Transform Your School

Summer Leadership Institute 2020

Four-day virtual event for visionary educators and administrators

August 3-6, 2020

Live and On-Demand Workshops | Networking with Industry Leaders | Lifetime Replay Access

Inclusion and Diversity Matter Now More Than Ever

The students who are so often marginalized are in even greater danger of falling through the cracks right now and it’s critical for leaders like you to get the support, tools, and collaboration you need to create sustainable change.

We’ve taken the 12th Annual Summer Leadership Institute virtual so you won’t have to miss a thing.

• Get lifetime access to four days of inspiring presentations

• Collaborate with visionary leaders and peers

• Get tangible tools and support so you can enact real change

• Learn from advocates and international industry leaders

• Step into your full-hearted leadership potential

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$579

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These three days opened my eyes to so many things! It was life-changing.

As a Leader, You Deserve Support

We know you are tired…

…of the status quo.

…of walking by rooms filled with segregated students and knowing they aren’t getting the best from your district.

…of leaving your job each day weary and frustrated.

…of hearing the phrase, “it’s always been this way” and “this is the best we can do.”

Creating change is hard and you deserve support, tools, and connections to others who are revolutionizing their districts.

Your students are counting on you.

We know how challenging it is to do this work.

For 12 years we’ve been helping visionaries, like yourself, to influence your district, and make the world better for your students.

Every year our attendees tell us they finally have the resources and connections to transform their schools, which is why we knew we had to find a way to offer this event virtually this year.

2020 demands we step up and change things!

We’re here to help you start the new school year with direction, support, and a unified team.

No Matter Your Schedule, You Won’t Miss a Session

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

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.

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Meet All The Presenters

Be inspired by international industry leaders and advocates.

Your Host Dr. Julie Causton

CEO, Inclusive Schooling

Bio
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.
Larry Bissonnette

Larry Bissonnette

Disability Rights Advocate

Bio
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.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.
Pascal Cheng

Pascal Cheng

Education & Communication Specialist

Bio
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

Autistic Self Advocate

Bio
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.
Tony Ferraiolo

Tony Ferraiolo

Life Coach and Trainer

Bio
Tony Ferraiolo is known as a compassionate and empowering Life Coach and a motivating and thought-provoking trainer. Since 2005 Tony has provided trainings to over 25,000 people around the country. Tony has dedicated himself to both promoting competent and respectful health care for the transgender community, by educating providers, and advocating on behalf of patients. Also, training educators on providing a safe and respectful space for transgender children in a school environment.  He encompasses a unique ability to make light of a sometimes-challenging situation which puts his audience at ease to fully participate in his trainings and leaves his audience with a greater awareness of how to move forward in supporting their patients, staff, co-workers, students, and children.

In 2008 Tony started several support groups to support transgender youth and their families, the groups meet concurrently, providing a complete support system for these families, drawing families from New York and throughout New England. Since 2008 these groups have served over 950 families.

In 2009 he recognized the need to provide chest binders to members of his community who needed them but had no ability to access them. Since 2009, Tony has given over 300 binders to transgender people all over the world.

Tony is the subject of the award-winning documentary “A Self-Made Man” and the Author of the book series “Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth”.  He also hosted the A&E miniseries Transitioning, were he coached three  transgender young adults through social transition.

In 2019 he received his teaching certification in Mindfulness and incorporates mindfulness in all of his trainings.

Tony is also the Co-Founder of the Jim Collins Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to transgender people for gender-confirming surgeries.

Micah Fialka-Feldman

Micah Fialka-Feldman

Student, National Speaker, Pioneer

Bio
Micah Fialka-Feldman is a self-advocate, teaching assistant, outreach coordinator, national speaker, and pioneer who fights for disability-pride, justice, and inclusion. He is part of the first wave of adults with intellectual disabilities who have attended college and has been fully included in school and community. Micah’s disability advocacy has a foundation in the creation of the “Beloved Community” and the notion that “A community that excludes even one of its members is not a community at all.”

Micah earned a certificate in Disability Studies from the Syracuse University School of Education in 2015. Micah currently lives in Syracuse N.Y. where he co-teaches classes in inclusive education and disability studies. He is an outreach coordinator at the Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education. In May of 2014, Micah was appointed by President Obama to President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. He is featured in the upcoming documentary by Dan Habib, Intelligent Lives.

Tanya Fredrich

Tanya Fredrich

Director of Special Education

Bio
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.
Isela Garcia

Isela Garcia

Early Childhood Consultant

Bio
Dr. Isela Garcia. An inspirational and energetic speaker, trainer and consultant. Her 25+ years of experience has taught her the value of laughter, purposeful connections, and the art of listening intently. She is incredibly passionate and continually seeks to create innovative approaches to training and education. Love is the core of her philosophical foundation–belief in the goodness in all people.
LeDerick R. Horne

LeDerick R. Horne

Poet, Speaker, Advocate

Bio
Diagnosed with a learning disability in the third grade, LeDerick Horne defies any and all labels. He’s a dynamic spoken-word poet. A tireless advocate for all people with disabilities. An inspiring motivational speaker. A bridge-builder between learners and leaders across the U.S. and around the world who serves as a role model for all races, genders, and generations.

The grandson of one of New Jersey’s most prominent civil rights leaders, LeDerick uses his gift for spoken-word poetry as the gateway to larger discussions on equal opportunity, pride, self-determination and hope for people with disabilities. His workshops, keynote speeches, and performances reach thousands of students, teachers, legislators, policy makers, business leaders, and service providers each year. He regularly addresses an array of academic, government, social, and business groups, including appearances at the White House, the United Nations, Harvard University, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, and the State Departments of Education across the US. His work addresses the challenges of all disabilities, uniting the efforts of diverse groups in order to achieve substantive, systemic change.

From 2003 to 2012, LeDerick served as the Founding Board Chair of Eye to Eye (eyetoeyenational.org), the only national nonprofit mentoring program for students labeled with LD / ADHD, and he continues to serve on the board today. He is on the advisory board for The National Resources for Access, Independence, Self-determination and Employment (RAISE) Technical Assistance Center (raisecenter.org).  And he is a member of the governing board for the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (njcie.org).

In 2016, he and co-author Margo Vreeburg Izzo, PhD, The Ohio State University, released the book Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success — the definitive compendium on transition support for students with LD / ADHD and other hidden disabilities — published by Brookes Publishing Co.

 

He has released two spoken-word poetry albums (Rhyme Reason and Song in 2005 and Black and Blue in 2011) and co-created New Street Poets, a spoken-word play about the effect of gentrification on urban culture. The play received considerable acclaim including accolades at the New York City International Fringe Festival and toured extensively throughout the U.S.

 

LeDerick has earned a BA in Mathematics with a Fine Arts minor from New Jersey City University and also studied Mathematics at Middlesex County College. His poetry is available on iTunes and YouTube.

Keith Jones

Keith Jones

President and CEO

Bio
Keith Jones is the President and CEO of SoulTouchin’ Experiences. An organization aimed at bringing a perspective to the issues of access inclusion and empowerment, which affect him as well as others who are persons with a disability. Mr. Jones is also extremely active in multicultural, cross-disability education and outreach efforts and, conducts trainings (including train the trainer) with the purpose of strengthening efforts to “provide services and information to people with disabilities. While at the same time Mr. Jones continues his artistic endeavors. Most recently releasing ‘Vocal Tai Chi vol. 1’, an homage to the hip hop. Also, along with Mr. Leroy Moore the two men co-founded Krip Hop Nation an international collective of artist with disabilities which is currently celebrating its 10th year anniversary. The tag line of Krip Hop Nation is, “Its more than music,..’ As a solo artist Mr. Jones is also celebrating 40 years of being in hip hop with a continued mixing of beats lyrics and activism.
As in advocate so as in hip hop Mr. Jones under the pseudonym ‘Da Soul Toucha’, believes everything has a soul.
Ijumaa Jordan

Ijumaa Jordan

Early Childhood Consultant

Bio
Ijumaa Jordan. An early education consultant with a focus on reflective practice, culturally relevant teaching, and developing anti-bias curriculum for young children and adults. Ijumaa works with teachers and administrators to facilitate professional development in a “community of practice” model that promotes reflective teaching practices and leadership. She has more than twenty years of teaching in early education and directing. She brings her skills and experiences as a teacher, leader, and mentor, and a strong belief in the value of a play-based and emergent curriculum to my keynote presentations and workshops.
Kathy Kramer

Kathy Kramer

Educational Consultant & Coach

Bio
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.
Otto Lana

Otto Lana

Self-Advocate

Bio
Otto Lana: At fifteen years of age and a sophomore in high school at Compass Academy in San Diego, California, I seem like any other student. So why was I invited to present at the 2020 Summer Leadership Institute? What makes me special? Some would say it is because I was diagnosed with Autism and Apraxia. But I disagree, there are a multitude of us. Look around, we are everywhere. Anyone you meet either has Autism or knows someone with Autism. I believe I am included in the list of presenters because I am charismatic, good looking, well spoken, and just happen to have the good fortune to be autistic too.

Autism and Apraxia prevent me from speaking words with my mouth. This inability to verbalize my thoughts obviously does not indicate that I do not posses verbal skills. It simply means I do not have expressive language in the traditional sense. Before I found my voice through typing I was diagnosed with an intellectual disability as well.

Now that I type the tables have turned. People address me with normal volume and cadence. They are with ones who now wait for what I have to say. The difference is, I am worth the wait.

Harvey Lavoy

Harvey Lavoy

Education & Communication Specialist

Bio
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.
Bettina Love

Bettina Love

Associated Professor, University of Georgia

Bio

Dr. Bettina L. Love: An award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. She is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers in the areas of how anti-blackness operates in schools, Hip Hop education, and urban education. Her work is also concerned with how teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in intersectional social justice for the goal of equitable classrooms.

For her work in the field, in 2016, Dr. Love was named the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She is also the creator of the Hip Hop civics curriculum GET FREE. In April of 2017, Dr. Love participated in a one-on-one public lecture with bell hooks focused on the liberatory education practices of Black and Brown children. In 2018, Georgia’s House of Representatives presented Dr. Love with a resolution for her impact on the field of education.

Dr. Love is a sought-after public speaker on a range of topics, including: antiblackness in schools, Hip Hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, Hip Hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth civic engagement, and issues of diversity and inclusion. In 2014, she was invited to the White House Research Conference on Girls to discuss her work focused on the lives of Black girls. In addition, she is the inaugural recipient of the Michael F. Adams award (2014) from the University of Georgia. She has also provided commentary for various news outlets including NPR, The Guardian, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

She is the author of the books We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom and Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English Journal, Urban Education, The Urban Review, and Journal of LGBT Youth. In 2017, Dr. Love edited a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies focused on the identities, gender performances, and pedagogical practices of Black and Brown lesbian educators.

Kate MacLeod

Kate MacLeod

Assistant Professor, University of Maine

Bio
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

Assistant Superintendent

Bio
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

5 Moore Minutes

Bio
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

Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

ECE Consultant

Bio
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.
Pat Radel

Pat Radel

Attorney

Bio
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.
Sean Sielini

Sean Sielini

Self Advocate

Bio
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

Self Advocate

Bio
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

George Theoharis

Professor, Syracuse University

Bio
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

Disability Rights Advocate

Bio
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.
Stephanie Traver

Stephanie Traver

Self-Advocate

Bio

Stephanie is a 20-year-old self-advocate from Spokane, WA, where she just completed her second year of community college. Stephanie grew up with her mom and twin brother, enjoying activities like bowling, skiing and piano lessons, cooking and social time with her friends. Within her school district of 13,000 students, she was the first student with Down syndrome to spend all 12 years of her education in her neighborhood schools in primarily general education classes with her typical peers. While her mom advocated on her behalf during her K-12 years, including a lengthy Due Process hearing, Stephanie is learning to advocate for her own rights and needs now! In August she will move onto the campus of Washington State University, 90 miles from home, to attend a 2-year inclusive post-secondary program. She is eager begin this next chapter of her life and share her journey with those interested in inclusive education

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• Practical strategies for returning to and reopening schools with Dr. Jenna Rufo
• From “Behavior to Belonging” with Dr. Julie Causton and Dr. Kate MacLeod
Inclusive Pre-K practices with Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak
• Reimagining special education in a post-pandemic world with Dr. Jenna Rufo and Dr. Julie Causton
Leveraging the power of paraprofessionals with Dr. Julie Causton and Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak
Latest legal updates for serving students with disabilities during the pandemic with attorney, advocate, and father Pat Radel and Dr. Julie Causton
Navigating the change process and overcoming resistance with Dr. Tanya Fredrich

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SLI 2020 Includes 

• Nearly 40 hours of content (inspirational stories, practical solutions)

• Up to 10 hours of networking and teaming

Lifetime access to reusable content

• Conversations with visionary leaders and peers

Tangible tools and support so you can enact real change

• Eight 60 minute Live Sessions

• Five on-demand Content Sessions

• Five recorded self-advocate stories

• One award winning film and a Live Q&A with the stars of the film

Your choice of Breakout Sessions and in-depth on-demand sessions

After the Institute

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Continued access to private Facebook group

Ongoing support from the connections you made during the event

Monthly tips to stay encouraged and inspired

Just-in-time fixes for your biggest issues

Coupons and discounts for future events

Guidance for how to replay or reuse the content from the conference for ongoing PD throughout the year

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What an inspirational recharge before heading into a new school year! It broadened my views of inclusion and gave me some “next steps” in my personal practice, as well as goals on a larger scale within my building and district to keep myself moving. There’s always room for improvement and listening and learning for the 3 days of the institute only makes me better – hopefully year after year! I can’t wait to be back next year!

What an inspirational recharge before heading into a new school year! It broadened my views of inclusion and gave me some “next steps” in my personal practice, as well as goals on a larger scale within my building and district to keep myself moving. There’s always room for improvement and listening and learning for the 3 days of the institute only makes me better – hopefully year after year! I can’t wait to be back next year!

Is The Summer Leadership Institute Right For You?

Are you an educator, administrator, special education director or assistant?

Is your district searching for ways to respond and cultivate best practices for diversity and inclusion?

Are the parents of students in your school constantly frustrated with outdated practices and systems?

Do you go home each day aching for your students with special needs and yet don’t know how to make things better?

Are you a leader searching for inspiration and solutions?

Are you anxious about the 2020-2021 school year in light of COVID-19 changes? 

If you answered yes to any of the above, register now!

“Do I Really Have Time For This?”

The real question is – how much time will you waste trying to get through this on your own?

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 do I get?
Get lifetime access to three days of inspiring presentations:
• Collaborate with visionary leaders and peers
• Get tangible tools and support so you can enact real change
• Learn from advocates and international industry leaders
• 6 Live Keynote Sessions
• 5 Recorded Sessions
• 4 Collaborative Team Meetings for Community Building & Networking
• Your Choice of Breakout Sessions

You also get…
• 7 bonus on-demand sessions
• Continued access to private Facebook group
• Ongoing support from the connections you made during the event
• Monthly tips to inspire and encourage
• Just-in-time fixes
• Coupons and discounts for future events
• Guidance for how to replay or reuse the content from the conference for ongoing PD throughout the year

How much time will it take?
Each live session will be approximately an hour long. Watch them live or on your time (we’ll record everything and share within 48 hours of the live event). You can check in with the group daily or as you have time throughout the school year.
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.

Bonus 4th Day:

(August 6th)

We have so much to share with you this year, we’ve added a BONUS day on August 6th
You’ll have lifetime access to the recordings if you can’t make it live.

Sessions on:

  • sustaining your momentum
  • partnering with families
  • everything you wanted to know about early childhood but were afraid to ask
  • inclusion in higher education
  • and lessons we’re learning about inclusive distance education

District Highlights sessions also repeat from Tuesday if you missed or want to attend more age/grade levels.

Go in-depth with Julie Causton and Kristie Pretti-Frontczak to plan next year’s PD by leveraging what you’ve learned and using all of this year’s SLI content

There will even be time to meet with Julie Causton and Kathy Kramer to talk about a Dare to Lead Book Club and coaching options

 

Save Your Seat
$579

EventBrite charges also apply.

Bonus! Enter your email below to get immediate (free) access:

Watch the previous year’s Summer Leadership Institute talk by Stephanie Traver
PLUS get access to a critical conversation about race during the pandemic between this year’s speakers Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak and Ijumaa Jordan.