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Gary Brucker, Program Director for Courage for Youth Association and Lauri Swann Hunt, founder of Ollibean, are guests at our roundtable this week. The topic we are discussing is the notion that inclusion is more than a program and is based on attitudes and belief systems. In addition, it is important that schools must foster these attitudes through emotional and relational development in students. This is a discussion you won't want to miss!
Confused about inclusion? Listen to The Inclusive Class Podcast this week and learn what parents need to know about inclusive education. You will understand what inclusion is, how schools become inclusive, options for inclusion, and how to work with staff to create a more inclusive environment for your child. Lauri Swann Hunt from the site, Ollibean and Amanda Morin, author of The Everything Parent's Guide to Special Education will be at our roundtable this week.
The CEO of Me, Inc. must find a way to capture the insights and visions of people who reflect the growing diversity of their business partners that span the globe. They must learn to harness the collective ideas of their diverse & inclusive global network to drive business success and secure long-term revenue stream.
1. We are faced with great uncertainty from a variety of forces, both economic and natural
2. We are faced with convergence of technology and new thought processes being brought to the workforce by the younger Gen Y who want to participate, not just execute
3. We are faced with the need to continually innovate and use all of our assets to keep up with domestic and global competition
4. We are faced with radical demographics changes, both in the U.S. and globally, that affect our competitiveness and our markets.
* Engelmeier, Shirley, Inclusion: The New Competitive Business Advantage, Minneapolis:InclusionINC Media, 2012
For the first episode of Illinois TASH: Inclusion for All, we are talking with Dr. William Blackwell, Assistant Professor at Lewis University’s College of Education about inclusive education in Illinois, his upcoming presentation at the National TASH Conference entitled “Teaching Inclusion with Literature: When Teachers and Their Students Linger in Text” and his relationship with Illinois TASH.
William Blackwell has published articles and presented on topics that focus on the impact of federal education policies on children with disabilities and their families, charter school services for children with disabilities and special education advocacy and conflict resolution.
Learn more about Dr. Blackwell's research in the articles below:
Blackwell, W., & Rossetti, Z. (2014). The development of individualized education programs: Where have we been and where should we go now? SAGE Open, 4(2), 1-15. doi: 10.1177/2158244014530411.
Blackwell, W. (2013). An era of charter school expansion: An examination of special education in Massachusetts’ charter schools. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 24(2), 75-87. DOI: 10.1177/1044207312455061.
Joseph Santana is Chairman of the Institute for Corporate Productivity’s Chief Diversity Officer Board, President of Joseph Santana, LLC and a member of the Insight Into Diversity Editorial Board. Joe is the former diversity officer and architect of Siemens D&I efforts in its 65,000 employee USA operations. A sought-after speaker and media commentator, Joe has been quoted in numerous magazines and books, including Thomas Friedman’s 2005 bestseller, The World is Flat. Joe has received a number of prestigious awards, including a listing among the “Most Important Hispanics in Technology, Government and Business” by Career Communications Group, Inc. in 2010 and again in 2011, as well as a place on Hispanic Business Magazine’s 2011 list of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics. Engage with Joe on Twitter @joesannyc.
Why include students with special needs in the classroom? What is the benefit? Won't it be a distraction? These questions and more will be answered and discussed on this episode of The Inclusive Class Podcast. This week's roundtable guests include Lauri Swann Hunt (Ollibean) and Amanda Morin (The Everything Parent's Guide to Special Education).
Assistant Professor of Special Education, Megan Mackey, EdD, will be our guest on this episode of The Inclusive Class.
Megan Mackey teaches courses at the undergraduate level at the University of Hartford. In addition to several other areas of interest, she has examined the inclusion of students with disabilities in middle school classrooms. Megan will talk to us about what works at the middle school level and ways to support students with special needs.
For more information, go to www.theinclusiveclass.com.
It seems that law firms have more questions than answers when it comes to diversity and inclusion issues these days. What is your firm’s diversity strategy and why should you have one? How do you create and maintain interest? Has your initiative stalled? What are the best practices? Tune into this important podcast and get proven tactics that you can put to work in your firm.
Last week we started some asset mapping of brick and mortar in America’s birthplace. We’ve been looking for ways to sustain community building efforts and reverse what the president termed, a “gulf of mistrust.” Whether or not you agree, bridging that gulf of mistrust and ENGAGING historically disadvantaged Americans is going to take a little more money reinvested where you live, learn, work and worship. This week, your American Mentors are in Philadelphia hoping to re-point us to some goals and achievements for ONE NATION UNDER GOD. One of those goals is to ensure ALL youth are safe from violent crime. It is coincidentally, one of the goals of the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. We’ll be taking a look from an economic security lens, so fasten your seatbelt as we embark on a TIMELINE TOECONOMIC INCLUSION.
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Digital inclusion - closing the technology gap between the have's and have not's - may be a priority for some federal and state agencies, but the delivery of measurable results happens mostly at the local level. This is particularly true for broadband. Too many variations between cultures, geography, economic priorities, languages and other factors exist for cookie cutter attempts to get underserved constituents online AND maximizing broadband technology.
A Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant to the City of Chicago launched activities to educate and motivate constituents within nine Smart Communities to use the Net. Karen Mossberger, Ph.D., School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University, describes the impacts of programs that included workshops, advertising, skills training, and community portals. Dr. Mossberger's team conducted surveys in 2008, 2011 and 2013 to compare adoption and usage between the Smart Communities and the rest of Chicago.
Listeners learn some of the how-to's for creating and implementing effective digital inclusion programs. In addition, Dr. Mossberger reveals some of the trendsetting methods she used to measure the results that adoption programs produce, as well as upcoming research that will shed more light on how to create successful programs.
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