by Debra Johnson, Published May 16, 2014
YPSILANTI – A remarkable collection of historical artifacts, tours of Rackham Hall and a dinner with keynote speaker Barbara Ransom are just some of the events planned for the 100th anniversary of the special education program at EMU.
Events kick off with a tour of the Historical Archives Display in the McKenny Gallery, located in McKenny Hall. Attendees will be treated to a collection of historic photos of the Rackham School, as well as more contemporary photos of the department and lots of other memorabilia that spans the 100-year history of the special education program.
There will be books authored by faculty members from the special education department, dating back to the first such publication in 1930 to current day, as well as an array of historic assessment measures that were used to assist in determining if a child required special education services. McKenny Gallery will be open for tours on Fri. May 16 from 12 – 5 p.m., Sat. May 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun. May 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Lynne Rocklage and Nancy Halmhuber, both emeritus special education faculty members, compiled the array of historical artifacts, photos and other collectables.
"The exhibit in the McKenny Gallery provides a retrospective look at the rich history of the special education department and celebrates a century of excellence in special education, said Rocklage." “The Rackham School of Special Education, constructed in 1938-39 on the campus of Michigan State Normal College, was the first building designed with that dual educational purpose in mind and served as a model for the nation.”
For the first sixty-five plus years of its existence, the special education department provided education and therapeutic services to children with exceptional learning needs, while concurrently providing a teaching and learning laboratory environment for undergraduate and graduate majors in special education, occupational therapy and speech/language pathology. Below are the events planned for the celebration:
Friday, May 16:
Saturday, May 17:
Sunday, May 18:
“From its humble beginnings providing summer institute training for students choosing to become teachers of children with exceptional learning needs, the special education department designed and launched undergraduate and graduate professional preparation programs in all areas of exceptionality and that tradition continues today,” said Rocklage.
For the complete schedule of all events, please visit the 100th Anniversary of the Special Education Events homepage.