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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together our constituents 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 leaders, experts, and advocates from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees are influential in their fields and communities, and play an important role in the provision of services and supports for the millions of individuals and organizations around the world; and include professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; self-advocates, adult service providers; students, family members, and many others.  This year’s conference theme, Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities, reminds us that equity, opportunity, and inclusion relies on the input of broad perspectives and experiences.
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Friday, December 6 • 10:55am - 11:45am
Changing a District Culture from Segregation to Inclusion Full

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Michele Gardner, Director of Special Services for the Berkeley Heights Public Schools and adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey, will focus on the responsive and proactive delivery of professional development to a wide range of audiences-related services, Child Study Team, general education teachers, special education teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators. Participants will learn about the needs of various groups of professionals and the importance of support & collaboration with the Special Services department. The importance of slowly building the inclusive culture of the district will be emphasized. Creating an inclusive culture starts with ensuring that the professionals who will be responsible for the delivery and supervision of instruction have what they need to be successful and understand the premise on which the major provisions of IDEA were created. An outline of potential training topics will be shared, along with personal stories of how collaboration, careful use of resources and professional development changed the way both educators and typically developing students viewed their role in supporting students with disabilities. Finally, participants will learn how to utilize the natural resource of typically developing peers to advocate for and assist with the education of students with more significant disabilities.

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Michele Gardner

Director of Special Services, Berkeley Heights Public Schools

Annie Corley-Hand

Principal, Berkeley Heights BOE

Friday December 6, 2019 10:55am - 11:45am MST
Meeting Room: Gila-Monster 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226