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Dr. LaSonya Moore

Dr. LaSonya Moore (llmoore@mail.usf.edu) is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida. Her research interests are focused on urban special education, leadership persistence and retention of urban teachers and leaders. She is dedicated to improving educational outcomes of individuals with exceptionalities while improving opportunities for those who teach, lead and work side-by-side our students every day. Her conceptual framework is grounded in equity and social justice with an emphasis on dismantling social, emotional and academic gaps for our neediest populations. She is doing this research in London, China and Haiti. In Haiti she is examining Leadership Preparation for Women through Building Partnerships, Globalization and Poverty while in China her work is concerned with Building a Culture of Care, Civility Collegial Communication and Co-Creation through inclusionary Practices, Live, Learn and Lead, building bridges of hope. For more information you may contact her via her email or the number she provided: 727-432-2846.




Mr. Mark Francis

Mark Francis is the immediate past president of DISES and Jamaica DISES conference planner. Previously he served for a number of years as treasurer. He is a former local and county director of special education in Michigan. He has been very involved with professional development and training in other countries as well as in the U.S. since his retirement from the school district. In the U.S. he is doing training with the Bureau of Indian Education, and he has conducted systems analysis for a number of school districts on the qualities of their special education programs.

In 2016 Mark planned, arranged and conducted a successful conference on inclusive education in Havana, Cuba. It was the first ever English-speaking conference in Cuba.

He has done major work in the West Indies including assisting education officials in conducting a conference on inclusive education in Kingston, Jamaica. He was also part of a team that worked on Policy Reform in Tobago. This team included a team from the US, local professionals and members of the Ministry, along with parents and parent advocates. While in Jamaica in 2019, Mark, along with Dr. Alice Farling and Dr. Michele Meredith worked to secure 7 major grants for inclusion for the Caribbean region. This grant will work in developing Inclusive Practices with the governments in the region. Recently, Mark has done professional training in Tobago, Poland, Kuwait, South Africa, Dubai and Jamaica.

Mark (back row, first on left) with the team of presenters in Kuwait for the International Day for Disabilities.


Mark Francis with students in Portugal. According to Mark, "it's all about the kids".



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