OSPI/AESD Professional Learning Network

Inclusionary Practices Project

The AESD Inclusionary Practices Project supports coordinated professional learning for building leadership teams across the state by developing a professional learning delivery model that leverages the expertise of our AESD network and statewide partners.

Our Goals

The goal of the Inclusionary Practices Professional Development Project is to increase the capacity of School Leadership Teams to understand, prioritize, and implement structural and instructional inclusionary practices for students with disabilities. Through an intentionally designed collaborative professional learning sequence, school teams will be equipped with new learning, knowledge and skills that support the work of:

District leaders, principals and/or counselors who will serve key roles in creating the conditions for increased collaboration, carrying a vision of inclusion, and leveraging resources (i.e., class scheduling, IEP teams/processes, allocation of building resources, staff collaboration times,  etc.) to strengthen instruction to meet staff and students’ needs.

General and special education teacher leaders who will serve as mentors to classroom teachers as they work to engage each student across the continuum of disabilities through application of a broad base of supportive and inclusionary instructional practices that ultimately result in improved educator and student learning.

What We’re Doing

During the spring and summer of 2020, regional coordinators will provide professional learning to building leaders (including principals, instructional leaders, counselors, etc.) as part of statewide long-term school closure (LTSC) professional development efforts.

Regional coordinators will provide virtual professional development, coaching and support for leaders to develop inclusive systems of support using the framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) both within the context of continuous learning and traditional education models. Novak Educational Consulting, national experts in UDL, developed modules for use in the state of Washington which will be facilitated by regional coordinators.

The professional learning opportunities will support building leaders with developing a common language and vision for identifying and removing barriers, while supporting their school staff with providing options for engagement, representation and action and expression.

Beginning in August 2020, regional coordinators will work with leadership teams from 140 buildings statewide to engage in deeper professional learning around inclusive practices. Building teams will commit themselves to the following activities for professional learning and to support evaluation efforts:

  • Completion of intake form for baseline data
  • 42 hours of professional learning from August 2020 – June 2021, including development of a building inclusive practices action plan
  • Optional school case study, including interviews with Inclusion team members
  • Ongoing feedback on curriculum and ongoing needs assessment
  • Participation in ongoing coaching and technical assistance activities

Who We Are

The AESD Inclusionary Practices Project leverages the strengths of all 9 ESDs as a unified network to deliver high-quality professional development across the state. The project staff include a Leadership Team and Design Team representing all regions, as well as a project coordinator.

Leadership Team

Cassie Stevens

Inclusionary Practices Coordinator, NWESD
AESD Project Director/ NWESD189 Coordinator

Tim Merlino

Superintendent, ESD 112
Initiative Executive Sponsor

Chris Espeland

Inclusion Project Manager, AWSP
Leadership Team

Hilary Loeb

Director of Strategy, Evaluation & Learning, PSESD
Evaluation Team Lead

Jeffrey Niess

Executive Director, Specialized Student Services, ESD 112
Leadership Team

Erin Stewart

Program Director, Special Services, PSESD
Leadership Team

Katherine Livick

Integrated Learning Coach, ESD 112
Operations Manager

Jessica Vavrus

Executive Director, AESD

Andrew Eyres

Assistant Superintendent, Teaching & Learning, ESD 113
Project Champion – Science

Linda McKay

Assistant Superintendent–Teaching and Learning, NCESD
Project Champion – Math

Lori Scott

Director of Systems & School Improvement, ESD 123
Leadership Team

Kathy Whitlock

Executive Director, Student and School Success, ESD 112
Leadership Team

Teri Kessie

Assistant Superintendent, Teaching & Learning, ESD 123
Project Champion – Special Education

Jack Arends

Associate Director, AWSP
Leadership Team

Gavin Hottman

Chief Financial Officer, ESD 112
Leadership Team

Mike Nerland

Assistant Superintendent–Teaching and Learning, ESD 112
Project Champion – Literacy

Cris Sippel

Member Services, AWSP
Leadership Team

Regional Coordinators

If your district is interested in participating in this project, or for more information, please contact your regional coordinator or Cassie Stevens, Project Director.

ESD 112

ESD 113

ESD 114

ESD 121

ESD 123

ESD 189