Embracing Inclusion Conference

The FIRE Foundation of Northeast Iowa is pleased to present a conference for principals, teachers, paraprofessionals and parents who are committed to creating and strengthening K-12 inclusive education.

Please help us spread the news about this opportunity!


BonFIRE Kickoff Event – August 10, 2020

Let’s kickoff the Embrace Inclusion Conference with a BonFIRE! This event is an opportunity to mix and mingle with industry peers, parents, and like minds who believe in the potential of every child regardless of their abilities. Appetizers and a cash bar will be offered.
The event will be held at the Bien Venu Event Center. 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. $10 per person. Purchase your tickets here.


BonFIRE Kickoff Event & Conference Location

Bien Venu Event Center
7400 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613


Conference Flyer, Justification Letter & Credits

Conference Flyer

Justification Letter – Coming Soon

Re-certification Credit and Grad Credit Offered


Conference Registration

$60 Registration Fee for Educators and Faith Formation Leaders
$35 Registration Fee for Parent Attendees
We request that all event registration be done online. However if you need special accommodations for registration please contact us.

Purchase Tickets HERE.

Register by July 8, 2020


Keynote Speakers


Conference Breakout Sessions:

  • Moving from Welcoming to Belonging
  • Practical Approaches to Create Successful Inclusive Learning Environments
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the Diverse Classroom
  • Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
  • Co-Teaching
  • Knowing Your Rights
  • IEP’s and 504’s
  • Practical Strategies for Accommodations and Modifications

Schedule of Events:

8:30 – 8:45 am Welcome
8:45 – 10:00 am Keynote Speaker Michael Boyle
10:15 – 11:00 am Breakout Sessions
11:15 – 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions
12:00 – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 – 1:45 pm Keynote Speaker Paula Kluth
2:00 – 2:45 pm Breakout Sessions
2:45 – 3:00 pm Closing / Door Prizes


Marketplace Exhibitors

Details coming soon


Guestroom Reservations

Call 319.830.0032 to make reservations, group rate is under FIRE conference. Or make your guestroom reservations online here.


Contact Information

FIRE Foundation of Northeast Iowa
Phone: 319-529-1109
Email: info@firefoundationneiowa.org


Thank you sponsors!


Northeast Iowa Inclusion in Action


Thank you conference planning committee!

Chair:  Mindy Hart, Archdiocese of Dubuque Catholic Schools Office

Kristi Holien, parent of a child with Down syndrome attending Catholic School & FIRE NE Iowa Board Member

Sara Kane, Faith Formation Director & FIRE NE Iowa Board Member

Vicki Ries, Newman Catholic School & FIRE NE Iowa Board Member

Erin Schmitz, parent of a child with Down syndrome attending Catholic school and co-founder of FIRE Foundation of Northeast Iowa

Jennifer Sornson, St. Athanasius Principal