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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 • 10:20am - 11:10am
Teachers' Views of their Preparation for Inclusive Education and Collaboration LIMITED

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The purpose of this study was to gather information about teachers' views of their preparation or readiness to demonstrate skills associated with inclusive education and collaboration. This study included the use of a survey that was sent electronically to general and special education teachers at six schools in one district. Additionally, interviews were conducted with three teachers to explore their preparedness for inclusive education and collaboration in greater depth. The results of this study can be informative for stakeholders in teacher preparation and professional development, as a way to improve and increase inclusive practices. The results shed light on specific aspects of inclusion and collaboration in which educators report to be prepared. Additionally, the results suggest components of inclusive education and collaboration in which teachers may benefit from ongoing support in order to practice. While teacher training needs regarding inclusive practices can pose a challenge, examination of the specific skills associated with inclusive education and collaboration could enable key stakeholders to identify areas of opportunity for training and support of both pre-service and in-service teachers. 1. After this session, participants will be able to identify the skills related to inclusive education and collaboration that teachers report being highly prepared and less prepared to demonstrate. 2. After this session, participants will be able to explain the importance of focusing on specific aspects of inclusive education (e.g. adaptations, planning for implementation of IEP goals) as topics for professional development and ongoing support and coaching. 3. After this session, participants will be able to describe differences in reported preparation based upon the educatorsƒ?? number of years prior teaching experience, number of years prior experience including students with significant disabilities, and previous coursework and training in inclusive practices.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer A. Kurth

Jennifer A. Kurth

Asst. Professor, University of Kansas
Inclusive Education
avatar for Alison Zagona

Alison Zagona

Doctoral Candidate, University of Arizona
I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. As a former special education teacher, I am passionate about including students with significant disabilities in all aspects of the educational experience. My research is focused on instructional, social, and behavior supports for students with significant disabilities in the general education classroom, teacher preparation to implement these supports, and collaboration with... Read More →


Thursday December 1, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
Midway Suites III 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

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