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“You Want Us to Do inclusion Too?”: Building Inclusive School Environments
Explores the importance and complexity of implementing inclusive education while acknowledging the multiple demands on schools.

Because We Can Change the World: Why Inclusive Education is Important for All of US
How inclusive education helps us envision and realize a better world for all citizens

Widening the Circle: Ten Lessons from Inclusive Classrooms
Ten important outcomes for schools that can only be achieved within a context of full inclusion

Teaching for Social Justice and Inclusion: Standards that Matter
Creating inclusive, equitable schools in the age of standards


I’ve Got Your Back”: Becoming Active Allies in Challenging Bullying and Oppression
Identifying oppressive language and behaviors and learning to stand up for others

Embodying Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies and Activism in Early Childhood and Beyond
What would it look like to actively work on social justice issues in early childhood settings?

If the Kids are Invisible, so is the Oppression: Reinvigorating Anti-bias Education
Countering narratives of “colorblindness” and learning to be active allies in the struggle for equality

“I can’t believe you said that!”: Talking back to Disability Oppression
Practical strategies for addressing the oppression of people with disabilities

Multiple Identities, Intersectionalities and Ally Building
Combatting racism, homophobia, ableism and other oppressions; understanding multiple identities in our work as allies.


Stopping the Bullying is Not Enough: Creating Schools of Belonging
Pro-active strategies for fostering classrooms and schools in which students treat one another well

Dealing with Bullying and Exclusion in Schools
Strategies for creating schools that foster inclusion and kindness

Building Friendships in an Inclusive Classroom
Helping students to belong and make friends in classrooms


Embodied Inclusion: Using Our Bodies to Understand, Belong and Counter Isolation
Using embodied activities to explore exclusion and marginalization and identify responses

To touch and be touched: The missing discourse of bodies in education
Reclaiming touch as a way of creating humane and caring educational environment

Embodied Anti-Oppression Work: Putting the Movement Back into Social Justice Movements
Learning the principles of social justice through movement games and activities

Using Music to Address Bullying and Exclusion
Using songs and musical activities to create inclusive classrooms and address bullying

Music and Movement for All: Unleashing Our Shared Potential
Strategies for using music and movement in the classroom to model inclusion and social justice

Creating Inclusive University Classrooms: Pedagogical Strategies
Exploring classroom climate, curriculum and pedagogy to create more participation and inclusion for all learners.

Who are We and Who are They? : Exploring Faculty and Student Identities in the Classroom
Our teaching will be greatly enhanced if we understand the identities and histories we bring to our teaching and the identities and histories of our students.

Critical Moments for Social Justice in the University Classrooms
Learning to deal with “hot moments” about diversity in the college classroom

Those Issues Just Don’t Come UP in My Class: A Video Project to Challenge Faculty to Confront Critical Diversity Issues
Using video vignettes to promote discussion about challenging moments in the university classroom

Microaggressions among Faculty: Identifying and Responding
How can we respond to the microaggressions that occur among faculty in colleges and department?

Inclusive Teacher Education Programs: Issues and Possibilities
How do we move from teacher preparation programs that are segregated to ones that prepare teachers for heterogeneous classrooms?

Working Towards Inclusive Teacher Education
Creating teacher education programs that prepare teachers to work with a wide variety of students

Preparing Teachers for All Forms of Diversity: What They Don’t Know Hurts All of US
The importance of preparing teachers to be responsive to all forms of diversity in the classroom

Confronting bullying, learning to be allies
Dealing with bullies in schools and learning to stand up for one another

“What should I say?”: Strategies for responding to Offensive, Exclusionary language
Strategies for responding when someone says something racist, homophobic or ableist

EndRacism/EndInjustice: Addressing Racism and Racial Justice in Your School
Becoming active allies in combatting racism and injustice in your school

Recent Presentations

What we don’t see matters: Color and traveler blindness in early childhood. World Congress on Education, Bournemouth University, Dublin, Ireland. July 2018.(with Colette Murray)

Americans Who Tell the Truth: Bridging Critical Pedagogy from University to Schools. (With Christine Morgan, Eryka Murphey, Theresa Neddo). In a session on Student and Scholar Activism: Reciprocal Mentoring for Social Justice. American Educational Research Association. New York. April, 2018.

 What to say?  A workshop to confront ____isms/phobias” A workshop presented to the faculty of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. December, 2016.

If the kids are invisible, so is the oppression: Reinvigorating anti-bias education. At the annual meeting of Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education. Taupo, New Zealand. November 1, 2016. (With Colette Murray).

What do you say? Challenging people of all ages to confront oppression. Presentation at Art Rage Gallery as part of the Americans Who Tell the Truth Exhibit (my portrait was on display) October, 2016.

Moving for Social Justice: Putting Your Whole Self In. Invited presentation for the Contemplative Collaborative Brownbag Series, Syracuse University. April 2016.

Teaching Young Children to be Inclusion Activists and Upstanders. In a session entitled “Anti-Bias and Inclusive Early Education Policy, Practice, and Perspectives in Cross-National Contexts.” Presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting, April 9, 2016, Washington, D.C.

Becoming a Disability Studies in Education Scholar and Teacher: The Benefits of Adopting a DSE Philosophy. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting, April 8, 2016. Washington.

Working Towards Full Inclusion. At the Community Roots School in Brooklyn to commemorate their tenth anniversary. March, 2016.

Using Children’s Music to Counter Bullying and Build Community. A workshop presented at the Children’s Music Network, Zion, IL. October, 2015.

How Did We Lose Touch? Embodying Our Commitment to Inclusion and Social Justice. A paper presented at the Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Conference, Dublin, Ireland, October, 29, 2015 (with Colette Murray and Ann Halligan).

Embodying Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies and Activism in Early Childhood and Beyond. An invited presentation at the University of Roehampton, London, UK. October 4, 2015. With Beth Blue Swadener.

Inviting Hard Conversations about Diversity. An invited presentation at the Prophetic Voice Conference, Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. August, 2015.

Challenging Bullying and Exclusion in Inclusive Classrooms: Strategies for Teachers. An invited workshop for UW-Stout Early Childhood Conference, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Bringing Disability Studies into the University Curriculum:An interdisciplinary, Person-Centered and Intersectionalities Approach. Presented at the American Educational Research Association, Chicago,IL, April, 2015.

Actively Engaging Students While Creating a Community of Caring. Workshop presented for the A workshop presented to the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS). Tallahassee, FL.  March, 2015.

Responding to diversity issues to make our schools more inclusive. Invited presentation to the Fayetteville-Manlius School Board. September, 2014.

Upstanders not bystanders: A deeper look at the culture of inclusiveness. Presented at the Special Education Spring Institute, Green Bay, Wisconsin. May, 2014.

Learning to be Allies:  Resisting Oppression and Exclusion) Presentation to the Leaders for Democracy Fellows Program, April  2014

Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Inclusion: Finding Common Ground,  Presentation to the Leaders for Democracy Fellows Program 2014.


Mara Sapon-Shevin Syaracuse University photo
Photo credit: Syaracuse University

About Mara’s Presentations

Most presentations can be given in Spanish as well as English. Please contact me to discuss options, presentation formats, timing and fees.
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