Third Annual Inclusion Summit

Group of students eating dinner


Thank you to everyone that made the Third Annual Inclusion Summit a Success! Stay tuned for information about the 2019 Summit.

Focused on inclusive educational and community-based practices for individuals with disabilities including afternoon breakout sessions, a social hour with a poster session, dinner, and keynote address by Dr. Marilyn Friend, titled, "Concepts are appealing, but actions are what matter: What can you do to foster inclusive practices?

Keynote Speaker Marilyn Friend, Ph.D. Biography

The Inclusion Summit will be held in cooperation with NCTASH, NCTED, and the WCU UP Program.

There will be something for everyone!

  • Information on Inclusive Practices will be shared via panel presentations, sessions, and poster presentations

  • Individuals with disabilities and their families will share their experiences and insights in support of inclusive communities

  • Opportunities to connect with teachers, faculty, administrators, policy makers, and other school professionals

*Itinerary Subject to Change.
Pre-conference meetings (light breakfast and lunch will be available for free to the registered attendees of these pre-conference meetings).
9-10 a.m. NC TED (North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children Teacher Education Division - Higher Education faculty in teacher preparation for inclusive and special education).
10-11 a.m. NC TASH (Disability Advocacy Organization for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities)
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Advisory Board Meeting for Western Carolina University's undergraduate program inclusive education (local and regional stakeholders meeting to provide feedback and updates on new initiatives affecting pre-service preparation).

* Itinerary Subject to Change.
11:30 a.m. Registration/Check-In Desk Open
1:00 p.m. Conference Welcome and Overview
1:30 - 2:20 p.m. Breakout Presentation Sessions - Round 1
2:30 - 3:20 p.m. Breakout Presentation Sessions - Round 2
Brownie Break
3:40 - 4:30 p.m. Breakout Presentation Sessions - Round 3
4:40 - 5:30 p.m. Breakout Presentation Sessions - Round 4
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Wine & Cheese Social with Poster Session
6:30 p.m. Buffet Dinner Begins
7 - 8 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marilyn Friend

*Sample Presentation List, subject to change.


  • Families 1
  • Families 2
  • Families 3
  • Families 4


  • Supported Living - Making a Difference - Greta Byrd, Liberty Corner Enterprises, Inc.
  • FSN Panel
  • UP Students
  • UP Graduates


  • Engagement of Families through Early Intervention, Preschool, and School-Age Transition for Students with Disabilities - Fain Barker, Ph.D., Meredith College and Dionne Sills Busio, Ph.D., Appalachian State University.
  • Lessons Learned: 5 Essential Actions to Build Inclusive Classrooms in the Elementary School - Lori Long, Macon County Schools, Ali Bovender, Western Carolina University and Brianna Woody, Western Carolina University


  • Mountain View Intermediate and Catamount School
  • Designing Co-taught Classrooms for Success - Paula Crawford, Ed. D., NC DPI Exceptional Children Division Program Improvement and Professional Development, Carol Moffitt, Rick Powers, Teri Queen, Laura Marsden, Beth Gilchrist, Bridget Bilbro and Laura Dendy, NC DPI ECD PIPD Literacy and Math Consulting
  • All Inclusive Learning - A Combined EC and General Education Kindergarten Classroom - Erin Selle and Megan Turner, Watauga County Schools
  • Co-teaching with Confidence - Dr. Sophia Crawford-Mapp, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools


  • Telling Our Stories - Sybil Jefferson and Jen Doherty, Asheville City Schools
  • The Nest - Promotion and Empowerment through Innovative School-Based Enterprise - Mr. Ryan Rotundo, MPA, Buncombe County Schools
  • Teaching on the Spectrum - Malinda Pennigton, North Carolina State University
  • What is Mindfulness and How Can it Support Inclusion? - Dr. Albert P. DuPont, APD Consulting Group, LLC


  • Strategies for Struggling Math Students - Julie Person, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • The Critical Role of Advanced Phonemic Proficiency and Orthographic Mapping for Adolescent Readers - Bridget Bilbro, NC DPI Exceptional Children Division and Beth Gilchrist, NC DPI Exceptional Children Division
  • Using Sound Practices to Support Academic Learning of Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities in Inclusive Settings - Belva Collins, Ed.D. and Elizabeth Reyes, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • AAC Language Instruction and Device Integration in the Inclusive Classroom - Kathryn L. Haughney, University of North Carolina at Charlotte


  • EC Directors Panel
  • Inclusion in the United States: Correlations between Key State Variables - David L. Westling, Western Carolina University
  • Self-Advocacy Instruction and Students with IDD in Post-secondary Education - Dr. Debra G. Holzberg, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • The I.D.E.A.'s Presumption of Inclusion - Stacey Gahagan, The Gahagan Law Firm, P.L.L.C.


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