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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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Monday, December 7 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
You BETCHA!: Evaluating the Use of Online Literacy Professional Development

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Students with extensive support needs (ESN) are often educated away from their peers (Morningstar, Kurth, & Johnson, 2017) and persistently lack access to comprehensive literacy instruction (Toews & Kurth, 2019). This study examined the effects of an online shared reading professional development (PD) session on the self-efficacy of teachers of students with ESN regarding instructional planning. Special and general educators were taught the "BETCHA" strategy as a way to plan for students with ESN to participate in general education classes and curriculum using shared reading. Findings indicate that participants were able to design instructional plans for their students and had higher self-efficacy after participating in the online PD session. Understanding how teachers' participation in an online PD session affects their self-efficacy in planning instruction may contribute to discussions about how students with ESN may better be included with their typically developing peers.

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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.

Monday December 7, 2020 1:30pm - 2:15pm EST
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