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INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS

“Inclusion” is the term commonly used in public education to describe students who have an IEP (individualized education plan) to provide supports & accommodations for their special needs, but are in a general ed classroom with their typical peers. Inclusion used to be called mainstreaming.

“Inclusive” means just that: to be inclusive. To include others, regardless of their differences. Inclusive Schools Week states that it’s mission is to celebrate “the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference and other factors.”
So ‘inclusive’ is more than ‘inclusion’. It’s how we all recognize and celebrate each other’s differences.

Here is what I did at two SF elementary schools to promote inclusive language and practices and build community:
* formed an “Inclusive Schools” group of parents and teachers
* organized one PTA presentation that focused on issues around special needs and inclusion
* created multiple events around Inclusive Schools Week: film screening of Including Samuel for parents and teachers; film screening for grades 4/5 (Including Samuel); read-alouds and discussions on the subject of disability and acceptance for grades K/1; an Ability Awareness Fair for grades 2/3 with various stations on different ability/disability awareness (e.g. fine motor, vision, gross motor, emotional, dyslexia, etc.); posters of famous people with disabilities in English and in Spanish

Here’s a great ‘blueprint’ for potential activities for ISW:
{http://www.sfusd.edu/en/assets/sfusd-staff/programs/files/special-education/Inclusive%20Schools%20Week%20Packet%202011.pdf,ISW Packet}

SFUSD ISW reading and resource list:
http://www.sfusd.edu/en/assets/sfusd-staff/programs/files/special-education/Inclusive%20Schools%20Bibliography.pdf

Inclusive Schools Week is a nationwide celebration each year focusing on the work we do year-round to:
* promote inclusive, welcoming K-12 school communities,
* to embrace and support people of all natural and diverse abilities, sociological and cultural backgrounds,
* and to develop best practices.
Cities, school districts and school sites participate in a myriad of ways, including in-class curriculum, library readings, special events, civic proclamations, school and district-wide art projects, professional development intensives, and more.

Inclusive Schools Week was started in 2001 by the {http://inclusiveschools.org/,Inclusive Schools Network}, the non-profit sister organization of the Inclusive Schools Collaborative.

 

 

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