Better Together: Radical Strategies for Professional Unity

Speakers: Michella Maiorana-Basas, Ph.D.

*This speaker will be presenting virtually.
**This session is available for in person and virtual attendance

In this session, participants will explore how professional and philosophical bias impacts professional practice and collaboration with colleagues, community, families, and the children they work with. Specific strategies for having more productive discussions and collaboration between and across groups will be identified and discussed.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, ACVREP

Audience: Special Education Teachers; Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired; Teachers who work with students with hearing loss; Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic brain injury; Speech therapists; General Education Teachers; Supervisors/Administrators; Assistive Technology Specialists; Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists; Orientation and Mobility Specialists; School Counselors and/or School Psychologists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals

Speakers’ Bio: 

Dr. Basas
earned her Ph.D. in Special Education with a cognate in Literacy and Language and a focus on Deaf Education in 2014 as a fellow of the National Leadership Consortium on Sensory Disabilities from Michigan State University, East Lansing. This followed an M.Ed. in Special Education (with a focus on Deafness and Deaf Education) from the University of Hawai`i, Manoa in 2007 and a B.A. in Deaf Education and Elementary Education from Flagler College in 2000. Dr. Basas’ research interests include content area reading practices and pedagogy as they relate to adolescent readers who are D/deaf and hard of hearing.  She also has an interest in exploring critical pedagogy, critical literacy, and social justice within the context of k-12 education. Dr. Basas is currently working on developing ways to foster philosophical partnership across professionals, parents, and members of the D/deaf community as they relate to linguistic and educational options for students who are D/deaf or hard of hearing through The Radical Middle project. More information about this project can be found at