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Birth – 3rd Grade (B-3) reform presents the field of early education and care with a new paradigm for excellence, and the demand for new leaders is great, especially those promoting inclusive practices. Persons in positions of responsibility and authority have often relied on personal experience to acquire inclusion leadership skills rather having access to an intentional, focused approach. Lacking such opportunities, the field is now examining sustainable leadership development strategies and pathways that powerfully impact children with special needs and their families, borrowing lessons learned from related fields on cultivating new leaders. Following brief presentations on “what we know” about approaches for inclusion leadership, a facilitated discussion will engage participants in identifying “what we need to learn and do” to build the next generation of inclusion leaders.