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Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.

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Thursday, December 1 • 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Optimized Inclusive Practices: Assessment Tools and Resources for Facilitation LIMITED

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The Optimized Inclusive Practices (OIP) Framework was developed by the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) to provide a description of big ideas, concepts and competences needed in a system that promotes inclusive practices for all students, with a special focus on those with low incidence and significant cognitive disabilities. The framework describes competencies across eight areas of practice and 4 levels of focus (district, school, classroom and student.) An Assessment Process aligned to the OIP Framework was disseminated in 2015-16. This process includes Big Idea and Concept Level Assessment Tools that can be used by facilitators to effectively lead school-based teams in assessing system status related to Optimized Inclusive Practices. The goal of the OIP Assessment Process is to identify programmatic strengths and needs at the district, school, classroom and student levels related to OIP and to develop/implement action plans to move the program closer to Optimized Inclusive Practices. The goal of this presentation is to provide an overview of the OIP Assessment Tools and process for educators, school leaders, parents or consultants who might be interested in learning more about the process and possibly working with school-based teams OIP facilitators. The overview would include: Ÿ?? A brief review of the OIP Framework Ÿ?? A review of the OIP Assessment Process and Tools Ÿ?? A review of the online course module developed by PaTTAN to train/support OIP facilitators (which includes free access to the OIP Framework and all OIP tools and resources developed by PaTTAN) Ÿ?? Examples of how participants could use the OIP Assessment Process and Tools in their own educational practice As an IDEA funded entity, all of the tools, resources, courses and materials are free, accessible and available to any who are interested. Although OIP was developed in Pennsylvania and there is a special focus on the population of students with low incidence and significant cognitive disabilities, the OIP Framework and Assessment Process has great applicability for optimizing inclusive practices for all students in all schools. Identify the relationship between the OIP Framework and the OIP Assessment Tools Describe the five-step OIP Assessment Process and the OIP Facilitator Role in that process Identify ways that OIP Assessment Tools could be used to lead teams in discussions and ratings of current program status related to Optimized Inclusive Practices Identify a variety of facilitation, problem-solving and brainstorming strategies and tools to effectively facilitate team discussions Identify ways that the OIP Action Planning Process could support teams in developing effective action plans related to Optimized Inclusive Practices Explain how to access and navigate the online OIP Assessment Tools and materials

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Marcia Thomas

Educational Consultant, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)
I am currently an Educational Consultant with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) which is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. I work on several statewide special education initiatives: Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities, Inclusive Practices, Project MAX, Alternate Eligible Content and Procedural Safeguards. I have been in the field of special education for over 30 years as a teacher... Read More →



Thursday December 1, 2016 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Missouri Pacific 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

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