"Social inclusion" will be the topic of a panel discussion Monday, Dec. 3, sponsored by Palo Alto's Community Advisory Committee for Special Education.
Experts will speak about a new "inclusion" program for special education students at Duveneck Elementary School and also about promoting social inclusion in the upper grades.
The event is part of Palo Alto's second annual Inclusive Schools Week, aimed at promoting discussion of the Palo Alto school district's efforts to include students with disabilities in regular classrooms and activities as much as possible.
A renewed push toward inclusion -- begun at Barron Park Elementary School and in the school district's Preschool Family program -- has been extended to Duveneck this fall.
Monday's panel discussion, from 7 to 9 p.m., will be at school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave.
Panelists include the school district's Director of Special Education Holly Wade and educators Jennifer Sommerness and Diann Grimm.
Sommerness will speak about her paraprofessional training curriculum and promoting inclusion, especially in the upper grades. Grimm, who consults on social-emotional learning, co-authored a manual for school districts called "Quirky Kids."