About Dr. Patrick Schwarz
Dr. Patrick Schwarz

There are many keynotes, presentations and workshops that are delivered by Dr. Patrick Schwarz. Some frequently requested presentations include:


NEW! From Possibility to Success: Achieving Successful Student Outcomes Keynote

With the goal of building lifelong skills, Patrick offers authentic processes and supports that help educators plan lessons and units while at the same time embracing students' interests and passions, working toward students' dreams, promoting leadership, self-advocacy, self-determination, and membership in both school and the community. With an overview of supports and compelling stories of how they have helped real students in real classrooms, Patrick empowers educators to combine the science and art of teaching all learners. This motivating and empowering keynote gives everyone hope, direction, and inspiration to turn learning possibility into educational success!


From Disability To Possibility® Keynote

Using real life stories — from womb to tomb — of individuals with possibilities, Dr. Patrick Schwarz will illustrate what supports are successful and what else is needed for effectiveness in education and human services for all people. These compelling examples will motivate participants to re-imagine and support individuals in new and inventive ways. Be prepared for something fun and different!


You’re Welcome Keynote

Focusing on the best practices of inclusive education, collaboration and innovative curricular design and support, essential tools and processes are highlighted for the purpose of effective person-centered service delivery. Using a person’s dreams, visions, and goals will be emphasized to create effective planning, implementation and achievement of successful educational and life outcomes.


Just Give Him the Whale Keynote or Workshop

Considering the fascinations, passions and interest areas of learners, powerful new ways of viewing these areas as positive teaching tools that calm, motivate and improve learning will be illustrated. Using authentic student examples, participants will discover how to make the most of fascinations, passions and interest areas to help learners they support. Areas included will be learning standards-based academic content, developing social connections, minimizing anxiety, boosting literacy learning and mathematics skills, expanding communication skills and much more!


Inclusive Education

In this workshop, rationales for inclusive education will be examined, planning processes will be delineated and tools, such as IEP at a glance, will be illustrated. Instructional strategies, such as differentiation and accommodation, will be outlined and applied. Applications will assist participants to consider their own students and classroom learning situations in creating individual support plans.


Universal Design, Differentiation and Curricular Adaptations

Universal design is providing access to curriculum for all learners through use of multiple means of representation, engagement and expression. Differentiation is use of educational strategy, technology, materials, sequences and procedures to support successful learning for all students in a classroom. Curricular adaptations are individualized strategies to help a learner who needs further educational support to participate meaningfully in the classroom. In this immediately usable session, definitions, universal planning processes and outstanding examples of student supports will be provided and applied to participants’ classroom, teaching and learning situations.


Collaboration: Teambuilding, Active Listening and Problem-Solving

Collaborative schools utilize processes to promote successful instructional teams with all members actively involved. Tools for success include teambuilding, active listening and problem-solving. In this dynamic workshop, participants will learn about each of these processes and interactive application exercises will illustrate how they can be applied to participants’ own schools and individual learning situations.


Addressing Adventuresome Behavior While Keeping the Dignity of All Intact

Both a person-centered, authentic, functional approach to assess behavior and a problem-solving process will be applied to combine components of the very best user-proven behavioral support strategies. This approach will be illustrated and then applied to real-life classroom and learning situations identified by participants.


Successful Collaborating and Co-Teaching

Best practices of co-teaching will be taught and five different models will be illustrated that allow all co-teaching teams to work successfully together in all learning situations. Co-teaching constituents could include general educators, special educators, bilingual teachers, ESL teachers, related service professionals and paraeducators. The models will also be role-played for deeper understanding. In addition, the collaborative processes of planning, teaching and assessment will be taught and applied. Collaborative applications will be utilized to increase the success of co-teachers. Participants will be able to apply activities to their own classrooms, learning situations and teams.


Student Collaboration and Instructional Effectiveness

Promoting student collaboration in the classroom is essential when considering what students will have to practice as future adults in the information age. Student collaboration instructional practices such as inquiry circles, cooperative learning, thematic instruction, equitable peer-tutoring and student advocacy will be explained and illustrated. Participants will engage in applications to plan for desired instructional effectiveness structures.


Transition From School to Post School Best Practices

Longitudinal transitional practices from school to post-school are presented in this workshop. Definitions, key players, when to start and other important information pieces are covered. Real-life learner examples are illustrated and participants are guided into creating a plan for an individual they represent for an authentic and meaningful application that can be utilized immediately.


A Friend Indeed: Promoting Meaningful Social Relationships

Social Relationships are essential for human growth, support, understanding and learning. Proven techniques to promote successful relationships in schools, classrooms, after-school settings and the community will be provided in this workshop. A major focus will be on collaboration structures and areas of interest and fascination. A hands-on approach will be utilized that will result in realistic applications for self-advocates represented by audience members. Participants will leave this workshop with practical, real-life social relationship action steps that can be immediately implemented.


Best Practices for Paraeducators: Effective Student and Classroom Supports

The focus of this workshop is for paraeducators to learn new skills and instructional best practices to achieve greater independence and effectiveness with student learning. Areas include, promoting student dignity and respectful language, teaching skills and fading supervision, promoting participation and achieving goals, using student interests in learning and promoting problem-solving. Co-support models will be taught in the areas of complementary support, parallel support and promoting student leadership. This session is dynamic and hands-on with many meaningful applications that will contribute to commendable job performance.


Integrated Comprehensive Services

Going beyond inclusive education, integrated comprehensive services (ICS) is how progressive school districts equitably and successfully support all forms of diversity as an integrated whole, including learning, culture and family. This presentation includes components of ICS, how to use data for decision making, how to form district and school task forces, organization of services and future planning and evaluation processes, being suitable for educators, leaders and all team constituents.


Person-Centered Planning

To achieve desired future outcomes and to promote self-advocacy and self-determination, person-centered planning is extremely important. Processes such as M.A.P.S. (McGill Action Planning System), interests/preferences inventory, social relationships planning, desired future inventory and action planning will be explained and illustrated. Participants will apply processes to individuals they represent.


Promoting Youth Leadership Through Service Learning

Service learning is a wonderful educational structure to educate diverse learners together, promote student leadership and meaningful community contributions. A service learning philosophy is illustrated with dynamic instructional strategies and meaningful tools in this interactive, engaging workshop.

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