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A week of ideas from my new book and GIVEAWAY!

Posted on March 11, 2013 in Inclusion, News

This week I am going to be posting seven ideas from my new book, “Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?”. This new book is really focused on helping schools “take it up a notch” when it comes to inclusive practices. There are four sections: classroom, school, district, and community. Any stakeholder can choose from any one of these sections to find ideas to grow their inclusive schools. There are 100 ideas in all.

Hope you enjoy the preview, and will add many comments and ideas to the daily posts. To encourage just that sort of interaction, I will be giving away three copies of the book on next Monday. We will “draw” three names from all of blog and Facebook comments this week and choose three winners at the end of the week, so keep the conversation going. Starting a dialogue on these topics might just earn you a book, but it could also help another self-advocate, advocate, student, family, therapist or teacher make a change in their school, district or community.

Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?

Are you trying to grow the inclusive schooling model in your community? Do you feel like you have tried everything to create change in your school? Do you want to “sharpen the saw” and become reenergized as an advocate or educator? If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, then this is the book for you!

Don’t We Already Do Inclusion? is not only filled with ideas for teaching diverse learners, but is also focused on change itself and, more specifically, on how those concerned about inclusion can create change even when they are not in positions of power. The activities, examples, and illustrations are designed to help participants refine their vision and their skills when it comes to inclusion. The ideas are free or low cost, and many can be achieved by any number of stakeholders—including students and families. Learn tried and true techniques, as well as out-of-the box solutions such as involving traditional and social media, “shrinking” the change, phoning for help, advertising, and writing your way to progress.

Comments

  1. From Mary Barinka on 12 Mar 2013

    I would LOVE a copy of your new book. I already have your book You’re Gonna Love this Kid. I am a parent of an 11 yr old girl with autism and am a huge advocate in our Southern MN community of Austin. I have helped develop a summer day camp for kids with ASD and am in process of implementing a parent driven Peer Program which promotes better quality inclusion for kids with ASD in a new ntermediate school we are opening next year here. Thanks for all you do for kids with ASD! Mary Barinka

  2. From Jessica Stakey on 12 Mar 2013

    I have been following you for several months now and absolutely love all of the chats you facilitate on facebook. I will be a new Level II/III elementary special education teacher starting this fall and have a very inclusive mindset. I would LOVE to read a copy of your book this summer before I start my first year of teaching! Thank you for all you offer us (educators) and the conversations you start with teachers and parents to open people to new ideas!

  3. From Jen Montague on 12 Mar 2013

    I would REALLY love a copy of your book. I teach am a Student Support Teacher in an inclusive high school in Saskatchewan, Canada. We are on an inclusive journey here and have already learned so much. Your blog has provided me with a TON of resources and I can only imagine what your book would have in it to “take it up a notch”. Please, please conside me!!!!!!

  4. From Penny on 12 Mar 2013

    I’d love to win a copy of your book. I’m an autism mom.

  5. From Liz Stroppel on 12 Mar 2013

    I am a parent who LOVES your positive and tireless energy. I constantly e-mail your links to my son’s teachers and administrators, and share Differentiation Daily with teacher friends at least once a week. Can’t wait to read your new book! Should I buy it for my son’s new Principal?

  6. From Paula Kluth on 12 Mar 2013

    Hi Liz – thank you for the kind comments and for following my blog!! The book has useful information for parents, teachers, principals, and district staff alike. I would love for you to buy the book for your son’s principal, but your comment now has you entered in the drawing for the giveaway so maybe you will win one of the three books!

  7. From Susan on 12 Mar 2013

    I am just learning about you. I don’t know why it took so long but I’m glad I found you ! I would love to read your book!

  8. From Suzanne Bobowiec on 12 Mar 2013

    This new book promises to offer great information! Even within a single school district, unfortunately, the definition of inclusion varies from teacher to teacher. I hope your book can make the idea of full inclusion more universal. I’d love to win a copy!

  9. From Preusse on 12 Mar 2013

    I teach at an International School in Europe and I often share your ideas, links and resources with my fellow teachers. I am interested to read your new book as well.

  10. From Chris on 12 Mar 2013

    Working with Children with autism and other disabilities it is amazing what inclusion can do for all parties involved. I would love to learn more strategies to make it an even better experience for all.

  11. From Jeannette Funkouser on 13 Mar 2013

    Working with children of all abilities has shown how inclusion can help a lot of children. Would love to learn more strategies!

  12. From Jill Klink on 14 Mar 2013

    I just spent two hours reading your archives. Where have you been the last ten years of my career? Ha! I am a mother to a child with autism as well as a speech pathologist. This info has been invaluable to both my personal and professional life. Would loooove to win the book!

  13. From Cindy C. on 14 Mar 2013

    Hello! One of my professors e-mailed our class the link to your blog and I am sure glad she did! I have been a para-professional for the past decade. I am currently earning my degree in special education at Aurora University. I am in the process of preparing a paper and presentation on the pros and cons of inclusion. I would love to reference your book as a resource for this project! I also am taking an autism class and have recently been told that my 5 year old nephew has been diagnosed with Asperger’s. Time to educate myself and help them out in every way I can!! Thanks for all that you do Paula!!

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