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Amanda Cross

LD Specialist

Inclusion: noun 1. the action or state of including or being included within a group or structure.

Inclusion is the full acceptance of all students and leads to a sense of belonging within the classroom environment. Inclusive education happens when children with and without disabilities participate and learn together in the same classes. Research shows that when a child with disabilities attends classes alongside peers who do not have disabilities, good things happen.

What is Inclusion? Check out this video that explains what inclusion is.

The Successful Inclusive Classroom

Keys to success include:

  • Students need to be active – not passive learners.
  • Children should be encouraged to make choices as often as possible, a good teacher will allow students some time to flounder as some of the most powerful learning stems from taking risks and learning from mistakes.
  • Parental involvement is crucial.
  • Students with disabilities must be free to learn at their own pace and have accommodations and alternative assessment strategies in place to meet their unique needs.
  • Students need to experience success, learning goals need to be specific, attainable, and measurable, and have some challenges.