ICI's Tichá and Abery to Teach Workshops in the Czech Republic

Wed Aug 16 2017
Renáta Tichá and Brian Abery standing on the Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, in March 2016.

Recently returned from UNICEF work in Armenia and a speaking engagement in Israel, the Institute's Renáta Tichá and Brian Abery (pictured in Prague in March 2016) will travel to Tichá's alma mater - Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic - to lead three workshops on inclusive education and Response to Intervention, August 28-30. Funded by the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Masaryk University, and the University of Minnesota, the workshops are part of Masaryk University Summer School. They are designed for teachers, future teachers, teaching assistants, academics, students, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, and other people interested in inclusion.

Participants will learn intervention techniques that can be used in regular classrooms to support positive outcomes for all students. The main goal of the workshops is to support the educational inclusion of children with disabilities and from diverse backgrounds. This work is conducted as part of ICI's Global Resource Center for Inclusive Education (GRC). Participants include not only educators and policymakers from the Czech Republic, but also from Slovakia, Poland, Denmark, and other neighboring countries. Markéta Kolářová from the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Prague will also attend. "It is very gratifying to be able to go back to my home country to share the skills and knowledge I have gained during my studies and work at the University of Minnesota," says Tichá. "Educators in the Czech Republic need tools to work more effectively with students with disabilities and from minority backgrounds."