Professional Learning Network

Inclusionary Practices Project

The AESD Inclusionary Practices Project supports coordinated professional learning for building leadership teams. The Inclusionary Practice Project focuses on implementing and sustaining systems and practices that support inclusion through professional learning and coaching.

Inclusionary Practices Professional Learning Fall Modules

We understand the unique challenges each district and school face this year to serve our students and families across the state. In response, our regional coordinators designed flexible professional learning to meet your district/school needs and context. Our inclusionary practices professional learning Fall modules include;

  • Introduction to Universal Design for Learning
  • The Case for UDL; Equality, Equity and Inclusive Practices
  • Learner Variability and Barriers to Learning
  • Leading Implementation of Inclusive Practices

Click and interact with the slide deck below to discover the many ways you can engage with our professional learning opportunities and/or connect with your regional coordinator to co-design professional learning personalized to meet the unique needs of your school.

Our Goals

The goal of the Inclusionary Practices Professional Project is to increase the capacity of Building 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 2020-2021 school year, regional coordinators are able to provide virtual professional learning, coaching and implementation support for leadership teams, using the framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

In partnership with Novak Educational Consulting, national experts in UDL, the regional coordinators developed the 12 modules for use in the state of Washington. The modules highlight key elements necessary to improving inclusionary practices within the context of online, hybrid, remote and traditional education models. Each of our module offerings will include access to:

  • Free synchronous and asynchronous courses
  • 5 minute webinars
  • Deep dives into the content of the course and/or activities to lead with staff
  • Links to intersecting and connecting inclusionary practices work across the state
  • Contact information for a regional coordinator who can personalize the professional learning experience for your school’s needs

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 building leadership teams statewide to engage in deeper professional learning around inclusive practices. Building teams have options to the following activities for professional learning and to support evaluation efforts:

  • Over 24 hours of free professional learning from Sept 2020 – June 2021, including development of an action plan
  • PLC’s for building leaders planning or implementing changes for improved inclusionary practices
  • Optional school case study, including interviews to showcase positive impacts of improved inclusionary practices
  • Ongoing coaching and support from regional coordinators
  • Access to all 12 modules for use in the 2021-2022 school year and beyond

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 as well as a project coordinator in each region.

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 171

ESD 189

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

Washington is currently one of the least inclusive states, ranking 44 out of 50.