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.
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.
Integrated Learning Coach, ESD 112
AESD Project Coordinator
Executive Director, AESD
Assistant Superintendent, Teaching & Learning, ESD 113
Project Champion – Science
Assistant Superintendent–Teaching and Learning, NCESD
Project Champion – Math
Director of Systems & School Improvement, ESD 123
Assistant Superintendent, Teaching & Learning, ESD 123
Project Champion – Special Education
Associate Director, AWSP
Chief Financial Officer, ESD 112
Assistant Superintendent–Teaching and Learning, ESD 112
Project Champion – Literacy
Member Services, AWSP
Executive Director, Student and School Success, ESD 112
Superintendent, ESD 112
Initiative Executive Sponsor
Inclusion Project Manager, AWSP
Director of Strategy, Evaluation & Learning, PSESD
Evaluation Team Lead
Executive Director, Specialized Student Services, ESD 112
Program Director, Special Services, PSESD
If your district is interested in participating in this project, or for more information, please contact your regional coordinator or Katherine Livick, Project Coordinator.