June 13, 2024 all-day

Sturbridge, MA, June 13th, 2024, with The Massachusetts’ Department of Higher Education (MAIPSE) in collaboration with the Institute for Community Inclusion (Think College) in Shrewsbury. “Emerging Trends 2024” is a statewide annual conference is ideal for educators, administrators, state agency representatives, and anyone else involved in promoting inclusive postsecondary education and college-based transition services.
Conference Goals: (See below for speakers)

  • Share information on emerging and evidence-based inclusive postsecondary education policies and practices.
  • Promote ideas, discussion and collaboration amongst Massachusetts college, school, adult agency partners, parents, and additional stakeholders.
  • Highlight and inform students postsecondary experiences.

Registration is required to  https://whova.com/web/mbLntcSc0p2tS-smD54v8m11vQMJiO7mgbFVKQSDphY%3D/  or contact (617) 994-6950

  • Keynote Speaker Senator Michael J. Rodrigues -Massachusetts State Senator
  • Lyndsey Nunes – Director, Westfield State Inclusive Postsecondary Education (WIPSE), Westfield State University
  • Maria Paiewonsky – Program Director, Transition and Postsecondary Training and Technical Assistance, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston
  • Mary Judge Diegert- Associate Director, Center for Disability and Education, University of Rochester
  • Ariel Schwartz – Program Director/Research Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire
  • Lori Cooney – Program Director, Inclusive Education & Curriculum Design, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston
  • Susan Mackoul – MAIPSE Program Coordinator, Cape Cod Community College
    Student Representatives: Explore College Journey’s
  • Brett Christie – VP for Educational Innovation & Inclusivity at Alchemy
  • Jeff Gentry- Disability Services Director, Jewish Vocational Services (JVS)
  • Amante Coppes –  Aspire Coordinator, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Jana Amoroso – Program Coordinator, Massasoit Community College
  • Chris Lenahan – Principal Investigator, Community of Inclusive Scholars, Salem State University
  • Matthew Nolan – Program Coordinator, Community of Inclusive Scholars, Salem State University
  • Elaine Davey – Transition Specialist, Lawrence High School
  • Yuki Nishizawa – Transition Specialist, Brookline High School
  • Annalise Abdelnour – Transition Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools
  • Lenore Goodwin – Session Facilitator, MAIPSE Research Assistant and Adult Autism Specialist
  • Ilene Asarch – Transition Specialist, Needham High School
  • Matthew Scanlon – Special Education Supervisor, Haverhill Public Schools
  • Jaclyn Camden – Director, ACE-IT in College and Assistant Director, Center on Transition Innovations
    Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
  • Jamie Camacho – Acting State Director of Special Education, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Caitlyn Bukaty – Research Associate, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston
  • Dennis Baker – Information Specialist, FCSN
  • Ingrid Arvidson – Manager of Statewide Information Center, FCSN.
  • Lyndsey Nunes – Director, Westfield State Inclusive Postsecondary Education (WIPSE), Westfield State University
  • Mary Price- MAIPSE Director, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
  • Tina Raeke – Interim Program Coordinator, Inclusive Education Initiative, UMass Boston
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