Association of Washington School Principals
Volume 3 – 2020-21
Inclusionary Practices Project
Dan Habib Overview
How to be “All In” as an Inclusive Leader: A 5-part series with international film maker Dan Habib.
October was Principal Appreciation month. Part of the celebration was the ability to offer this five-part series free to school leaders. Attendees joined school leaders across the state for five one-hour learning sessions. They came ready to listen, learn and collaborate to lead for a culture of inclusion within our schools and communities. Starting October 27 registrants were inspired, affirmed, reflective and challenged in their thinking and beliefs and the actions they are taking for inclusion. Registration provided access to all the live webinars, videos, question guides and other supportive materials for inclusion to use with their staff. In subsequent sessions, attendees had 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 involved engaging, live Q&A with Dan Habib, panel discussion with students featured in the films as well as school leaders from across the state experiencing success with Inclusionary Practices AND viewing of Dan’s award-winning documentaries.
Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who 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.
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