What does a truly inclusive school look like? A booklet published by the institute paints a picture of inclusion for teachers, school administrators, parents, and community members. Scenarios detail how students with wide ranges of abilities and experiences benefit from a school's inclusive practices. The 24-page booklet, Improving Education: The Promise of Inclusive Schooling, provides a visit guide and an observation checklist that enable educators and advocates to evaluate and improve a school's ability to meet the needs of its diverse population.
"Many students in today's schools -- students who are culturally and linguistically different, students with disabilities, students from different family or socioeconomic situations -- need and deserve better," said Dianne Ferguson, author of the booklet and co-director of the institute's Center for Research Synthesis. "Our materials are designed to help schools improve their effectiveness for each student so all achieve more success."
The new inclusion agenda looks at a student who has a disability -- or any other kind of difference -- as just one more student in a school's population, just another difference that is part of the rich diversity of our communities and our schools, Ferguson told Education World.
"All teachers -- those just preparing to teach and those who have been teaching for decades -- need to develop the capacity to better address all kinds of student diversity," Ferguson told Education World. "Disability is just one aspect of that diversity and that need."
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