Engaging All Students in Inclusive Classrooms
February 4-5, 2015
Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center
San Marcos, Texas
Thank you all for an amazing 2015 Inclusion Works! Conference!
The 2015 Inclusion Works Conference provided a powerful program packed with national experts on Inclusive education and collaborative practices. The program provided “right-on-time” information, skills development and networking opportunities to all participants including -families, educators, administrators and anyone interested in educating students with disabilities in general education settings. The Inclusion Works! Conference is the go-to event for EVERYONE interested in effectively educating students with disabilities!
Program and Handouts
2015 Inclusion Works! Master Session Speakers
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
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.
PLAAFP to write grade level standards based IEPs and how to implement them.
Program and Handouts
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
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!
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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!