My research career started in 2002 with my PhD which focused on the barriers to learning English Second Language learners in the Intermediate Phase experience and how they can be supported. Two articles from the PhD have been published. From 2006 my focused shifted to inclusive education. In 2010 I got involved as the South African project leader in a comparative international project on the role of the teacher in inclusive education. The project started off with only South Africa, Finland and China involved. At the moment, universities from England, Slovenia and Lithuania are also part of this project. Several articles have already been published in international journals and presentations at various national as well as international conferences have been delivered. Masters and PhD students involved in the projects are currently busy with their studies and some have already completed their studies. As a result of the research project a need to explore the appropriateness of teacher education for inclusion as well as to bring theory and practice together an international symposium was initiated. This symposium is sponsored by the Optentia research focus area and will be held in October 2015. Well-renowned international and national researchers will deliver key note presentations and teachers, researchers as well as representatives from the national education departments will attend this symposium.