16th Annual Summer Inclusion Conference


Montclair State University

June 28th and 29th, 2018

Early-Bird Rates through March 30th!

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Dr. Rhonda Bondie, PhD.

Rhonda Bondie is a lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Rhonda teaches with endless energy and enthusiasm that inspires learners of all ages. Her years of experience and extensive research on inclusive teaching has yielded the book, Differentiated Instruction Made Practice: Engaging the Extremes through Classroom Routines, Routledge. (Conference attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the book). She began her career as an artist-in-residence, teaching required curricula through the arts to K-12 students with diverse abilities. Rhonda taught in urban public schools for more than two decades in both special and general education classrooms, working with many students who were learning English as a new language. Rhonda’s research focuses on sustainable differentiated instruction practices using self-regulated learning and motivation theories. Rhonda creates and shares practical classroom routines that are rooted in what we know about effective and efficient learning all around the world. Currently, teachers in nine countries are using the All Learners Learning Every Day framework, developed with her research partner, Akane Zusho, to ensure that all learners feel engaged, valued, and stretched every day. Dr. Bondi affirms her love of the arts by chairing the working education board of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Rhonda actively maintains the websites  all-ed.org and projectreachonline.org for the benefit of all educators.

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Michelle Lockwood, M.S.


Michelle is Director of Positive Behavior Support Services for NJCIE. She has over 20+ years’ of professional experience working with students and individuals in need of behavioral support. Michelle shares her expertise by providing professional education and support to school staff for the advancement of school-wide, classroom, and individual student positive behavior support systems. Michelle facilitates the development of behavior intervention plans for individual students and presents informative workshops to parent groups. Prior to joining NJCIE in 2007, Michelle was a Behavior Specialist and Inclusion Facilitator for the Howard County Public School System in Maryland.

Kristy Ritvalsky, MPH

Kristy is an Inclusion Facilitator who works to improve equity-based multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) and inclusive education services in New Jersey urban schools. Kristy believes every child deserves a quality education despite their socioeconomic status or disability. Before relocating to New Jersey, Kristy was responsible for the implementation of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) for the School District of Philadelphia. She brings more than 10 years’ experience in developing, implementing, and maintaining school-wide positive behavioral support systems in a variety of settings to advance the inclusion of all students.

Jason Jennings, M.A.

Jason joined the NJCIE team in January of 2017 as a Behavior Support Specialist and has 20 years’ of experience working with students with challenging behaviors and special needs. Prior to join NJCIE, Jason managed large scale programs with enrollments of over 850 students, trained teachers in various districts on classroom management, interpreting student data, driving student performance, and applying Positive Behavior Supports in Schools (PBSIS). Under NJCIE’s wing, Jason is working as an Inclusion Facilitator within the Irvington Public Schools District to support students in middle and high school. He is an avid speaker on the benefits of inclusive education.

Francesca Ciotoli, M.Ed. 

Francesca is the mother of two children, one of whom has autism, is a fervent advocate of inclusive education. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Teacher Education and Preparation program at Montclair State University and earned her Master’s in Education at Fordham University. Francesca has 17 years’ of experience inside New York and New Jersey classrooms teaching children with diverse abilities and working with teachers and administrators on inclusive practices. She is an Inclusion Facilitator for NJCIE and is primarily working in the Newark Public Schools Districts supporting the transition of students from self-contained classrooms into general education classrooms.

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Breakout sessions will feature 60 Workshops over 2 days including these topics:

Maintaining an Inclusive Setting: Delving into the IEP and the Least Restrictive Environment Portion

Using a Flipped Classroom to provide Special Education and Related Services in an Inclusion Model

“People in Motion” Creating authentic inclusive (non- therapeutic) recreational movement opportunities for your child

Inclusion and the Co-Teaching Classroom: Partnership for Student Success

Community Building for Differentiated Strategies

Successfully Transitioning to a Response to Intervention Framework in NJ

When the World Loses Hope: How Can Teachers Help Students to Keep Pushing Forward?

Easy Individualized Reading Instruction for Struggling Readers

Disabling Oppression in K-12 Curricula: Teaching students to recognize ableism in popular culture

From an I&RS Team to a Problem-Solving Team

Developing Emotional Regulation and Problem Solving Skills in Youth: Social Decision Making Skills an Evidence-Based Model

Best Practices in Developing and Implementing Inclusion Programs in the Public Schools

Project Lead; Training and Consultation Specialist, Person Centered Approaches in Schools and Transition (PCAST), Respectively

New Jersey Tiered Systems of Support (NJTSS)

The development of the Increasing Access to College Project at Montclair State University

Co-teaching Math within A Response to Intervention Framework

Co-teaching Writing in a Data Driven Classroom

Adapting your technology classes to a student with a visual impairment

Pre-school transformation

Strategizing Success for Secondary Co-Teaching

Beyond Rewards and Consequences: Class-Wide Applications of Positive Behavior Support for ALL Students

Been There, Done That, Now What? Developing Behavior Interventions for Students After Class-Wide Ideas Have Failed

Using Google Apps for Education for Universal Design

The Best Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Extensions and Add-Ons for Universal Design


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Pricing Information:

ONE DAY RATE $150.00

TWO DAY RATE $255.00

*Groups of 10 plus, please contact us

*Parents, self-advocate, and student rate is $100 per day; scholarship and volunteer opportunities are available (we can always use volunteers to help run the conference

Address: NJCIE, 60 Park Place, Suite 208 Newark, NJ 07102

Email: njcie@inclusionworks.org

Fax: 732-390-7696