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21 Things You Need to Know! Inclusion for ALL

Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak
& Dr. Julie Causton

Your Co-teachers

Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak


A highly sought-after speaker, accomplished author, and educators’ educator. Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak began her career as an early interventionist and then spent 16 years as a tenured professor at Kent State University. Since 2013 she has followed her true passion for designing and delivering transformative professional development. As a result, she has accumulated over 50,000 hours of helping educators and leaders work from a place of compassion, hope, and love in locations from Cincinnati to Singapore.

Dr. Julie Causton


A best selling author, inspiring speaker, and inclusion advocate, Dr. Julie Causton began her career as an educator and then 14 years as a tenured professor at Syracuse University. In 2012 she founded Inclusive Schooling, a premiere company solely devoted to delivering professional development which transforms schools and lives. She has spent the past 25 years nearly obsessed with discovering innovative practices and teaching others about inclusive education through her wildly engaging presentations.

21 ways to create more inclusive schools

Welcome – 21 things you know, inclusion for all

Dr. Julie Causton delivers a powerful and inspiring presentation for the 21 Club, focusing on enhancing inclusion for students with Down syndrome and other disabilities. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Dr. Causton shares practical insights and strategies to create a more inclusive educational environment. The presentation is tailored to empower educators, parents, administrators and advocates, providing them with the tools to make a positive impact on the lives of students with Down syndrome.

Throughout the presentation, Dr. Causton presents “21 Ways to Improve Inclusion for Students with Down Syndrome,” offering a comprehensive and actionable guide. Her strategies encompass various aspects of education, from classroom practices to school-wide initiatives. Attendees are engaged and motivated as they learn how to foster an inclusive culture that embraces diversity and supports the unique needs of students with Down syndrome.

Dr. Causton's presentation goes beyond theoretical concepts, offering real-world examples and success stories that resonate with the audience. Attendees leave with a renewed sense of purpose and a clear roadmap for implementing positive changes in their educational communities. The empowering atmosphere created by Dr. Causton encourages collaboration and commitment to inclusivity, inspiring everyone to play a role in building a more supportive inclusive and enriching environment for students with Down syndrome and other disabilities.


21 Things You Know! Inclusion for all

Key Resources

  • Key PPT [pdf]
  • Definition of Inclusion [pdf in English] [pdf in Spanish]
  • How to Become a Circle Maker [video– 5:20] + transcript in Spanish – Los Hace Círculos [pdf in Spanish]
  • Achieving Inclusion: 5 Strategies to Ensure an Inclusive Placement for Your Child [English pdf] [Google DRIVE in Spanish – link]
  • Checklist of Sample Supplemental Supports, Aids, and Services [pdf]
  • Transition to an Equity Lens [pdf in English] + [pdf in Spanish]
  • Does Self-Contained Special Education Deliver on Its Promises? A Critical Inquiry Into Research and Practice [pdf]
  • Hey Bartender [Tik Tok from the National Down Syndrome Society on March 14th 2024- 1:30]
  • 101 Ways to Incorporate Choice in Learning [pdf]
  • Access Points for Common Activities [pdf]
  • Human Ways of Being [pdf in English] + [pdf in Spanish]
  • Checklist of Common Stressors [pdf]
  • 10 Ways to Reduce Stressors [pdf]

Additional Resources

  • A Checklist for Transitioning into General Education from Special Settings [pdf]
  • Disability Affirming Education Indicators [pdf]
  • How is “Special Education” Defined? [video– 8:25]
  • Paraprofessional Ladder of Support [link]
  • One Teach/One Make Multi-Sensory [pdf in English] + [pdf in Spanish]
  • Tic Tac Toe [pdf in English] + [pdf in Spanish]

Research on Inclusive Education (click to access all the resources)

  • SWIFT Education Center website hub where research is summarized [link]
    • SWIFT Education Center Benefits of Inclusion summary [pdf]
  • Summary of research on inclusive education – fast facts [DRIVE doc]
  • What Does the Research Say About Inclusive Education Wrightslaw blog [link]
  • Does Self-Contained SPED Deliver on its Promises [article]
  • A Landmark Study Strikes a Resounding Note for Inclusion Edutopia blog [link]
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Inclusive and Special Education [link]
  • Article for families about research and law [pdf]


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INCLUSIVE EDUCATION MEANS we no longer accept that separate classrooms, separate schools, and separate lives are in the best interest of any student. Separating people by ability disadvantages everyone. Belonging is a human need. Our educational system, practices, and spaces, need to be reimagined.

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION MEANS every student is valued because of their strengths, gifts, and even challenges. As disability is simply… diversity. Everyone benefits from meaningful participation and opportunities to learn grade level content with diverse peers. We must trust that all students come to us as incredible whole people who do not need to be fixed.


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