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Syracuse University Hosts Inclusion-Fest 2018

The inclusion fest will be held on Syracuse University campus, Aug. 6th-8th. (c) Alazia Williams

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By Alazia Williams SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)— The 2018 Summer Leadership Institute kicked off its 10th annual Inclusion-Fest Monday. The event lasted until Aug. 8 on the campus of Syracuse University.

Inclusion-Fest includes three interactive days with over 10 national experts in making schools and districts inclusive.

Founders Julie Causton and Kate MacLeod founded Inclusive Schooling in order to support administrators, educators and parents who wish to create more caring, creative inclusive schools for all learners.

Doctoral student and coordinatior Sarah Scripner says the fest is a way to bring people together to help all schools have interactive classrooms.
“Inclusion fest is a way to bring together all sorts of folks connected to education, students, teachers, administrators, families, to think about how to make schools more inclusive places for all students in particular students with disabilities,” Scripner said.

Inclusion.Me.com says inclusion is seen as a universal human right. The aim of inclusion is to embrace all people irrespective of race, gender, disability, medical or other need.

The event includes over 200 practicing administrators and school leaders, including principals, special education directors, curriculum directors, superintendents, teacher leaders, and educational leadership students.

According to its website, Inclusive Schooling offers live and online courses, workshops, presentations and innovative support focused on creating and supporting more inclusive schools.

The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) is an advocate for inclusive schooling and is one of the vendors at the fest. Manager of Inclusive Inclusive Education Programming at NDSS, Sara Jo Soldovieri said “inclusive education is one of the pillars of advocacy work of their organization.”

Inclusive Schooling is an engaging community for educators, administrators, and parents who seek to create more inclusive schools.