[community] Inclusion in practice: Henderson Inclusion Elementary School

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Thank you for sharing.  Wonderful indeed.


Anna Stranks  MDes, BID, IDC, ARIDO, LEED AP, ARIDO GTA Past President
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> On Sep 13, 2017, at 11:30 AM, Caren Watkins <carenwatkins at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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