“Inclusive practices are ultimately about a very real sense of belonging…across our schools, our families and our communities. Connected together, we can make magic happen, and take care of all.”
Jennifer Sommerness brings her belief and passion in the power of inclusive education to the Kids Included Together leadership team as the Executive Director, Inclusive Schools. Prior to joining KIT, she was a nationally-known disability inclusion independent consultant working with teachers, families and administrators to collaboratively find engaging and respectful ways for all learners to access general education environments, regardless of ability.
As an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, she taught aspiring teachers the foundational skills required to instill inclusive practices into their profession. As an independent consultant, she worked at the practice level to help create and strengthen school-based teams to continuously improve their practice through meaningful professional development, attention to instructional leadership, and a tacit understanding of systems change. In addition, she has collaborated and co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles, a book chapter, curricula and online materials about collaboration, co-teaching, teacher leadership and inclusive education.
Jennifer joined KIT because of their progressive approach to teaching disability inclusion and positive behavior support for over 20 years. She brings her passion for inclusive education and over 25 years of experience to help KIT achieve their vision of all children realizing their full potential in a welcoming world.