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Wednesday, December 2 • 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Inclusion: A Question of Practice, Stance, Values and Culture LIMITED

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This session will present a systematic, mixed-methods phenomenological research study that examined the phenomenon of inclusion in a large, urban public school system. The study explored the lived experiences of teachers who identify as Champions of Inclusion (Henderson, 2007). The study centered on the experiences and perspectives of these teachers in regard to inclusion as a civil rights and social justice imperative, their perspective on the current culture of their organization as a facilitator or inhibitor of inclusion, and their views on how their organization might capitalize on their commitment and competency by utilizing them as mechanisms for transformative change.

Learning Objectives:

- Deconstruct how inclusion “happens” 

- Identify constructs that go into the “making of inclusion”

- Gain insight into how organizations can mitigate resistance to inclusion by using its own power (policy and structures), as well as its built-in capacity (champions of inclusion), to turn the discourse on inclusion from being exclusively about disability, to one of inclusive education as foundational to democracy, education reform and social justice, and the belief that each individual is valued and should belong

- Gain insight into what educational organizations can do to help schools overcome resistance to inclusion and overcome some of the stumbling blocks to creating inclusive classrooms
Gain insight into the practices, values and policies that cultivate, reinforce and sustain inclusive culture at the organizational level    
- Gain insight into how educational organizations can take the lead to enact the shift from a “medical model” of disability that legitimizes the segregated education of individuals with disabilities, to a “social model” that rejects the focus on impairments and limitations and seeks to illuminate policies and practices that marginalize some students 

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June Sellers

National Urban Special Education Leadership Initiative, University of Central Florida
June is a dedicated leader and tireless educator/advocate in the field of Urban Special Education and is honored to be a doctoral scholar representing the National Urban Special Education Leadership Initiative (NUSELI). Her professional goal is to improve the educational outcomes... Read More →

Wednesday December 2, 2015 4:30pm - 7:30pm PST
Salon F 1402 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

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