Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Inclusive Class Project -- How are You Doing Inclusion?

Using Twitter, sign up for the Periscope app! You can catch snippets of advice, resources and inclusion-in-action, on the go.   #TheInclusiveClassProject

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

3 Podcasts About Autism You Need to Hear Right Now!

In recognition of Autism Awareness and Autism Acceptance Month (I know some of our readers feel strongly about which label to give the month of April), here are 3 podcasts from The Inclusive Class that you need to hear right now. Each of these podcasts will provide you with valuable knowledge and insight into educating and including children with autism in the school system.

In the first podcast titled, "The Autistic Child with Dr. Temple Grandin", we hear Dr. Grandin's thoughts on why it is important to include students with autism in the general education classroom.  She suggests that general education classrooms offer several key aspects to supporting growth and development in autistic students.

The second podcast, "Preparing Teachers to Include Students with Autism", with Dr. Susan Marks from Northern Arizona University, explains why we need to train general education teachers to include students with autism in the classroom.

Finally, the third podcast titled, "Inclusion Doesn't Happen Down the Hall", features guests, Lisa Friedman and Torrie Dunlap.  Not so much about autism, but all students with special needs, this podcast opens our eyes to what inclusion really is about and what to expect from schools in the form of inclusion.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Paper Policies vs Front Line Practice in Inclusive Education

Dr. Kristen Kosmerl and Lisa Pinhorn join us on The Inclusive Class Podcast. Listen to a frank discussion about what should be happening in our school and what actually does happen. Coming from diverse backgrounds, our roundtable has had various experiences and thoughts on how to resolve the issue. Nicole Eredics and Terri Mauro host this podcast. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Blog Hop with The Inclusive Class!


In the spirit of collaboration, let's have a "Blog Hop" and share one another's best posts about inclusion. If you have written a blog POST about inclusion in the home, school or community, please participate and let's learn from one another! 


1) What is a blog hop? A blog hop also called a link up is basically a widget, called a linky, that allows bloggers to add their blog to a list. The list can be on multiple sites or may just be on the site of the blogger hosting the hop.

2) What is the purpose of a blog hop? Blog hops allow you to visit other blogs, follow blogs you like, and gain followers.

3) How do I participate? It's easy, just follow the rules the host has left. Sometimes the host asks that you place the blog hop button on your site or in a post, others have no rules. You then add your blog to the list and then visit other blog from the list. When you find blogs you enjoy follow them and leave a comment.

4) Why should I leave a comment? Leaving a comment allows the blogger to know that you are now following them. However, there are a few rules of etiquette:
  • Don't spam bloggers
  • Don't ask bloggers to visit your site and follow you
  • Try to leave a sincere comment. Comment on the post or their blog in general and then let them know you are stopping by from the blog hop. No need to ask them to stop by your blog, if they are participating they already know how it works.

5) How long is a blog hop? Blog hops typically last one day although some may last an entire weekend and specialty blog hops may last a week or more.

6) How many blogs should I visit? As many as you would like. Visiting blogs through blog hops takes time so you may not get to everyone on the list, the great things is most blog hops are weekly events so you can stop back b next week.

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BLOG HOP RULES for The Inclusive Class

1.  To add your link, click the small blue button that says “Add your link” at the very bottom of the post. Please do not leave your link in the comment section of this post. 

2.  You must link to your blog post permalink, not your blog URL.  Keep in mind that readers will still be visiting this blog hop months from now and if they click your link and end up on your blog homepage, they won’t be able to find your post. To find your post’s permalink: After you publish your post, go back to your blog and click on the post’s title. Copy everything in the top browser bar. 

3.  Visit other blogs on the blog list and leave a meaningful comment. Follow their blog to build community and keep up on inclusion information. (Please note: If someone follows your blog, it is customary to follow them back.) 

4.  Share The Inclusive Class Blog Hop button to invite others to join in!  Use the hashtag #BetterTogether!

5.  Follow The Inclusive Class! We are also on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Inclusive Education: How to be an Advocate for Your Child

Parents may face many challenges when exploring education options in the American public school system — especially if they have a child with special needs. 
For example, how do parents find an education setting that best fits their child’s specific needs? Will the supports they’re seeking for their child be provided by the school? And if not, how do parents advocate for a more suitable placement? Searching for the right education setting for a child with a disability can be challenging, but it’s most effective with research and understanding a few key advocacy strategies.

What Is Inclusive Education?

Years of research and experience tell us that inclusive education — the practice of educating children of all abilities in one classroom — is the gold standard. Many schools, however, still have classrooms where children with disabilities are educated separately from the rest of the student population. The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), a federal law originally enacted in 1975 and revised multiple times since, provides guidance for educating children with special needs. Though the word “inclusion” isn’t specifically used in its documents, the law requires that, to the greatest degree possible, children with disabilities should be educated in the “least restrictive environment” alongside their non-disabled peers — that is, in classrooms with children of all abilities.
Providing this type of learning environment, however, is subject to the needs of the student and the ability of the school to meet them. If a child’s learning needs can be met in general education classes, then the school can offer inclusive education. If the school believes it won’t be able to provide the supports a child requires in this type of setting — due to constraints on classroom options, staffing, budget, or resources — then a child can be placed in a “self-contained” (or segregated) classroom. While advocates for childrenwith learning disabilities often support inclusive education — and many parents prefer it — the reality is that you may not always have a choice at the school your child will attend.
If you are looking for this type of placement, ............ READ MORE HERE.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Strategies for Inclusion

Robert Rummel-Hudson, author of Schuyler's Monster, and inclusion expert Judith Moening, join this episode of The Inclusive Class Podcast.