2018 TASH Conference has ended
Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life,” reminds us to think outside the box during times of uncertainty. Creativity, innovation, and determination can pave the way for meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.

Thursday, November 29 • 1:05pm - 3:00pm
An Inclusive Life Starts with an Inclusive Education: Views from School Administrators Seating Available

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This is a Two Part Presentation.
This presentation aligns with the 2018 theme, “Be Creative- Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life” by sharing the leadership and determination that school systems have demonstrated in order to pave the way for all people to have an inclusive life. The presenters will share their views for how school districts and individual schools in Illinois are implementing inclusive practices to improve outcomes of students and their non-disabled peers. Presenters will describe their change processes, and how their districts and schools are evolving to build relationships and networks to create a unified educational system based upon inclusive values.
Part One of the presentation will address the following:
The work of Theoharis and Causton-Theoharis (2008, 2014) outlines a theory of how to create a vision for inclusive education and the related action steps. Through regional and individual district case examples shared, the alignment to such research will be highlighted: 1) How a regional agency engaged their school districts in a strategic planning process to align to a future of inclusive services, 2) How individual school districts are systemically focusing on raising achievement for all, by building capacity and breaking down barriers to access for students with the complex needs 3) How individual schools are improving their service delivery models to ensure all students' needs are met in inclusive settings, and 4) How school districts are analyzing their disability data, identifying hypotheses for gaps in performance, while proposing solutions to address barriers in the era of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Part Two will be a continuation of the content.


Beth Carmody

Principal, Winnetka Public Schools District 36

Kate Cavanaugh

Executive Director of Student Services, Lake Forest School Districts 67 & 115
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Debbie Doyle

Assistant Superintendent, NSSED
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Rosanne Dwyer

Director of Student Services, Northbrook SD 28
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Trisha Kocanda

Superintendent, Winnetka Public School District 36
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Beth Martin

Director of Student Services, Winnetka School District 36
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Kurt Schneider

Superintendent, NSSED
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Mike Simeck

Superintendent, Lake Forest School Districts 67 & 115
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Jennifer Sterpin

Director of Special Education, Lake Forest High School District 115
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Kelly Tess

Assistant Superintendent, Winnetka School District 36

Thursday November 29, 2018 1:05pm - 3:00pm
Pearl - Second Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

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