Request for Proposals Submission Deadline Extended

Extended Submission Deadline: Friday, June 19, 2020

Inclusion Works! Virtual Sessions At-A-Glance

  • Virtual sessions will contribute to participants’ working knowledge of evidence-based inclusion practices for students with disabilities who receive special education services and build participants’ capacity to support all students with disabilities in the general education setting
  • Proposals must be submitted online via SurveyMonkey
  • General and special education teachers are the primary audience for this RFP
  • Speakers will receive $500 for leading a virtual session and free registration to attend the virtual conference
  • The deadline to apply is Friday, June 19, 2020

RFP Overview

The Arc of Texas is accepting proposals for leading a virtual session during the 27th Annual Inclusion Works! Conference, which will take place October 25 to 27, 2020, online. Speakers should demonstrate that their virtual session will contribute to participants’ working knowledge of evidence-based inclusion practices for students with disabilities who receive special education services and build participants’ capacity to support all students with disabilities in the general education setting. Sessions are 75 minutes. Time should be allowed for participants to ask questions and complete session feedback surveys.

Proposals must be submitted online via SurveyMonkey. Speakers may submit proposals for multiple virtual sessions. Educators, related service providers, administrators, paraprofessionals, families, and self-advocates are encouraged to apply. Selected speakers will receive $500 for leading a virtual session and free attendance to the virtual conference. All proposals will be acknowledged as received. A panel will review proposals.

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. central standard time. All accepted submissions will be notified by July 17. Submitting a proposal represents a commitment to present, if accepted.

We will judge proposals based on the following criteria:

Quality: Your proposal should be clear, complete, and persuasive..

Value: Your virtual session should include practical tools and evidence-based practices. Offer concrete ideas that can be adapted for and implemented in schools. Provide information about templates, worksheets, or other tangible takeaways as part of your proposal.

Creativity: Explain how you may incorporate opportunities for audience engagement in an e-learning environment.

Relevance: Demonstrate that your proposal is addressing current issues.

Evidence-based practices for inclusive special education of interest to us include, but are not limited to the following (Salend and Whittaker 2012):

  • Fostering acceptance of difference and diversity
  • Adopting a strengths-based approach focusing on developing competencies
  • Using Individualized Education Plans to focus on students’ strengths and goals
  • Using Response to Intervention systems to organize interventions
  • Using Universal Design for Learning to differentiate instruction
  • Using Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
  • Using a range of assessment strategies to monitor progress and inform teaching
  • Using a range of assistive and instructional technologies to facilitate learning
  • Using peer-mediated learning, such as peer tutoring and cooperative learning
  • Teaching students to use effective learning approaches, such as metacognitive strategies
  • Ensuring interventions and processes are culturally relevant and responsive
  • Collaborating closely with parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities and professionals

About the Inclusion Works! Conference

The Arc of Texas hosted the first Inclusion Works! Conference in 1993. As the leading inclusive education conference in Texas, Inclusion Works! provides an opportunity for educators, related service providers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and families to enhance their skills and learn about evidence-based practices for students with disabilities who receive special education services.

Despite the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) law, which requires that students with disabilities be educated to the maximum extent that is appropriate with students who do not have disabilities, many students remain segregated in self-contained classrooms or in separate schools, with few or no opportunities for academic achievement or social engagement in inclusive settings. Ensuring that all involved in the education of students with disabilities have sufficient training, preparation, and support to teach and support students effectively in the general education curriculum and in inclusive settings is key to avoiding the long-term costs of segregation and improving opportunities for learning, employment, independent living, and social engagement.

This year’s virtual Inclusion Works! Conference is made possible by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Our partnership with TEA will allow us to create an even higher quality conference that will contribute to participants’ working knowledge of evidence-based inclusion practices for students with disabilities who receive special education services and build participants’ capacity to support all students with disabilities in the general education setting.

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