Intersectionalities in leadership for supporting students with special education needs in Canadian schools

Registration deadline is April 15, 2019 and will be limited to first 100 people. Register early!

The overall goal of this event is to bring scholars, Indigenous educators, school system administrators, and representatives of government ministries and professional educational associations together to consider how school principals can support the inclusion of students with special education needs. The conference will bring together 100 educational leaders from across Canada to consider the intersections of school leadership, Indigeneity, and inclusion.

Who should attend: university faculty involved with research on inclusive education, Indigenous scholars and practitioners, representatives of government ministries and professional educational associations, and school system administrators.

The format will include two focused keynote sessions (60 minutes each), three research “snapshot” presentations (20 minutes each), and a consolidation presentation (35 minutes) on next steps for inclusive education research. Between the presentations will be multiple blocks of time when attendees will participate in discussion groups focusing on the presentations and resources that have been developed on inclusive school leadership. There is no cost for this conference due to significant investments from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the partnering universities and organizations.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Steve Sider, conference coordinator.

Keynote Speakers

Kevin Lamoureux

Kevin Lamoureux, National Education Lead of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to address recent advances in integrating Traditional Knowledge inclusively within Canadian education.

Sheila Bennett

Sheila Bennett, leader in inclusion research and policy development in Canada, will provide national and international perspectives on how school leadership influences inclusion for students with special education needs.

Additional Presenters

Steven Sider

Steven Sider
Wilfrid Laurier University

Kimberley Maich

Kimberly Maich
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Jacqueline Specht

Jacqueline Specht
Western University

Jennifer Katz

Jennifer Katz
University of British Columbia

Donna McGhie-Richmond

Donna McGhie-Richmond
University of Victoria

Jhonel Morvan

Jhonel Morvan
Brock University

Deirdre Smith

Deirdre Smith
Ontario College of Teachers

Overview

Time Details
8:30-9 am Registration, Refreshments
9-9:30 Indigenous welcome
9:30-9:45 Welcome and setting the context for the day
9:45-10:45 Keynote 1: Kevin Lamoureux Intersections, indigeneity, and inclusion
10:45-11 Break
11-11:30 Discussion Group 1: Responding to Kevin Lamoureux’s keynote
11:30-11:50 Research Snapshot Presentation 1: Case studies to inform professional learning and intersectionality: Graduate student perspectives
11:50-12:15 Discussion Group 2: How do case studies help inform leadership for inclusion?
12:15-1 Lunch
1-2 Keynote 2: Sheila Bennett Deconstructing the familiar: Changing thinking, taking action
2-2:30 Discussion Group 3: Responding to Sheila Bennett’s keynote
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:05 Research Snapshot Presentation 2: Current research on leadership and inclusive education in Canada
3:05-3:35 Discussion Group 4: How does current research inform practice?
3:35-3:55 Research Snapshot Presentation 3: What’s next for leadership and inclusive education research?
3:55-4:30 Consolidation: Discussion and identification of next steps for research and collaboration including insights from Lamoureux and Bennett

Sponsors

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Laurier University
Ontario College of Teachers
Western University
University of Victoria
Memorial University of Newfoundland