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Posted on March 12, 2013 in Inclusion

From Section 2, idea #8 of Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?

Need fresh eyes as you grow your inclusive model and consider next steps?

Assemble a team of students (or use your student council or sociology class) and ask them to propose ideas for making their school more inclusive. Begin by educating them on the various aspects of inclusion (e.g. adapting curriculum and instruction). Then ask them to assess the school on each of these aspects. Finally, have them propose ideas for making the school more accessible, welcoming, comfortable, challenging, and safe for a wider range of learners including those who may be marginalized because of race, class, sexual orientation, religion, or gender.

Bring this group together several times during the year to track progress on recommendations, assign tasks, and evaluate the plan.

What are the first questions you would put to your student team? How would you help students prepare to serve on such a committee?

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