February 7-9, 2016

Royal Sonesta Hotel | Houston, Texas

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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.



Program and Handouts

Inclusion Works 2015 Program cover 

Download Handouts for the 2015 Inclusion Works Conference here!

Additonal Handouts may be available after the conference. 

Please check back for updates on Handouts as they become available. 

Inclusion Works! 2015 Master Session Speakers

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 and, 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 (, 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 

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.


See you next year for our 2016 Inclusion Works! Conference!

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