U.S. Education Official to Address University of Virginia Conference on Middle Schools

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Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Michael Yudin will participate in a panel Friday, Oct. 19 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville to examine ways to make middle schools more effective for all students. Yudin will discuss the importance of positive youth development for middle school-aged students, highlighting some key Education Department programs that can help ensure improved outcomes and results for early adolescents in middle grades and beyond.

Yudin’s remarks will take place as part of a closing panel discussion entitled, “Making Middle Schools Centers for Positive Youth Development.” The two-day conference is sponsored by Youth-Nex – the University of Virginia’s Center to Promote Effective Youth Development.

Yudin heads the Education Department's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, which includes programs aimed at improving results and outcomes for the nation's infants, toddlers, children and adults with disabilities.