Saturday, November 28, 2015

5 Fantastic Websites for Finding the Research on Inclusive Education

If you have seen or worked in an inclusive classroom, you will know inclusion makes a difference to everyone in the classroom. For people who aren't familiar with inclusion, they may be surprised to learn the numerous academic, social and physical benefits to inclusive education. These benefits have been proven through years of research. If you would like to know what the research says, here is a helpful list of reputable websites that have complied years of studies supporting inclusive education. 

1.  The National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion has put together an extensive list of research on the benefits of inclusion for all students. students with Intellectual Disabilities. At last glance, there were over 40 studies listed. Each study is linked to a source with a full description and more information.

2.  The Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education has a document called, Inclusion Works! In it, the MCIE has outlined why inclusion is effective with supporting evidence. In addition, they have added a section called, Making Inclusion Work. Here, readers will learn research-based strategies that make inclusion work (i.e. peer supports).

3.  The School Wide Integrated Framework for Transformation (aka SWIFT), is an organization that provides academic and behavior supports for promote the inclusion of students with complex needs in classrooms and schools. They have a document in which they note studies that show inclusion is beneficial to ALL students. In addition, they have noted studies that support their own efforts to advance inclusion. There is also a bibliography of research available.

4.  Including Samuel, is a film by Dan Habib, that documents his son's experiences with inclusive education. On the website, there is a page that has put together a summary of some of the research around inclusion.

5.  Wrightslaw is a well-known resource for parents and advocates of students with complex needs. On it, Dr. Kathleen Whitbread wrote an article called, What Does the Reasearch Say About Inclusive Education? In her article, she provides information on the history of inclusion, government mandates that support inclusion as well as notable research.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Snap it! Post it! Show us Your Inclusive Class

Show us that inclusion works! Share your inclusive moments, lessons and classroom by snapping and posting! Use ‪#‎inclusiveclass‬. We will re-post to raise awareness for inclusion.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Beginner's Guide to Accommodations and Modifications

Are you a teacher or parent new to the school system? Do you have a child or student who has just entered special education? If so, you are most likely spending half your time deciphering the meanings of acronyms (IEP), abbreviations (504 Plan) and education related terms such as "push-in" or "pull-out". In the world of special education, there is no special attempt to help parents and general education teachers understand the language that seems to be only used inside the four walls of an IEP (which stands for Individual Education Plan) meeting room. 

Two terms that cause the most confusion, even for seasoned educators, are the words most commonly used in an IEP meeting - accommodations (sometimes used interchangably with adaptations) and modifications. Both describe methods for supporting student learning and have significantly different implications for services and future opportunities. 

Learn the differences between accommodations, modifications and what it means for students in an article I recently wrote called, Special Education Accommodations vs Modifications Explained. In this article you will learn:

  • When and why accommodations are used
  • Examples of accommodations
  • How a modified program facilitiates inclusion
  • What a modified program means for your student

If you need more information, have a look at this page and this page. Both have charts and pictures of examples. 

And, as always, feel free to connect with me by leaving a message below, on Facebook or Twitter if you have any questions!