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Inclusive Practices

The Inclusive Practices Program, is an intensive 30-hour program of professional learning that is designed for school leadership personnel to be able to define inclusion and inclusive practices, explore beliefs and values around inclusion, teaching, and student potential and inquire into learning strategies and practices that will work in participants’ specific settings.

Participants will engage with seven different learning engagements including; Universal Design for Learning, Working with school and classroom data, the referral process, educational evaluations, and leading conversations that create change.

Alongside this, participants will be required to attend and eventually lead referral meetings in their schools. Evidence of reflection and learning will be required through regular reflective journal entries.

 

Audience: Principals, Assistant Principals and Coordinators

Fees: 8,000 QAR

Start Date: 3 September 2022

Registration Deadline: 11 August 2022

Workshops: 7 Workshops

Total duration: 30 Hours

 

 Workshop Name

 Description

Learning for All

In this workshop, participants will:
Define inclusion and inclusive practices in Qatar Foundation Schools through exploration of key documents and observed practices.
Fearlessly explore beliefs and values around inclusion, teaching, and student potential.
Inquire into learning strategies and practices that will work in participants' specific settings.
Data in Action In this workshop, participants will deepen their understanding of available sources of school wide data, share their existing practices of data collection and assessment tools, and  expand their assessment toolbox through implementation and reflection. As all teachers are language teachers and are responsible for the social development of learners, this  professional learning opportunity would benefit all educators. 
Referring Students for Success This workshop aims at elevating the understanding of the referral process and its goals, and also at exploring ways to look at data holistically in order to build the profile of the  student. Additionally, we will analyze ways to use all this info in order to develop evidence-based recommendations and outcomes in order to best support the student.
Exploring Educational Evaluations Ever wonder what happens when a student gets tested and what you can do with the data that comes out of that process?
This workshop will take you through a full evaluation. You will know the components of the evaluation, how specialists choose the tools to evaluate and what the results tell us. You  will have a chance to review an evaluation, and apply the results to support a student with a personalized plan. We will look at how this information can support your conversations  with parents and educators.
Having Hard Conversations
As administrators, coaches or colleagues, we often come up against situations where difficult topics must be addressed. What do we know about the best strategies for these specific moments? What questions should we be asking ourselves before we speak, and what language is best for when we do speak? Based on Jennifer Abram's books, Having Hard Conversations, and Hard Conversations Unpacked, and her work with conflict and interpersonal communication, this session will provide participants with planning and scripting tools for having those necessary humane and growth producing conversations with families and colleagues at this time of unpredictability.
Swimming in the Deep End: Four Effective Communication Skills for School Leaders No matter what leadership  role we play in a school  we all strive to make our communications successful. At this time when uncertainty is the norm, we often move fast and don’t get the opportunity to think about the language we use in our communications. Ultimately, we end up not being as successful as we could have been in getting our messages across. This workshop will support you in building up a skill set of messaging capabilities, ‘resistance management’ strategies and for the sake of our health, our ‘stress tolerance.’ This is based on Jennifer Abram's book Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives. This workshop provide support, and practical strategies to help you communicate more effectively in these unprecedented times.

Inclusive Practice Through Universal  Design for Learning (UDL)

This workshop provides educators across all educational contexts, the opportunity to develop an understanding of inclusive classroom practice through Universal Design for Learning  (UDL).Strategies focus upon removing barriers to learning, understanding learner variability, increasing student agency, developing cultural competency and focusing upon inclusion  for program development.