We are excited to bring you Inclusion 360, a special podcast series that with bring the inclusion discussion full circle. Inclusion 360 is the culminating event wrapping up our year of learning, exploring and implementing inclusionary best practices and diving deep into how to be an Inclusionary Leader. This work has been made possible by a generous grant from OSPI. Our AWSP Team has assembled some of the most dynamic, sought after inclusion experts in the country to bring you this special six-episode series. This podcast series with feature LeDerick Horne, Keith Jones, Dr. Lauren Katzman, Dr. Alfredo Artiles and Glenna Gallo. And that's not all, On May 10th, 2021, you can meet this amazing team of experts for a FREE live webinar. You do not want to miss this event, so go on to our website and register for the Inclusion 360 webinar. For now, enjoy this podcast series.
Lauren Katzman, EdD. is the Executive Director of the Urban Collaborative and Associate Research Professor at Arizona State University. She is also an adjunct professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to this work, she served as the Assistant to the Superintendent for Special Education Services for the Newark Public Schools and the Executive director of special education in the New York City Department of Education. In both of these positions, she developed and led significant reform efforts, increasing academic achievement, inclusive educational and experiential options, reliable data management, and statutory/regulatory compliance. She worked to develop strong interdisciplinary partnerships between districts, states, universities, advocacy groups, and communities to build the foundation for deep and sustaining systemic reforms. Prior to these two high-level and demanding school district leadership positions, Dr. Katzman served as Associate Professor of Special Education at Boston University and co-authored the book Effective Inclusive Schools: Effective Inclusive Schools: Designing Successful Schoolwide Programs with Dr. Thomas Hehir, former Director of the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. She was also a special education teacher for 14 years in St. Louis, New Jersey, and New York City and has conducted program evaluations of the special education services for the District of Columbia Public Schools, the state of Massachusetts, Ithaca Public Schools, and the New York City Department of Education.