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Presenters: PEAK's 2019 Conference on Inclusive Education
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Shelby Bates holds a Master of Social Work and a B.S. in Secondary Special Education. During her graduate studies, she fell in love with community organizing. As the outreach coordinator for IN!, Shelby works across Colorado providing education on college options for students with intellectual disabilities, advocating for early inclusion as a form of college preparation, and discussing the development of supports for students with disabilities in higher education.
Joelle Brouner is the Executive Director of the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council. She is one of the only directors of the DD Council with a developmental disability. Previously, Joelle worked for Vocational Rehab Programs for 15 years.
As the founder and CEO, Jason established Three Monkeys Communication in mid-2018 with the mission of taking down communication barriers for people with disabilities. Jason, deafblind since birth, resides in Maryland. He applies his knowledge and expertise by serving and chairing on two government advisory boards offering advice on how the government can better serve people with disabilities. Jason attended the Wisconsin School for the Deaf and later transferred to the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, where he received his high school diploma. Jason was active in a variety of school sports such as wrestling, swimming, track and field, and goal ball. Demonstrating his leadership skills, he served as captain on the wrestling and swimming teams. Moving on from high school, Jason majored in Information Technology receiving a bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin. To further achieve his interests and goals, while working for the federal government, Jason pursued an advanced degree graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a master's in Information Systems. Jason strives to make positive impacts on the Deafblind community.
Penny has been in field of special education since 1976. In addition to being a classroom teacher her experience includes consulting to public preschool programs, Head Start, Part C programs, and PEAK Parent Center. Other positions she has held include Parents as Teachers home visitor, local Part C director, instructor at both 2 year and 4 year colleges/universities, State Part C CSPD coordinator, State Child Find Coordinator, and State 619 Coordinator. Currently Penny is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver and also works with the national Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center.
Mary Anne Fleury
Mary Anne Fleury, Ph.D., is currently the Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist in the Exceptional Student Services Unit at the Colorado Department of Education. Her experience includes teaching general and special education, being a founder of a nonprofit and advocate for parents and educators, a Director of Special Education in a school district for 7 years, and as a parent of child who received special education services. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Northern Colorado in Special Education with a minor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, focusing on Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS).
Sarah is the founder and CEO of Score A Friend, a nonprofit that creates opportunities for friendship and inclusion for people of all abilities. The Denver, Colorado native created the organization to help her twin brother, who has an autism spectrum disorder and experienced a lack of inclusion in his schools and community, find a friend. Greichen was awarded the National Young Woman of Distinction Award by Girl Scouts of the USA and the Colorado Youth Philanthropist of the Year Award. She is featured in the Pass It On campaign alongside rock band NEEDTOBREATHE, Malala Yousafzai, and Grace Vanderwaal showcasing the value of inclusion. She is a student at Colorado State University pursuing a degree in Corporate Finance and Marketing.
Toby King is a former general education teacher and school administrator who did things differently resulting in different outcomes for children with disabilities. He now works for the Colorado Department of Education and provides training and technical assistance to schools and districts that want to get different results for their children with disabilities.
Dr. Scott Kupferman is a professor and coordinator of the Special Education Program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He is also the director of the National Collaborative for Disability and Technology, which is a network of 200+ assistive technology researchers and developers. Dr. Kupferman has developed over 30 assistive technology hardware and software applications that are currently being used by an average of 10,000 daily users.
Kiki has worked in Special Education and Positive Behavior Support for many years as a teacher, administrator, trainer and consultant. She is passionate about partnering with families to support children at home, school and the community. She is currently a Parent Consultant for the Association of Positive Behavior Support and a PBIS Consultant for Morgridge Academy. She is very honored to be a board member for PEAK Parent Center.
Mitchell High School Student Pane
Established in 1965 and located in Colorado Springs, Mitchell High School, a foremost high school in District 11, boasts one of the largest Air Force JROTC programs, an innovative biomedical program "Project Lead the Way," and Work Force Readiness programs to prepare their students with job skills and leadership. Mitchell High School is proud of their robust performing arts student productions and the achievement of over $12,000,000 awarded in scholarships to their students. Mitchell High School is proud to send eight of their students to the Conference of Inclusive Education to present on the process of leading their own IEPs. These students represent the best Mitchell High School has to offer all students.
Dr. Luis Pérez is a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. In this role, he promotes the creation, delivery and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies to support equitable learning opportunities for all students. He holds a doctorate in special education and a master's degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida. He was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009, and as a Google in Education Certified Educator in 2014. He is the current President of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which named him its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. Luis is the author of two recent books on inclusive technology and UDL: Learning on the Go (CAST, 2018) and Dive into UDL (ISTE, 2018).
Jack D. Robinson
JACK D. ROBINSON, is an attorney and co-founder of the law firm Spies, Powers & Robinson, P.C., where his primary practice area is special education law and educational discrimination. Mr. Robinson has been representing the rights of children with disabilities and their parents for over twenty years. Mr. Robinson was the attorney for the parents in Endrew F. v. Douglas County Sch. Dist., a landmark case decided by the United States Supreme Court in 2017 that established a "markedly more demanding" standard for determining the educational rights of children with disabilities. Mr. Robinson is a frequent lecturer on the application and construction of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. He has represented clients in numerous due process hearings, civil actions in the U.S. District Court, and appeals in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
With experience in both general and special education environments, Wendy now works at the Colorado Department of Education and is focused on equipping educators through an aligned and coherent system of support. She works collaboratively across the SEA, schools and districts, and Institutes of Higher Education to facilitate and deliver high quality professional learning toward building capacity in educators to meet the needs of all students.
Dominique Smith, Ed.D is the Director of Student Support and Vice Principal at Health Sciences High & Middle College, where he also serves as a culture builder and student advocate. He is a school administrator, social worker, mentor, and national trainer for the International Institute on Restorative Practices. He is passionate about creating school cultures that honor students and build their confidence and competence. He is the winner of the National School Safety Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council. Smith is the coauthor of Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management and Building Equity: Policies and Practices to Empower All Learners.
Parent Advisor & Trainer
PEAK Staff Team
Shirley first contacted PEAK when her older son, who has significant hearing loss, needed some support with his education plan. In 1989, Shirley joined the PEAK team as a Parent Advisor. Shirley was drawn to PEAK because of its belief that ALL children bring value to schools and communities and deserve access to quality education. Shirley's work at PEAK has taught her that we must all have high expectations for our children and ourselves, that families deserve access to the best tools and resources to support their children, and that we must "walk the talk" every day. The journey might be difficult at times, but seeing a child learn and grow is worth the effort! Shirley is honored to be the mother of three children and the proud grandparent of two girls and of many more granddogs.