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Friday, December 4 • 10:20am - 11:10am
Peer Support and Networks to Facilitate Meaningful Inclusion in Elementary School Settings LIMITED

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There is a significant need to improve the effectiveness and quality of inclusive education programs for students with severe disabilities. Interestingly, peers continue to be an underutilized resource in facilitating inclusive education. This presentation will share evidence-based strategies to implement peer supports and networks to promote meaningful participation and learning of students with severe disabilities in culturally, linguistically diverse elementary educational settings. In addition, the real-life barriers to this facilitation and potential solutions to overcome these barriers will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to develop plans to return to his/her school to implement strategies shared in this session. OBJECTIVES: ? Identify the possible opportunities within culturally and linguistically inclusive elementary school settings to utilize peer supports and networks. ? Recognize the mutual benefits that peer supports and networks can have for elementary age students with and without disabilities. ? Identify specific, evidence-based practices that teachers,and paraeducators can use to promote peer supports and networks in elementary school settings. ? Articulate practical strategies to overcome the potential barriers to facilitate meaningful peer supports and networks ? Develop an initial plan for how he/she can return to his/her own school setting and implement strategies discussed in this session.

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Jean Gonsier-Gerdin

Professor, Teaching Credentials-Special Education, California State University, Sacramento

Friday December 4, 2015 10:20am - 11:10am PST
Salon I 1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

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