- Fall 2017
- INCL 500NM 01 Foundations of Inclusionary Practices in the Classroom
Ed.D, Arcadia University
MA, Temple University
Masters in Educational Technology and Doctorate in Special Education
Tina Pisch has a Masters in Educational Technology, her Doctorate in Special Education, and 14 years’ experience as a special education teacher in the Council Rock School District. She is also passionate about inclusive practices, educational technology, and using music and movement to enhance memory and meaning. She designs instructional videos, social stories, and adapted reading materials, individualized to meet her students’ unique needs. Early on in her career as a Life Skills teacher, Tina began developing thematic units based on popular movies and musicals to motivate her students to learn reading, math, and daily living skills. She cast her students as the star roles and encouraged social relationships by inviting grade level peers to accompany them on stage to rehearse and perform. This culminated in a final production for family, friends, and the school community. She recognized the need for artistic and creative outlets for young adults with various intellectual disabilities in the surrounding community and founded the Hopes and Dreams Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing social programs in music, theater, and dance for young adults. Tina has a passion for creating a sense of community through full engagement in theater and believes that theater is a natural avenue for building relationships and improving self-concept. She recognizes that theater encompasses all of the arts, provides opportunities for natural and spontaneous communication, and builds confidence and pride. Tina speaks on the topic of “Inclusive Theater-Recognizing and Celebrating Untapped Talents”, lifting the curtain to reveal the talents and skills which are ignited on a stage when young adults of all abilities work together to create a performance. Tina provides opportunities for her school students and community performers to take the lead roles, to be in the spotlight, and to be honored and recognized for what they can do.