ICI Hosts Professor from Spain, researches inclusive education

ICI and its Global Resource Center on Inclusive Education are hosting a visiting professor,
M. Cristina Cardona , PhD, a Professor of Research Methods in Special and Inclusive Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain. Her research interests include teacher education in diversity and inclusion, special education, instructional/curricular adaptations and diversification strategies, co-teaching, and collaboration. Diversity and inclusion have become critical to teacher education in Spain as the country adapts to Europe's process of higher education convergence.

Dr. Cardona’s work at ICI, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota (U of M), will compare syllabi, teacher education models, course content and practices in pre-service teacher training programs at the U of M, other Minnesota universities, and her university in Spain. Dr. Cardona also plans to survey/interview teacher educators and students for their perceptions about how well Minnesota university programs prepare teachers for diversity and inclusion in classrooms and schools.

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in US
In an effort to spread awareness about developmental disabilities, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) are partnering to launch a social media campaign (Side-by-Side) to highlight the many ways in which people with and without developmental disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities. The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still may face in connecting to the communities where they live.

Partnering organizations – like ICI – will distribute a Social Media Calendar containing 23 (the number of work days in March) unique links to statistical information, resources, and stories related to developmental disabilities. Councils, Centers, organizations, and individuals are invited to use the information directly or to inspire their own personal "Side by Side" social media posts next month. Please follow ICI on Facebook throughout March for more information about how you can participate and support.

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