Why do we include?...all students in a school, regardless of their strengths and weaknesses become part of the class community.…all students feel a sense of belonging in the classroom.…the goal of the inclusive classroom is to have all students working with similar curriculum content and similar materials.
What is Inclusion?Inclusion is the practice of: welcoming all students to their neighborhood school. educating all children in age-appropriate, heterogeneous classrooms. including parents when planning for students. working together as a staff to better meet the learning needs of each and every student. designing programs for children with special needs that rely, as much as possible, on the learning objectives and practices of the regular classroom. (-page 6 Learning in Safe Schools)
Why value it in school?Forms a community that works, learns and feels together.Students learn both social and academic modeling from age peers.Education is more than an academic process.Non-identified students learn about acceptance and differences.All members are respected and valued. (-page 6 Learning in Safe Schools)
What are the beliefs? All children can learn, albeit in different ways and at different rates. All children have strengths. Learning is a developmental, active, continuos, constructive process building on the prior experiences of the learner. All children can be included. Parents are part of our educational team. School should be a place where all students and staff enjoy a sense of belonging. All need to feel valued. Teachers, students, administrators, and paraprofessionals will grow personally by working together to meet diverse needs. Successful inclusion practices are possible. The more we know about inclusion the less fearful it is. Children are the province of the whole school, not one teacher. -page 7 Learning in Safe Schools
What does inclusion in theclassroom look like?“It is always exciting to walk into a classroom and have to searchto find the child who is working on an adapted program becausethat student is using the same materials as the rest of thestudents.” (-pg. 81 Learning in Safe Schools)