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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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Thursday, December 3 • 5:15pm - 5:30pm
A Preliminary Study on Teacher Agency for Inclusive Education: Narratives of Special Education Teach

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The concept of teacher agency can serve as an important lens through which to understand teachers' everyday practices. It acknowledges both individual teachers' efforts in providing better inclusive education services and contextual factors' vital role in shaping such work. This preliminary study explores what personal and contextual factors affect teacher agency for teaching students with disabilities in an inclusive environment and how inclusion and justice-oriented special educators make sense of their professional agency. Preliminary analysis of the interview data from four special educators indicated that navigating the mismatch between the professional identity and school contexts, engaging in collegial collaboration, seeking principal support, and being in a leadership position were perceived as the major enabling and/or constraining factors. Furthermore, special educator's sense-making of agency demonstrated the multifaced, relational, and temporal nature of teacher agency.

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Lingyu Li

Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thursday December 3, 2020 5:15pm - 5:30pm EST
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