue its Connecting Across Cultures program with a conference for teacher candidates Feb. 28.

Connecting Across Cultures is designed to encourage teachers to work in urban school districts, which often face a shortage of teachers. The project aims to prepare future teachers to effectively design instruction for diverse learners in classroom settings. 

The Connecting Across Cultures 3.0 conference will feature LeDerick Horne, who will share his experience of living with a disability.  Horne, who was classified as neurologically impaired during the third grade, has been nationally recognized as an advocate for individuals with disabilities.  As an African American person with a disability, he challenges his audience to look beyond labels and to see each student as an individual with unlimited potential.

Horne graduated from New Jersey City University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in fine arts.  After graduation he released an album of his poetry set to music titled “Rhyme Reason and Song” in 2005, and co-created and performed in New Street Poets, a spoken word play addressing gentrification’s affect on urban culture.

He has addressed students and faculty at Harvard University, professionals in the education field across the country, and has served as an advocacy coach for students with disabilities.

Education majors, teacher education faculty members and special education teachers from Oklahoma universities were invited to the conference.

The OCU Education Department received a teacher education grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to host Connecting Across Cultures 3.0. Professors Lisa Lawter, Lois Lawler Brown and Elizabeth Willner submitted the proposal in a collaborative effort with the OCU chapters of the Student Oklahoma Education Association and Kappa Delta Pi, as well as the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter.  

For more information, call the OCU Education Department at (405) 208-5371.

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LeDerick Horne