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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 • 1:05pm - 3:00pm
An Inclusive Life Starts with an Inclusive Education: Views from School Administrators Filling

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This is a Two Part Presentation. This presentation aligns with the 2019 theme, Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities, 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 building diverse and inclusive communities 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 develop 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.

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Anthony McConnell

Superintendent, Deerfield School District 109
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Kelly Tess

Assistant Superintendent, Winnetka School District 36
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Beth Martin

Director of Student Services, Winnetka School District 36
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Mike Simeck

Superintendent, Lake Forest School Districts 67 & 115
"We do so many things well" was a phrase used on a tour of one of our nation's great universities. That sentiment reminded me of the communities and schools in our area. The natural beauty, the superb public services, and exemplary school choices make living here so attractive.As... Read More →
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Jennifer Sterpin

Director of Special Education, Lake Forest High School District 115

Kate Cavanaugh

Executive Director of Student Services, Lake Forest School Districts 67 & 115
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Joanna Ford

Asst. Superintendent for Student Services, Deerfield School District 109
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Kurt A. Schneider

Superintendent, NSSED
Dr. Kurt A. Schneider is currently the Superintendent of the Northern Suburban Special Education District in Highland Park, Illinois, a metropolitan suburban district of Chicago that provides special education, related services, and other supports to 18 member districts. Previously... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 1:05pm - 3:00pm MST
Meeting Room: Kave Ballroom 2 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226