Speakers' Presentations:

Inclusive Religious Education for All Children, Inc.
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Miami, FL 33155

Richard A. Villa, Ed.D.
Educating Students with Disabilities in General Education Classrooms –
Inclusion Overview - Characteristics of inclusionary schools, rationales
for change, organizational, and instructional strategies to support
inclusionary schooling, and successful examples from elementary, middle
and high school were discussed in this session.

Differentiated Instruction - Topics included approaches to differentiating
the content students learn, the process through which they learn it, and
how they demonstrate what they have learned. Participants also explored
whole class, group, and individualized instructional strategies designed to
meet the needs of a diverse student body.
Rev. Mark T. Reeves
Inclusive Education of Children from a Canonical Perspective -
Inclusive education of children in Catholic institutions from a canonical
perspective, in relation to the rights and duties of children, their parents,
the Christian faithful and the Church. The purpose of this presentation is to
offer a canonical perspective for advancing the cause of inclusive
education of children in Catholic institutions within a juridic framework that
recognizes both complementary and competing rights and duties of the
Nila Benito
Understanding and Reducing Challenging Behavior Through Positive
Behavior Support - Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is an
evidence-based process that is a highly effective approach in reducing
challenging behaviors. This interactive presentation focused on specific
tips and tools that can be used to implement PBS. The PBS process
provides a positive and effective alternative to traditional methods of
discipline. PBS methods are research-based and proven to significantly
reduce problem behaviors in the school, resulting in a more positive
school climate and increased academic performance. Positive Behavior
Support provides a new way of looking at, thinking about, and solving
difficult situations caused by challenging behavior. This workshop outlined
the steps of the PBS process with case studies,
relevant handouts, and
resource information.
Cheryl Howard, PT
Assistive Technology  in the Curriculum - Assistive Technology (AT) is
any item, piece of equipment or system that helps bypass, work around or
compensate for learning difficulties.  This session provides an overview of
Michael L. Boswell, Esq.
Larry D. Keough
It’s Not About the Money: Public Funding Available for School Choice -
This session discussed inclusive education of children with disabilities in
Catholic schools from a Respect Life perspective as well as the
implementation of funding mechanisms, both at the state and federal
level, available to achieve it.  A review of the Florida McKay and Corporate
Tax Credit (“CTC”) Scholarship Programs as well as the “Child Find”
provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) to
serve children with disabilities fully included in Catholic schools.

Respect Life Perspective
This presentation discusses the connection between abortion and
disabilities from a "3-D perspective" as a parent and professional.
Karen Gaffney
Imagine the Possibilities  - Not unlike many students in the Catholic
School system, Karen Gaffney graduated from 8th grade at St. Pius X in
Portland Oregon and went on to St. Mary’s Academy for high school.
Sounds pretty typical, but it was not. Karen became the first person with
Down syndrome to graduate from St. Pius X grade school, and she was
also the first person with Down syndrome to graduate from St. Mary’s
Academy. While these two “firsts” stand on their own as remarkable
achievements, Karen’s story and her impact on others as a result of her
inclusive education is compelling! Karen shared the story of how she,
along with her family and a very dedicated team of teachers imagined the
possibilities and made them happen!