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Once a year, the Charter SELPA hosts a full day of special education inspiration and tools for educators across the state. Guest speakers join our symposium to present new ideas within education and guidance on being agents of special education change. A growing number of symposium attendees benefit from being able to connect with hundreds of educators from across the state who share a passion for education. 

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Keynote Speaker: Sparsh Shah

Keynote Speaker Sparsh Shah is an Indian American rapper, singer, songwriter, currently attending Berklee College of Music. Sparsh was born with a rare disorder Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as Brittle Bone Disorder. He is listed in the World’s Greatest Motivators and featured in Little Big Shots. Hear him speak on not being afraid and Embracing What is Possible. 

Breakout Presenters

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Mickey Porter…

is a certified Brené Brown "Dare to Lead" Trainer and CEO of Plus One Leadership. She comes with years of experience as a teacher, principal, district superintendent, regional program director, and former Sonoma County Deputy Superintendent. Hear her speak on the importance of embracing the leader within us and seizing the moments to share, learn, and grow together.

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Donovan Taylor Hall

is a former charter school teacher from Oakland, CA. While most teachers focused on the rigors of academics, Hall took a more inside-out approach, teaching a class focused on 21st-century skills, like coping with stress and anxiety and the importance of gratitude and self-love. He is known as "Mister Donovan," a modern-day spin on Mister Rogers, and was recently featured on the Today Show. Hear him speak on the importance of showing up and the power of creating spaces that embrace helping others build a positive self-image.

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