Beyond Inclusion: Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
Dr. Julie Kessler, Institute co-executive directors Celia Feinstein and Amy Goldman, Kelsey Carroll, and Dan Habib at the Beyond Inclusion 2012 Summer Institute. More photos below.
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education, hosted the third annual Beyond Inclusion: Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities, in July 2012.
In partnership with Temple University's College of Education, the three-day event attracted a diverse audience, which included educators, school administrators and parents of students with disabilities, all of whom came away with information, resource and a new perspective on all of the topics presented. One participant said it best at the end of day three: "My whole definition of inclusive education has changed!"
The event began with a welcome from the Institute's co-executive directors, Celia Feinstein and Amy Goldman. The interim dean of the College of Education, James Earl Davis, PhD, then opened the conference and introduced the first speaker, filmmaker Dan Habib.
During the morning, Mr. Habib, screened his latest film Who Cares About Kelsey?, a documentary about students with emotional/behavioral challenges, in particular Kelsey Carroll, and the impact of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) on the educational experience. In the afternoon, special guest Ms. Carroll shared with the audience her perspective on school, learning and life.
Mr. Habib is best known for his award-winning, and ground-breaking film Including Samuel. The day concluded with a lively discussion about PBIS and how to implement it in the classroom.
On day two, Matthew Tincani, PhD, Associate Professor of Special Education, College of Education, Temple University, presented a compelling overview of Positive Behavior Support as a model for preventing challenging behavior at home, in school, and within community environments. Dr. Tincani provided valuable material and resources outlining practical strategies, which parents, teachers, and other professionals can use to address problem behaviors.
Also presenting on day two was Jodi Manning, Education Advocacy Coordinator at the National Bullying Prevention Center, PACER Center in Minnesota. Ms. Manning offered vital information about bullying—the definition of bullying, the different types of bullying, myths vs. facts, targets and bullyers, laws and much more, including a wealth of resources for teachers and parents alike.
The final day featured Carrie Leonhart, Augmentative Communication Services Coordinator for the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University who presented "Everyone Communicates—The Behavioral Impact of Effective Communication in the Classroom." Ms. Leonhart offered equipment, information and resources to encourage and facilitate full student participation in the classroom, using communication tools and devices.
Beyond Inclusion culminated with a panel discussion, which included family members sharing their experience of working with schools and school districts to ensure a comprehensive education for their children.
Attendees praised Beyond Inclusion for offering such important and useful information and resources. "Every year," said one three-time attendee, "I come away with something. THIS year, a took away a LOT!"
ABOVE: College of Education's Dean, Dr. James Earl Davis
ABOVE: Family Panel Discussion
ABOVE: Filmmaker Dan Habib presented Who Cares About Kelsey?
ABOVE: Carrie Leonhart, Augmentative Communication Services Coordinator for the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
ABOVE: Jodi Manning, Education Advocacy Coordinator at the National Bullying Prevention Center, PACER Center in Minnesota
ABOVE: Matthew Tincani, PhD, Associate Professor of Special Education, College of Education, Temple University