Are you thinking about the potential of inclusive education? Whether you’re just in the discovery stage, or already working in an inclusive environment, this in-depth article will give you a solid understanding of what it means to be an inclusive classroom or school. We’ll explore what this looks like in practice, and what role technology plays in making education inclusive of every student.
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The framework for inclusive education dates back as far as 1994. Currently, the official definition of Inclusive education is “when all students, regardless of any challenges they may have, are placed in age-appropriate general education classes that are in their own neighborhood schools to receive high-quality instruction, interventions, and supports that enable them to meet success in the core curriculum.” (Bui, Quirk, Almazan, & Valenti, 2010; Alquraini & Gut, 2012).
What does that mean in practical terms? Simply put, it means accepting, understanding and catering for students’ differences and diversity whether that’s physical, cognitive, academic, social, or emotional. The goal of inclusive education is that students spending time outside the regular classroom environment is an exception rather than the norm.
The overarching marker of success for inclusive education is that students feel welcomed and comfortable in our classroom environments and are supported throughout their education.
If this has sparked your interest in learning more about inclusive education, who’s doing it, and how, check out our recent webinar with Kasey Bell of Shake Up Learning and Mike Marotta of Inclusive Technology Solutions.
Listen along to the hour long conversation where Kasey and Mike cover everything from differentiation and personalized learning and student-centered strategies, to the digital tools that could help.