Universal Design is a philosophy, and (I am convinced) once adopted, both a more effective and efficient means to educate students.  ~ Shelley Moore

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For general questions about registration, please contact LCullen@mciu.org

Event Information

Series Dates: Feb. 9, Feb. 16, Feb. 23, Mar. 3

Time: 6pm-8pm EST

Cost

MCIU Members: Free

Radnor and T.E. Educators: Free thanks to generous contributions from Radnor Education Foundation

PA Parents: Free thanks to generous contributions from the PEAL Center

MCIU Non-Members: $105

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Session Details

2/9/2022: The Evolution of Inclusion

How we understand inclusion is shifting. Rather than trying to include a few students who are different, we are striving to teach TO the difference. In this session we will look at how Universal Design for Learning can help us to get to know our students so that we can respond to, plan and create space for all of their diverse strengths and identities.

2/16/2022: Support One, Support ALL

In this session we will look at how to anticipate and plan for the needs of students using universal supports and strategies. We will look at examples about how to use resources in effective and efficient ways based on our plans to increase access for all.

2/23/2022: The Guiding Conditions of Inclusion and Universal Design for Learning

In this session, we will dive into the research of inclusion. We will look at literature and strategies and be reminded of the building blocks needed for individuals and families to advocate for inclusion, from kindergarten all the way through to high school and beyond.

3/2/2022: Centering Self Determination and Student Agency in UDL Planning

In this session, we will look at why self-determination and student agency are critical components in inclusive planning. With the goal of centralizing inclusive planning around the student and their family, this session will also model strategies that collect student voice in a variety of ways.

UDL with Shelley Moore Sponsors

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Radnor Educational Foundation

Radnor Educational Foundation’s mission is to secure and provide funding and support to enrich the educational experience, maintain academic excellence, maintain academic excellence and encourage innovative opportunities for the students of the Radnor Township School District. 

https://radnoreducationalfoundation.org/

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The PEAL Center

Since 2005, the PEAL Center has been committed to serving families and professionals across Pennsylvania. Today PEAL works with families, youth and young adults with disabilities and special health care needs to help them understand their rights and advocate for themselves. Through our unwavering commitment to inclusion and our guiding values, we empower families and individuals to be included in their home schools and access high quality, coordinated physical and behavioral health care. PEAL’s services are provided at no charge to families as they are funded by private donations and federal, state, and private grants.

Mission Statement

  • The mission of the PEAL Center is to educate and empower families to ensure that children, youth and young adults with disabilities and special health care needs lead rich, active lives as full members of their schools and communities.

https://www.pealcenter.org/

PA Inclusion Collective

The PA Inclusion Collective is a grassroots parent organization, representing parent support organizations from six school districts in suburban Philadelphia (Cheltenham, Lower Merion, Methacton, Radnor, Tredyffrin Easttown, and Upper Dublin.)  Our purpose is to pool resources to bring nationally known speakers on inclusive education to families, teachers, administrators and support staff within our schools. Our goal is to inspire families, teachers, school administrators and staff to learn together and use that knowledge to advocate for individual students and create change in our classrooms, schools and throughout our communities and our commonwealth.

We are always looking to grow our movement. If your school district parent organization would like to join our #InclusionRevolution, please reach out to one of our members listed below. And be sure to join the PA

Inclusion Collective Facebook page to follow our news, share resources, and keep the conversation about inclusive education going. 

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BUILD Tredyffrin/Easttown

Our mission is to support parents and caregivers of children with all types of learning differences through education, advocacy and the sharing of resources.

We are a group of parents and family members, who have children with a wide range of learning differences and disabilities. We support families whose children have IEPs, Gifted IEPs, 504 Plans, as well as families

new to the process of special education. We welcome all families residing in the Tredyffrin and Easttown townships to join us for support. 

https://www.buildte.org/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/buildte

Twitter: @BUILDTE.org

Contact: Maggie Gaines maggiegaines7@gmail.com or buildte.org@gmail.com

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The Radnor Committee for Special Education (RCSE)

The Radnor Committee for Special Education (RCSE) is a parent-led volunteer organization serving families of children K-12 with special education needs, residing in Radnor Township.  

https://radnorcse.wixsite.com/radnorcse

Contact:  Nicole Mendez

RadnorCSE@gmail.com

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Methacton Special Education Alliance (SEA)

Our Mission:

  • PROVIDE a network of support for parents and caregivers of students with developmental or physical disabilities
  • OFFER access to relevant information and education
  • PROVIDE opportunities to connect with other parents/caregivers 
  • ADVOCATE for the collaboration among families, school administrators, educators and professionals to foster successful educational outcomes 

https://www.methacton.org/Page/317

Contact: Sandra Katz

SEAMethacton@gmail.com

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Lower Merion Committee for Special Education (LMCSE)

The Committee for Special Education (CSE) is a parent-led, volunteer organization serving families of children with IEPs, GIEPs, and/or 504 Service Agreements in the Lower Merion School District since 1972. 

​Our mission is to support families with information about laws and policies that affect families of children with educational, social, emotional, or medical needs.

http://www.lmcse.org/

LMSD PA Inclusion Collective Contact: Jenny Knox

cse.lmsd@gmail.com

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Special Education Alliance of Cheltenham (SEAC)

Mission Statement:

The Special Education Alliance of Cheltenham (SEAC) is committed to providing advocacy, support, and education to create a school community in which all children are equally engaged, respected, and academically challenged. While SEAC was created by and for caregivers of children with disabilities/learning differences in the Cheltenham School

District (CSD), we welcome the participation of anyone who supports our mission.

https://www.cheltenham.org/Page/3398

SEAC PA Inclusion Collective Contacts: Rebecca Condict, Lisa Hesbacher

seaccheltenham@gmail.com 

SPEAC
Special Education Advisory Council of Upper Dublin (SPEAC)

Mission:  

The Special Education Advisory Council (SPEAC) of Upper Dublin supports learning for all students and seeks to ensure the needs of special education students are continuously identified and effectively addressed so that these students are given the opportunity to participate fully in the general education classroom. We provide education, information, support and resources to parents, teachers, school administration, and the community to increase awareness of the needs and acceptance of these students.

http://www.speacofud.org/

Contact: Michelle Salerno Sigman

speacofud@gmail.com

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Jesse Gluckman is a Project Consultant who specializes in helping school personnel create classroom environments that emphasize growth for all learners. A strong believer in experiential learning, Jesse utilizes techniques that actively involve his participants so they can experience "learning by doing."

Before becoming a professional developer, Jesse spent 12 years in the classroom, mostly delivering science and math instruction at the middle school level, but he has a special place in his heart for students who have emotional difficulties. Jesse likes art, laughing, cooking, and most importantly...eating! Don't ever hesitate to open- and share- a snack during a workshop with him. His down to Earth and approachable demeanor will make you feel at home as he encourages you to share and learn both with and from others.

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Lauren Benfield is a Project Consultant who is passionate about supporting all students and has prioritized that in her offerings. Her professional learning opportunities are interactive, reflective, and strategy-driven to guide participants from theory to classroom practice.

Prior to her employment at Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, Lauren taught for nine years at the secondary level, particularly in the areas of literacy and science. Utilizing her degrees in Reading and Special Education, her role as a project consultant focuses on Inclusive Practices, Literacy, and MTSS. Her hope is to collaboratively work with her participants in designing instruction that can meet the needs of all students. She will often share relatable stories during her presentations, some educational and some personal, and loves to learn from her participants and their experiences.

Lauren enjoys dancing, theatre, listening to true crime podcasts, and watching the newest released show on Netflix.

"When all students learn together, each student learns more."
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Sarah Misner is a Project Consultant in the Office of Professional Development at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. As a Project Consultant, she works in the areas of literacy and English language development and has served in this role since 2012. Sarah provides professional learning opportunities, technical support, and coaching. Some of her areas of focus include:
*Program mentor and instructor for the English as a Second Language Teacher Certification Graduate Program through the MCIU
*Certified trainer of Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS)
*IU point of contact for the Montgomery County ESL Council and Title III Consortium

Prior to serving in this role, Sarah works with students in kindergarten through eighth grade as a reading specialist and as an elementary emotional support teacher. She believes that through looking at the educational research and translating it into practice, we an better meet the needs of ALL learners.

Sarah has a Bachelors in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Education form Arcadia University. She holds Pennsylvania Certifications in Special Educations PK-12, Reading Specialist PK-12, Elementary Education K-6, and Program Specialist English as a Second Language PK-12.

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Erin's experience in the field of education has spanned the past 20 years of her life. Erin started her career at the Hatboro-Horsham School District as a Learning Support Teacher, primarily supporting middle school students in the area of mathematics. She was also a Special Education Coordinator. She currently holds a position in the Office of Professional Learning at Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, working primarily in the areas of UDL, STEM, and Inclusive Practices.

Erin holds a dual degree in Special Education and Elementary Education, a Master's Degree in Reading with a certificate as a Reading Specialist. In addition, she holds a Middle Level Math Certificate.

Making education accessible for ALL students is what drives Erin to share her knowledge and understanding with educators and administrators. Her innovative, hands-on professional development sessions will leave you wanting more! Her desire to model best practices in trainings is an effort to "practice what you preach" and provide you, the learner, with the best tools possible for instructing in your space and meeting the needs of all students.