Conference Schedule Overview

The 2021 Courage to Risk Conference has gone Digital and will be held virtually. Post conference access will be available for a for 90 days post conference.  


We have arranged a Friday Night Spotlight,  2 keynote speakers and 16 breakout sessions. We are offering 4 strands - Inclusion and Instruction, Social Emotional Learning, Resilience and Brain Development, and Learners and Learning. Registrants may mix and match session selections.

Below is the conference schedule. To view session descriptions visit the Friday Night and Saturday Session pages. 

Friday, January 22, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Turning Viewpoints:  Shifting Disability to Varying Abilities
by Sam Faux & Andy Kwiatkowski

Saturday, January 

9:00 - 10:00 AM Keynote Address

Teaching with Wit and Wisdom in Times of Loss, Grief, Chaos and COVID19 
by Barbara Coloroso 

10:10 - 11:00 AM Breakout Session

Including ALL Students in Their Own IEP Meetings

by Jessica Peacock

My Students are on IEPs; They Can’t be Gifted!  

by Dr. Cynthia Rundquist, Colleen Anthony, Sarina Compoz, and Jessica Howard


Building Practitioner Resilience in the time of COVID 19

by Dr. Dorothy L. Shapland

Understanding and Reaching the Wounded Student

by Dr. Joe Hendershott


11:10 – 12:00 Breakout Session


Using UDL as a Framework for Inclusive Reading Comprehension Instruction for Students with IDD

by Laura K. Anderson 


Using Technology Tools to Implement HLPs

by Dr. Tara Mason


“You’ve Got the Power!” Teaching Students Brain Physiology 

by Meagan Ackerman

Just Because It's Not Wrong Doesn't Make It Right: Teaching Students to Think and Act Ethically

by Barbara Coloroso


1:10 – 2:00 Breakout Session

Inclusion Do's, Dont's & Do Betters! 
by Toby Karten

Mathematical Identities: Honoring Development, Navigating Differences, Structuring Delivery 

by Mindy Adair, Ph.D.


Exploring Brain Development, Executive Function and Emotional Regulation

by Heather Hotchkiss

Trauma Informed Practices

by Bill Brown, MSW


2:10 – 3:00 Breakout Session

Beginning Communicators: Assessment and Strategies to Facilitate Communication 
by Diane Carroll, Ph.D. and Dr. Robin Brewer

Not This, But That – Meeting Needs of All Learners

by Courtney Berry, EdD and Jeanne Bonds, EdS 

Resilience Can Be Taught: 10 Strategies Proven to Motivate Any Student 

by Christian Moore 


Emotional Literacy: Acknowledging Feelings and Fear Everywhere
Caron A. Westland, Ph.D.

3:10 – 4:00 Final Keynote

Yes, We Can: Yes, They Will! SE Collaboration: Individualizing, Smiling, & Learning Together!
by Toby Karten