Workshop 1: Getting Everyone on the Same Page for Inclusive Education

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Presented by Michael Remus 

How does one go about getting buy in from different audiences to provide inclusive practices to all students in the school system? This session will provide the audience with ideas and activities for building a collaborative process between school board members, administrators, educational staff, parents, students, community people, legislators, etc. It takes all of the key shareholders working together to make inclusive practices work in a school! The ideas and activities shared during this session will promote building awareness, knowledge and trust so that positive changes can be made for all students.

Session Takeaways: Participants will...

  • Take away strategies they can use to work towards building a more inclusive school environment.
  • Gain specific strategies that have proven to work with specific audiences that help to get buy in from each key shareholder who is supporting student achievement.
  • Gain communication strategies that work in and out of the system and can make changes for an individual student or the entire school or district!

Suggested Audience: Parents, Educators, Administrators, and Students!

About Michael:

Photo of Michael RemusMichael Remus has been a general education teacher, special education teacher, school principal, college instructor, special education director for a school district, state special education director for the State of Kansas, and is also the parent of four children, two of whom have disabilities. Currently he is Director of Special Education for Deer Valley Unified School District in Phoenix, Arizona. Most of his professional career has been spent in the classroom and in training parents and educators on how special education works. Michael is passionate about building all schools to be a community for every student.

He has worked in six educational systems with varying numbers of students, schools and geographic areas and guided them in doing systems change. He continues to consult with school districts and parent groups across the United States, provide individual assistance and training to parents and educators, and serves as a speaker upon request. He is co-author of seven books for parents on how special education works, two training curricula based on the book, two effective practices manual on special education for schools, a toolkit with the administrative tools needed to make inclusive education successful and a Disability Awareness Activity Packet for teachers.

Michael is also involved in the advocacy movement as a parent having been the national Arc president, a member of the President's Committee on Intellectual Disabilities and many parent organizations as well as professional organizations in the field of education. 

Michael has received many awards for his work regarding inclusive practices. These past couple of years he has received the national TASH award as the Most Promising Administrator for Inclusive Practices, Educator of the Year from the National Down Syndrome Congress, the Joleta Reynolds Service to Special Education from LRP and many awards from different states.