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Conference on Inclusive Education

2021 Conference Dates: February 18-19

As PEAK Parent Center navigates the extraordinary time of COVID-19, our highest priority is the health and safety of our attendees, self-advocates, staff, volunteers, and the entire community that makes this conference possible. We ask for your patience as our team works to make the 2021 Conference on Inclusive Education the best it can be; in-person or virtual. PEAK Parent Center will communicate any changes to the conference as soon as possible here and via social media announcements.

What is PEAK Parent Center Conference on Inclusive Education?

Inclusive education is a process of school reform that creates equity in education and increases achievement for ALL students. In inclusive schools students, families, general and special educators, administrators, support staff, and community members work together to make curriculum accessible to all learners and to differentiate instruction. This conference is an excellent development opportunity for all involved in the education and support of students with disabilities, and brings these groups together to learn, collaborate, and focus on strategies that work. The ultimate goal is participation by all students, regardless of ability, to lead rich lives of belonging in their communities. 

Who attends the Conference?

Family Members explore ways to increase family and school collaboration.

General educators, special educators and school professionals access innovative, research-based educational strategies that will enhance learning for ALL students. 

Administrators learn strategies for leading their staff in supporting all students to achieve. Bring back program ideas, information for parent involvement, collaboration and legal updates.

Self Advocates, in addition to gaining life strategies, share experiences and contribute to extending the discussion beyond the conference.

College students majoring in general or special education gain an understanding of what inclusion in the classroom looks like.

Youth gain leadership skills through the Youth Leadership Strand.

What are attendees saying about the Conference?

"There is nothing else in the country quite like the Annual PEAK Conference. The sessions are top-notch and the people you meet are even more impressive! Whether you are a parent wanting support, a self-advocate seeking inspiration, or a teacher craving new ideas, you WILL want to be at this conference.” ~ Paula Kluth, PEAK Conference Speaker and Internationally Acclaimed Consultant, Teacher, Author, Advocate, and Independent Scholar, Chicago, Illinois

"This conference is an amazing opportunity for general education staff, special education staff, administrators, and parents to unite for the same cause!" ~ Special Education Teacher, Oregon

"Even after attending the inclusion conference for 10 years, each year I come away refreshed, amazed by the depth of information presented and inspired to go back to my community and try new things for increasing the involvement of children and families in their school and home communities. I have seen a radical shift in the way I view my son – he is a capable, contributing, whole person with a future that HE will determine, not the system." ~ Parent, Colorado

“The PEAK Inclusion Conference has provided me and our school with the inspiring examples, available resources, necessary tools towards our pursuit of achieving our vision of becoming an inclusive school. As a result, our school is being transformed into a place where the needs of all students are being met in the most meaningful and life changing way. I would recommend this conference for all administrators and teachers who are looking for ways to ensure that all their students learn at high levels.” ~ Bryan Garcia, Principal, Puesta del Sol Elementary, Albuquerque, New Mexico

“It was so encouraging to be surrounded by families and professionals who truly care about all kids. The conference gave me hope for education.” ~ Related Service Provider, California

What can you expect at the Conference?

PEAK Parent Center has been hosting this annual Conference on Inclusive Education since 1987. Over the years it has changed, matured, and adapted but the focus on authentic, practical, inclusive, evidence-based educational strategies has never wavered!  Recent conference presenters include:

  • Rosemarie Allen

  • Danny Brassell

  • Jason Corning

  • Hasan Davis

  • Dale DiLeo

  • Doug Fisher

  • Stephen Hinkle

  • LeDerick Horne

  • Paula Kluth

  • Norman Kunc & Emma Van der Klift

  • Patti McVay

  • Robin McWilliam

  • Jonathan Mooney

  • Luis Perez

  • Patrick Schwarz

  • Sue Swenson

  • Jacque Thousand

  • Rich Villa

  • Therese Willkomm

  • And MANY more!

Proposal Applications

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2020 Conference on Inclusive Education. The process to submit a proposal to present is now CLOSED. We hope to see you at the conference in Denver, CO February 20-21, 2020.  
Submitted a proposal? Thank you all for the enthusiastic response! The conference team will begin reviewing applications in the next week. Stay Tuned!

Check out recent conference agendas to get a feel for presenters, topics, and festivities! Note: each of the links below will open in a new tab, to display a PDF.