The Georgian-American Exchange: A Model for Promoting Inclusive Education in Post-soviet Society
Dr Tim Hobbs, Dr Otar Gerzmava, Ysonde Gomez-Hobbs, Dr Debra Eville-Lo.
The exchange is a university based effort to support inclusive outcomes for children with disabilities. Recent activities have involved extensive faculty exchange and co-teaching in Tiblisi and Scranton; workshops for Georgian and American parents, teachers and child advocates; and co-presentation and publication of educational research by participating faculty.
Some outcomes of the exchange are; curriculum changes in teacher preparation in participating universities; publication of a Georgian language text for teachers of children with disabilities; founding an academic journal and annual professional conference for special education and rehabilitation in Georgia; developing a model classroom for children with and without disabilities in Tiblisi and a model clinical classroom for professional preparation at the National Pedagogical University of Georgia.
Participants will be given a brief overview of these activities and discuss the special challenges of systems change activities in post-soviet culture. They will be invited to exchange information and develop academic relationships with Georgian and American peers.
Dr Tim Hobbs (United States)
Education Department, College of Professional Studies
University of Scranton
Dr. Hobbs is an educator with over 20 years experience with special needs populations. He is a teacher preparer in Special Education with multiple national and international publications. He is currently engaged in grant suppoerted activities to promote inclusive education for children with disabilities in Georgia and Mexico.
Dr Otar Gerzmava (Georgia)
National Health Management Center
Ysonde Gomez-Hobbs (United States)
Dr Debra Eville-Lo (United States)
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)