Inclusive Best Practices
for Students with Down Syndrome
ft. National Speakers Patti McVay, M.Ed. & Laurie Pachl
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Patti McVay and Laurie Pachl from Down Syndrome Unites - Championing All Disabilities, will be sharing researched best practices to assure the success of all students in general education. They will be sharing specific processes, tools, and ideas for curriculum planning, positive behavior supports, IEPs, visuals and much more. Every participant, parent and educator will leave with ideas they can implement the next day, and feel empowered to take the steps they know are best for their child or student. Kids are first!! This unique team brings a wealth of information, experience and expertise along with some great fun! Registration is $10 and includes lunch.

September 8, 9 – 3:30 pm @ University of Missouri, Memorial Student Union, 2nd Floor, Benton Bingham Ballroom, Columbia, MO
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September 10, 9 -3:30 pm @ SE Regional Development Ctr, Downtown Cape Girardeau, MO

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September 12, 9-3:30 pm @ St. Louis County Library Headquarters, St. Louis, MO
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About the Speakers

  Patti McVay is an international speaker, trainer
  and author supporting students with Down
  Syndrome. Most recently Patti was the Director of
  Education for the Linda Crnic Institute and Sie
  Center for Down Syndrome at the University of
  Colorado. Patti leads child centered team
  trainings that support families and schools to
  build inclusive school communities for children
  with Down syndrome through the use of evidenced based best practices.

Patti has an MS in Education and has advanced certification in Educational Leadership.

Patti was the Director of the Outreach Center for Inclusive Education, a federal grant project that worked with school teams across the United States. She has also served as an elementary and post-secondary principal, and a special education director for school districts in Oregon and California. 

In these roles, Patti has provided direction, guidance and support to develop inclusive programs for students and to facilitate systems change in schools and communities. Patti works to build strong collaborative teams that include families, principals, general and special education staff.

  Laurie Pachl is a community leader making a difference in the
  lives of children and young people throughout the Denver, CO
  area. Laurie is the Founder of Savannah’s Race, raising more
  than $100,000 in the last 5 years to support families and
  agencies that serve children with Down syndrome. Since
  2006, Laurie has served as a Victim’s Advocate for the
  Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, helping families and
  individuals in crisis, all while raising a family and working for
  the Aurora Sports & Recreation Department. Laurie has
  served on the Children’s Hospital Colorado Parent Advisory Board as well as the Board of Hands & Voices of Colorado. She and her husband have 4 children ranging in age from kindergarten to college. 

Laurie’s most recent presentations have included Down Syndrome Organizations in Richmond, Memphis & Roanoke Virginia.  She has also spoken for Colorado school districts, National Down Syndrome Congress, PEAK, TASH, Including Me Conference in Houston, Oregon NWDSA and DSA of Minnesota.  Laurie has also authored articles and newsletters to encourage other parents and educators to look at new ways to value and see children with Down syndrome.  Laurie brings a wealth of experience and information and the invaluable voice of a parent.

More Online Resources - Education, Inclusion, Advocacy

Education Resource Materials from the DSAGSL

DSAGSL Lending Library - Library Name DSAGSL

Down Syndrome Education USA

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Illinois State Board of Education

MPACT - Parent Advocacy Training and Resources



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