The Supporting Inclusive Practices (SIP) Project is hosting its first annual conference.
Our theme? MISSION: POSSIBLE
We are excited to hear from a diverse selection of speakers on inclusion related topics including culture, policy, practice, and shared leadership. Inclusion is a choice and far from impossible,
Do you accept the mission?
This event is open to all educators, staff, and families and students at no cost.
Funded by the California Department of Education, Special Education Division.
International Human Rights Activist for Children with Disabilities, Co-Founder of The Chaeli Campaign
10:00 -11:00 AM
Supporting individuals with ASD in inclusive settings requires knowledge about evidence-based practices (EBPs) for ASD. To ensure successful inclusive educational opportunities, specific EBPs will be described that address the unique needs of students with ASD. Time will also be spent describing how to universally design universal supports. The statewide initiative on ASD, California Autism Professional Training And Information Network, and SELPA Content Lead grant will be described as important technical assistance resources. Specific Objectives: 1. Define the evidence-based practices (EBPs) for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as determined by the critical review of research conducted by the National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice (NCAEP) and the National Autism Center’s National Standards Project, Phase 2 Report (NSP2) 2. Discuss how a collaborative approach is efficacious to improve outcomes and effectiveness of EBP implementation. Describe how to leverage statewide initiatives and policies to ensure implementation of EBPs. Identify and apply those EBPs for ASD to support inclusive education for students with ASD 3. Explain how implementation of EBPs with fidelity is a critical component of intervention and how the AFIRM (Autism Focused Intervention and Resource Modules) is an important tool to support fidelity of implementation of these focused interventions 4. Describe the statewide ASD initiative in California known as CAPTAIN (California Autism Professional Training And Information Network) as a premier resource of evidence based/research based information on ASD that supports the dissemination and implementation of EBPs with fidelity.
This session will explore a powerful, yet simple, model for creating a culture of inclusion. You will learn a proven and practical approach for how you can operationalize the needed shifts in mindset and actions to dramatically impact your inclusion efforts.
In this working session, you will learn about the two biggest impediments to change and how to fundamentally shift beliefs that may be slowing your progress. We will also apply a simple model to ensure others own their role in moving these efforts forward.
• Participants will explore how the widely held existing beliefs and past experiences, that provide the basis for your current inclusion culture, are slowing your progress.
• You will learn one simple mindset shift that is required if you want to create sustainable change- and how to impact that shift immediately.
• Participants will receive simple and immediately actionable best practices for impacting change efforts and creating ownership for those efforts.
Although people with disabilities are the world’s largest minority, disability is often left out of conversations about diversity and equity. This workshop explores how students with disabilities contribute to diversity in the school population. We will explore our perceptions of disability. This workshop will cover topics such as language around disability and ableism, actionable steps to strengthen mindsets and awareness of these topics.
11:10 - 12:10 PM
This professional learning experience is aimed toward supporting teachers and administrators with capacity-building and tools (i.e. tips sheets, check-in protocol, data collection) for tier 3 interventions for students. Educators will learn about how to support students with attainable behavior and performance goals through a range of check-in systems and protocol, observation and data collection, and adjusting for improvement.
Providing access to special education services in general education preschool settings is the first step to successful inclusion, Once children with IEPs are enrolled, the momentum continues as educators consider how instruction will be delivered so that children with IEPs can engage and participate fully with their peers to achieve positive outcomes in their development and learning. In Embedded Instruction for Early Learning—California, general education and special education practitioners work collaboratively to provide systematic instruction to achieve this goal. Embedded instruction is an approach that promotes child engagement and learning in everyday activities, routines, and transitions. This is accomplished by identifying the times and activities when instruction on a child’s priority learning targets is embedded as part of those activities, routines, and transitions in which all children are engaged and learning.
o Participants will understand how Practice-Based Coaching (Snyder et al., 2022) supports the implementation of effective embedded instruction practices in inclusive settings.
o Participants will understand how the Embedded Instruction for Early Learning approach supports general and special educators to help children learn new skills during classroom activities, routines, and transitions.
o Participants will understand how Embedded Instruction for Early Learning—California is linked to the use of the California preschool learning foundations and the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP).
o Participants will gain resources to further explore Practice-Based Coaching and Embedded Instruction for Early Learning—California and information about how to participate.
Inclusion is a journey that stretches across multiple levels of a child’s educational path. Join us for a voyage as we share Orange Unified School District’s pathways to inclusive practices in Preschool, Elementary, and beyond!
12:10 - 12:40 PM
Refuel, refresh, and network with other Inclusion Enthusiasts in the Social Lounge!
12:40 - 1:40 PM
Explore the ways that paraprofessionals can maximize the student experience. Through collaboration and shared vision, paraprofessionals are an integral part of student life. Considerate and intentional delivery of services creates a pathway for improvement in academics and supports positive social and emotional opportunities.
Lead Classified on Special Assignment - Inclusive Practices, Poway Unified School District
This presentation focuses on how Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) and LEAs can partner to enhance inclusive practices. Participants will learn how EPPs and LEAs work together to build authentic relationships as a foundation for building inclusive and equitable school communities. Participants will engage in discussions of how to begin centering disability as a core component of systems change.
Co-Director, Thompson Policy Institute on Disability, Chapman University
The road to inclusion through co-teaching was not an easy one especially during the pandemic where everything changes in a blink of an eye. The teaching and leadership staff at Hollister School District with the support from Supporting Inclusive Practices (SIP) persevered to break down barriers to learning.
This session will empower district and school leaders to redesign teaching in middle school to build inclusive classrooms. We will look at specific action plans, tools and strategies on how this initiative started and how it is continually improved upon. The goal is not perfection but truly working together as a team to provide what’s best for all students.
9:10 - 9:50 AM
Living with a disability in a hostile world is a complex experience. It takes patience, creativity, flexibility, and a lot of grit. No disabled person has the same experience as another and yet, we are oftentimes expected to fit into boxes that have been designed without consideration of disabled people's challenges and skill-sets. This can be frustrating and demotivating, and it's ok to have moments of doubt and disillusionment. There is still much work to be done to reach a world that sees, values and caters for all of us, however, this doesn't mean that you can't have a good time and turn some heads along the way. I've learned throughout my disabled journey that the ebb and flow of my relationship with my disability is normal, and we should embrace all of it. I have always shared my experiences honestly and believe in sharing my vulnerability to create better understanding and opportunities for connecting and learning.
9:50 - 10:00 AM
Kick off our Conference with a welcome from the California Department of Education, Special Education Division Director.
10:00 - 11:00 AM
This presentation will include an overview of the ongoing journey to becoming united in inclusion through the development of the Romoland School District Blended Inclusive Preschool Program through shared leadership. Examples of systemization and strategies leadership teams took to build a culture with a shared vision, that society will reap the benefits of this early inclusive environment as the children participating in these settings grow up.
Inclusion of all students strengthens the fabric of the learning community, encourages empathetic collaboration and communication, supports understanding and respect of diversity, and ultimately benefits all learners. This workshop will define the what and why of inclusive education and share specific strategies that can be used in schools.
An in-depth, site-level perspective of the process, planning, and considerations used to increase inclusive classrooms at a comprehensive high school. Attendees will be introduced to the instructional, relational, political, financial, and ethical considerations to consider when bringing inclusion to an urban/suburban comprehensive high school. Question & answer session to follow.
11:00 - 11:10 AM