Designing Inclusive Preschools: The Myths, The Barriers and Creative Solutions An Interactive Virtual Conference
Educators and families have a deep desire to create preschools that are reflective and inclusive of California’s diverse population, including students with disabilities. This interactive virtual conference, hosted by the Supporting Inclusive Practices (SIP) team, will involve a panel discussion with the California Department of Education Special Education Division and Early Learning and Care Division staff as well as voices from the field. It will focus on dispelling myths, breaking barriers, and providing out-of-the-box solutions/guidance for designing inclusive preschools. Also scheduled is a keynote by Sam Drazin, Educator and Speaker, and the opportunity to interact with panel members in a breakout room setting of your choice.
Kevin SchaeferDirector of Equity and Inclusive Practices – El Dorado SELPAs
Sam DrazinExecutive Director- Changing Perspectives
Sam Drazin is a certified elementary educator who taught for many years in public schools. Born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare congenital disorder resulting in both facial anomaly and hearing loss, Sam underwent seven surgeries as a child. Sam’s experiences, both as a student with a difference and as a teacher working in an inclusive classroom, helped him recognize the importance of improving awareness of and understanding about differences. Sam serves as the Executive Director of Changing Perspectives, an educational nonprofit that promotes disability awareness, and holds leadership roles on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.