Targeted at educators, enthusiasts of inclusion, and parents, the confeence aims to raise awareness of and boost discussion about the future of more accessible education.
"As an interactive platform for educators, parents, and administrators the "Future of Inclusive Education" conference aims to share best practices and insights on inclusive education. It will focus on teacher training, parent education, use of technology for serving diverse needs, and practical strategies for fostering inclusivity for learning," according to organizers.
The conference will feature keynote speakers Dr Elizabeth Joy Shaffer (USA) and Marijke Miles (UK). Dr Shaffer is a paediatric occupational therapist and Founder of Therapeutic Innovations International and Ms Miles is the Chair of the NAHT SEND Council and a member of the National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education.
"Inclusion in education is crucial as it ensures that all students, regardless of their abilities or differences, can learn and thrive in a supportive environment. It promotes diversity, fosters a sense of belonging, and prepares students for the real world, where people have varied skills and backgrounds. Inclusive education benefits students with special needs as well as gifted and talented and enhances their overall learning experience. It is more than meeting the needs of exceptional learners; it's about creating an educational landscape that nurtures understanding, cooperation, and a shared commitment to the success of every learner, fostering a more compassionate and harmonious community," said Brenna Weston Bell, the organizer of the conference and the Head of Learning Support at EIS.
Registration is required by March 15, 2024, but admission to the conference will be free. It will be conducted in English, Latvian, and Russian.
Exupery International School was founded in 2016.