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  • Julie Viens Featured on An Event for Special Education in India

    Jul 21, 2010

    Chennai, India.  Julie Viens, Managing Director of the Multiple Intelligences Institute, interacted with over 90 specialist educators over video conference to highlight Multiple Intelligences Theory.  Organized by the Consulate General of the United States at Chennai, India in collaboration with Vidya Sagar, School for special children, on July 15th at Loyola College, the discussion focused on the use of MI theory as a “Universal Design” for inclusive education.  By hosting this videoconference, the U.S. Embassy and Consulate supported the 25th Anniversary of Vidya Sagar, the most prominent civil society organization in India that works for and with children with disabilities.  Vidya Sagar works with children and young adults, and counsels their families and the communities they live in.

    Local Indian audiences for this videoconference included representatives of NGOs and other civil society organizations, educators, special educators, policy makers and government officials from education departments and psychology students.  Panel members included:

    •    Ms. Usha Ramakrishnan, Chairperson of Vidya Sagar
    •    Usha Davalur, Program Manager from the U.S. Consulate in Chennai.
    •    Constance Colding Jones, Acting Public Affairs Officer, U.S.Consulate, Chennai
    •    Teacher development consultant for U.S. State Dept.

    Topic:  Understanding Multiple Intelligences Theory and its implications/ for special education, inclusive classrooms, and for learners with special needs.  Awareness and understanding of: 

    •    The theory of Multiple Intelligence
    •    Use of Multiple Intelligence as a "universal design" for inclusive education
    •    Current policy and practices in inclusive education in the U.S.

    The DVC started with a brief presentation by Julie, then a Question and Answer session.  The talk was featured on page 2 of “The Hindu”, one of the largest English dailies in circulation.

    Please click below to see the full article and report of the talk:

    Rajul Padmanabhan, Director of Vidya Sagar displays a MI pamphlet

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    The Multiple Intelligences (MI) Institute is committed to the understanding and application of Multiple Intelligences Theory in educational settings, from pre-school through adult education. Through our online course and support channels, face to face professional development, consulting services, and curriculum and resource development offerings, we support programs and educators seeking to tap into this powerful theory and pedagogical framework to create and provide learner-centered, goal-driven applications of MI Theory in any learning context.  Please visit our website for more information.