Panel: A Conversation on Inclusion with Local and National Experts
April 8, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
NYC Charter School Center - Training Room
111 Broadway, Suite 604, New York, NY 10006
Come eat lunch with the Collaborative and hear from special education leaders at both the local and national level speak to their work on inclusion. Attendees will hear perspectives on inclusion from school leaders, a state-wide non-profit organization that works with schools/districts and school-site special education leads. There will be ample time for questions and answers to both the panelists’ work on inclusion and your questions as they pertain to building an inclusive school, environment and mindset. Panelists:
- Erin Studer, Executive Director of Charter School Programs at CHIME Institute. Mr. Studer holds a bachelor’s degree in religion with a minor in English from the University of Iowa, a master’s in special education from National University, and he was among the first cohort to graduate in 2011 from California State University, Northridge’s doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. During his career he has taught general education and special education in grades 7-12, has been a high school dean, a curriculum coordinator, and a principal. As a teacher and administrator he has worked with students K-12 and at the college level and has provided training for hundreds of teachers in the areas of neurodevelopment, cooperative learning strategies, and inclusion practices.
- Carol Quirk, Co-Executive Director of the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education. Before founding MCIE, Dr. Quirk was the executive director of a supported employment agency for adults with developmental disabilities, adjunct faculty at The Johns Hopkins University, Director of a North Carolina Technical Assistance Project for early intervention services, a psychologist at a regional residential center, and teacher of students with severe disabilities in Connecticut. She received her Ed.D. from The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Quirk was a member of the national Board of Directors and Past President of TASH, and was a member of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. She has provided consultation to Russia, Vietnam, and Trinidad & Tobago related to including students with disabilities and transition planning; she serves as an expert witness on issues related to inclusive education and positive behavioral supports; and has provided consultation and strategic planning for other nonprofit organizations.
- Jaclyn Okin Barney, Disability Rights Attorney & Advocate. Jaclyn has been practicing law for more than fourteen years, focusiny her career on advocating for the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. After law school, Jaclyn was awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), where she advocated for high school students with disabilities to obtain appropriate services to prepare them for post graduation experiences. In her latter years of working at NYLPI, Jaclyn took on the role of coordinator of Parents for Inclusive Education (PIE), a parent-led group of educational reformers that works to ensure that all students with disabilities in the NYC public schools have access to meaningful inclusive educational and community opportunities. Since Jaclyn’s departure from NYLPI in early 2010, she has maintained a private disability mainly practice assisting families in NYC with special education issues.
- Ruchika Chopra, Director of Office of Inclusive Education, District 75, NYCDOE. Ruchika began her teaching career as a Special Education teacher in New Delhi, India. She moved to Massachusetts to continue her studies further in Special Education while working in different schools and settings. She joined the Office of Inclusive Education in September 2004 as an Inclusion Coach. Since 2006 she has been heading the Office of Inclusive Education where she works with teachers and administrators to support them in developing inclusive environments for students with disabilities.
Suggested Audience: School Leaders, Special Education Leaders
Membership Special: This event is seat-free for members!