NJCIE Summer Inclusion Conference 2018 

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Over 650 educators, parents, and inclusion experts attended the 16th Annual Summer Inclusion Conference Expanding Horizons in the Classroom.  

The two-day conference began with a keynote from Betsy Smith, a self-advocate and NJCIE Board Member and Ashley Rillo, MaT., an English/Special Education Teacher at Ridgewood High School. Betsy & Ashley spoke about the benefits of inclusive education and how the presumption of competence supports real growth for students with disabilities.

Andrew Diodato of Somerville Schools, Joseph Dunlop of Vernon Township High School, Joshua Turbiak of Seton Hall University Nursing Program, and Steven Palivoda of Kean University inspired the educators with their keynote on day two. Andrew, Joseph, Joshua, and Steven learned to become self-advocates and underscored the importance of preparing students with disabilities with the necessary self-advocacy skills to be adequately prepared for adult life. 

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Dr. Rhonda Bondie, PhD., an Education Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, gave the plenary on both days of the conference working with conference participants on making differentiated instruction practical and motivating students within inclusive classrooms. 

Across the two days of the conference, inclusion experts and NJCIE staff held over 50 sessions focused on giving educators tools and best practices for more inclusive classrooms. For a look inside the 2018 conference, check out the 2018 Summer Inclusive Conference program.

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NJCIE Staff Doing What They Do Best

NJCIE staff members, Michelle Lockwood, Jason Jennings, and Kristy Ritvalsky, present at the 2018 Summer Inclusion Conference.

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