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Ask, “Are We Inclusive?”

Posted on March 11, 2013 in Inclusion, News

From Section 3, idea #2 of Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?

If you want to know the answer to this question, ask it. Ask parents, students, teachers, and administrators.

Even though all American schools are expected to follow the same federal law, schools from town to town, district to district, and state to state would answer that question very differently.

If you ask a large group of stakeholders, you are likely to get a variety of answers, but if most of your respondents say things like, “What does that mean?” or “I don’t know”, you likely have work to do.

Whatever you hear, these responses should be helpful in assessing your community. You will learn, for instance, how effective you have been at communicating your values and practices, how individual educators see their work, and how families view their school.

How would you ask this question? What would you do with the answers?

Comments

  1. From Becky Kalinski on 12 Mar 2013

    When I ask any question about inclusion I tend to start individually and from there branch out. This question comes up whenever we as teammates collaborate and we find solutions that go beyond the federally mandated regulations. We are far from near a complete understanding but we are headed in the right direction.

  2. From Jill Klink on 13 Mar 2013

    I am having a lot of difficulty with having regular education teachers follow up on modifying assignments for my students with autism. I need a simple, clear way to demonstrate how best to modify their classroom assignments, as many are getting stressed out and feel as if it is just “more work for them” to do. Ideas? Any books/sites anyone can send me to? THANKS!