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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 • 9:45am - 10:35am
Maximizing Academic Access, Expectations and Learning: Creating Systems Change Filling

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Project MAX is an endeavor by the state of Pennsylvania to increase access to the general education curriculum for all students, with a specific focus on students with complex instructional needs. Too often, schools and parents of students with complex instruction needs have limited expectations about what these students can and should be learning and achieving. Presuming competence, supporting meaningful communication, and providing access to the general education curriculum are foundational for educational experiences that extend beyond functional skills for students with complex support needs. This session will highlight two critical aspects of Project MAX, the innovative statewide parent network designed to engage parents and families in raising expectations for all learners and how one university is including the Project MAX concepts in teacher-candidate and leader-candidate preparation programs. Both of these aspects are crucial for long-term systems change related to students with complex instructional needs. First, The Project MAX Parent Network is a collaborative effort between Parent Education Advocacy and Leadership Center (the Pennsylvania OSEP-funded Parent Training and Information Center), HUNE (a Community Parent Resource Center) and the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network. The purpose of the network is to build collaborative relationships between families and school teams to increase their expectations for students with complex instructional needs. Additionally, the network is committed to demonstrating that all students can learn and be engaged in rigorous academic content when provided innovative instruction. The Project MAX Parent Network is comprised of XXX of parents across Pennsylvania, has produced XXX products and more importantly, is transforming both parent and student lives. Shared norms, clear and compassionate communication as well as collective knowledge is vital to the success of the partnership. Second, Drexel University will highlight its approach to embedding the content of Project MAX into its teacher preparation and leadership preparation programs. Content regarding Universal Design for learning, presuming competence, engaging parents, supporting communication and providing access to the general education curriculum are included within all coursework with specific attention in the Low Incidence course of the Special Education Program. One of the required assignments for all students is the development and implementation of a lesson plan that provides students with complex learning needs access to grade level content. Course syllabi, sample lessons, and key learning will be shared. Attendees will learn replicable strategies that work in building partnerships between schools and parents, will develop a working understanding of the Project MAX and its innovative instructional approaches, review the training modules that support the Project MAX Parent Network and leave with an understanding of why parents and universities are critical for systems change.

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Jeannine Brinkley

Executive Director, PEAL Center
I am passionate about inclusive education. I retired from my role as a TA provider in PA to become the ED of PEAL Center - we are the PTI and F2FHIC for PA. PEAL is a family-led organization which serves all of PA.
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Janet Sloand

Associate Clinical Professor, Special Education, Drexel University

Thursday November 29, 2018 9:45am - 10:35am
Belmont - Second Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

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