The 2019 Inclusion Works! Conference


Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center Hotel, Denton, TX


The Inclusion Works! Conference:

Inclusion Works! gathers national leading experts and creative problem solvers in the field of inclusive Special Education. Featuring diverse keynote speakers, invigorating panel discussions and interactive workshops, the 2019 Inclusion Works! Conference will offer more opportunities for networking, learning, and discovery than ever before.

Who Should Attend?

We will be celebrating leaders that are rocking the boat to improve inclusion in Special Education. If you are a forward-thinking parent, educator, school administrator, paraprofessional or self-advocate that seeks tools, connection and empowerment to transform inclusion in Special Education you cannot miss this conference.

Conference Pathways

Inclusion is the common thread that binds the more than 30 sessions designed to inspire action across 5 selected pathways: curriculum, behavioral supports, transition, tools to assist learning and navigating the maze of support in the Special Education system. The conference features an exhibit hall where attendees can see new technologies and solutions that are changing the way we all work. Participants at different stages of their careers will leave with lasting connections and new tools to rock the boat.


We are excited to announce the Keynote Speakers for the

2019 Inclusion Works! Conference

Keith Jones and Dan Habib

Keith Jones is the Founder, President, and CEO of SoulTouchin’ Experiences, an organization aimed at bringing a perspective to the issues of access, inclusion, and empowerment, which affect him as well as others who are persons with a disability. Mr. Jones is also extremely active in multi-cultural, cross-disability education and outreach efforts and, conducts trainings with the purpose of strengthening efforts to provide services and information to people with disabilities.

Jones in his role as a self-advocate is a public speaker on the issues and topics that range from Education and employment to Health Care and Home and Community Based Services Intersection of Community Business and Public Policy Disability Rights and Inclusion. Most recently Mr. Jones has been featured in two critically acclaimed documentaries Dan Habib’s “Including Samuel” and Maggie Doben’s “Labeled Disabled”

Jones has been called a pioneer in the disability rights movement and is truly committed to progressive effective change. He hopes that by contributing to the dialog and working to create and improve on policies and attitudes, everyone will be able to pursue reaching their full potential.

Dan Habib (pronounced “Habeeb”) is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Mr. Connolly Has ALS, and many other short films on disability-related topics. Habib is a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. He has recently released a new documentary, Intelligent Lives, which will examine our society’s narrow perceptions of intelligence.

Breakfast with Dan Habib 

Join Keynote Speaker, Dan Habib, for a VIP Breakfast Meet & Greet on Tuesday, February 12th.  This intimate conversation will allow attendees to hear more about Dan Habib’s life, work, and commitment to telling the stories of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Tickets are limited; there will be breakfast served at this event.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
8 – 9 AM
Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center
$45 per attendee

You may purchase your VIP Breakfast with Dan Habib ticket when registering for the 2019 Inclusion Works! Conference here.

Watch the Trailer for Intelligent Lives

Speaker Proposals for the 2019 Inclusion Works! Conference are now closed

Thank you to everyone who submitted to speak at the 2019 Inclusion Works! Conference. We are thrilled by the dynamic, engaging proposals received. We will soon be announcing our Keynote and Breakout session speakers, keep an eye out for updates! If you would like to receive information on how to be a speaker at the 2020 Inclusion Works! Conference, sign up HERE.


Distinguished professionals in the field of education featured in 2016, 2017 & 2018.

Amy Benjamin

Opening Keynote
Monday, February 5, 2018
9:00 – 10:15 am

Vocabulary: The Secret Sauce in Academic Achievement

Understanding and being able to use academic vocabulary is at the center of success in school and, in many ways, the workplace as well.  Yet, many teachers are still using outdated and ineffective methods, such as having students plod through incomprehensible, decontextualized dictionary definitions for words on a list that are not even related to each other.

How do words get learned and stay learned? What words should be “caught, not taught” through implicit instruction?  What are the best ways to teach technical terms?  This keynote will encourage teachers, parents, and administrators to rely on the principles of natural language acquisition to grow vocabulary skills. Amy organizes these principles into what she calls the “4Es” of explicit and implicit vocabulary instruction: Exposure, Exploration, Engagement, and Energy.  She will demonstrate the use of word stories, visuals, meaningful repetition, morphology, and interesting word-learning activities that make word-learning accessible and memorable for all students.

Amy Benjamin is a nationally recognized consultant, teacher, and author specializing in improving student performance through literacy in all subject areas. Amy has given workshops, courses, and keynotes throughout the United States and Canada. Amy is an advisor to major educational publishers including Holt McDougal, McGraw Hill, and the College Board.

As a classroom teacher, Amy received honors and recognition for excellence from Tufts University, Union College, and the New York State English Council. Her classroom work was used as a model for teaching by the New York State Education Department.

Dr. Carlos A. Flores, Jr.

Closing Keynote
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
10:30 – 11:45 am

Inclusion: More Than Just a Buzzword

Inclusion.  We’ve all heard the word.  We’ve all used the word.  But do we really know what it means and how it evolved to where we are today?  Join Carlos Flores, EdD, as we travel back in time to take a look at inclusion, 25 years of Inclusion Works!, and this year’s Inclusion Works! topics.   Let’s journey from mainstreaming to co-teaching together.  Whether you are a new teacher or have been teaching for, well, 25 years, there’s always something new to learn.  Inclusion is an ever-changing field, join us as we walk this path together.

Dr. Carlos A. Flores, Jr., is an Assistant Professor of Education at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, and instructs teacher candidates interested in specializing in special education. Prior to teaching at the university, Dr. Flores taught in the public schools for 15 years as a special educator. He has, and continues to have, an excellent grasp of special education, and special education laws and policies that surround educating students and adults with disabilities. As such, he has advocated for many years for the rights of students needing special education services. He is a very strong proponent of inclusion and co-teaching when each is implemented with fidelity, and helped implement co-teaching on his public school campus.

Dr. Flores has extensive knowledge and expertise in special education. He earned both his Doctor of Education and Master of Education in Special Education from Texas Tech University, and his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (with Special Education Certification) from Angelo State University. Dr. Flores currently serves as the president of The Arc of Texas, where he can continue campaigning and advocating for special education and special education students.

Keynote: Universal Design Daily: 5 Powerful Ways to Support All Students in the Diverse Classroom
Dr. Paula Kluth

Are you looking for new ideas for your lessons? Feeling bored with the techniques you currently use to support students with and without disabilities? Overwhelmed with all there is to learn about universal design and differentiated instruction? If so, this keynote presentation by Dr. Paula Kluth will “hit the spot”! Based on her new book of the same title, this talk is designed to give busy educators ideas for teaching and supporting all learners during busy school days. Specifically, Paula will recommend that teachers “teach up”, change the learning state, center on strengths, rely on rituals, and be goal oriented. She will discuss not only the practices associated with designing learning experiences for all, but habits of mind as well. This presentation contains video clips, classroom stories, examples and illustrations, and collaborative activities. More importantly, it features ideas to help all teachers better respond to the diversity that exists in their classrooms every single day.

Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, teacher, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities, and do create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. Paula is a former special educator who has served as a classroom teacher and inclusion facilitator. Her professional interests include differentiating instruction, active learning, and inclusive schooling.

She is the author or co-author of more than 15 books and products including “Don’t We Already ‘Do’ Inclusion?”, “From Text Maps to Memory Caps: 100 More Ways to Differentiate Instruction in K-12 Inclusive Classrooms”, and “You’re Going to Love This Kid!”. Paula is also the director of a documentary film titled “We Thought You’d Never Ask: Voices of People with Autism.”

Book:  UDL Daily coming out in late 2016!

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Keynote: Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites – 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain
Marcia L. Tate, EdD

If students don’t learn the way we teach them, then we must teach them the way they learn. Whether you are a special education or regular education teacher, principal, or parent, you will experience 20 brain-compatible strategies that take advantage of the way all brains learn best. Use music, metaphor and movement to increase academic achievement for all students. Explore research as to why these strategies are preferable to others.  This keynote has been called practical, informative and so much fun.

Marcia L. Tate, EdD, is the former Executive Director of Professional Development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia.  During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director.  She received the 2001 Distinguished Staff Developer Award for the State of Georgia and her department was chosen to receive the Exemplary Program Award for the state.

Marcia is currently an educational consultant and has taught over 500,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world.  She is the author of the following eight best-sellers: (1) Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain – (3nd Ed.); “Sit & Get” Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies that Engage the Adult Brain – (2nd Ed.); (3) Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Literacy Strategies that Engage the Brain – (2nd Ed.); (4) Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Techniques to Detour Around the Danger Zones – (2nd Ed.); (5) Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites – 20 Numeracy Strategies That Engage the Brain and (6) Preparing Children for Success in School and Life: 20 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Brain Power; (7) Science Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain; and (8) Social Studies Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain; and her latest book, Formative Assessment in a Brain-compatible Classroom: How Do We Really Know They’re Learning?.  Participants in her workshops refer to them as the best ones they have ever experienced since Marcia uses the 20 strategies outlined in her books to actively engage her audiences.

Marcia received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and elementary education from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.  She earned her Master’s degree in remedial reading from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, her specialist degree in educational leadership from Georgia State University and her doctorate in educational leadership from Clark Atlanta University.  Spelman College awarded her the Apple Award for excellence in the field of education.

Marcia is married to Tyrone Tate and is the proud mother of three children: Jennifer, Jessica, and Christopher; and six grandchildren: Aaron, Aidan, Christian, Maxwell, Roman. And Shiloh.

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Opening Keynote: The Global Ready Graduate: Skills, Literacies, and Dispositions for a World in Flux
Will Richardson
Monday, February 13 (9:00 – 10:30 AM)

These are interesting and challenging times around the world. Our internal realities as educators are increasingly mismatched with a world that is filled with information, knowledge, people, and technologies accessible by a few swipes on our phones. Because of our immediate, ubiquitous connections, our day to day understanding of events is becoming more complex yet more tenuous. The need to be a curious, critical consumer and creator of information is more important now than ever before. And that now is the foundational work of schools and educators. We’ll take a look at the opportunities and challenges of the new realities we now must negotiate, and what that means for our work as individuals and as systems as we move through a very disorienting moment into an equally uncertain future.

A parent of two teenagers, Will Richardson has spent the last dozen years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks and education. He was one of a handful of original education bloggers ( and his work has appeared in numerous journals, newspapers, and magazines such as Ed Leadership, District Administration, Education Week, The New York Times and English Journal. He is an outspoken advocate for change in schools and classrooms in the context of the diverse new learning opportunities that the Web and other technologies now offer.

Will has authored six books, most recently From Master Teacher to Master Learner (2015, Solution Tree Press). In total, his books have sold over 150,000 copies worldwide.

A former public school educator of 22 years, Will is a co-founder of Modern Learner Media and co-publisher of which is a site dedicated to helping educational leaders and policy makers develop new contexts for new conversations around education. Over the past eight years, he has spoken to tens of thousands of educators in 16 countries about the merits of online learning networks for personal and professional growth.

Will lives in rural New Jersey with his wife Wendy and his children Tess and Tucker.

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Special General Session: SPEAKing for Inclusion
Ricky Broussard
Tuesday, February 14 (9:00 – 9:30 AM)

Project SPEAK (Sharing Personal Experiences And Knowledge) is an emerging tool for supporting people with intellectual developmental disabilities to learn specific speaking skills, identify an issue that is important to them, and develop a presentation. Now in the process of development to meet TEKS standards, Project SPEAK is a proven tool for assisting youth and adults with significant disabilities to use their voice. And, with the support and assistance, presentations are making an impact – at the individual level such as in education meetings or staff meetings, local organizations such as the Rotary or School Board, and state conferences. As Peer Leader for Project SPEAK, Broussard will share his experience in being a peer mentor, working with the SPEAKers and the amazing impact this tool has had in the lives of the participants.

Ricky Broussard is a leader in the self-advocacy movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and an experienced speaker on self-determination. In his work as the Peer Leader for Imagine Enterprises’ Project SPEAK, Mr. Broussard assists new speakers through their own discovery process by sharing ideas and experiences, helping prepare their personal message, practicing, and handling the jitters. He promotes Project SPEAK to education and advocacy audiences throughout the state. Mr. Broussard’s career started in 2005 while living in an ICF group home, when he asked the Imagine team to assist him to start a business promoting self-advocacy, called Get-A-Life in Texas! His life-long mission is to “change the world for people with disabilities and those who support them.” He is a peer mentor to many people throughout Texas as well as a member of the Health and Human Services Commission’s Consumer Direction Workgroup and IDD Redesign Committee.

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Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center Hotel
3100 Town Center Trail
Denton, TX 76201



Please contact Marcia Espinal at

Registration is now open!

Ticket Type Price Date Availability
 Professional Early Bird Registration $230 October 1st-31st
Professional Regular Registration $250 November 1st- December 31st
Professional Late Registration $280 After January 1st
Parent/Student Registration $105 Available up to day of event

Payment Information

When registering for the 2019 Inclusion Works! Conference, you will be able to submit payment using the following payment methods. If you have any questions, please contact Marcia Espinal at .

  • Online Registration

Submit payment using any major credit or debit card with Visa, MasterCard and Discover logos. Our registration system will not accept American Express. To pay with an AmEx card, pay through PayPal link.

You will be prompted to enter your credit card information on the last page of the online registration process.

  • PayPal (All credit and debit cards including American Express)

Select “Pay Later” on the last page of the registration process. This will mark your registration as “deferred”. To submit payment and change your registration status to confirmed:

  • Visit to submit payment.
  • In the notes section include name(s) of attendee(s) and/or the registration confirmation number found in the registration confirmation email.
  • Check

Mail check payable to The Arc of Texas for full registration amount to:

The Arc of Texas

Attn: Accounting Department

8001 Centre Park Drive, Suite 100

Austin, TX 78754

  • Electronic Wire Transfer (ACH) to The Arc of Texas

Bank Name: JP Morgan

Routing Number: 111001150

Account Number: 9916595904

Address: 8001 Centre Park Drive, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78754


Stipend Information

The Arc of Texas is providing a limited number of stipends in the amount of $250 for self-advocates and their family members to attend the 2019 Inclusion Works! Conference. These stipends are first come, first serve. Priority will be given to first-time attendees, and only one stipend will be accepted per household. Stipends will cover registration fees plus a one night stay at the conference hotel. Stipend awardees will be required to pay for one additional night of lodging ($150) directly to The Arc of Texas by Dec. 15, 2018.

Stipend Request Submissions are now closed.


Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center Hotel
3100 Town Center Trail
Denton, TX 76201




Please contact Marcia Espinal at


Attendees at the 2019 Inclusion Works! Conference will stay at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center where all conference events will take place.


Individuals can make reservations directly with the Embassy Suites reservation department. Conference attendees will receive a special room rate of $135.

Please call 1-940-243-3799 and identify yourself as a participant of the The Arc of Texas 2019 Inclusion Works! Conference in order to receive your group special rate. Or you can easily make your hotel reservations online.

It is recommended that if you would like to stay earlier or later than the conference dates, to make your hotel reservation as far in advance as possible.

All guests at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center may enjoy these hotel amenities.

The Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center is located 25 minutes from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Further airport and transportation information can be found here.

Ground Transportation

Follow the signs at the airport for ground transportation and taxi service.


Self-Parking is available and complimentary to all Inclusion Works! Conference attendees.

Local Attractions

The Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center is located in the heart of Denton’s Rayzer Ranch, and just minutes from Downtown Denton. Attendees will be within minutes reach of local art, music, dining, and shopping. We are excited to bring Inclusion Works! to a city rich in culture and friendliness, giving attendees a chance to discover Denton. 

For more information on Denton attractions, visit:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center Local Tourist Information

Discover Denton


Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities


The 2019 Inclusion Works! Conference provides sponsors and exhibitors an unequaled opportunity to increase visibility and grow their network with more than 600 parents, teachers, and administrators from across Texas.

  • Interact face to face with influential decision makers
  • Build visibility for your company in a competitive marketplace
  • Expand your market reach
  • Strengthen existing customer relationships
  • Introduce new products and services
  • Generate new sales leads


Sponsorships are designed to help companies and organizations further engage, network, and connect with attendees during The Arc of Texas Inclusion Works! Conference. With a variety of sponsorship opportunities to choose from, The Arc of Texas offers you the perfect way to expand your presence during the conference. Whether you’re seeking new business, just entering the field, or hoping to expand your partnerships with existing clients, we offer numerous ways to attain your marketing goals through sponsorship opportunities.


Advertising in the onsite conference program is a great opportunity to help companies and organizations further engage, network, and connect with attendees during The Arc of Texas Inclusion Works! Conference. With a variety of advertising opportunities to choose from, The Arc of Texas offers you the perfect way to expand your presence during the conference. Whether you’re seeking new business, just entering the field, or hoping to expand your partnerships with existing clients, we offer numerous ways to attain your marketing goals through advertising opportunities.


Exhibits are designed to help companies further engage, network, and connect with attendees during The Arc of Texas Inclusion Works! Conference.  By exhibiting you will be able to interact face-to-face with influential decision makers, build visibility for your company in a competitive marketplace, expand your market reach, strengthen existing customer relationships, introduce new products and services, and generate new sales leads.

The Arc of Texas invites you to participate in the 26th Annual Inclusion Works! Conference February 10 – 12, 2019 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center in Denton, Texas.  Professionals and parents regard the Inclusion Works! Conference as the premier source for training and information about inclusive education practices.

Inclusion Works! Conference participants include school district and campus administrators, special education directors, general and special educators and parents of students with disabilities from across Texas, as well as out-of-state attendees!

This year we have expanded our participation opportunities to include sponsorship, exhibiting and advertising.

For more information, review our Inclusion Works! Conference Sponsor, Exhibitor & Advertiser Packet HERE



Show Details:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center
3100 Town Center Trail
Denton, TX 76201

Exhibitor Move-In:

Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Monday, February 11, 2019 6:00 – 7:30 AM

Exhibitor Hours:

Monday, February 11, 2019: 8:00 – 9:00 am; 11:15 – Noon; 3:45 – 4:15 pm
Tuesday, February 12, 2019: 8:00  – 9:00 am

Exhibitor Move-Out:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 by 2 pm

For more information, review our Inclusion Works! Conference Sponsor, Exhibitor & Advertiser Packet HERE



Exhibitor Payments

To register as an exhibitor for the 2019 Inclusion Works! Conference, click HERE.

To register as a non-profit exhibitor for the 2019 Inclusion Works! Conference, click HERE.

Advertiser Payments

To make an online payment for a full page ad click here.

To make an online payment for a half page ad click here.

To make an online payment for a 1/3 page ad click here.

To make an online payment for a 1/4 page ad click here.

To make an online payment for a business card size ad click here.


For any questions regarding sponsorship, exhibiting & advertising, please contact Dori Yeater at or 512-485-9727.

For any questions regarding the 2019 Inclusion Works! Conference, please contact Marcia Espinal at or 512-485-9728.

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