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Speakers' short bios

Tony Booth works on values - led development for schools, kindergartens and communities in England and in other countries. He has been a school teacher, an educational psychologist and a university lecturer and professor. He is the main author of the Index for Inclusion which has been translated into more than forty languages. He emphasises the development of values literacy - learning how to connect values and actions. He links values with educational principles and imperatives. He has produced an approach to structuring knowledge or curricula in education which connects learning with personal and shared experience, and encourages a sense of interdependence of people with each other and the other life forms with which they share the planet.

Barbara Brokamp is active in foundation management and project development at the Montag Stiftung Jugend und Gesellschaft, Bonn. She is a Teacher and a consultant on the lifelong learning, school development and school management area, as well as a lecturer at the University of Cologne. Her current research interests include school development and educational architecture.

Daniele Checchi is currently a Professor of Economics at the University of Milan (Italy). He studied Economics at the Bocconi University in Milan and the LSE where he received his masters degree in 1985. He obtained his PhD from University of Siena in 1987. He worked and taught at the University of Brescia (1988-92) and the University of Milano-Bicocca (1992-2000) and held visiting positions at Universiteit Maastricht (2006-2009), Universitè Catolique de Louvain (2008), Universidad Autonoma Barcelona (2008), Boston College (2007), University of York (2006), University of Leicester (2006), University College Dublin (2005). His current research interests include the economics of education, intergenerational mobility, labour market institutions and union density.

Lucia Chiappetta Cajola is a Professor of Education and Special Education in the Department of Educational Sciences, University Roma Tre, Deputy Director of the same department and director of the Master's level and the Training Course "Education and psychology of specific learning disorders" and the Master's Degree "Methodology and special Education for the integration?. Her current research interests include the theories, models, and technical and operational procedures of the special teaching, and the assessment of learning of students with disabilities, difficulties or specific disorders, as well as the training processes in the context of inclusion. In these areas he has published articles, essays and books.

Fabio Dovigo, Ph.D., is a tenured Associate Professor for Educational Research, Organizational Theory and Design, Organizational Research Methods at the University of Bergamo. He is Co-ordinator of International Relations and Erasmus Programs at the Department of Human and Social Sciences, and Deputy Director of the School of Management. He was Visiting Professor at University of California, (USA), Lund (Sweden), Linz (Austria), Alberta (Canada), and Barcelona (Spain). His research interests include research methods in education and organization, inclusive education, and mediation and coaching. Among other publications, he was responsible for the Italian translation of the ?Index for inclusion?.

Beth A. Ferri, Ph.D. is a Professor of Inclusive Education and Disability Studies at Syracuse University, where she also coordinates the Doctoral program in Special Education. Professor Ferri has published widely on the intersection of race, gender, and disability. She has also published two books, Reading Resistance: Discourses of Exclusion in Desegregation and Inclusion Debates (2006, Peter Lang) and Righting Educational Wrongs: Disability Studies Law and Education (2013, SU Press). She is currently working on a third book, titled DisCrit: Critical Conversations Across Race, Class, & Dis/ability with Teachers College Press.

Joaquín Gairín Sallán is Teacher, Social graduate, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Psychology and Doctor of Education (Special Award). He is currently a Professor in the Department of Applied Pedagogy of the University Autónoma de Barcelona and directs the Organizational Development Team (EDO). His career is basically related to the areas of the curriculum and the organization of educational institutions. For both, he has taught over 35 doctorate courses in different universities and an approximate number of 260 courses and seminars to non-university teachers. He has also participated as coordinator or teacher training programs developed in fourteen foreign universities and more than 12 European and Latin American countries. He has represented Spain in meetings CODIESEE / UNESCO adviser Computer Education Programme for Latin America (ORCYT-UNESCO).

Kari Nes ? a former general and special teacher - is Professor of Education at Hedmark University College, Norway.  Main research interest is in inclusive and adapted education. As part of this , she translated in collaboration with Marit Strømstad the Index for Inclusion to Norwegian in 2000-2001. She has taken part in several international inclusion networks, the most recent is ?Teacher education for inclusion? by European Agency (cf. Nes (2014) in ?SAGE Handbook of Special Education?).

Domenica Giuliana Sandrone is an Associate Professor of General and Special Education at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Bergamo University. She is Coordinator of the Commission services for the disabled and DSA of the Department, as well as of the training curriculum and mentoring guidance activities of the courses of pedagogical studies. Since 2009 she has been member of the International Phd in Human Capital Formation and Labour Relations at the University of Bergamo, carrying out regular function of mentoring in relation to some of the graduate students in education. From 1 January 2013, is director of the University Centre for Teaching and Learning Quality (CQIA), in which he previously served, from 2005 to 2012, with the role of scientific coordinator.

Mara Westling Allodi is a Professor of Special Education at the Stockholm University. Her current research interests include organization and management of education, goals and values; social climate and interaction in learning environments; analysis of special educational needs, resources and operations; students with special circumstances. She has been responsible for the Project ?Participation, social climate and learning? (2009/2012), and project manager of the Working Group "School, learning and mental health of children" on behalf of the Health Committee, Royal Vetenskasakademien (2008-2010).