16th Annual Summer Inclusion Conference


Montclair State University

June 28th and 29th, 2018

Early-Bird Rates through March 30th!

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Conference Presenters/Presentations

Conference Schedule (coming soon)


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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Conference Presenters/Presentations

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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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Conference Schedule (coming soon)

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

Starting and Running an Effective Special Education Parent Advisory Group

Understanding the Impact of High-Stakes Testing, Accountability Measures, and Standards-Based Reform on Inclusive Education

Best Practices in Developing and Implementing Inclusion Programs that Support Students’ Behavioral and Mental Health

Moving Pictures- Creating Digital Stories that Translate Classroom Experiences into Interactive, Visual, Tactile, Narrative

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

Sharing the Microphone: Actively engaging Culturally and Linguistically Diverse parents during IEP meetings

RTI Boot Camp

Using Google Apps and Extensions to Meet the Needs of Learners with Dyslexia

Applying a Universal Design for Learning Framework in your Classroom – It’s Easier than you Think!

Oral Language Rehearsal in Literacy (Grades K-5)

Co-Teaching That Works: Lessons Learned in General Education Classrooms

Building a Supportive, Inclusive School Culture for All Students at the Early Childhood Level

High School Inclusion: Accessing the Community for Meaningful Learning

Dyslexia: How do I know? What do I do?

Administrators: Be aware – the Speech-Language Pathologist’s Underlying Role and Expertise in Language/ Literacy Efforts!

Building, Maintaining and Mending Co-Teaching Relationships

My View of Inclusion Education: A Personal Perspective

Creating an Interactive Learning Environment Utilizing Universal Design for Learning & Cooperative Learning

Embracing Inclusive Education: A School District’s Journey

Promoting Understanding Across and Beyond Named Languages: Incorporating a Translanguaging Framework into UDL

Reaching All Learners with Engaging Mathematics Strategies

Transdisciplinary Collaboration That Supports Growth and Development in an Inclusive Preschool Classroom

How to Complete Classroom Activities Using Accessible Applications on an iPad

The Power of PCAST: Implementing Person Centered Approaches in Schools and Transition (PCAST)

Including Kids on the Spectrum

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Pricing Information:

ONE DAY RATE $150.00

TWO DAY RATE $255.00

*Groups of 10 plus, please contact us at njcie@njcie.org

*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