The Importance of Inclusion in Education: A Principal’s Perspective with Will Parker
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by MCIE
2d ago
About the Guest(s): Will Parker hosts “Principal Matters: The School Leaders Podcast.” With a rich background in education spanning over three decades, Will Parker has established himself as a seasoned educator and an influential voice in school leadership. Having served as a high school administrator for over 13 years and then as an executive director for a state Principals association, Parker boasts an extensive understanding of the challenges and triumphs within educational leadership. In his current role, he dedicates himself full-time to Principal Matters LLC, offering consulting services ..read more
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How Oregon Prioritizes Early Childhood Inclusion
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by MCIE
1w ago
About the Guest(s): Meredith Villines has 20+ years of working in early care and education and is currently at the Oregon Department of Education in the Office of Enhancing Student Opportunities. Meredith’s primary roles have been a classroom teacher in inclusive childcare and preschools, lead teacher in an Early Childhood Special Education classroom, Itinerant Special Early Childhood Education Teacher and Home Visitor, behavior specialist, trainer, and part-time faculty at Portland Community College. For the past 16 years, Autumn Belloni has focused intensively on working with children from b ..read more
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ECTA: Building High-Quality Systems Supporting Inclusive Education for Young Learners with Disabilities
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by MCIE
2w ago
About the Guest(s): Christina Kasprzak and Dr. Megan Vinh are the Co-Directors of the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA). Christina brings her expertise in leading initiatives to develop equitable and sustainable state systems for children with disabilities and their families. Her personal connection to the cause comes from a family that valued community and respect for all, emphasizing the importance of education in life. Dr. Megan Vinh’s drive is equally personal, vaulting from family experiences into a professional passion for inclusion as a human right. She co-directs not j ..read more
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Embracing Neurodiversity in STEM Education for All Learners
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by MCIE
1M ago
About the Guest(s): Dr. Jodi Asbell-Clarke is an esteemed figure in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) community, particularly in the realm of game-based learning. With a background enriched by working on the space shuttle program for its first 25 missions, she has been pivotal in linking computational thinking and neurodiversity, offering unique insights into the talents that neurodivergent learners bring to STEM problem-solving. Asbell-Clarke holds a wealth of experience and has dedicated her career to advancing equity and opportunities in STEM education through innovat ..read more
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The Participation Specialists: How Occupational Therapists Can Facilitate Inclusive Education
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by MCIE
1M ago
About the Guest(s): Savitha Sundar, an Occupational Therpaist and Ph.D. candidate, specializes in inclusive practices for students with Extensive Support Needs. With over 15 years in public schools, she’s a champion for inclusive education, leveraging her OT expertise to foster access and participation. At Texas Woman’s University, she mentors future OTs and teaches as an adjunct faculty member. Savitha also serves as the Partnerships Officer at Changing Perspectives, promoting social-emotional learning. She also hosts the podcast “Inclusive Occupations,” inspiring the creation of inclusive co ..read more
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Embracing Radical Acceptance: A Journey of Inclusion and Understanding with Dr. Leah Kelley
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by MCIE
1M ago
About the Guest(s): Dr. Leah M. Kelley is a storyteller, writer, activist, teacher educator, education consultant, and parent who identifies as neurodivergent and otherwise disabled. She was a K-12 public school teacher for over 25 years and has extensive experience supporting inclusion. Her newly published book, “The Person Who Arrives: Connecting Disability Studies to Educational Practice for Teachers, Parents, and Others,” evolved from her doctoral research, which she completed at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. She is currently working as an adjunct professor in the faculty of ..read more
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A Conversation with Sharon Draper on her ‘Out of My Mind’ Book Series
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by MCIE
1M ago
About the Guest(s): Sharon M. Draper is an accomplished author and educator, widely recognized for her contribution to young adult literature. Her career as an English teacher spanned over 30 years, engaging with students from sixth to twelfth grade. Draper’s literary portfolio includes books that address diverse and compelling topics, with “Out of My Mind” being among her most notable works. She’s won awards, including the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Award for her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. With her lifelong devotion to creating profound connections with yo ..read more
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Elevate Your Inclusive School Leadership Skills at the MCIE Summer Institute This August
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by Tim
2M ago
Join us in Annapolis, Mayland on August 6 & 7 for the second annual MCIE Summer Institute. The 2-day institute is designed to provide valuable insights on inclusive school leadership, team collaboration, and specially designed instruction for educators, families, and partners on the journey towards inclusive schooling. Don’t miss the chance to hear from keynote speakers Jordyn Zimmerman, Educator and Disability Advocate, and Andratesha Fritzgerald, Founder of Building Blocks of Brilliance LLC. Register now! For any questions, contact us at mciesummerinstitute@mcie.org. Regis ..read more
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The Barefoot Autism Challenge: Exploring Neurodiversity Through Running Barefoot
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by MCIE
2M ago
About the Guest(s): Ken Posner is a passionate advocate for the therapeutic benefits of natural stimulation and mindfulness, particularly through the practice of going barefoot as part of the “Barefoot Autism Challenge.” Although not a professional runner, Ken’s fervor for barefoot running, stemming from the energy and joy it offers, has led him to adopt it as a lifestyle choice. With an awareness of neurodiversity and its intersections with physical activities, he champions the experience of going barefoot for both neurotypical and neurodiverse individuals, emphasizing the grounding and proce ..read more
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Breaking the Curve: How Standards-Based Grading is Transforming Education
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by MCIE
2M ago
About the Guest(s): Thomas R. Guskey, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education, University of Kentucky. A University of Chicago graduate and former middle school teacher, he served as an administrator in Chicago Public Schools and was the first Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning, a national educational research center. He is author/editor of twenty-eight books and over three hundred published articles and book chapters. His most recent books include Engaging Parents and Families in Grading Reforms, Implementing Mastery Learning, and Instructional ..read more
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