Have students write a collaborative poem or story using Twitter, IM, Edmodo or Facebook. This way, authors can contribute one word, one line, or several paragraphs.

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A conference of one’s own

Posted on May 15, 2013 in Families, Inclusion

For the last 20 years, I have traveled to inclusion conferences in other cities and states. I have seen how an annual conference organized around inclusive schooling can help families, teachers, and administrators learn new skills and provide support to one another. This is one of the reasons I wished for an inclusion conference here in Illinois. Last week, that wish came true!

We had over 350 participants attend the two-day event. We had great speakers from near and far. We had fabulous door prizes. We had a great bookstore (thanks to Brookes Publishing). And we had topics ranging from inclusive work experiences to how to differentiate math lessons to supporting friendships.

I can’t resist sharing some snapshots from the event.

Maybe these images will inspire one or more of you to come and join us next year. Or, perhaps, you are anxious to find a conference sooner than next May? You are in luck! There are so many wonderful inclusion conferences around the country. I am providing links for some of the best:

I am sure I am forgetting many great conferences so if there is an annual inclusion event in your region, please post here to let others know about it.


  1. From Jennifer Gervais on 16 May 2013

    I realize how much I miss this environment after seeing these pictures. I look forward to being back on my feet so I can join great thinkers at a conference soon!

  2. From Mary E. Ulrich on 17 May 2013

    Hi Paula, the pictures do my heart good. They give us hope for the future of all our young people.
    My question is: Do you know of any conferences about inclusion for adults–living, working, recreation and belonging to the community? Thanks. Mary