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Teaming with Families in Inclusive Schools
September - October 2022

The International Inclusive Leadership Program is a 5-course program through San Diego State University that prepares leaders, general educators, learning support educators, counselors, and other school personnel to lead teams in the design and delivery of effective accommodations, modifications, and interventions within general education settings.

Teaming with Families in Inclusive Schools 

In this course, participants explore the interconnected nature of families and culture on schools and the vital need to honor and facilitate collegial relationships with students' families in order to maximize student success. Participants learn to be intentionally inviting to families and utilize the "family lens" when considering school policy and procedures. Participants practice using multiple tools to gather information from families about student routines and needs and to create high quality, student-centered ILP/IEPs that reflect family priorities. Other topics involve using intentional empathy to overcome judgement, handing difficult conversations, and celebrating cultural diversity in schools. 

Link to course information on the Lead Inclusion website here.


Course Instructor

Dr. Abigail Love

Dr. Abbey Love is an Educational Psychologist with a background in teaching and consulting. Her postgraduate training was completed in the US at the University of Kentucky where she studied self-efficacy of teachers and police officers and started a non-profit aimed at educating first responders about autism. She presently works as a researcher at the Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice in Australia and also teaches inclusion courses to teachers and school leaders. Her research is broadly interested in translating educational research to professionals who support individuals with autism including work with law enforcement officers, teachers, school leaders, and parents and families.  She is committed to practice-focused research that has direct implications for community and individuals.

SCIS Testimonial

“Teaming with Families in Inclusive Schools is one of the most useful professional development courses I have ever attended.  Abbey Love brings years of expertise as a researcher and parent that is insightful, grounding and inspiring.  I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to partner with parents and deepen relationships with the community.” 

~Dr. Molly Myers, SCIS School Counselor, 2021-22 and Pudong Lower School Principal, 2022-23


If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Koehler (kkoehler@scis-china.org). For questions after July 1, please contact incoming Director of Student Support, Kristi Dahlstrom (kdahlstrom@scis-china.org).