Strategies for Successful Inclusive Classrooms

Strategies for Success: Creating Inclusive Classrooms that Work is a practical document written by Christi Kasa of the University of Colorado and Julie Causton-Theoharis of Syracuse University, aimed at teachers, administrators, and families who are interested in creating inclusive educational environments. The document paints a picture of what a thriving inclusive classroom can look like, so that both educators and parents can envision goals toward which they may strive.

When planning to make a classroom more inclusive, teams should: develop a shared vision; share resources; understand the concept of the least restrictive environment (LRE); write an inclusive individual education plan (IEP); and tackle challenges with optimism.

The document also provides examples of different types of accommodations, modifications, paraprofessional support, peer supports and assistive technology. Accommodations do not involve changes to the instructional level or performance criteria but may include different ways of accessing material or demonstrating knowledge. On the other hand, modifications involve changes to what the student is expected to learn from instructional content. Trained paraprofessionals should provide the least support necessary and should be used as a resource for an entire classroom. Peers can also be taught to provide support students with disabilities in ways that enhance their learning as well. Co-teaching and other collaboration between general education teachers and special education teachers supports all students in a classroom.

To put Strategies for Success to work for you, access the full document here.