[community] Inclusion in practice: Henderson Inclusion Elementary School

Caren Watkins carenwatkins at gmail.com
Wed Sep 13 15:30:58 UTC 2017


Kudos to the team and students! This is a great example of how inclusion
can be executed in a classroom. Thank you, Sepideh, for sharing!

Yes, agree, very interesting strategies including a focus not on
conformity, but on consistency, multi-modal delivery, multi-modal output
options for *all* students, peer to peer learning, and stations. The
stations themselves could be rich feedback loops for the constant evolution
of one-size-fits-one.

On Mon, 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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