This is part one in TASH's six-part webinar series Inclusive Education: Parents and Educators in Partnership. For information on the complete series, click here.
7:00 PM Eastern, Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Deborah Taub, Assistant Professor, Trinity Washington University
Amy Toson, Assistant Professor, College of Education and Leadership, Cardinal Stritch University
About this Episode
Have you ever wondered if inclusion is right for your child/student? Or, what does inclusion really look like? This webinar shares our stories of best practices for inclusion from the perspective of families, teachers, and researchers. We provide an overview of why it is important, what it looks like (and doesn't), and steps you can take to make it happen. Following the presentation the audience is encouraged to ask questions and get answers about how to address specific barriers.
About the Presenters
Amy L-M Toson, Ph.D. has been working both nationally and internationally for well over fifteen years in the area of inclusive community and school capacity building and systems change. She began her career as a community inclusion facilitator and K-12 inclusive education teacher. She then moved into the role of consultant and professor working with families, teachers and leaders across the globe facilitating effective inclusion for all learners, paying special attention to those who are traditionally marginalized and segregated, such as students with intensive support needs. Currently, Amy is an Assistant Professor and Special Education Ph.D. Program Chair within the College of Education and Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University. She researches and teaches doctoral courses on multi-dimensional capacity building, leading/building inclusive systems and communities, doctoral research symposium, and legal and political analysis. Amy received her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida within the Departments of Educational Leadership/Policy Studies and Special Education in 2013.
Deborah Taub, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. In this role, she provides research and professional development assistance for states, territories, and other entities working to develop and sustain best practice. She has assisted states in building and evaluating systemic programs, especially around issues of inclusive practice for students with complex instructional needs. Dr. Taub has designed, implemented, and evaluated alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities, developed universal design for learning (UDL) and standards-based curricula and instruction. This work is informed by her experiences as a classroom teacher and educational researcher. She has experience building curricula that are universally designed and accessible for all students and is currently working with Dr. Jessica McCord on a science book: Accessible Science: UDL, Inclusion and High Expectations. She has helped schools and district meet state and federal requirements through teacher and student-centered reform and supporting educators as they make grade level content accessible for students with complex needs. She has contributed journal articles, book chapters, and numerous professional development trainings to the field of educating children with complex needs, and has presented internationally.
Amanda Raymond moved to Chesapeake, Virginia in 2013 from Colorado with her husband and two children. She is a staunch supporter of inclusive education and became active in advocacy efforts in Virginia after attending the 2015 DSAGR education conference. After an inclusive school experience with her own children in Colorado, she has the unique perspective of seeing first hand how segregated environments can be detrimental to students with disabilities when moved from inclusive environments to self-contained classrooms. She is part of the Including Me In Virginia steering committee and the chair of her division SEAC; she was also the PTA Special Education representative for her son's school and a member of her division’s inclusion planning team. She has completed William & Mary Law School's Institute of Special Education Advocacy in 2016 and 2017, and has given numerous presentations and public comment in support of inclusion in our schools and community.