A VIRTUAL EVENT

August 3-5

We’ve gone virtual!

 12th Annual Summer Leadership Institute

Leaders like you are invited to join us for three interactive days August 3-5th. Like past years, we have an amazing line-up of international inclusion experts. Unlike in the past… you’ll each have a front row seat and get to learn in your slippers. Register today and you’ll leave this year’s institute with the practical ideas and inspiration you need to create more inclusive schools! Now is the time for leaders like you to reimagine education for all students.

Summer Leadership Institute

August 3-5, 2020

No Travel Required!

Be the Hero of Your District

This event will help you:
• Build your leadership capacity
• Increase your resilience
• Become re-inspired around inclusion
• Hear from districts all over the world about how they’re doing inclusion and making it work
• Discover how to support staff and families, special stuff around re-opening and rethinking education, especially for students with disabilities during this pandemic

PLUS: The people you meet in this event will be the key people you need to help your school pivot and succeed in the next year.

Get MORE Benefits the Earlier You Join!

Bringing a group or your whole district? Contact Us!

Are you a Syracuse University student? Looking for college credit? Contact Us!

Refund Policy – If you can’t make it…let us know on or before July 24, 2020. You are eligible for a full refund (minus the Eventbrite processing fee). 

Livestream Sessions August 3-5 with International Speakers

Julie Causton

Julie Causton

CEO, Inclusive Schooling

George Theoharis

George Theoharis

Professor, Syracuse University

Larry Bissonnette

Larry Bissonnette

Disability Rights Advocate

Pascal Cheng

Pascal Cheng

Education & Communication Specialist

Brianna Dickens

Brianna Dickens

Autistic Self Advocate

Micah Fialka-Feldman

Micah Fialka-Feldman

Student, National Speaker, Pioneer

Tanya Fredrich

Tanya Fredrich

Director of Special Education and Student Services

Kathy Kramer

Kathy Kramer

Educational Consultant & Coach

Harvey Lavoy

Harvey Lavoy

Education & Communication Specialist

Kate MacLeod

Kate MacLeod

Assistant Professor, University of Maine

Jenna Mancini Rufo

Jenna Mancini Rufo

Assistant Superintendant

Shelley Moore

Shelley Moore

5 Moore Minutes

Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

ECE Consultant

Pat Radel

Pat Radel

Attorney, Getnick Livingston Atkinson & Priore

Leslie Sieleni

Leslie Sieleni

Disability Advocate & Mom

Sean Sielini

Sean Sielini

Self Advocate

Kayla Takeuchi

Kayla Takeuchi

Self Advocate

Tracy Thresher

Tracy Thresher

Disability Rights Advocate

Paul Wesselmann

Paul Wesselmann

The Ripples Guy

Daily Breakdown

You’ll have plenty of time for screen breaks,
and everything will be recorded.

No matter your schedule, you won’t miss a session.

Welcome!
Building our community
Gearing up for SLI 2020
Inclusion Foundations with Julie & George
Break
Your Inclusion IQ with Julie & George
Film: Wretches and Jabberers
Discussion with film stars Larry & Tracy
Break
Voice, Competence, and Special Education with Brianna
Networking and Socializing

 

Welcome!
Inclusion and Identity with Shelley Moore
Break
District Spotlights (PreK-Secondary)
Repeat of District Spotlights
Repeat of District Spotlights
Break
My Education Journey with Kayla
Networking and Socializing

 

Welcome!
Special Education Law: Myths & Realities with Pat
Break
My Inclusion Journey with Sean & Leslie
Break
Transition 
Ripples of Resilience with Paul
Wrap Up and Looking Forward

 

Speaker Bios

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Larry Bissonnette

Larry Bissonnette is a disability rights advocate and artist who lives in Williston, Vermont. He has been painting and drawing since he was a young child and exhibits his art regularly both locally and nationally. Over the past 20 years, he has been a featured presenter at many national educational conferences and has written and spoken on the topics of autism, communication and art. He is both the subject and writer of a film about his art and life, called, “My Classic Life as an Artist: A Portrait of Larry Bissonnette” (2005) and starred in the documentary “Wretches and Jabberers” (2010) He also is a contributing author to “Communication Alternatives in Autism: Perspectives on Typing and Spelling for the Nonspeaking” (2019), a book edited by California Lutheran University professor, Dr. Edlyn Pena.

Julie Causton

Dr. Julie Causton is a passionate expert, author, and teacher in the area of inclusive and special education. As a Syracuse University professor, elementary, middle and high school teacher herself, Julie has experienced firsthand the positive outcomes of inclusion. This work lead her to found Inclusive Schooling. As the CEO of Inclusive Schooling, Julie, offers interactive large group presentations, motivational online courses, hands-on workshops, and more to administrators, educators and parents interested in inclusive school reform, inclusive teacher training, collaboration, humanistic behavioral supports, lesson planning, and providing invisible adult supports. Julie believes that disability is simply a form of diversity and helps schools to create strength based inclusive systems where every individual can reach their full academic and social potential. As a prominent educational researcher, Causton has published over 30 articles in academic journals and has written six books for school teams about the most innovative theories and practices in inclusive education.  These books and articles are utilized across the country to teach and support pre-service and in-service educators and administrators. With her newest title, The Too Much Unicorn, Julie hopes to continue to empower children directly to joyfully, stylishly, and confidently embrace their own beauty. Julie lives in New York with her wife and two awesome kids.

Kate MacLeod

Kate MacLeod is founder and consultant at Inclusive Schooling. She is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Maine at Farmington and a charter member of Maine Coalition for Inclusive Education. A former high school special education teacher in New York City, she has expertise working with adolescent students with complex support needs.

She is an educational consultant who works with schools and families to create more inclusive practices for all. Her research is focused on best practices for the inclusion for students with complex support needs and understanding the culture of inclusive schools.

Kate writes and manages the Inclusive Schooling Blog and is always looking to feature new voices and ideas related to inclusive education.

She lives in Unity, Maine with her husband Danny, their dog Amelia, cat, Carlos and flock of chickens. When she is not working she loves to play music, swim in the ocean, and send positive vibes into the world.

Pascal Cheng

Pascal Cheng has a M. Ed. and C.A.S. in Special Education from the University of Vermont and has worked for over 30 years with children and adults with developmental disabilities in school and community settings. He currently is an educational and communication specialist for Howard Center Developmental Services in Burlington, Vermont, providing training and consultation in the areas of communication, assistive technology and literacy for children and adults. He serves as a member of the Vermont Communication Task Force, a group that works to improve communication supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities in the state of Vermont.

Brianna Dickens

Brianna Dickens is an autistic self- advocate and currently a PhD candidate in special education and disability studies at Syracuse University. Brianna has a masters degree in special education and bachelors degree and teaching certification in elementary education. She has been a research assistant at the Institute on Communication and Inclusion which researches and supports typing to communicate, teaching assistant and is currently a research fellow at SU. As someone with her own neurodivergent and alternative communication journey, her research and work focuses on exposing the possibilities when different ways of being are centered in schools, in the community, and in research.

Tanya Fredrich

Tanya Fredrich is the Director of Special Education and Student Services in the School District of Elmbrook located in Brookfield, WI. The School District of Elmbrook serves the communities of Elm Grove, Brookfield and a small portion of New Berlin. The district has nine schools serving approximately 7,200 students. Tanya is a graduate of UW Madison School of Education and holds a Masters degree in Special Education and Administrative Leadership. She was awarded her Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service December, 2014. Tanya has worked as a special educator with expertise in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders and Educational Autism as well as a building principal prior to her current director role. She is an adjunct lecturer at Carroll University, Cardinal Stritch University and University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Tanya lives in Oconomowoc, WI with her husband Tom and two children, Zachary and William.

Kathy Kramer

Kathy Kramer is a multifaceted educator whose career spans from academic instruction to business and leadership coaching. For more than 25 years, Kathy has honed her craft with roles ranging from teacher, corporate trainer, curriculum development consultant, and professor of aspiring and practicing educators. Kathy brings a passion for advocacy to her work and aims to build environments focused on inclusivity, equity and creativity. She holds an EdD in Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction and is currently the Director of Graduate Studies in Education at Carroll University. Her passion for professional empowerment led her to obtain an advanced coaching certificate in 2019 with Co-Active Training Institute. She works closely with and coaches educational professionals who are transforming and leading systems of equity and inclusion.

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Harvey F. Lavoy, 3rd

Harvey F. Lavoy, 3rd has worked for Community Developmental Services since 1994, a Division of Washington County Mental Health Services in Barre, Vermont and is the Director of Communication Training and Resources. He has a Bachelors-of-Science in degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut University. He provides education, training and technical assistance to adults and children with complex communication needs as well as their families, support staff, educational teams, schools and agencies. In 2006 he received a Certificate of Recognition as a Master Trainer in Facilitated Communication Training from the Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI) at Syracuse University and is a member of an International Master Trainer Network. He has been a member of the Vermont Statewide Communication Task Force since 2000 providing statewide trainings, workshops, and conferences to enable adults in Vermont with developmental disabilities to communicate more effectively.

Kate MacLeod

Kate MacLeod is founder and consultant at Inclusive Schooling. She is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Maine at Farmington and a charter member of Maine Coalition for Inclusive Education. A former high school special education teacher in New York City, she has expertise working with adolescent students with complex support needs.

She is an educational consultant who works with schools and families to create more inclusive practices for all. Her research is focused on best practices for the inclusion for students with complex support needs and understanding the culture of inclusive schools.

Kate writes and manages the Inclusive Schooling Blog and is always looking to feature new voices and ideas related to inclusive education.

She lives in Unity, Maine with her husband Danny, their dog Amelia, cat, Carlos and flock of chickens. When she is not working she loves to play music, swim in the ocean, and send positive vibes into the world.

Jenna Mancini Rufo

Jenna Mancini Rufo is a consultant for Inclusive Schooling with a wealth of special education and leadership experience from K-12 public education. Currently an Assistant Superintendent, Jenna has also served as a Director of Special Education and Student Services, an inclusion facilitator, a special education teacher, and a policy specialist for the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Jenna’s passion for inclusion was ignited by growing up with her sister, Nina, who has significant disabilities. Throughout her career, Jenna has been a strong advocate for inclusive education and has brought inclusion from theory to implementation in the systems in which she has served. Jenna provides professional development to school district staff, and especially enjoys working with administrative teams looking to lead systems change.

Jenna lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two elementary-aged children, and two black cats. She is happiest when spending time with her family and enjoying the beach!

Shelley Moore

Shelley Moore: originally from Edmonton, and is now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Shelley Moore is a highly sought-after teacher, researcher, speaker and storyteller and has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout both Canada and the United States. Her first book entitled, “One Without the Other” was released in July 2016 and her second will be released summer 2019! Shelley completed an undergraduate degree in Special Education at the University of Alberta, her masters at Simon Fraser University, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia.

Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak is 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. Through comprehensive classes, thought-provoking keynote addresses, and practical resources for teachers, she’s guiding adult professionals who work with our youngest students toward developing their emotional intelligence, reclaiming children’s right to learn through play and reimagining more inclusive classrooms. She has written six textbooks, two workbooks, and the AEPS curricular system, served as past President of the International Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, and spent over 50,000 hours teaching adults best practices in early childhood care and education in locations from Cincinnati to Singapore. It’s all part of her effort to build kinder, more inclusive, and more creative classrooms-and therefore, a better world.

Patrick G. Radel

Patrick G. Radel is a member of the law firm of Getnick Livingston Atkinson & Priore, LLP, located in Utica, New York.  He received his law degree summa cum laude from the University at Buffalo Law School, where he was the Executive Editor of the Buffalo Law Review. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Radel served as confidential law clerk to the Honorable William M. Skretny, United States District Judge for the Western District of New York. Mr. Radel is passionate about the rights of people with disabilities and has been honored to represent families of students with disabilities at CSE meetings, in due process proceedings, and in federal court. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States District Court for the Northern and Western Districts of New York, and in the courts of New York State. Mr. Radel is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), New York State Bar Association, and Oneida County Bar Association. He is a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation and he is a frequent speaker on the legal rights of students with disabilities. He lives in New Hartford, New York with his wife, Mary Snyder Radel, Esq., and their three sons.

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Leslie Sieleni

Leslie Sieleni is a disability Advocate and member of the White Bear Lake community for over 20 years. Leslie and her husband John have three children; the youngest has the attribute of Down Syndrome. Leslie set out on the disability journey to navigate the world of disabilities in order to be the best advocate she could for not only her son, but for all community members . Leslie has over 20 years of experience advocating on behalf of those with disabilities at the state and local levels including the Arc Minnesota Public Policy Committee and the Department of Education Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP). Leslie is a graduate of the MN Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Partners in Policymaking (PIPM) program and Founder of the MN Growth Through Opportunities Police Cadet Program.

Sean Sieleni

Sean Sieleni is 20 years old and a Bethel University BUILD student. BUILD stands for Bethel University Inclusive Learning and Development. Sean is also the first Minnesota Growth Through Opportunity (GTO) Police Cadet Graduate! His dream is to graduate college, work in law enforcement, buy a house with four of his friends, and get married.

Kayla Takeuchi

Kayla Takeuchi is a nonspeaking individual who types to communicate. After being in special education classes for 10 years, Kayla graduated with a real high school diploma. She has attended Clovis Community College and graduated with an Associate in Arts degree in Social Sciences from Fresno City College in 2018. Kayla is currently a student at California State University, Fresno, majoring in History and aspires to become an advocate for her nonspeaking brothers and sisters.

George Theoharis

Dr. George Theoharis is a Professor in the Teaching and Leadership Department at Syracuse University. He has extensive experience as a principal and teacher. He previously served as Department Chair, Associate Dean for Urban Education Partnerships, and as the Director of Field Relations. His research and work with K-12 schools focuses on issues of equity, justice, diversity, inclusion, leadership, and school reform. His books titled The School Leaders Our Children Deserve (2009), Leadership for Increasingly Diverse Schools (2015), and The Principal’s Handbook for Leading Inclusive Schools (2014) focus on issues of leadership and creating more equitable schools. George’s work bridges the worlds of K-12 schools and higher education. As such, he writes for public audiences in outlets such as: The School Administrator, Educational Leadership (online), The Principal, The Washington Post, and The Root, and The Syracuse Post-Standard. He co-runs a summer institute for school leaders focusing on issues of disability, equity and inclusion. He consults with leaders, schools, and districts around issues of leadership, equity, diversity and inclusive reform around the United States and Canada. His Ph.D. is in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin Madison. George grew up in Wisconsin in an activist family committed to making a more just world. Currently he lives in Fayetteville, NY with his 2 awesome children, and recently his parents have moved in too, making for 3 generations of Theohari living and laughing together.

Tracy Thresher

Tracy Thresher is a native Vermonter who lives and works in Vermont. Tracy began using Facilitated Communication in 1990 and was one of the first individuals with autism in Vermont to be introduced to the method. He has presented at local, statewide and national workshops and conferences. Tracy is an employee of Washington County Mental Health Services and has consulted with local schools and adult service agencies, mentors high school students and adults with communication challenges, is a member of the Vermont Statewide Communication Task Force, and the WCMHS Communication Alliance. Tracy additionally performs freelance work for Green Mountain Self-Advocates and works with the Wellspring Guild as a Master Trainer. Tracy and his friend Larry travel the world promoting their documentary, Wretches & Jabberers, in an effort to change the World’s view of disability to one of positivity.

Paul Wesselmann

Paul Wesselmann is an educator, writer, and founder of Unleash Ripples, an experiment in nurturing kindness with over 30,000 followers. After earning degrees in psychology and higher education, Paul worked on several college campuses, often giving professional development pep talks that focused on reaching-OUT skills to help people more effectively connect with others and reaching IN skills to more consistently bring their best selves to school, work, and life. For the past twenty years he’s been self employed full time as a leadership trainer and keynoter, and has spoken at hundreds of conferences, in-services, and professional development events focusing on people in the helping professions. You can get to know Paul better at TheRipplesGuy.com and by following him @RipplesGuy on most social-media platforms.

FAQS

Who is this for?

This event is designed for school professionals to help you:
• Build your leadership capacity
• Increase your resilience
• Become re-inspired around inclusion
• Hear from districts all over the world about how they’re doing inclusion and making it work
• Discover how to support staff and families, special stuff around re-opening and rethinking education, especially for students with disabilities during this pandemic

What does a it mean that the conference is going to be virtual? Do I have to be at my computer for 8 hours a day?
Being virtual can mean lots of different things. For us and for this conference it means that you will have the opportunity to sit on live sessions with amazing speakers, attend breakout sessions with champions of inclusion from all over the world, take screenbreaks when you and your family need them, and to have access to tons of on-demand content. Even the live sessions will be recorded so you don’t have to worry if your schedule doesn’t match ours.

We’ll be gathering for large and small groups in ZOOM and you’ll have access to a dashboard with all the on-demand content.

What if one or more of my team has to cancel at the last minute?
Don’t worry. It’s hard to know what tomorrow will be like, let along what things will be like in a few months. You and/or your district will receive a full refund (minus the eventbrite processing fee) for any and all registrations through July 24, 2020.

EXTRA OPTIONAL BONUS – Dare to Lead Book Club

Sign-up info available when you register

Interested in
The Summer Leadership
Institute August 3-5?

Questions?? Contact sli@inclusiveschooling.com