17 March 2018 from 8:30 to 15:45

Centre des arts, La Grande Boissière

From Disability to Possibility:

The Power of the Inclusive Classroom

Supporting and Empowering Students and Teachers 

This year our conference will focus on Inclusive Education of children and youth with special educational needs in the Mainstream classrooms. Dr Schwarz will provide insights, research and practical tools and solutions on how to best provide the learning opportunity for all students involved. Participants will benefit from expanding their knowledge on what works in the Inclusive Classroom, have the opportunity to share experiences and understand they are not alone in this incredible opportunity they have when students with differing learning needs are in their classrooms.
With the goal of building lifelong skills, Dr Schwarz offers authentic processes and supports that help educators plan lessons and units while at the same time embracing students' interests and passions, working toward students' dreams, promoting leadership, self-advocacy, self-determination, and membership in both school and the community. With an overview of supports and compelling stories of how they have helped real students in real classrooms, Dr Schwarz empowers educators to combine the science and art of teaching all learners. This motivating and empowering workshop gives everyone hope, direction, and inspiration to turn learning possibility into educational success!


  • To define inclusive education and provide examples of an inclusive education model.
  • To give rationales why inclusive education is important for a student's current and future educational situation.
  • To define and give examples of successful inclusive education supports including universal design for learning, differentiation and student accommodations.
  • To delineate successful examples of planning processes that make the inclusive education model work.
  • To identify inclusive education components participants can currently add to their own educational practice.
  • To engage in reflective practice and research


Keynote Speakers:

As part of the the driving force behind the early years of Inclusion at the International School of Geneva, Teresa Nunn has played an important and pivotal role in creating opportunities for students with differing learning needs. Teresa will present the opening remarks at this year’s Conference.




Dr. Patrick Schwarz is a dynamic and engaging professor, author, motivational speaker and leader in Education (Inclusive Education, Special Education, General Education, Educational Leadership) and Human Services. He is the CEO of Creative Culture Consulting LLC and Professor Emeritus at National Louis University, Chicago. He is the author of From Disability to Possibility™, You’re Welcome (with Dr. Paula Kluth), Just Give Him the Whale (with Dr. Paula Kluth) and Pedro’s Whale (with Dr. Paula Kluth). His latest book is From Possibility to Success.
Dr. Schwarz's professional mission is to promote education and human services that advance the status of people of all ages with diverse support needs. This will enable individuals to successfully be engaged, find meaning and be respected members of their learning, working and living communities.
Dr. Schwarz's research interests include school inclusive education, community inclusive education, universal design, inclusive curricular design, collaboration, co-teaching, positive behavior supports, student fascination and interest areas, transition and integrated comprehensive school services transformation.
He researches, consults and presents across the United States and worldwide including Australia, New Zealand, South America, Europe and Canada
He will highlight current research and theory as well as provide practical tools in which teachers and parents may use immediately when they return to their classrooms and homes.  The target population is teachers (special education, mainstream, English as an Additional Language (EAL) etc.), school psychologists, Occupational Therapists, SLP and parents of students with special educational or differing needs.

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