Keynotes 2018

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Shelley Moore

Monday, August 20th

The Support is in the Design!

BC’s renewed curriculum has foundational principles that support inclusion, but these principles rely on design not retrofit solutions. Come see how some design frameworks can work together to support the successful inclusion of every person in this fun and real life example!


Mandy Young, Cindy Packer, Jessica Humphrey,  Cindy Armstrong

Tuesday, August 21st

Parent Panel

A panel of 4 parents will speak about their inclusion experiences within their respective elementary, middle and high schools. Stories will include their greatest successes and most effective strategies, common hurdles they managed to overcome, what they have learned along the way, what they wished they would have done differently and what they would like to see for the future.

Leyton Schnellert

Leyton Schnellert

Wednesday, August 22nd

Working Together to Support All Learners

Children and youth with diverse abilities offer us new ways to live and learn in schools and the world. With current developments in theory, practice and research we can design learning opportunities that welcome all learners and their strengths as part of learning communities. It’s not easy work, but together we can create educational spaces of belonging for all students.

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  • “I just wanted to tell you how happy I am to see that you’re back this year! The Summer Institute in 2016 was one of the best conferences I attended in the past few years! Seeing the speakers you have lined up for this year, I’m sure it’s going to be just as good.”
    See you this summer,
    Mary-Lou McCarthy, M.A. Director of Special Education

  • “This was the best conference I have ever been to. I learned things that I know will help me in my role as a teacher. I left this event feeling optimistic and motivated. I sincerely hope you do this event every year and allow others to experience this.”

  • “I came to this event hoping to find out about day programs for my daughter when she leaves high school. I left the event knowing she can go to college. My expectations shifted in 3 days!”