Professional Learning

How To Be 'All In' As An Inclusive Leader!

A FREE 5-Part Series for School Leaders with International Film Maker Dan Habib


About the Workshop

October is Principal Appreciation month. As our gift to you, AWSP is proud to offer this FREE five-part series, funded by our OSPI Inclusionary Practices Project grant, to join school leaders across the state for five one hour learning sessions. Come ready to listen, learn and collaborate to lead for a culture of inclusion within our schools and communities. Starting October 27, from 12-1:00 pm, bring your lunch and a readiness to be inspired, affirmed, reflective and challenged in your own thinking and beliefs and the actions you’re taking for inclusion. Your registration provides access to all the live webinars, videos, question guides and other supportive materials for inclusion that you can use with your staff.   

In subsequent sessions you will have the opportunity to jump back into the classroom through a mixed media approach and formats that include Dan’s films which masterfully show and tell the story of inclusion in action. Sessions will involve engaging, live Q&A with Dan Habib, panel discussion with students featured in the films as well as school leaders from across the state who are experiencing success with Inclusionary Practices AND viewing of Dan’s award-winning documentaries.

About Dan Habib 

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Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including SamuelWho Cares About Kelsey?Mr. Connolly Has ALS and many other films on disability-related topics.  Habib is a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability.

He has recently released his new documentary, Intelligent Lives, which examines our society’s narrow perceptions of intelligence. The Intelligent Lives project also contains four short films focusing on effective practices in transition for youth with disabilities from high school to higher education and employment.

Habib received the Champion of Human and Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association, and the Justice for All Grassroots Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities.  In 2014, Habib was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.  

Habib and his wife, Betsy, live in Concord, NH, with their sons Isaiah, 24, and Samuel, 20.


All school leaders: superintendents, district office staff, principals, assistant principals, 
deans of students, administrative interns, teachers.


There is no cost for this workshop series.

Registration will be required to receive the online access and clock hours.


12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (for all sessions)

Workshop Details

Session 1 | October 27


We kick off this series with making a powerful case for ending the systemic segregation of people with disabilities.  Dan will share how an inclusive education and social life prepared his 20-year-old son Samuel for transition to higher education and employment, as well as the powerful impact that inclusion has on students and adults without disabilities.  


Session 2 | December 1


Dan will share some of his short documentary films during this session. The films and following discussion focus on effective practices to create a culture of inclusion, including:  

  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Cultural responsiveness
  • Peer collaboration
  • Breaking the school-to-prison pipeline
  • Transition practices which support higher education and competitive, integrated employment 

Session 3 | January 26


This session will include a screening of Mr. Connolly Has ALS and a panel discussion with WA School Leaders facilitated by Dan Habib.  Get ready for an incredible experience and engaging conversation.  Bring your Kleenex!

Session 4 | February 23


The IEP process can be incredibly complex. During this highly interactive session, Dan helps educators, families, and students create an inclusive, collaborative road map for IEP development and postsecondary transition. Bring your entire special education team. This presentation focuses on:

  • Increasing student engagement in their education and IEP
  • Student-led IEPs
  • Building student strengths into the IEP
  • The nuts and bolts of daily family/student engagement, focusing on communication
  • How the IEP process can support person-centered planning and transition

Session 5 | March 23


We finish our series effective practices that support transition to higher education and competitive, integrated employment for students with disabilities. Dan shares and discusses his recent short films focusing on postsecondary transition. Topics include:

  • Promoting self-determination
  • Paid work and entrepreneurship development
  • Community-based experiences such as extended learning opportunities
  • Person-centered planning


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