Thank you Thanks for joining us. Contributors Lauren Katzman, Ed.D. Executive Director of the Urban Special Education Dr. Lauren Katzman, Ed.D is the Executive Director of the Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative, Arizona State University, an organization of 110 school districts in 29 states, representing approximately 13% of the nation’s students with disabilities. The goal of the Collaborative is to focus on the civil rights aspects of special education by sharing and influence knowledge, research, and policy to increase inclusive special education services and decrease the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education classification, placements, and discipline. Jennifer Apodaca, Director of Student Services, Sun Prairie Area School District in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Jennifer is responsible for the oversight and development of teaching, learning, and equity in special education as well as student services including student health services, social emotional learning, psychological services, social work services, guidance services, homebound services, Section 504, and McKinney Vento coordination. With 14 years of school and district level leadership experience. Ms. Apodaca has consulted with schools and districts on best practices in inclusive education specifically focusing on authentic educational involvement of students with intellectual disabilities and autism. Operating from a social justice and equity perspective, she and district leadership have worked to restructure the district’s organization to eliminate historical silos of instructional services and student services that existed. Nicolle Burke, Principal, Westside Elementary, Sun Prairie Area School District in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Westside Elementary is a Title School and currently serves 410 students K-5. In her role as Principal Ms. Burke has worked to implement high functioning Professional Learning Communities that are equity focused, asset based and highly collaborative. Over the past five years Ms. Burke has led her school through transformational learning that has deepened their understanding about inclusionary practices, racial consciousness and examining adult practices which has led to increased student outcomes. Dr. Chris Espeland, Inclusion Project Director, AWSP Chris joined AWSP in December of 2019 as the Inclusion Project Director. She has served in education the past 25 years as a classroom teacher, Elementary Principal in Monroe School District, and the Director of Teaching and Learning in the Lakewood School District.