[community] Inclusion in practice: Henderson Inclusion Elementary School

Mitchell, Jess jmitchell at ocadu.ca
Mon Sep 11 13:40:30 UTC 2017

This is wonderful Sepideh — thanks for sharing.

I liked the “consistency, not conformity” bit :)


Jess Mitchell
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Senior Manager, R&D + Design
OCAD University, Toronto
Inclusive Design Research Centre
jmitchell at ocadu.ca
skype: jesshmitchell

> On Sep 11, 2017, at 9:21 AM, Shahi, Sepideh <sshahi at ocadu.ca> wrote:
> Hi All,
> During my search for learning differences I found this elementary school in Dorchester, Massachusetts that is doing an amazing job including everyone in their regular curriculum. Students have different learning, developmental and physical abilities, and they come from different cultural and ethnical backgrounds. As the principal says in the video “Being different is the norm here”. and their work has proved that inclusion leads to higher achievements for students in their school.
> https://youtu.be/NRR67_osT-Q
> As they mention in the video, they are applying very interesting strategies, such as:
> - Co-teaching (a pair of general teacher and special teacher run the class, and they keep switching roles to be involved with every student)
> - Peer instruction (transferring the role of teachers to students so they can teach their peers)
> - Station teaching (the class is broken into several stations, and at each station the means of material representation and students’  engagement might be different)
> - Data based decision making (being open to adapt teaching methods and curriculum based on collected data from students)
> And the most interesting part for me was that in the entire video no-one even mentioned a medial name of a learning, or developmental disability! They avoided labeling their students and just talked about inclusion.
> Thanks,
> Sepideh
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