Sunday, July 3, 2011

Inclusion: What Does It Take?

7I'm working on building up my list of resources related to the things that I believe are foundational for creating an inclusive education system.  I have included these as links across the top of the page.  These pages are works in the making.  Note that there is space for reader comments on all the of the pages.  I welcome any input, feedback, links to great sites...etc.

A brief outline of what I'm thinking for each page follows.  I will expand on my beliefs in each of the areas in future posts.

Attitudes and Beliefs Related to Inclusive Education: These are the things that I think are necessary understandings for building fully inclusive schools.
  • Assumption of Competence of All Students
  • Ableism and the  History and Rights of People with "Disabilities"
  • Schools as Community
  • Collaborative Practices on All Levels
    Universal Design for Learning:  I'm really just starting to understand the depth of UDL and I think it is absolutely foundational for making inclusion work.
    • Multiple Means of Representation (Recognition Network)
    • Multiple Means of Action and Expression (Strategic Network)
    • Multiple Means of Engagement (Affective Network)

      Effective Instructional Strategies that Support Inclusion:  Many of these strategies are simply "best practices" that we already know about. Using strategies that focus on student learning are effective with all students. Students with disabilities should be included in classrooms that use current research based instructional strategies.
      • Differentiated Instruction
      • Peer Support Strategies
      • Participatory Learning
        Authentic Assessment: Just as it's important to ensure that instruction is designed for all learners to participate, assessment should be designed in the same way.  Designing assessment in this way makes assessment more authentic for all learners.
        • Assessment for Learning
        • Universally Designed Assessment
        • Decreased Focus on Academic Competition
          Eliminating Barriers: I originally named this section "supports and services" but have changed the title to "eliminating barriers" as I think that "eliminating barriers" does a better job of speaking to the idea that it is the curriculum that is disabled and not the student.  All students need to be supported by ensuring that we have removed barriers to learning.  This section is simply about a variety of ways to do this.  Again - there are many universal supports that will be beneficial to all students that come in to play here.
          • Learning Environments
          • Executive Functioning Skill Teaching and Support
          • Positive Behavior Supports and Restitution
          • Therapy and Other Consultative Services 
          • Supporting Teachers

            No comments:

            Post a Comment