IW 2016 Conference Gradient

February 7 - 9, 2016
Royal Sonesta Hotel | Houston, Texas


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Never been to Inclusion Works! before? Check out last year's conference!

Inclusion Works Conference Purpose:
Inclusion Works! is an opportunity for educators, administrators and parents to improve their skills in educating and supporting students in Special Education.  The Arc of Texas is committed to the goal of promoting, protecting and advocating for students’ right to be included in regular education settings with the appropriate aids and services.  Conference participants will be offered information and education about research-based practices, aligned with the purposes of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), so that their students can meet their educational, employment and independent living goals!

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.


2016 Inclusion Works! Keynote Speakers

Michael Yudin  

Opening Keynote
Michael Yudin
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
U.S. Department of Education

Ross Ramsey  

Reception & Fireside Chat
“State of the State of Special Education”
Moderated by Ross Ramsey, Executive Editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune
Michael Yudin, US Department of Education and other special invited guests


Tuesday Morning Keynote
Dr. Paula Kluth
Special Education Consultant


Closing Keynote & Luncheon *
Dr. Lee Ann Jung
Professor and Director of International School Partnerships for the College of Education at University of Kentucky

*All attendees present at the Tuesday Closing Keynote and Luncheon, with the presentation by Dr. Lee Ann Jung will receive a complimentary copy of her book "A Practical Guide to Planning Interventions and Monitoring Progress."

Click here to find out more about our keynote speakers! 

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors!

Monday Box Lunch
Amerigroup Logo

Thank you to our 2016 exhibitors!

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Preliminary Conference Program

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