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Engaging All Students in Inclusive Classrooms
February 4-5, 2015

Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center
San Marcos, Texas

In 2014, Inclusion Works! hit it out of the ballpark in Arlington, offering a powerful program packed with national experts on inclusive education and collaborative practices. The 2015 program promises to deliver “right-on-time” information, skills development and networking opportunities to all participants-families, educators, administrators and anyone interested in educating students with disabilities in general education settings. Inclusion Works! is the go-to event for EVERYONE interested in effectively educating students with disabilities!

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Inclusion Works Conference Purpose:
Inclusion Works exists to provide learning opportunities for parents and school staff to improve skills in collaborating to educate students who qualify for Special Education services in the regular educational environment with supplementary aids and services. The ultimate goal is to offer families and school staff information and education about research-based practices so that eligible students are effectively prepared for further education, employment and independent living according to the purposes of the I.D.E.A.

Inclusion Works values and indicators of implementation of inclusive practices on a campus or in a district:
Disability is considered by adults and students as only one of many attributes possessed by each child;  
All students with disability labels are members of the general education community;
Students receive special education services and supports in general education settings;
Students with disability labels are involved and making progress in enrolled grade level curriculum based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) or Pre-K Curriculum; and
Special educators and general educators work together in general education settings to meet students’ needs. 

At Inclusion Works, participants can expect to learn how to:
1. Provide access to the general curriculum for students with disabilities using the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the Pre-K Curriculum.
2. Support students with disability labels in inclusive settings-including use of Assistive Technology and school-wide positive behavior interventions & supports.
3. Improve skills in planning, collaboration and co-teaching.
4. Use PLAAFP to write grade level standards based IEPs and how to implement them.


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Oct. 10 - Nov. 10 , 2014



Nov. 11 – Dec. 31, 2014



Jan. 1 – Jan. 15, 2015



Oct. 10, 2014-Jan. 15, 2015

(Stipends Available by Application)

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Suite Rates including breakfast

King (includes breakfast both days)


Queen (includes breakfast both days)


**Each hotel room is a suite with a couch bed**
**Reserve hotel room for Tuesday, Feb 3rd and Wednesday, Feb 4th**

Call now to reserve your rooms!

Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center
1001 E. McCarty Lane
San Marcos, Texas 78666

The cut off date to reserve your hotel room is January 13, 2015.

Tentative Agenda

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

6:30pm – 8:30pm


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

7:00am – 3:30pm


7:00am – 8:00am

Free Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am – 9:30am

Opening Session featuring Larry Bell

9:30am – 9:45am


9:45am – 11:15am

Master and Breakout Sessions Featuring: Dr. Julie Causton, Dr. Cheryl Jorgensen, Dr. Elizabeth (Ibby) Grace, Texas Regional  Education Service Center Presenters and more

11:15am – 1:00pm

Lunch on your Own

1:00pm – 4:15pm

Principals Academy with Dr. Julie Causton

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Master and Breakout Sessions Featuring: Dr. Julie Causton, Dr. Cheryl Jorgensen, Dr. Elizabeth (Ibby) Grace, Texas Regional  Education Service Center Presenters and more

2:30pm – 2:45pm


2:45pm – 4:15pm

Repeat 1:00pm sessions

4:45pm – 6:30pm

Evening Event

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

7:00am – 3:30pm


7:00am – 8:00am

Free Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am – 9:30am

Master and Breakout Sessions Featuring: Dr. Eric Jensen, Dr. Julie Causton, Dr. Meg Grigal, Dr. Mary Falvey, Dr. Elizabeth (Ibby) Grace, Texas Regional  Education Service Center Presenters and more

9:30am – 9:45am


8:00am – 9:30am

Master and Breakout Sessions Featuring: Dr. Eric Jensen, Dr. Julie Causton, Dr. Meg Grigal, Dr. Mary Falvey, Dr. Elizabeth (Ibby) Grace, Texas Regional  Education Service Center Presenters and more

11:30am – 1:00pm

Lunch Provided with Speaker

1:15pm – 2:45pm

Closing Sessions featuring: Dr. Eric Jensen, Dr. Julie Causton, Jonathan Vermalen


Master Session Descriptions

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015


Keynote-The Power to Reach Every Student
Larry Bell


This presentation will be inspirational and informational.  This is the method that all teachers should use to work with all students but especially with students with disabilities.  This highly engaging, interactive session provides strategies that reach all students in a classroom by creating a very welcoming classroom culture.  Vocabulary and reading strategies to help students with special needs on end of year high stakes testing are all strategies that will be shared. Through the use of songs, games and other techniques the presenter will demonstrate “Total Classroom Engagement.” Come ready to participate!



Creating and Maintaining Inclusive Schools for ALL
Julie Causton, Ph.D.


This interactive session is a must for any teacher, administrator, parent or CSE director who has been working to create more inclusive schools, or wishes to do so.  Filled with useful ideas and strategies this interactive class will cover HOW to create inclusive schools from the district, to the classroom level to the student level. This presenter has worked to reform dozens of schools across the country to become more inclusive, and these inclusive efforts have yielded dramatic achievement results for students with and without disabilities.  All of these results will be shared and much more.  Let’s come together to make our inclusive dreams a reality.

Is it REALLY Inclusion? Indicators of Valued Membership, Participation, and Relationships

Cheryl M. Jorgensen, Ph.D.


This session will illustrate specific “if you see it you know it’s real inclusion” indicators that tell us that students are valued members of general education classes, full participants in general education instruction delivered by the general education teacher, and have reciprocal social relationships not just “special buddies.”


A Team Process for Planning Students’ Full Participation in General Education Instruction

Cheryl M. Jorgensen, Ph.D.


Learn how to use a team planning process and template to identify priority learning objectives for students with complex support needs in a general education lesson, the specific supports needed for full participation and learning, and the how IEP goals can be addressed within the general education classroom and other naturally occurring activities in the school.

Giving Every Student a Voice: The Top 10 Apps and Software for Reading, Writing, and Speaking

Cheryl M. Jorgensen, Ph.D.


Unless students have a way to read, writing, and speak, they will not have true access to the general education curriculum. Attend this session to see examples of 10 apps and software programs that can help students with complex support needs fully participate and learn the general education curriculum alongside their classmates who don’t have disabilities.

Principal’s Academy

Leading Inclusive Schools and Communities

Julie Causton, Ph.D.



This session is a must for all school leaders who seek to build inclusive schools and communities. Filled with useful ideas and strategies, this interactive class we will explore inclusive education and examine issues of school reform, the law and the literature supporting inclusive education.  I will share concrete steps to help make your inclusive dreams a reality.

Thursday, February 5th, 2015


Keynote - Leading with the Brain in Mind

Eric Jensen

8:00am – 9:30am


This powerful introductory session will develop your leadership as an inclusion educator, regardless of your job title. You’ll discover critical connection between brain research and student success. You’ll be introduced to the world of “operating systems” that drive student achievement. You’ll better see the links between mindset research and students in special education. This session helps you make critical connections in the field as well as developing your leadership skills. 


Teaching with the Brain in Mind

Eric Jensen

9:45am – 11:15am  and  1:15pm -2:45pm


This fast-moving 90-minute session focuses on building the academic operating system that fosters student achievement for special ed. students. You get relevant tools to build effort, attitude and cognitive capacity plus get practice so you can take these tools back to your own classroom immediately. This hands-on practice is perfect for the everyday practitioner. Get ready for results!

Humanistic Supports for Students with Challenging Behavior:  Re-thinking Everything!

Julie Causton, Ph.D.


In this light hearted class, we will take a serious look at behavioral supports, and re-designing our classroom and thinking around those students who keep us up at night.  You will leave this class with so many new ways to approach, support and love those lovely, but challenging students!


National Snapshot of Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability

Debra Hart, M.S.

9:45am -11:15am and 1:15pm -2:45pm


Participants will learn that college for students with intellectual disability (ID) is a national movement and what a tremendous positive impact it is having on the lives of students and their families as they transition from secondary education to adult life options just like every other student. The Higher Education Opportunities Act provisions for students with ID will also be reviewed along with descriptive data on how students with ID are being supported in going to college across 27 model demonstration projects. This will be an interactive session with video clips and ample opportunity to ask questions.

Effective teaching strategies for students with significant disabilities in general education classes

Mary Falvey, Ph.D.

9:45am-11:15am and 1:15pm -2:45pm


This presentation will provide the participants with systematic and effective best practices for including students with significant disabilities in general education classes, from Kindergarten through 12th grade.   Assessment, instructional strategies, and curricular accommodations and modifications will be discussed in detail.



                                       Lunch with Julie Causton, Ph.D.


To Teach them ALL Together! Co-Teaching for Inclusive Schooling

Julie Causton, Ph.D.

1:15pm -2:45pm


Sometimes it is working with other adults (not the students) that makes inclusion a bit challenging.  In this session we will focus on everything you need to know to improve your co-teaching relationship.  And most importantly, how to make your planning for differentiation more efficient- to more successfully meet the needs of all of your students… together!


Inclusion Works! 2015 Distiguished Faculty

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dr. Julie Causton

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Inclusion Works has long awaited the confluence of events allowing Dr. Julie Causton to join the IW Distinguished Faculty. An Associate Professor in the Inclusive and Special Education Program in the Department of Teaching and Leadership at Syracuse University, Dr. Causton is a teacher, researcher, and consultant guided by her passion for inclusive education.  She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses focused on including students with disabilities, supporting behavior, differentiation, special education law, lesson design and adaption. As a former elementary, middle and high school special education teacher, Julie knows firsthand how inclusion leads to better outcomes for students. 

As an educational consultant, Julie works with administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals to help promote and improve inclusive practices. Her dynamic presentations focus on responsive, and engaging ways to educate children with autism, challenging behavior, or any disability label within the context of general education. Julie’s research and writing focus on best the practices in inclusive education that promote belonging in schools. Particular areas of expertise are: school reform, inclusive teacher training, collaboration, humanistic behavioral supports, lesson planning, and providing invisible adult supports.

Over thirty journals have published Dr. Causton’s work, including Exceptional Children; Teaching Exceptional Children; Journal of Research in Childhood Education; International Journal of Inclusive Education; Behavioral Disorders; Studies in Art Education; Camping Magazine; Remedial and Special Education; and Equity and Excellence in Education.  She has published two books: The Paraprofessional’s Handbook of Inclusive Education and The Principals Handbook for Inclusive Education; soon to be released titles are The Speech and Language Pathologists Handbook for Inclusive Education and The Occupational Therapists Handbook for Inclusive Education. Julie is currently writing 3 more books 1) The General Educators Guide to Inclusive Schooling, 2) The Special Educators Guide to Inclusive Schooling and lastly 3) 30 Days to the Co-Taught Classroom.

We welcomes Dr. Causton to the IW family and anticipate her first year with great excitement and enthusiasm!

Larry Bell

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As an educational consultant for the last 20+ years, Larry has worked with hundreds of schools across the nation sharing his strategies with teachers and administrators helping them increase their students’ achievement. In addition to his strategies, Larry’s unique and inspiring presentation style makes him one of the most sought after speakers in education today.

Larry Bell, a Citadel graduate, is a 30+ year veteran in education. Fifteen of those years were spent as a classroom teacher where he was nominated for the National Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award. As a teacher at Gar-field High School, a school with over 3,000 students speaking 36 different languages, Larry was recognized for his innovative classroom strategies that allowed so called “Tough Kids”-as well as “Gifted and Talented” students-to excel! During his career as a high school teacher, Larry specifically asked to be assigned to all of the special education students who needed a chance to graduate. He taught the special education students pretty much the same way he taught his regular education students: using high expectations and love, pushing students with special education labels to excel not only in the classroom but in the extra activities that he assigned everyone outside of the classroom.

Many of his students went on to college and did well; Larry was an athletic coach to many players who received special education services. Larry asked their teachers to push those student athletes because he knew they could go to college and be successful.

For seven years, Larry Bell served as the Supervisor of Multicultural Education for Prince William County Schools providing hands-on workshops for teachers and students in 67 schools with 3000+ teachers and 50,000 students.

Many teachers have used his material to help students who qualify for special education services to pass regular accountability tests.  Larry joins the IW 2015 faculty to demonstrate how yours can too!

Dr. Elizabeth “IBBY” Grace

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Inclusion Works welcomes autistic scholar and activist Elizabeth J. (Ibby) Grace. Dr. Grace holds a position as Assistant Professor of Education at National Louis University in Chicago, where she founded the local chapter of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Her professional areas of expertise are Autism and Neurodiversity; Critical Disability Studies; Inclusive (Facultative) Pedagogy; Philosophy; Program Evaluation, Design, and Assessment; Research Methodology; and Theatre and Multimedia.

She blogs at tinygracenotes.blogspot.com and NeuroQueer.blogspot.com, and her writing can also be found among other places at Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism and in a chapter on her own schooling for the newly published book Both Sides of the Table: Autoethnographies of Educators Learning and Teaching With/In [Dis]ability, edited by Phil Smith and available at Amazon. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her lovely wife and two magnificent sons going on 2, where she serves on the board of directors for the youth group Special Gifts Theatre.

It is our fondest hope that Dr. Grace’s sessions offer participants the experience captured best by Ibby’s self-description, “Sometimes I answer questions, and sometimes I question answers.”

Dr. Cheryl M. Jorgensen

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Dr. Jorgensen is now an inclusive education consultant in private practice, after being a Project Director with the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), and assistant research professor in UNH’s Education Department from 1985 until 2011. She maintains Affiliate Faculty status with both the IOD and the UNH Education Department.

The values underlie Dr. Jorgensen’s work include:

· Presuming all students’ competence;

· Belief that diversity enhances school/community;

· Encouragement of families and schools to work together to promote student success; and

· Acknowledgment that staff need training, support, and resources to make inclusion successful.

During her tenure with the IOD, Cheryl was director or coordinator of state and federally funded research, personnel preparation, model demonstration, and in-service training grants totaling over $14 million. She was a founder of the National Center for Inclusive Education, UNH’s Teacher Certification Program in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Jorgensen has worked with youth, teachers, parents, and administrators to increase their commitment to and capacity for including students with disabilities in general education classes. Beginning in 1992, she expanded her focus to include the restructuring of policies, organizational structures, and teaching practices that naturally facilitate inclusion and learning for all students.

Dr. Jorgensen has collaborated on several multi-university grant proposals; has authored several books (including The Inclusion Facilitator’s Guide and The Beyond Access Model); publishes extensively in the field; presents at state, national, and international conferences; and provides technical assistance in New Hampshire and many other states in the U.S.

She had lead and served on a number of federal and state policy task forces and currently is a member of a coalition related to Universal Design for Learning and Inclusive Education, and the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination. Dr. Jorgensen serves in an advisory capacity to I am Norm (http://www.iamnorm.com), the youth inclusion campaign and recently participated in an invited symposium on Ethics in Autism Research at Harvard University. She is a long-time member of TASH and currently a member of its Inclusive Education Committee. In 2008, Dr. Jorgensen received an award from the National Down Syndrome Congress for her contributions to inclusive education research.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Eric Jensen

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Eric Jensen is a former teacher with a real love of learning. He grew up in San Diego and attended public schools. While his academic background is in English and human development, he has a real love of educational neuroscience. For over 20 years, he has been connecting brain research with practical classroom applications.

Most importantly, he models what he has learned, so teachers can see it, hear it and experience the difference.

Eric has authored over 26 books including Teaching with Poverty in Mind, Tools for Engagement, Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain, Different Brains, Different Learners, Teaching with the Brain in Mind and Enriching the Brain.

He is co-founder of the first and largest brain-compatible academic enrichment program for kids, held in 16 countries with over 55,000 graduates. Today, Jensen also provides in-depth trainings that can be found at JensenLearning.com 

Dr. Mary Falvey

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Dr. Falvey is a national authority on inclusive education for students with and without disabilities. She joined the faculty at CSLA in 1980, and assumed the responsibility of coordinating the program in severe disabilities and inclusive education. Dr. Falvey has taught courses in the credential and masters programs in moderate to severe disabilities and inclusive education. In addition, she has taught advanced courses in the Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education.

Dr. Falvey has authored four books within her field of expertise, including Believe in My Child with Special Needs, Inclusive & Heterogeneous Education: Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction, published by Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company located in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, she has co-authored over 20 book chapters and numerous journal articles. She has made over 400 presentations at local, state, national, and international conferences. For her excellent contributions as a professor at CSLA, Dr. Falvey received recognition as an Outstanding Professor in 1987 - 88. She was the Director of Student Services for the Charter College of Education 2004-2006. Since July, 2006 she is the Dean of the Charter College of Education.

A presenter at IW in the early years, Dr. Falvey has long been absent from the Inclusion Works faculty; we welcome her home with excitement and enthusiasm! 

Debra Hart, M.S.


Debra Hart, M.S, is the Director of Education and Transition for the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has over 30 years of experience, working with students with disabilities, their families, and professionals to support youth in becoming valued members of their community via participation in inclusive K-12 education, inclusive higher education, and/or integrated competitive employment. Ms. Hart has spent the last 25 years focused on transition related work with SEAs, LEAs, and adult service agencies both in Massachusetts and nationwide especially with her work on the national Think College project

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