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Friday, March 31 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Vision of Inclusion: Leading the UDL Journey

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Participate in a rotation of roundtable discussions sharing the resources and strategies used by two school principals to transform a vision of inclusion into a school-wide mindset and practice. An elementary school principal will share his approach to UDL implementation from the perspective of the development of expert teachers. An early learning center principal will share his approach to UDL implementation from the perspective of the development of expert learners. The capacity to embark on these UDL implementation journeys has been built in through collaboration with the regional education service center and with districtwide universal systems.

Speakers
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Juan M Gonzalez

Principal, Houston Independant School District
Juan has been an educator for 22 years, serving as an elementary bilingual teacher, high school administrative intern, middle school assistant principal, and elementary school principal. He has worked in rural and inner city schools as principal of recognized and exemplary campuses that have received the Texas Educators Excellence Award and the Shining Star award. He is currently Principal of Patterson Dual Language and Literature Magnet School... Read More →
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Beth Goodrich

Senior Manager, Texas Office of Special Education
Beth is a Senior Manager in the Houston ISD Office of Special Education Services where she manages the OT, PT, and AT Services. Beth is also a summer adjunct professor for the University of Houston and has published in the use of technology to support individuals with disability and the application of the UDL principles to create inclusive learning environments.
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Gerardo Leal

School Principal, Neff ELC
Gerardo Leal began in the Houston ISD 16 years ago as a kindergarten, second, and third grade bilingual teacher. His instructional leadership background includes Family Literacy Grant Director and middle school assistant principal. Today he is the Principal of Neff Early Learning Center and an early childhood advocate. Dr. Leal earned a BA in Political Science at the University of St. Thomas, a MEd at Lamar University, and an EdD at the... Read More →
avatar for Kirsten Omelan, Ph.D.

Kirsten Omelan, Ph.D.

Senior Education Specialist, Region 4 ESC
Kirsten Omelan, PhD, has worked in the field of special education for over 15 years. She is currently a Senior Education Specialist in the Special Education Department at Region 4 Education Service Center in Texas, where she is the lead for Access to the General Curriculum initiatives. Kirsten has practical experience as a special education teacher, department chair, and supervisor for special education programming in K-12 settings. She... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cypress 4