Students Building Windmill

Incorporating Intersectional Needs of Students: Disability, Culture and Inclusivity in Schools

January 23, January 30, February 6, 2023


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January 23, January 30 and February 6, 2023

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4:15p.m. - 5:15p.m.

Central Time



Sessions take place on Zoom.



Recorded Access Until April 30, 2023

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What experience and backgrounds do our students bring to school that could be acknowledged and incorporated into their school day? What are the contributing factors that interfere with providing academic opportunities for students in special education? In this presentation series, we will discuss the benefits of academic and behavioral frameworks, such as Universal Design for Learning and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Then we will examine the missing pieces within the Universal Design for Learning model (and other models that address academics and social-emotional learning on a school-wide scale). Last, we will provide relevant examples of special education through a Culturally Sustaining and Linguistically focused lens in various parts of the educational experience (such as IEPs, behavior management, literacy, etc.) that can be implemented immediately. Overall, this presentation series will help educators imagine a school environment that considers and supports culturally sustaining pedagogy.


Martin Odima Jr., M.A., is a Special Education Teacher Coach in the Saint Paul Public School (SPPS) District in Minnesota. He is an Adjunct Faculty at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He studied psychology at the University of Minnesota and completed his master’s in special education at the University of St. Thomas. His scholarly interests focus on educational equity, inclusive practices for students with disabilities, and retention of teachers of color. His publications include a chapter that focuses on teaching strategies for special education teachers to thrive and persist in the field. Also, Martin has written several journal articles related to building culturally sustaining practices within school communities.

Martin Odima Jr_

Martin Odima, Jr.