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2019 VSBA Annual Convention
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Thursday, November 21 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Building and Sustaining Inclusive Practice through a Collaborative Partnership: Waynesboro, Pulaski, and Radford University

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Waynesboro City Schools and Pulaski County Schools have partnered with Radford University's Inclusive Practices Center to enhance and sustain inclusive practice at the school and division level, and increase the successful inclusion of all students with disabilities. This is a two-year initiative funded by the Virginia Board of People with Disabilities. This first year each school used a collaborative team process to assess current practices that support inclusion and then developed an inclusive action plan with two or three measurable goals. Each school-based inclusion team included administrators, general and special educators, family members, students, and other school community members. The second year will include the 3Cs of the project: Culture, Collaboration, and Coaching. The presentation will include a rationale for why these divisions chose to work to build their capacity in inclusive practice, a description of activities to date, our successes, and also our challenges. We will share photographs and examples of assessments, professional development activities, and sample inclusion plans.

Moderator
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Andrew Kohen

Harrisonburg City School Board

Speakers
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Dr. Elizabeth Altieri

Professor, Radford University
Liz Altieri is Professor of Special Education and Co-Director of the Center for Inclusive Practice at Radford University. She has a career-long interest in collaboration and inclusive practices, and academic and social supports for people with significant disabilities. She also serves... Read More →
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Dr. Ryan Barber

Executive Director of Student Services, Waynesboro City Schools
Ryan Barber has worked in several school divisions around the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is beginning his fourth year in Waynesboro City Schools as Executive Director of Student Services. He believes that by creating more inclusive environments, students and staff are better prepared... Read More →
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Dr. Jeff Cassell

Superintendent, Waynesboro City Schools
Jeff Cassell's experiences include teaching high school and middle school math, serving as elementary principal and assistant superintendent for administration. He has served as Superintendent of Waynesboro Public Schools for six years during which he has supported the expansion of... Read More →
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Dr. Kevin Siers

Superintendent, Pulaski County Schools
Kevin Siers has been Superintendent of Pulaski County Schools for three years. He was principal of Christiansburg High School from 2012 -2016 after two years working as the superintendent of Monroe County Schools in West Virginia, where he was credited with drastically cutting the... Read More →
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Sarah Polcha

Director of Special Education, Pulaski County Schools
Sarah Polcha is a Pulaski County native who has been teaching special education 13 years. She became the Director of Special Education in Pulaski County in January of 2018 after working in elementary and middle settings.


Thursday November 21, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
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