15 States and Canada Represented at Inclusive Education Summit

Over 350 participants from as far as British Columbia gathered in Manchester, NH on Friday, April 10 for the first Inclusive Education Leadership Summit. The Summit was presented by the Including Samuel Project at the IOD, in collaboration with the NH Department of Education, Plymouth State University, and NH Public Television (NHPTV).

The summit was designed to give participants the opportunity to learn the latest best practices and leadership strategies on inclusive education, problem solve and network with peers. Presenters included the central figures of the documentary film Including Samuel, national leaders of inclusive education, and staff members of the IOD. Following a screening of the film Including Samuel, summit presenters led a panel discussion on pressing barriers to inclusive education and the most effective strategies to remove them.

One of the primary objectives of the summit was to bring together all of the key stakeholders in education for discussion, strategizing, and networking. To date, no other regional event has convened administrators, educators, service providers, school board and community members, legislators, families, self-advocates, and students around the issue of inclusive education at the same time and location.

“The collective brain power and experience at this event was remarkable,” said filmmaker Dan Habib. “We wanted everyone to leave the day with a renewed sense of energy—and new strategies for achieving truly inclusive schools across New England and the country.”

To see the NHPTV special on Including Samuel and the Summit, visit
www.nhptv.org. For more information on the Including Samuel Project, visit www.iod.unh.edu

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