Establishing a culture of inclusion - empowering students to succeed.
Date: 25 October 2014
Time: Register from 8:30am for a 9:00am start. Approximately 4 hours. Morning tea provided.
Place: Stuartholme School, Birdwood Terrace, Toowong. Get Directions
Presenters: Lindy Abawi and Kylie Meyer
About the workshop
This workshop will explore both successes and challenges related to the inclusion of students with varying levels of social, emotional and intellectual needs into mainstream classrooms. Common questions will be discussed - What is meant by inclusion? What does inclusion look like and sound like in varied contexts? What works? What doesn't work? What are the possibilities?
Recent research will be used to highlight effective practices in current use and how blended approaches to supporting students with special needs must be considered. Examples of real classrooms, real students and real solutions will be used to stimulate discussion and discovery.
In the meantime, we invite you to explore the concept of inclusivity and what it means in your context. The topic is such an important one and there appears to be as many different approaches to inclusion as there are definitions of it. As educators we all know the joys and challenges of meeting the needs of students with varying abilities. To begin what is a very timely conversation for 2014 we have created a Forum where together our discussion will provide a springboard for ensuring the design of this workshop and extension of presenters will best meet your needs.
Lindy Abawi is a senior lecturer in Curriculum and Pedagogy within the School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. She is the Primary Program Coordinator and School Coordinator of Learning and Teaching. She is also a member of Leadership Research International (LRI) group. Her research interests lie in the area of school improvement, pedagogy, inclusion and transitions.
Lindy will be joined by colleagues from both the university and school contexts to present this workshop - watch this space.