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Transmogrifying Inclusion

taught by: Shari Stinnette & Kathy Blankenship

Session Summary:

The goal of teaching is for everyone to make progress. That progress looks different for every student. The goal of this session is to share success stories and proven strategies in working inclusion environments. Sometimes these strategies are drastically different from the expected. Think outside the box! Transmogrify (to change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform) your thinking and meet those IEPs while engaging your kids!


The goal of teaching is for everyone to make progress and that progress looks different for every student. As two teachers we will discuss what inclusion of children with disabilities looks like in our classrooms and how we have encouraged outside of the box thinking to come up with new strategies for inclusion. We will discuss varying assistive technologies, tools, tips, proven strategies, and success stories to help transform your thinking and meet IEP’s while engaging your students.

Each student has different needs. The IEP system helps to make sure each student with an IEP is getting what he or she needs. But a system is only as good as the advocates and teachers behind it. Inclusion has many challenges, but the more children feel included the more likely they are to succeed. However, one solution does not fit all.

Assistive technology and other digital tools can greatly help improve education for children with special needs. The point of education is to make sure that each student comprehends the material to the best of his or her ability. A deficit in decoding skills does not equal a lack of comprehension of material. As teachers it is our job to develop strategies to allow students to demonstrate their learning despite their weaknesses..

Join us as we share ways we have innovated our teaching to include students with disabilities to help them reach their greatest potential.

Practical Skills:

  1. Why look for a new approach? 2. Understand unique student needs. 3. Innovate to develop an approach that not only meets IEP but actively engages students.