Transform Your School
Summer Leadership Institute 2020
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Past Highlights From This Year’s Presenters
2020 Presenter – Ijumaa Jordan: Critical conversations about racism during a pandemic (12:12)
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You’ll have plenty of time for screen breaks, and everything will be recorded.*
*Bettina Love’s and LeDerick Horne’s sessions are the only ones we’re not permitted to record, everything else will be available after the event.
Seven tips for giving your next ZOOM meeting, conference, or retreat a makeover. Using the 2020 Summer Leadership Institute as a case example, you’ll learn how to align your desired outcomes with ZOOM features and how to help adult learners feel connected to one another, to key concepts, and to you.
Here’s what (and who) to expect at this year’s Summer Leadership Institute. Invite your colleagues to join you. Share this link with them: https://www.inclusiveschooling.com/sli2020. You’ll have lifetime assess to the content (videos, audio files, transcripts, PPTs, handouts). You can use and reuse these materials in the professional development you design and deliver and/or as part of professional meetings/learning communities.
Dr. Julie Causton (she/her) and Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak (she/her) are joined by another amazing presenter from the 2020 Summer Leadership Institute, Tony Ferraiolo (he/his). Tony shares a bit about his session at this year’s institute and why leaders need to answer questions like, “What pronoun and name should I use? What restroom or locker room should my transgender student use?”. He’ll also share about his story and the work he is doing. Learn more about his work at https://tonyferraiolo.com.
Meet All The Presenters
Be inspired by international industry leaders and advocates.
Your Host Dr. Julie Causton
CEO, Inclusive Schooling
Disability Rights Advocate
Education & Communication Specialist
Life Coach and Trainer
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.
Student, National Speaker, Pioneer
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.
Director of Special Education
Early Childhood Consultant
LeDerick R. Horne
Poet, Speaker, Advocate
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.
President and CEO
As in advocate so as in hip hop Mr. Jones under the pseudonym ‘Da Soul Toucha’, believes everything has a soul.
Early Childhood Consultant
Educational Consultant & Coach
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.
Education & Communication Specialist
Associated Professor, University of Georgia
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.
Assistant Professor, University of Maine
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’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!
5 Moore Minutes
Professor, Syracuse University
Disability Rights Advocate
Stephanie Traver 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.
What Would Change for Your Students if Inclusion was Celebrated?
Included in the Institute
• 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
Full Access During the Institute
SLI 2020 Includes
• Over 30 hours of content (inspirational stories, practical solutions)
• Up to 10 hours of networking and teaming
• Lifetime access to reusable content (with a few exceptions – see schedule for details)
• Conversations with visionary leaders and peers
• Tangible tools and support so you can enact real change
• Eight 60 minute Live Sessions
• Over 10 on-demand Content Sessions
• Five recorded self-advocate stories
• One award winning film and a Live Q&A with the stars of the film
• Tons of choices and options for how and when to participate
After the Institute
You’ll Also Receive
• 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
All your questions, answered:
What's the schedule across the four days?
The entire schedule can be viewed and downloaded HERE.
Can I get CEUs?
YES! We are offering 3 FREE CEUs for the event in collaboration with Syracuse University.
There are NO extra fees associated with receiving the CEUs, however, you will need to complete some paperwork and a brief (and painless) assignment. Details to follow.
Everyone will receive a certificate of attendance for 30 hours.
Do I have to register for sessions? What happens if they're "full"?
Nope! You have a front row seat saved for each and every session. Even the ones you don’t attend will be recorded and shared with you after the event. Don’t worry…you won’t miss a thing.
How do I access the live presentations?
All live sessions will be offered through ZOOM video-conferencing software and most will be live streamed via YouTube in American Sign Language. You will need the internet and a devise to listen/watch from (computer, tablet, smartphone). Links to all ZOOM sessions and the YouTube channel will be provided on the main SLI dashboard. You will be given full access 48 hours before the event.
How do I access the on-demand recordings?
All on-demand recordings (bonus, session-based, and even the recordings of live sessions) will be posted to the main SLI dashboard (website). You will need internet access and a devise to view them before, during, and after the event. You will be given the URL, password, and directions within 48 hours of the event. You will have access to the main SLI dashboard for a lifetime
How long will I have access to the recordings?
All sessions will be recorded (with the exception of Dr. Bettina Love’s and LeDerick Horne’s). All recordings will be posted to the main SLI dashboard and you will have lifetime access.
How much time will it take each day?
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.
Click here for a Facebook live conversation between Dr Julie Causton and Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak about all the fun we’ll have even while we ZOOM.
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.