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Wednesday, October 20
 

9:00am PDT

Welcome Keynote
Presenters - Welcome Remarks: Senator Dave Cortese, Dr. Many Ann Dewan, & Kathy Wahl Keynote Presenter: Shelley Moore

How we understand inclusion is shifting. Rather than trying to include a few students who are different, we are striving to teach TO the difference. In this session we will look at how the goals of inclusion have continued to evolve, as we learn more about diversity and identity. We will reflect on next steps for advocacy and celebration, and have time to talk and make plans of action.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Mary Ann Dewan

Dr. Mary Ann Dewan

County Superintendent of Schools, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Dr. Mary Ann Dewan is the Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools. She has served in education over 32 years in a variety of leadership roles. Dr. Dewan believes that all students deserve high quality, equitable, and inclusive education. She serves on a number of committees and... Read More →
avatar for Senator Dave Cortese

Senator Dave Cortese

Elected Official, State Senate District 15
Senator Dave Cortese was elected in November of 2020 to represent State Senate District 15 which encompasses much of Santa Clara County in the heart of Silicon Valley. Along with his accomplished career as an attorney and business owner, the Senator previously served on the Santa... Read More →
avatar for Shelley Moore

Shelley Moore

Shelley Moore is a highly sought after teacher, researcher, consultant and storyteller and she has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout both Canada and the United States. Her research and work has been featured at national and international conferences... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Wahl

Kathy Wahl

Director, Inclusion Collaborative, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Kathryn Wahl has over 30 years of experience in education and public health. As the Director of the Inclusion Collaborative (IC) at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Kathryn provides the leadership needed to promote a culture that values all children by strengthening, sustaining... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

As a community foundation, SVCF serves the entire community — from individuals and families to nonprofits and donors to local officials, institutions and companies of all types and sizes. We build a sense of shared purpose, catalyze inclusive solutions and deliver positive impact... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
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10:30am PDT

Break
Wednesday October 20, 2021 10:30am - 10:50am PDT
VIRTUAL

10:50am PDT

My Name, My Identity: A toolkit to promote belonging and inclusion through self- and social-awareness (social-emotional competencies)
https://www.mynamemyidentity.org/
By pronouncing students’ names correctly, you can foster a sense of belonging and build positive relationships in the classroom, which are crucial for healthy social, psychological, and educational outcomes. Join us in exploring the virtual My Name, My Identity Toolkit - identify resources and take action to support the intentional practice of incorporating student (and staff) names as a universal support for inclusive school communities. This toolkit encompasses activities and strategies to promote identity and cultural assets at the universal (tier 1) school and classroom level. We will highlight stakeholder voice and identify transferable strategies to incorporate this initiative within our daily context. The toolkit is organized across social-emotional competencies, and intended to be an editable resource available to all willing to consider taking the pledge, and committing to:
- Show respect to others’ names and identities in schools by pronouncing students’ names correctly,
- Be a model for students by sharing information and resources about showing respect to others’ names and identities,
- Spread the word about the importance of respecting others’ names and identities and Be proud of who I am and celebrate our differences (in partnership with the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)).



Speakers
avatar for Ma Bernadette Andres-Salgarino

Ma Bernadette Andres-Salgarino

Coordinator, Integrated Steam, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Ma Bernadette Salgarino, Ed.D. is a Mathematics Coordinator for the Santa Clara County Office of Education. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in AYA Mathematics, a member of the National Core Advocate Network, Instructional Leadership Corps, CA Community of Practice-Mathematics... Read More →
avatar for Yee Wan

Yee Wan

Director, School Climate, Leadership & Instructional Services, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Yee Wan, Ed.D., is the Director of School Climate, Leadership and Instructional Services at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Dr. Wan provides leadership for building school and district capacity in developing systems for supporting student success. She spearheads the national... Read More →
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Gena Pacada

gpacada@sccoe.org, SCCOE


Wednesday October 20, 2021 10:50am - 11:35am PDT
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10:50am PDT

Make Curriculum Modifications in Minutes!
Curriculum modifications are critical if students with intellectual disabilities are to access and make progress in the general education curriculum. This presentation will provide participants with practical, research-based strategies to take grade level content and modify it to meet a variety of educational objectives in the general education curriculum.


Speakers
avatar for Nicole Eredics

Nicole Eredics

Inclusion Specialist, The Inclusive Class
Nicole Eredics is an experienced teacher with a background in special education. She is also a presenter, teacher trainer, and author who is passionate about creating accessible and achievable learning experiences for students with disabilities. She brings years of experience as a... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 10:50am - 11:35am PDT
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10:50am PDT

Trauma-Responsive Practices for Early Childhood Leaders: Creating and Sustaining Healing Engaged Organizations
Teachers and providers cannot be effective if they work in programs, organizations and systems that are trauma- inducing. To be truly effective in supporting children and their families impacted by trauma to heal and build resilience, the entire field of early childhood early learning programs, infrastructure organizations that support the workforce, children and families and leaders working at local, regional and state levels on early childhood systems building efforts need to become trauma-sensitive, trauma-informed and healing engaged. The training provides real-world case examples and vignettes along with easy-to-follow activities and resources. We guide participants in learning how they can start right away to create healthier environments in programs, organizations and systems that support children and adults, especially those whose lives have been impacted by trauma.



Speakers
avatar for Julie Kurtz

Julie Kurtz

Founder and CEO, Center for Optimal Brain Integration®
Julie Kurtz is an author, national speaker consulting and training on trauma and resilience. She promotes the concept of optimal brain integration to maximize the human growth potential. Julie is the Founder and CEO for the Center for Optimal Brain Integration. She is a co-author... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 10:50am - 11:35am PDT
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10:50am PDT

Design Challenge Learning- The Calming Space
Successful implementation of Inclusion is a real-world educational challenge. Educators juggle to make sure that ALL children feel supported intellectually and academically, and are extended a sense of belonging regardless of identity or learning abilities. Research shows that inclusive education has positive short-term and long-term effects for all students which is why it is imperative to create an inclusive classroom environment.

In this session, participants will engage in Design Challenge Learning, a creative problem solving process. Collaboration with other experts will be used to create an inclusive calming space in which students feel safe recognizing and regulating their emotions in a healthy way.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Cheryl Palladino

Dr. Cheryl Palladino

Inclusion Training Specialist, Santa Clara County Office of Education
CHERYL PALLADINO, Ed.D, an Inclusion Training Specialist, has over 20 years’ experience in education, primarily pre-kindergarten and transitional kindergarten through sixth grade, as well as inclusion, curriculum development, and teacher training in undergraduate- and graduate-level... Read More →
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Rachael Ostrowski, LMFT

LMFT, Seasons of Possibilities
RACHAEL OSTROWSKI, LMFT has always had a passion for working with children as they navigate the big world of feelings. Rachael is a professional family therapist, wife, and mother to two vibrant, creative, and empathic daughters. Rachael believes that it is important for children... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 10:50am - 11:35am PDT
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10:50am PDT

Interdisciplinary Practice and Inclusion
This session will discuss the details of a study conducted across the 20-21 school year that explored the role interdisciplinary practice plays in inclusion. The session will provide an overview of a three phase study that included pre- and in-service teachers and related service personnel (i.e., SLPs) and resulted in the development of professional learning experiences that increased participants capacity for implementing UDL and providing more inclusive learning opportunities for all students. Practical applications for professional development and teacher training will also be discussed in the session.

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Matthew Love

Assistant Professor, San Jose State University
Dr. Love's research focus on the application of assistive and instructional technology that support students with disabilities in general education classrooms. Currently, his focus is on defining how the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can be applied to the design... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 10:50am - 11:35am PDT
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11:35am PDT

Break
Wednesday October 20, 2021 11:35am - 12:00pm PDT
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12:00pm PDT

Lunch Keynote: Empowering Inclusioneers - Breaking through Bias to Reach all Children
This Keynote will engage participants in discussions related to key social justice issues that impact how we lead, serve, and interact with others. Implicit bias and how it manifests educational spaces will be presented. Daily acts of bias in schools and classrooms will be discussed as barriers to addressing racial equity. Strategies will be offered for identifying and responding to bias at the personal and interpersonal levels.

1. Participants will examine the frequency of early childhood and K-12 suspensions based on National data and state data.
2. Participants will define implicit bias.
3. Participants will identify acts of bias common in schools and classrooms.
4. Participants will practice strategies to interrupt bias as it occurs.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Rosemarie Allen

Dr. Rosemarie Allen

Rosemarie Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for nearly 40 years. Her life's work is centered on ensuring children have access to high-quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate.

Sponsors
avatar for Strong Start of Santa Clara County

Strong Start of Santa Clara County

Strong Start is a coalition of community leaders, early education providers, nonprofit organizations, elected officials, members of the business community, and other key stakeholders who are committed to expanding access to high quality early learning opportunities for all children... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 12:00pm - 1:15pm PDT
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1:15pm PDT

Break
Wednesday October 20, 2021 1:15pm - 1:45pm PDT
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1:45pm PDT

Countering Islamophobia
This workshop will help parents and educators counter Islamophobia in their schools and communities, to create a supportive school environment for all students. Participants will learn about the roots and history of Islamophobia and its relationship to other forms of racism, all of which are rooted in white Christian supremacy. They will then discuss the impact of Islamophobia on students and learn how to counter it through self-education and through using various resources available for teaching about Muslims and Islam. The seminar will be interactive, incorporating group discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Maha Elgenaidi

Maha Elgenaidi

Chief Innovation Officer, Islamic Networks Group (ING)
Maha Elgenaidi is the founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Islamic Networks Group (www.ing.org), a peace-building organization providing face-to-face education and engagement opportunities that foster understanding of Muslims and other misunderstood groups to promote harmony among... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 1:45pm - 2:30pm PDT
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1:45pm PDT

Unlearn to Design for Greater Equity
Sometimes we do things in a certain way in our classrooms simply out of habit. But breaking habits is necessary to advance our teaching practices into an ever-evolving educational landscape. In this session, we will explore the Unlearning cycle and experience how we can use it to implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Participants will gain a process and strategies that they can put into practice right away to ensure equitable design for all learners in their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Posey

Allison Posey

Senior Content Editor and Producer, CAST
Allison Posey is a national leader for professional learning and implementation of Universal Design for Learning. She works at CAST, where she collaborates with researchers and educators to integrate and apply current understandings from brain research into instructional practices... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 1:45pm - 2:30pm PDT
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1:45pm PDT

Creating an Inclusive Classroom with Connection and UDL+
At this session, you will create a connection to the importance of inclusion by hearing a general education teachers vulnerable story of the metamorphosis of her teaching practice and philosophy of inclusion after giving birth to a child with Down syndrome and hearing loss. The presenters will bring their experiences of creating student-centered classrooms and embedding differentiation into existing curriculum in order to create an environment of inclusion. You will walk away with the tools to  modify your existing daily classroom instruction, increasing the level of equity and respect for all students, and the level of students learning as well.

Speakers
avatar for Larkin O'Leary

Larkin O'Leary

President, Common Ground Society
Larkin O'Leary is the president and co-founder of Common Ground Society. Larkin received her credential through CSU, Chico in 2004, she has taught various grades ranging from PreK-8th and has won several awards in her educational career. Since resigning to care for her son, who was... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Alexander

Kathy Alexander

Differentiation Specialist, Common Ground Society
Kathy Alexander was a middle school teacher for twenty years and a K-8 district consulting teacher for three years specializing in differentiation in a general education classroom. She earned her Masters in Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from Sonoma State University... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 1:45pm - 2:30pm PDT
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1:45pm PDT

Dyslexia: What it is and What it isn't
Dyslexia affects up to 15-20% of the general population and much more than that in the special education population. This workshop will describe what dyslexia is and what it isn't. Participants will understand why some common myths are not true and what an appropriate intervention for dyslexia should include.

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Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Co-founder, Dyslexia Training Institute
Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D. is an author and co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute. Dr. Kelli has studied Structured Word Inquiry, the Orton-Gillingham approach, Lindamood-Bell, RAVE-O and Read Naturally. Dr. Kelli is a Past-President of the San Diego Branch of the International... Read More →
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Tracy Block-Zaretsky

co-founder, Dyslexia Training Institute
Tracy Block-Zaretsky is the co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute. She has provided dyslexia remediation for the past 20 years and has developed and taught workplace and family literacy program. She is a certified Special Education advocate assisting parents and children through... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 1:45pm - 2:30pm PDT
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1:45pm PDT

The Power of Relationships: Mitigating the Negative Impact of Trauma
Children exposed to trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are more likely to exhibit behaviors that challenge their teachers. With an understanding of the critical role that teacher-child relationships can play in children’s ability to heal from traumatic experiences, teachers can pivot from responding to behaviors through the typical lens of “What’s wrong with this child?” to, instead, considering “What’s happened to this child?” Participants will learn research-validated teaching practices that break the ongoing cycle of dysregulated behavior for trauma-impacted children and receive practical strategies to help them prioritize family relationships, self-care and trauma-related professional learning.

Speakers
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Kai-leé Berke

CEO, Noni Educational Solutions, Noni Educational Solutions
Kai-leé Berke is a lifelong early childhood educator and Co-Founder and CEO of Noni Educational Solutions, an educational technology start-up developing resources to support teachers and caregivers of trauma-impacted children. She is a nationally known early childhood expert and... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 1:45pm - 2:30pm PDT
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2:30pm PDT

Break
Wednesday October 20, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm PDT
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2:50pm PDT

Designing Inclusive Programs for Students with Extensive Support Needs
This session will orient participants to a free resource for working closely with families to design inclusive programs for students with extensive support needs, with suggestions for how these resources can be used by school-based teams.  A series of short videos, paired with templates for tailoring student programs, were created during distance learning to highlight successful practices grounded in evidence-based practices. The videos and materials highlight family voice in the planning process, embedded instruction, environmental supports, co-teaching, and universal design for learning.  Examples provided are relevant for both distance learning and in-person schooling.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Hanreddy

Amy Hanreddy

Associate Professor, Special Education, California State University, Northridge
Amy Hanreddy is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at California State University, Northridge. She teaches about inclusive and collaborative practices, with an emphasis on strategies that provide students with disabilities access to meaningful instruction... Read More →
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Rachel Woodward

Director of Special Education, WISH Charter, WISH Charter School
Rachel started her work in inclusive education as a general education teacher at the award-winning CHIME Charter School. Rachel has also worked supporting teachers and students of LAUSD to meaningfully address the needs of students requiring behavioral intervention. Rachel has been... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 2:50pm - 3:35pm PDT
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2:50pm PDT

Our Path Forward is a Circle: Empowering School Communities
In this session, attendees will move beyond the feelings of hopelessness and overwhelm many educators experienced this past year. They will learn about the research and best practices of 'Together We Make a Difference,' an inclusive service-learning program, and how the curriculum aligns with H.O.P.E., 'Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences' to help students at-risk develop agency and self-advocacy.
By using these resources, along with Circle of Friends' School Inclusion Program model, attendees will explore ways that they can empower students to build caring, inclusive communities at school.



Speakers
avatar for Robyn Reagan

Robyn Reagan

Executive Director, Community Partners fbo Circle of Friends- The Path to Inclusion
Robyn has improved systems and supports for educators and students for three decades. She’s a lifelong advocate for children who struggle to make their gifts and needs known. Her first role model was Annie Sullivan, beloved "Teacher" and friend to Helen Keller. As a teacher... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 2:50pm - 3:35pm PDT
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2:50pm PDT

Co-teaching as a high-leverage practice: Let’s collaborate!
Whether you are thinking about co-teaching or have been doing it for a while, this past year has put a spin on everything! Come learn strategies to create, build, or improve your co-teaching practices face-to-face, hybrid, or online. Collaboration is a high-leverage practice (HLP) that takes work. This session will get educators thinking, talking, laughing, and sharing evidence-based practices (EBPs) that can be employed through co-teaching approaches. With presenters modeling co-teaching best practices, to include the use of an online simulation with avatars, you’ll get to experience strong co-teaching first-hand and practice the skills you are learning right away.


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Wendy Murawski

Exec. Dir, CTL, CA State Univ Northridge, California State University, Northridge
Wendy W. Murawski, Ph.D., is the Executive Director and Eisner Endowed Chair for the Center for Teaching and Learning at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), a professor of Special Education, and the Director of SIMPACT Immersive Learning. Dr. Murawski is one of the foremost... Read More →
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Tori McPetrie

CSUN Simulation Supervisor, California State University Northridge Center for Teaching & Learning
Tori McPetrie is the Simulation Supervisor for SIMPACT, the immersive learning program located within the Center for Teaching and Learning at California State University, Northridge. She has provided hundreds of simulations for thousands of students in fields ranging from Education... Read More →
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Amy Gaines, M.A.

Special Education Program Specialist, William S. Hart Union High School District
Amy Gaines is a Program Specialist with the William S. Hart Union High School District in Santa Clarita, California. Amy has over 20 years of K-8 classroom teaching experience, primarily with students with special needs. Amy cares deeply about promoting social justice and improving... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 2:50pm - 3:35pm PDT
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2:50pm PDT

Evidence-Based Inclusive Practices for Early Educators
We will present an overview of evidenced-based inclusive practices for early educators. Attendees will learn about the practices and strategies of Embedded Instruction, Pyramid, and UDL and how these can fit in with MTSS. Discussions about how these models were implemented within our SELPA.

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Susan Langer

Program Specialist and SSU Lecturer, Sonoma County SELPA
I am a program specialist with the Sonoma SELPA. I have over 25 years of general and special education experience. My focus at the SELPA is providing training and facilitation of inclusive practices. I am a Pyramid and Embedded Instruction Trainer as well as coach. In addition, I... Read More →
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Suzanne Tribbey

Program Specialist, Sonoma County SELPA
Suzy Tribbey has approximately 20 years experience working in special education. She is on the Executive Board of the Sonoma County Association of School Psychologists. In addition, she is a PENT Cadre member.


Wednesday October 20, 2021 2:50pm - 3:35pm PDT
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2:50pm PDT

How to Support Successful Inclusion for Students with Autism
This presentation will focus on inclusive education and best practices for educating students with autism in inclusive settings. Topics discussed will focus on how to utilize evidence-based practices to develop and implement programs that encourage learning and engagement for the equitable and inclusive education of students with autism. Attendees will take away several key strategies and resources for further learning related to the implementation of EBPs in inclusive settings.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Ward

Nicole Ward

Education Specialist, Diagnostic Center, Southern California
Nicole Ward is an education specialist at the Diagnostic Center, Southern California. She holds a M.A. in both, Special Education and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Nicole has served students with special needs in a wide variety of settings since 2002. She comes with extensive... Read More →
avatar for Robyn Young

Robyn Young

Program Facilitator, Santa Barbara Unified School District
I have been an educator for 25 years advocating for the inclusion of students with special needs. I am the Regional Implementation Lead for C.A.P.T.A.I.NIn 2018-2019 as the recipient of the Fulbright for Distinguished Award in Teaching I was able to collaborate with educators around... Read More →
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Diane Storman

dstorman@sdsu.edu, San Diego State University: Exceptional Family Resource Center
After her son was diagnosed with autism, Diane Storman volunteered for an autism organization and worked as a paraprofessional in an early childhood Special Day Class. Later, she completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program at the University of Southern... Read More →


Wednesday October 20, 2021 2:50pm - 3:35pm PDT
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3:35pm PDT

Closing Remarks
Wednesday October 20, 2021 3:35pm - 3:40pm PDT
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Thursday, October 21
 

9:00am PDT

Morning Keynote: The Circle Makers: The What, Why, and How of Inclusion
Welcome Remarks from Director Kathy Wahl

The Circle Makers: The What, Why, and How of Inclusion
Co-taught by Dr. Julie Causton and Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak
In this interactive and engaging session, we will explore the what and why of inclusive education. Come prepared to open your mind and heart to new possibilities as we create inclusive schools together!

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Wahl

Kathy Wahl

Director, Inclusion Collaborative, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Kathryn Wahl has over 30 years of experience in education and public health. As the Director of the Inclusion Collaborative (IC) at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Kathryn provides the leadership needed to promote a culture that values all children by strengthening, sustaining... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Julie Causton

Dr. Julie Causton

Inclusive Schooling
Julie Causton is founder and CEO of Inclusive Schooling. She is a former Professor in the Inclusive and Special Education Program in the Department of Teaching and Leadership at Syracuse University. She has spent the past 20 years studying best practices for inclusive education and... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

An accomplished author, sought-after consultant, and educator's educator, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak spent 16 years as a tenured professor in Higher Education at Kent State University before leaving to lead a {r}evolution in early childhood education. She has written six textbooks... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Brookes Publishing

Brookes Publishing

An independent publishing company founded in 1978, Brookes has been the premier publisher of practical, research-based resources that support children’s healthy development and boost the learning and success of all people, with and without disabilities. We’ve been with you every... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
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10:00am PDT

Break
Thursday October 21, 2021 10:00am - 10:20am PDT
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10:20am PDT

Language Can Alter The Special Education Experience
The Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process is intended to utilize collaboration to support each child in meeting their full potential. Too often, however, the deficit language in IEPs shifts collaboration away from a strengths-based approach and creates social and emotional stress causing parent dissatisfaction and a decline in involvement. In this session, participants take the perspective of a parent navigating a deficit-based system and its emotional impact on the mindset of a parent with special needs. We hope to begin to answering the question, "How can our language choice support social and emotional engagement for all stakeholders?"

Speakers
avatar for Anne Childers

Anne Childers

Student Services: TOSA, Pajaro Valley Unified School District
Anne Childers is a 20-year educator and experienced Instructional Designer with non-profits and school districts, focused on integrating Social and Emotional Learning into school design and teacher development. With an M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:20am - 11:05am PDT
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10:20am PDT

Unique and Creative Transition Curriculum
In this session, participants will learn unique ways to embed transition and will walk away with a benchmark library of unique transition curriculum and a recommended scope and sequence. Participants will also learn of other transition tools that can enhance any program.

Speakers
avatar for Kristine Bautista

Kristine Bautista

Resource Specialist, "What I Wish I'd Learned in School"
Kristine Bautista is a special education teacher and the author of the "What I Wish I'd Learned in School" series, which is taught internationally. She enjoys taking real life challenges and translating them into teachable moments in the classroom.


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:20am - 11:05am PDT
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10:20am PDT

DEC Recommended Practices for Inclusive Programs: There's an RP for that!
The DEC Recommended Practices (RPs) outline high-leverage evidence-based practices that support learning and engagement in inclusive early childhood programs. You will leave this session with resources to support program and practitioner implementation of the RPs, including performance checklists, practice guides for practitioners, and professional development modules. When you face challenges in developing and sustaining inclusive early childhood programs, we hope you remember, "There's an RP for that! and access these resources to identify solutions.

This session will be appropriate for those who are already familiar with the RPs and those who are learning about them for the first time.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Golloher

Andrea Golloher

Associate Professor, San Jose State University
Andrea Golloher teaches courses in the Education Specialist and Master’s programs. Her research explores methods of supporting inclusive education, including the impact of teacher preparation and professional development on attitudes toward and beliefs about disability and... Read More →
avatar for Robyn Reagan

Robyn Reagan

Executive Director, Community Partners fbo Circle of Friends- The Path to Inclusion
Robyn has improved systems and supports for educators and students for three decades. She’s a lifelong advocate for children who struggle to make their gifts and needs known. Her first role model was Annie Sullivan, beloved "Teacher" and friend to Helen Keller. As a teacher... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:20am - 11:05am PDT
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10:20am PDT

Promoting Equitable Outcomes with Inclusive Practices
This session is designed for all age levels and is targeted at participants with an intermediate knowledge of inclusive practices. Session participants will learn how to promote equitable outcomes for all students by promoting inclusive practices in classrooms, school sites and at the district levels. Topics covered will include both quantitative and qualitative approaches to expand inclusive practices at multiple levels across a variety of settings. Emphasis will be on the use of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, Universal Design for Learning, and Social Emotional Learning to build a culture of inclusion and belonging for everyone in the school community.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Mary Ann Dewan

Dr. Mary Ann Dewan

County Superintendent of Schools, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Dr. Mary Ann Dewan is the Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools. She has served in education over 32 years in a variety of leadership roles. Dr. Dewan believes that all students deserve high quality, equitable, and inclusive education. She serves on a number of committees and... Read More →
avatar for Anna Marie Villalobos

Anna Marie Villalobos

Adjunct, SCCOE
Anna Marie has worked in general and special education across a variety of school settings,at the district, county, and regional levels, as a teacher, administrator, and SELPA Director. She has been actively involved in professional development and has presented at the Council on... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:20am - 11:05am PDT
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10:20am PDT

Building Shared Belief to Empower AAC Users - An Open Access Project
This session is designed to build the knowledge and skill that EVERY person who supports a student with complex communication needs should demonstrate in order to foster the student's skill development with augmentative & alternative forms of communication (AAC). When the whole team has a shared understanding and is working together to support and honor multimodal communication with core words and a variety of language functions, this empowers the AAC user to advocate for their needs and preferences and creates more inclusive opportunities for meaningful participation in academic and social settings.

Speakers
avatar for Casandra Guerrero

Casandra Guerrero

Program Specialist, MS CCC - SLP, San Benito High School
Casandra has worked as an SLP in the high school setting for 15 years, and currently works as a Program Specialist at San Benito High School District. Additionally, she started her SELPA's founding chapter of Circle of Friends, the Path to Inclusion and is a Cadre representative for... Read More →
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Jennifer Wright

Program Specialist, Placer County Office of Education
Jennifer has over 20 years of experience, with 15 of those as an SLP focused on AAC, and currently works as a Program Specialist for the Placer County SELPA. She supports school districts by consulting, coaching, and providing AAC Needs Assessments and by ensuring that staff are supported... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:20am - 11:05am PDT
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11:05am PDT

Break
Thursday October 21, 2021 11:05am - 11:30am PDT
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11:30am PDT

Lunch Keynote: Getting to the Yes! Empowering/Honoring Student Voice & Agency Promoting Equity & Access for ALL
  • Facilitate a discussion regarding the impact of student voice and agency on promoting equity and access for ALL students
  • Discuss the importance of students being allowed to play an integral role in teaching and learning in a culturally responsive classroom/school environment
  • Hear from students, both current and former, sharing how they are/were honored and recognized as equity partners having a “place at the table”

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Sponsors
avatar for Western Educational Equity Assistance Center

Western Educational Equity Assistance Center

The Western Educational Equity Assistance Center (WEEAC) at Metropolitan State University of Denver assists states, school districts, public schools (including charter and magnet schools), and Tribal Education Departments to plan and implement practices and policies that promote equity... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm PDT
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1:00pm PDT

Break
Thursday October 21, 2021 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
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1:30pm PDT

Importance of Special Needs Awareness in Emergencies
Attendees will learn the most important things to communicate to first responders in an emergency situation. They will also learn the importance of the SNAP program. This program is designed to provide First Responders with important information when responding to calls that involve individuals with a memory disorder, hearing impairment, or other behavioral disability. Any family member of someone with special needs can complete an application that includes their physical or psychological description, medical conditions, and an updated photo that gets registered in a confidential database. This information is only disclosed to appropriate emergency personnel via the Dispatch Center.

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Sasha Balasingam

A Junior at Los Gatos High School and Youth Commissioner, Los Gatos Youth Comission
My name is Sasha Balasingam and I’m 15 years old, and a junior at Los Gatos High School. I have an older sister with Autism and I am passionate about advocating for people with special needs. Growing up, I experienced how different my sister’s school systems, sports... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:30pm - 2:15pm PDT
VIRTUAL

1:30pm PDT

Sharing our journey: Why fit in if you're born to stand out?
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Marcie Turner

Parent
Marcie Turner is a Bay Area native, born and raised in Santa Clara, now living in San Jose with her high school sweetheart and husband of 25 years, Doug Turner. Together, they have raised two children; Dylan, 21 and Madison, 17. Madison’s diagnosis of Down Syndrome was the beginning... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:30pm - 2:15pm PDT
VIRTUAL

1:30pm PDT

Supporting All STEAM Learners with UDL
Join us to learn about and use the Corgi application: free interactive, digital graphic organizers designed to support higher-order thinking skills, STEAM learning, content organization, and collaboration. We’ll utilize Corgi’s Comparison Guide to showcase how learners can collaborate remotely on NGSS-aligned science lessons. We'll also highlight the application of UDL within the Corgi app and in shared science lessons. Come experience this free, Google-based tool, access NGSS-aligned science lessons incorporating UDL, and brainstorm how you could teach with Corgi in your learning setting. Get a sneak peek of upcoming developments and learn about research and co-design opportunities.

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Sung Park

Coordinator—Inclusion Education Technical Support, Inclusion Collaborative
Sung Park is a Coordinator in the Inclusion Collaborative at the Santa Clara County (CA) Office of Education, providing professional development, coaching, and technical assistance for inclusive best practices. Most recently he implemented the Agile EDx program to support educators... Read More →
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James Basham

Senior Director for Learning & Innovation, Professor, CAST and University of Kansas
James D. Basham, Ph.D., is the Senior Director for Learning & Innovation at CAST and founder of the Universal Design for Learning - Implementation and Research Network (UDL-IRN). He is also a Professor at the top-ranked Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:30pm - 2:15pm PDT
VIRTUAL

1:30pm PDT

You Can’t Have Inclusion Without the Arts
This model being put forth here posits that over 85% of adults on the autism spectrum are under or unemployed because systemically, the education system fails them by underutilizing the power of arts (specifically music) as a mainstay teaching/ pedagogical strategy and approach.

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Ifunanya Nweke

Executive Director, Jazz Hands For Autism
Ifunanya Nweke is the Founder and Executive Director of an innovative 501c3 nonprofit organization called Jazz Hands For Autism, a post-secondary educational and vocational program designed to help adults on the autism spectrum turn their musical talents into a career in the music... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:30pm - 2:15pm PDT
VIRTUAL

1:30pm PDT

Effective Modification Strategies for Students Working Below Grade Level in a General Education Classroom Setting
Participants will learn how to utilize a strengths-based, collaborative approach to make modifications for students with IEPs who may be working below grade level.  Discover a "formula" for identifying effective ways to differentiate instruction based on each student's individual strengths, interests, and areas of need.  Create meaningful modifications that foster success for students of all abilities!

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Elizabeth Lewis

Director of Education, Elizabeth Lewis
Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience in Early Intervention and Education. She joined Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area (DSCBA) in 2016 and serves as the Director of Education. In her role at DSCBA, Elizabeth has developed strong partnerships with dozens of Bay Area School... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:30pm - 2:15pm PDT
VIRTUAL

1:30pm PDT

S.E.E.E. Me - Safety, Empowerment, Equity and Engagement in action in the Santa Clara COE Department of Special Education
The SCCOE's Special Education Department partners with the county's schools to serve students with disabilities from birth to age 22. We provide a variety of services for children and students with severe or low-incidence disabilities through instructional programs divided into Early Education (birth to age 3), preschool, elementary, secondary and post-senior.

We operate classes on public school campuses to serve children with special needs, and we align all classroom curriculum goals with the California Content Standards and the Preschool Learning Foundations. Our program has leveraged allocated improvement funding to support Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports implementation across all classrooms and sites.

Join us as our staff shares how we have empowered students with disabilities through attention to practices to promote safety, engagement and equity through our PBIS implementation before, during and as we recover from the global pandemic.

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Stephanie Tague

Coordinator - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, SCCOE
STEPHANIE TAGUE, MSW serves as the coordinator for Santa Clara County Office of Education’s regional Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Technical Assistance Center and as a leadership in the California PBIS Coalition. Stephanie has served California’s educational... Read More →
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Jennifer Ann

Director, Special Education Department, SCCOE


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:30pm - 2:15pm PDT
VIRTUAL

2:15pm PDT

Break
Thursday October 21, 2021 2:15pm - 2:35pm PDT
VIRTUAL

2:35pm PDT

Inclusion: A Global Perspective to Empower Educators to Serve Marginalized Students
Our country today is more diverse than ever before, which includes diversity in social, cultural, language, economic and gender arenas. The pandemic has only highlighted the gap in education access and learning. Globally, educators have been challenged to rethink how to educate all learners and determine access to a basic foundation of learning at every level and in many creative and different ways. This presentation will broaden the perspective of participants to understand the challenges not only in our sphere of influence locally but the global challenge of inclusion and particularly marginalized youth.




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Rose DuMond

Coordinator, Santa Clara Unified School District
Rose DuMond is currently Coordinator of Special Education for the Santa Clara Unified School Distirct. As a Director, Coordinator, site administrator and School Psychologist, she has been driven to develop inclusive practices for students through data, assessment and reinforcing access... Read More →
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Namita Maunder

Program Specialist - Special Education, Santa Clara USD
Ms. Namita Maunder, Program Specialist, SCUSD and founder of Talksped. Namita is a seasoned speech and language pathologist and AAC specialist with more than 20 years of experience. She started the Talksped fb page and youtube channel during the pandemic to spread disability awareness... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 2:35pm - 3:20pm PDT
VIRTUAL

2:35pm PDT

Leveraging Industry and Post Secondary Partnerships to Build College and Career Pathways for Alternative Education Students
The Alternative Education school setting, in both community and court appointed schools, presents a unique set of challenges for CTE and College and Career. Using the Blue Ridge Skills Training Program as a model for increasing career opportunities through CTE pathways and stackable certifications, attendees will learn how the SCCOE CTE team has built viable college and career pathways in a push in model of industry and post secondary co training programs.



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Joell Hanson

CTE Coordinator for SCCOE, Santa Clara County Office of Education
With 29 years in education as a middle school core teacher, and high school English teacher, and 7 years as a high school vice principal and 6 years as a high school principal, Joell brings curricular and site leadership experience to her role as CTE Coordinator for SCCOE. In supporting... Read More →
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Dana Richards

Manager of Work Based Learning, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Former CTE teacher and high school principal, Dana brings experience using data, research, community engagement, and complex project management to galvanize industry and post secondary partnerships, creating multiple paths of work based learning for all students across Santa Clara... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 2:35pm - 3:20pm PDT
VIRTUAL

2:35pm PDT

Using the Ways 2 Equity Playbook: Spotlight on African American Students
Studies reveal that at every benchmark in African American students' lives from early childhood education through higher education, they encounter far more significant obstacles than many of their peers. African American students face racial discrimination in the form of implicit bias, microaggressions, or subtle racial epithets aimed at their race. They experience systematically lower expectations for achievement and excessive school discipline. This provides an overview of African American students' underlying needs and offers strategies for increasing and improving services for African American students, using evidence and resources from the Ways 2 Equity Playbook.

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Dr. Angela Birts

Founder and CEO, Birts Equity and Inclusion Solutions LLC
ANGELA BIRTS, Ed.D., is the Founder and CEO of Birts Equity and Inclusion Solutions LLC, a diversity consulting firm focused on training and consultation for organizations, school sites, and school districts seeking to expand their commitment to diversity and equity and inclusion... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 2:35pm - 3:20pm PDT
VIRTUAL

2:35pm PDT

Virtual Escape Room: Learn and Have Fun in Online Spaces
Join us for an online escape room adventure where you will use the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to solve a series of collaborative challenges with the ultimate goal: rescue our Inclusioneer! Using online collaborative platforms, our escape room has transitioned from in-person to completely online. Each online escape room “riddle” will have a specific goal and challenge for participants to cooperatively solve using UDL, including designing a mini-lesson, crafting relevant image descriptions, and analyzing formative assessments. Join us for an online learning experience and help us rescue our Inclusioneer before the Axis of Exclusion dooms us all!

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Sung Park

Coordinator—Inclusion Education Technical Support, Inclusion Collaborative
Sung Park is a Coordinator in the Inclusion Collaborative at the Santa Clara County (CA) Office of Education, providing professional development, coaching, and technical assistance for inclusive best practices. Most recently he implemented the Agile EDx program to support educators... Read More →
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Dr. Jose Blackorby

Research Director, Learner Variability and Impact, WestEd
Jose Blackorby is the Research Director of Learner Variability and Impact at WestEd and a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Previously the Director of Research and Development at CAST, he has been working to improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 2:35pm - 3:20pm PDT
VIRTUAL

2:35pm PDT

Embedding Instruction for Preschoolers in Inclusive Settings
A case story approach will model ways to use assessment information from the Desired Results Developmental Profile (2015) in conjunction with Embedded Instruction for Early Learning intervention strategies for young children with diverse abilities in preschool settings. Participants will gain knowledge and awareness of the processes to strengthen the link between the DRDP (2015) and the IEP/ IFSP to develop a priority learning target. We will unpack the four components of Embedded Instruction and associated teaching practices to amplify how embedded instruction can help practitioners to plan for, implement, and evaluate child progress toward the learning target to inform instructional decisions.

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Therese Snyder

Desired Results Access Project Implementation Manager, Embedded Instruction CA, Desired Results Access Project-- Napa County Office of Education, Research and Professional Development Center Funded by the California Department of Education, Special Education Division
Therese works for the DR Access Project, Embedded Instruction for Early Learning CA Project, funded by the CDE, Special Education Division in collaboration with the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies, University of Florida and the Early Childhood Special... Read More →
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elley ho

Inclusion Training Specialist, sccoe
Elley has been working at Santa Clara County Office of Education since 2003. She has over 20 years of experiences working with parents and teachers in supporting young children with special needs to quality inclusive learning environments. Currently, she is a trainer and coach for... Read More →
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Maureen Casey

maureen.casey@fmsd.org, Franklin McKinley School District
Maureen Casey is a Early Childhood Inclusion Specialist with the Franklin McKinley School District in San Jose, CA. For the past six years, Maureen has been working as an Inclusion Specialist serving preschoolers with various needs in a co-teaching, Head Start setting. She began receiving... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 2:35pm - 3:20pm PDT
VIRTUAL