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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
Professional Development and Performance Feedback to Support Inclusive Literacy Instruction

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We describe a professional development and coaching package that supporting general and special educators to implement inclusive small group literacy instruction. In this multiple baseline across skills study, three teachers received professional development and ongoing performance feedback to integrate a multicomponent shared reading intervention into small group literacy center rotations that included one student with extensive support needs (ESN) in general education classrooms. All teachers implemented engagement strategies, systematic instruction, and accurate data collection on student responses with high fidelity the following professional development package. There was no negative impact on student comprehension and teachers reported the lessons were meaningful to all students. Attendees leave with examples accessible books, professional development materials, and coaching strategies they can implement in their practice. Implications for practice and research are shared.

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Jennifer Kurth

Associate Professor, University of Kansas
Inclusive Education
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Samantha Gross Toews

Assistant Professor, Cal State University Northridge
Samantha Toews is an assistant professor at California State University Northridge in the Special Education Department. She was previously a special education teacher at WISH Charter School. Her research focusses teacher preparation and professional development to promote inclusive... Read More →

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