We partnered with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as part of a mutual priority to raise the profile of disability and equity issues at the 2019 National Charter Conference. We created and promoted a strand of sessions focusing on varying topics, including policy issues, best practices, research, and inclusion. We were successful in increasing attendance by participants who would be particularly interested in these topics and highlighting the importance of these issues to a national audience.
Questions guiding this project:
- How can we elevate issues related to educating students with disabilities through interesting sessions, high quality content delivery, and proactive promotion?
- How can we increase conference attendance by individuals engaged in work with students with disabilities who might not otherwise attend?
- How can we facilitate interaction and networking among attendees engaged in this work?
- How do we foster equity and inclusion by featuring a diverse roster of presenters?