The current “special ed” system isn’t working, says this American special education specialist in an opinion piece published on ThinkInclusive.us. “What we have today are fragments and pockets of schools and communities that ‘do inclusion’ well. The vast majority of places, however, are either unwilling to implement inclusive classrooms or lack the resources to know where to start.”
On The Chronicle of Higher Education, Assistant Director of Educational Technology at Yale University Michelle Morgan asks education professionals to consider the historical bias toward printed text, and to look for opportunities to consider alternative methods of delivering course materials. This will be of benefit not just for the students who need it, but all students, because in doing so professors and teachers can flesh out the learning experience.
A new school year begins for many students and educators this week. The team at Together We Rock! sends our best wishes for a time of learning, leadership and new adventures. Thank you for your efforts to create accessible and inclusive school communities where everyone belongs – Inclusive Education Rocks!
Inclusive education values diversity and the unique contributions each student brings to the classroom. In a truly inclusive setting, every child feels safe and has a sense of belonging. Students and their parents participate in setting learning goals; school staff has the training, support, flexibility, and resources to nurture, encourage, and respond to the needs of all students.
East Fairmont High School in West Virginia will benefit from the fresh minds of Fairmont State University engineering students, who are taking a long hard look at the topography of the high school’s grounds and surrounding roads and land with an eye to making the high school property more accessible.
This short, narrated introduction to inclusion in education published by The Inclusive Schools Network presents the myths around including students with disabilities in general classrooms, and gives answers to many of the myths regularly presented as fact. “The purpose of this mini-course is to build a common definition of inclusive education, and an understanding of the relationship between inclusion and high-performing schools.”
Inclusion Lab by Paul H. Brookes Publishing shared these ten infographics full of ways for educators to welcome, reach, and include all learners. This handy roundup of their best tip sheets contains great tips on helping young learners see diversity as a strength. In colourful infographic format, they’re ready to pin, print, share, and tweet. Here’s a sample
Three American academics who study education and learning set out to examine college courses from an inclusion standpoint, and came up with a tool by which instructors can measure inclusion in their own courses. The team of professors started their research by asking their sample of college faculty to examine their course outlines, the subtexts of their courses, and to ask themselves thought-provoking questions about their teaching style and unconscious biases. Their questions included “What are the implicit rules and messages of your course and are they stated on the syllabus? What are the hidden/implicit/unconscious biases and stereotypes?” “Have you, the instructor, made your philosophy of teaching and learning explicit, or is it hidden?”
A leading researcher in the field of motivation theorizes there are two groups of people in the world: people with a "growth mindset" and people with a "fixed mindset." The growth mindset leads to a desire to learn from mistakes, embraces challenges and persists in the face of setbacks. The fixed mindset wants to avoid challenges, and gives up easily; and sees effort as fruitless.
Nicole Eredics educator, speaker, and consultant is a recognized advocate for inclusive education. Nicole’s successful blog, The Inclusive Class , disseminates information about inclusion through podcasts and printed resources. Nicole has authored a book titled “Inclusion in Action: Practical Strategies to Modify your Curriculum” to be released by Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co. in the Spring 2018. Nicole will be holding a one hour webinar on her book on Tuesday March 27, 2018 at 3:00pm ET on edWeb.net.
Inclusion in Action: Practical Strategies to Modify Your Curriculum is a soon to be released book by Nicole Eredics from Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co. Nicole Eredics is a teacher, speaker, and consultant who is a recognized advocate for inclusive education. Nicole’s highly successful blog, The Inclusive Clas is a well-respected resource for educators dedicated to the full inclusion of students with disabilities in school communities.
Effective teaching means effective communication. However, with students emerging from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and abilities in today’s classrooms, the language used in teaching can often stifle students’ progress. Subjects such as math and science use jargon which can be confusing, especially when the students speak differently and may use a different language at home.
Harvard Business School’s Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging (PTFIB) has almost completed its goal of building an inclusive campus. But, before Drew Faust, President of the prestigious school, steps down at the end of this academic year, the PTFIB is asking the university community for further suggestions and recommendations.
Classrooms may start to look a little different, if school board’s take notice of one Quebec teacher’s initiative. Lyanna Bravo is the vice-principal of Laval’s Souvenir Elementary school and has introduced flexible seating into her classrooms. Bravo says just as the rest of our world is evolving in areas like business and technology, education and classroom layouts should also evolve.
KQED Education is a learning website which provides educators experiential activities and professional tools to create inclusive learning environments. Kristen Vogel has been a special education teacher for more than 10 years and writes a useful list of five successful strategies she has found to work in an inclusive classroom.
Kathy Cologon in the Conversation.com states that inclusive education means the full inclusion of all children where no child is segregated. This means there are no separate areas or differences in curricula for children with disabilities. Rather, course work is adapted to the child with modifications learned in the same classroom. A classroom education assistant is assigned to the classroom, not an individual student.
Inclusive teaching can help educators expand their understanding of what they can achieve. To this end, The Teaching Center at Washington University aims to improve teaching and learning by integrating innovation in the classroom. Here are some strategies for inclusive teaching and learning which are featured on their website.