Inclusive Special Education

Consultant: Joan Zaretsky, Ph.D.

In her many educational roles, Joan has delivered various workshops in Canada and the United States. She presented training sessions for Manitoba Education in her early career, facilitated the “Creating a Culture of Change” initiative sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Education, and more recently, delivered specialist certification workshops for the Manitoba Teachers’ Society. She received training from the Canadian Institute of Cultural Affairs in group facilitation, teamwork and strategic planning. She is currently involved with Learning Forward (formerly The National Staff Development Council), promoting effective instructional change for teachers and leadership skills for school administrators.

Joan plans her workshops based on effective adult learning principles. Participants move beyond knowing to understanding and planning for active doing within their unique context. She invites active participation through opportunities for individual and group reflection on current practices and action planning. Joan recognizes that participants can gain a well developed awareness of new ideas and concepts in a one shot workshop. However, for change to become embedded, she endorses sustained conversations and guided practice. She is prepared to offer re-visits to reinforce continued reflection and skills practice.

In the area of Inclusive Special Education, Joan has prepared workshops on the following topics with workshops presented in the past year highlighted. They range from one hour to two days and would be tailored to meet your specific needs. These workshops can be offered for special education/resource teacher certification. These workshops support teachers, school administrators, and central office staff in the effective implementation of The Appropriate Educational Programming Amendment while supporting effective inclusion of students within the regular school placement. As well, she is always keen to develop new workshops if you have a topic which is not found below.

  • Understanding the History of Special Education: Legislation, Parental Advocacy and General Trends across Canada and Manitoba
  • Inclusion – Translating it into Classroom Practices
  • Manitoba’s Appropriate Educational Programming Legislation: What every Teacher/Principal Needs to Know
  • Inclusive Leadership for Principals
  • Perspectives of Northern Manitoba Principals regarding New Special Education Legislation (Doctoral Dissertation presented at conferences in St. John’s, Fredericton, Honolulu and Vancouver)
  • Building an Inclusive School: A Facilitation Kit for School Administrators (A study kit for school administrators structured with activities in 8 topics to be explored in sessions spread throughout the school year)
  • Working Effectively with Educational Assistants: Roles and Responsibilities
  • The Changing Role of the Resource Teacher