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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 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Leading For Sustainable School Reform: Setting the Stage for Inclusive Education

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Building equitable schools based on inclusive practices is a multi-leveled process that requires strong leadership. This session shares how a state team with district and school level leaders have made extensive progress toward meeting the needs of students on alternate assessments in general education classes through sustainable systemic change efforts supported by external coaches. This session is useful for district and school administrators/leaders who seek to develop and sustain inclusive and equitable practices for all students, but especially for students who historically have been marginalized. Such is the case for students who are on alternate assessments. This session will provide information that will assist district and school administrators/leaders in addressing implicit and explicit biases that result in continued segregation of students with severe disabilities.

Presenters
avatar for Diane Ryndak

Diane Ryndak

Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Diane's work focuses on two areas. First, at UNCG she focuses on teacher and doctoral level preparation, with a focus on collaborative teams meeting the complex needs of students with significant intellectual and other disabilities through the use of evidence-based practices in inclusive... Read More →
avatar for Mark Turek

Mark Turek

Equity Coach, Carroll County Public Schools
After 42 years in education, Mark retired two years ago. His work was not done, as he now works part time as an equity coach in a school district that is relatively new to inclusive practices. Mark has a background in speech/language pathology and assistive technology. He worked in... Read More →


Thursday December 3, 2020 2:30pm - 3:15pm EST
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