Keynotes 2021

Shelley Moore 1

Shelley Moore

Monday, August 23rd

Identity and Inclusion

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!

How does identity connect to inclusion and how can we develop and capture it in our students, to help us plan for them in inclusive classrooms?

Suzanne Sterling-Bur

Sue Sterling-Bur

Tuesday, August 24th

Indigenous Giftedness and Inclusion

Sue will discuss and share ways of decolonizing and rethinking the systems of approach for working with and supporting Indigenous children with disabilities and their families within the Education system. Examples of how to weave and integrate Indigenous ways of knowing, Indigenous Rights, and Indigenous voices and experiences will be shared throughout the presentation.

Leyton Schnellert

Dr. Leyton Schnellert

Wednesday, August 25th

Developing Student Voice in Inclusive Classrooms

It’s an exciting time in in education in BC. With a renewed curriculum there are more opportunities to nurture student learning through big idea and competency-based teaching and learning. Perhaps one of the most transformational things we can do is reorient our teaching to foster student voice. The core competencies have opened the door to positioning students as self advocates. We can all learning from the disability communities’ credo “nothing about us without us” (Charlton, 1998). In this keynote we’ll explore supporting disabled students in the development of a positive disability identity (DSESIG, 2019) within inclusive classrooms.

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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!”