Why should inclusive education matter to all of us? Why is it important to our classrooms, schools and communities? What is the relationship between inclusive education and bullying in schools? Listen on Friday, September 21, 2012 to The Inclusive Class Podcast and hear guest, Mara Sapon-Shevin share her thoughts on why inclusive education matters and affects all areas of our society.
Mara is a Professor of Inclusive Education at Syracuse University. She works to prepare teachers to work in inclusive classrooms with particular emphasis on community building, learning about differences, and inclusive teaching practices. She also works actively on issues of social justice, particularly anti-racism, anti-homophobia and combatting bullying. She is also very interested in teaching social justice through the arts.
Her recent books include Widening the Circle: The Power of Inclusive Classrooms, Because We Can Change the World: A Practical Guide toBuilding Cooperative, Inclusive Classroom Communities and Educational Courage:Resisting the Ambush of Public Education (with Nancy Schniedewind).
The mother of two adult daughters, Mara is active in her community and enjoys singing, dancing and quilting. For more information about Mara and her work, you can visit her site at http://www.marasapon-shevin.org.