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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together individuals with significant disabilities and their allies to share resources and success stories, learn about field-driven best practices, and network within a community engaged in shared values. The conference is attended by passionate advocates, leaders, and subject matter experts from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees play an important role in supporting individuals with significant disabilities to overcome various barriers in order to live their best lives. Central to this work is the premise that individuals reach their optimal potential only when they are given the opportunity to live, work and thrive across the lifespan in the same communities we are all members of. The conference is intentionally designed to support the interests of professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; home and community-based service providers; students, family members, and most importantly, self-advocates with lived experience.

This year, while we are taking the conference virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe that our unique approach to providing exceptional first-rate content and building strong community ties and connections across various stakeholders will yield an extraordinary event! We have taken extra steps to bring people closer together during these times, as well as to create an amazing virtual environment that expands our knowledge, spurs our creative thinking, and focuses on healthy living and having fun!  Our conference theme, Feel the Power of Inclusion, reinforces the importance of our continued commitment to promoting a world of equity and opportunity for all, and is predicated on the value of bringing together diverse perspectives and experiences in an effort to build strong human connectivity and spur collective action.

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Tuesday, December 1 • 11:15am - 5:00pm
Track 4: TASH Doctoral Students and Early Career Faculty Intensive Workshop

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This year, the TASH Early Career Researcher Network is hosting an intensive workshop focused on topics that are essential for early career researchers. Nationally recognized faculty will lead five “mini-sessions” that address the following topics: early career grant writing, interviewing, achieving balance in academia, shifting a research agenda from early career to mid- career, and publishing manuscripts.

11:15 AM-12:10 PM EST: Achieving Balance: Research, Teaching, Service, and Work/Life Balance
Presenters: Jennifer Kurth, Andrea Ruppar

12:25-1:20 PM EST: Early Career Grant Writing
Presenter: Carly Roberts

1:35-2:30 PM EST: Tips for Publishing and Reviewing Manuscripts in RPSD
Presenters: Martin Agran, Stacy Dymond, Fred Spooner

2:45-3:40 PM EST: Interviewing for Faculty Positions: Virtual Interviews and the Job Search Process
Presenters: Shari Hopkins, April Regester, Jessica McQueston

3:55-4:50 PM EST: Developing and Sustaining a Research Agenda – Shifting from Early Career to Mid-Career
Presenters: Virginia Walker, Matthew Brock

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Alison Zagona

Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
I am a researcher and special education teacher educator, and I am passionate about advocating for inclusive educational experiences for students with extensive support needs.

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Martin Agran

Professor, University of Wyoming
Dr. Martin Agran is a nationally recognized researcher in the area of special education. He is an Emeritus professor and former department head in the Department of Special Education at the University of Wyoming. Additionally, he served as a professor in the Special Education Departments... Read More →
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April Regester

Assistant Professor, University of Missouri - St. Louis
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Stacy Dymond

Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Stacy Dymond is professor of special education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on curriculum issues related to educating secondary and transition-age students with severe intellectual disabilities in inclusive school and community settings... Read More →
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Shari Hopkins

Assistant Professor, Western Oregon University
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Virginia Walker

Associate Professor, Department of Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Virginia L. Walker, PhD, BCBA-D, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education and Child Development at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Walker began her career as a special education teacher of students with extensive support needs in Atlanta... Read More →
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Fred Spooner

Professor, UNC Charlotte
Fred Spooner is Professor of Special Education at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Spooner has researched and written about instructional strategies for students with severe disabilities since the 1980s. Recently, he has focused on alternate assessment and linking both assessment and instruction... Read More →
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Carly Roberts

Associate Professor, University of Washington
Hello! I'm an Associate Professor at the University of Washington in the College of Education in Seattle. Prior to working in higher education I was an elementary special education teacher in Fairbanks, Alaska. In my research I explore the school experiences of students with intellectual... Read More →
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Jessica McQueston

Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University
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Andrea Ruppar

University of Wisconsin-Madison
I'm an Associate Professor of Special Education at University of Wisconsin-Madison. I study educational decision making for students with extensive support needs.
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Jennifer Kurth

Associate Professor, University of Kansas
Inclusive Education

Tuesday December 1, 2020 11:15am - 5:00pm EST
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