From Disability to Possibility: The Power of Inclusive Classrooms
Patrick Schwarz
10th - 11th November 2017, Hong Kong

  With the goal of building lifelong skills, Patrick offers authentic processes and supports that help educators plan lessons and units while at the same time embracing students' interests and passions, working toward students' dreams, promoting leadership, self-advocacy, self-determination, and membership in both school and the community. With an overview of supports and compelling stories of how they have helped real students in real classrooms, Patrick empowers educators to combine the science and art of teaching all learners. This motivating and empowering workshop gives everyone hope, direction, and inspiration to turn learning possibility into educational success!

Rationales for inclusive education will be examined, planning processes will be delineated and tools, such as IEP at a glance, will be illustrated. Instructional strategies, such as differentiation, universal design and accommodations, will be outlined and applied. Applications will assist participants to consider their own students and classroom learning situations in creating individual support plans.

In addition, Dr. Schwarz will illustrate what supports are successful and what else is needed for effectiveness in education and human services for all people. These compelling examples will motivate participants to re-imagine and support individuals in new and inventive ways. Be prepared for something fun and different!
  • Participants will define inclusive education and provide examples of an inclusive education model.
  • Participants will give rationales why inclusive education is important for a student's current and future educational situation.
  • Participants will define and give examples of successful inclusive education supports including universal design for learning, differentiation and student accommodations.
  • Participants will delineate successful examples of planning processes that make the inclusive education model work.
  • Participants will identify inclusive education components they can currently add to their own educational practice.

Part 1
  • Inclusive Education Definition
  • Rationales
  • Components
  • Comfort Break
  Part 2
  • Promoting Student Passions and Interests
  • Universal Design
  • Differentiation
  • Student Accommodations
  • Lunch
  Part 3
  • The Planning Process
  • Planning Application
  • Finding Planning Time and Effectiveness
  • Comfort Break
  Part 4
  • Classroom and Student Examples
  • Support Idea Brainstorming
  • Creation of Support Document
Potential Audience:
  All educators K-12 and university teachers, curriculum supervisors, teacher leaders, and teacher trainers.
Presenters Profile:
  Dr. Patrick Schwarz is a dynamic and engaging professor, author, motivational speaker and leader in Education (Inclusive Education, Special Education, General Education, Educational Leadership) and Human Services. He is a professor at National Louis University, Chicago. Patrick's company is Creative Culture Consulting LLC. He is the author of From Disability to Possibility, You're Welcome (with Paula Kluth), Just Give Him the Whale (with Paula Kluth) and Pedro's Whale (with Paula Kluth). His new book is From Possibility to Success.

Dr. Schwarz's professional mission is to promote education and human services that advance the status of people of all ages with diverse support needs. This will enable individuals to successfully be engaged, find meaning and be respected members of their learning, working and living communities.

Dr. Schwarz's research interests include school inclusive education, community inclusive education, universal design, inclusive curricular design, collaboration, co-teaching, positive behavior supports, student fascination and interest areas, transition and integrated comprehensive school services transformation.

He researches, consults and presents across the United States and worldwide including Australia, New Zealand, South America, Europe and Canada.
  Investment Includes Course Materials, Lunch and refreshments with Certificate of Participation.

USD-690, Early Bird Offer till 1st July, 2017.


USD-750, Closing Date 15th October, 2017.

  English Schools Foundation
25 / F 1063 Kings Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.

Hotel Accommodation
Harbour Plaza North Point.
  8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Registration at 8.00 am on the 10th November 2017.
  Shonal Agarwal

  register now
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