Educator Conference

Information about the 2014 speaker, Jennifer Sommerness and her workshop, Student Centered Planning and Learning, please visit: 

2014 Education conference handouts

Please note: All of the documents are .pdfs unless otherwise noted.

Education Conference Presentation

Supplemental Aids and Services Checklist

Successful Inclusive Classroom – Readings for Jigsaw

Stairs to nowhere – Readings for Jigsaw

Achieving Inclusion – Readings for Jigsaw

Golden Rule – Reading for Jigsaw

Resource list

Norms of Collab Annotated

Journal (.doc)

iPad App Resources

Getting to Know Alex (.doc)

Alexs IEP Goals at glance (.doc)

Positive Effects of Classroom Inclusion













Thank You Educators

We deeply appreciate the important role you play in enhancing the educational experiences of students with Down syndrome. Education is a crucial component of any child’s life. One of the major areas of focus for the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota is supporting educational professionals who work with our children.

Our Association is a resource for you ~ our membership includes families as well as medical, educational and developmental professionals with deep insights into and broad experiences with the developmental challenges of Down syndrome.

We maintain a Resource Lending Library offering video and audio tapes from national conferences, books and other materials addressing a wide range of topics related to Down syndrome. If you would like to know more, please give us a call at 800-511-3696 or email We are located in St. Paul, MN and our staff welcomes your inquiries.

We applaud your efforts on behalf of our children.

Kathleen Forney

Kathleen Forney
Executive Director

External resource for Educators

Questions about communication?  Great speech and language resources can be found here:

The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota, along with other Down syndrome organizations across the country, partnered with the National Down Syndrome Congress to produce powerpoint presentations on various topics of interest to those supporting individuals with Down syndrome.  Click here to view presentations on Down Syndrome & the Educational Challenge and Supporting People with Down Syndrome for some great resources.

We encourage our parents to download and complete the booklet “A Book About Me” as a resource to share with their teachers.  This is a great way to learn about your student…who he/she is, their likes, dislikes … a terrific picture of the person that you just won’t get on an IEP.

While Disability Solutions is no longer being produced, there are some fabulous resources on line for teachers.  Two of our favorites:

Paraprofessionals in the classroom: What Role Do They Play

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