Professional Learning Network

About the Inclusionary Practices Project

The AESD Inclusionary Practices Project (IPP) supports coordinated professional learning for school leadership teams. The project’s purpose is to support educators and school leaders with developing and implementing sustainable systems, structures, and practices that support all students with meaningful access and engagement in inclusive learning environments.

Our Goals

The goal of the AESD’s Inclusionary Practices Project (IPP) 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

Regional coordinators are able to provide virtual and in person 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 can share access to over 180 clock hours of professional learning, providing options and choices that best meet the learning needs of school teams across the state. The courses highlight key elements necessary to improving inclusionary practices and implementing Universal Design for Learning.

Regional coordinator services to school teams include but are not limited to:

  • Access to professional coaching and mentoring grounded in implementation science, including:
    • Identifying barriers and solutions to implementation
    • Action planning
    • Using inclusionary practices classroom observation tools and processes
    • Applying equity analysis tool(s) to inform leadership decision making
    • Leading professional development (train the trainer)
    • Support with engaging students and families as partners in decision making
    • Developing and refining systems of data collection and data informed decision making
  • Synchronous and asynchronous IPP professional learning opportunities including: Universal Design for Learning in classroom application and as a means to culturally responsive teaching, trauma informed practice, and family engagement
  • Networking with other IPP cadre members to support inclusive practices including AWSP and WASA
  • Access to the full library of continually updated and vetted resources and materials
  • Assistance with understanding and using LRE data, the LRE Self-Assessment, and classroom observation tools

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.

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