Wyndham Hotel Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX


The Inclusion Works! Conference Purpose:

The Inclusion Works! provides learning opportunities for parents, educators, and school administrators 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.

The Inclusion Works! Conference 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 the many attributes possessed by each child. These students may share some attributes, but they possess their own uniqueness as well;
  • All students with disabilities are members of the general education community;
  • Students receive special education services and supports in general education settings;
  • Students with disabilities 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.

Registration will open on Tuesday, October 3.


Early Bird Registration

Prices valid from
October 3 – October 31, 2017


Regular Registration

Prices valid from
November 1 – December 31, 2017


Late Registration

Prices valid from
January 1, 2018 – Day of Conference



*Parent Stipend Information

A limited number of parent stipends are available. Stipends are available on a first-come, first-served basis until the balance of the funds are depleted. Stipends may cover conference registration only OR hotel lodging for one or two nights only OR both.

  • Please register using the “Parent” registration option and check that you will would like to apply for a stipend. You will be contacted in early December requesting the completion of an application submission for consideration.
  • Please limit to one stipend per family.
  • You must make your own hotel reservations. If approved, the hotel lodging will be billed to The Arc of Texas.
  • Hotel stipends are limited to those who live outside of the San Antonio area.

Stipend applications will be available for submission in early December.



Announcement of the 2018 Inclusion Works! Conference Keynote Speakers coming soon!


Distinguished professionals in the field of education featured in 2016 and 2017.

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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The Arc of Texas invites you to participate in the 25th Annual Inclusion Works! Conference February 4 – 6, 2018 at the Wyndham Hotel Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.  Professionals and parents regard the Inclusion Works! Conference as the premiere 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, and even some out-of-state attendees!

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


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.


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.


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.


Download the Sponsor/Exhibitor/Advertising Prospectus packet below.


For any questions regarding sponsorship, please contact Deborah Wallace at or 512-485-9731.

For any questions regarding exhibiting & advertising, please contact Nancy House at or 512-746-6204.


Wyndham Hotel Riverwalk
111 East Pecan Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
Reservations: 1-866-764-8536




Please contact Nancy House at


Attendees at the 2018 Inclusion Works! Conference will stay at the Wyndham Hotel Riverwalk where all conference events will take place.

Special room rates of $124 (government per diem) for single/double standard guest rooms have been secured for 2018 Inclusion Works! Conference attendees, and include complimentary guest room Internet access.


Individuals can make reservations directly with the Wyndham Hotel reservation department. Please call 1-866-764-8536 and identify yourself as a participant of the The Arc of Texas 2018 Inclusion Works! Conference in order to receive your group special rate. Or you can easily make your hotel reservations online.

To ensure the special rooms rates and room availability all reservations must be made no later than Wednesday, January 3, 2018. 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 Wyndham Hotel Riverwalk may enjoy these hotel amenities.

The Wyndham Hotel Riverwalk is easily accessible 8 miles from the San Antonio International Airport.

Ground Transportation

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


Valet and self-parking is available to guests. A 20% discount off the current parking rates are available to conference attendees. More information about hotel parking.

Local Attractions

The Wyndham Hotel location on San Antonio’s famous Riverwalk puts you steps away from world-class dining, shopping, and nightlife. Walk to The Alamo, Pearl Brewery, and El Mercado Marketplace, or hop on a river taxi outside to explore the Riverwalk by water. Convenient for business travelers, the hotel is also a short walk from the San Antonio Convention Center. Other attractions are just a short drive away, among them the San Antonio Zoo, Six Flags, and SeaWorld.

Wyndham Hotel Local Tourist Information

San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau


Preliminary Conference Schedule

The program to include keynotes presentations and breakout sessions will be available in early October. The Arc of Texas reserves the right to modify the conference schedule or program as necessary. Last updated: 6/29/17

Sunday, February 4
1:00 – 5:00 pm Registration / Information Desk Open
3:00 – 5:00 pm Exhibitor Set‐Up

Monday, February 5
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration / Information Desk Open
8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast and Visit with Exhibitors
9:00 – 10:30 am Opening Keynote
10:30 – 10:45 am Recess
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions

  • Administrators Track (2)
  • Educators Track (3)
  • Parents Track (2)

12:00 – 1:30 pm Administrators Networking Lunch
12:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch and Visit with Exhibitors

2:00 – 3:15 pm Breakout Sessions

  • Administrators Track (2)
  • Educators Track (3)
  • Parents Track (2)

3:15 – 3:30 pm Recess
3:30 – 4:45 pm Breakout Sessions

  • Administrators Track (2)
  • Educators Track (3)
  • Parents Track (2)

4:45 pm Night On‐Your‐Own

Tuesday, February 6
8:00 am – 2:30 pm Registration / Information Desk Open
8:00 – 9:00 am Coffee with the Exhibitors (breakfast on‐your‐own)
9:00 – 10:30 am Closing Keynote
10:30 – 10:45 am Recess
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions

  • Administrators Track (2)
  • Educators Track (3)
  • Parents Track (2)

12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch Provided
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm Breakout Sessions

  • Special Session with Keynote Speaker
  • Administrators Track (2)
  • Educators Track (3)
  • Parents Track (2)

2:30 pm Conference Adjourns

At the Inclusion Works! Conference, 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.



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