Inclusion Benefits Everyone: Educators’ Perspectives

By Shelley Littleton, M.Ed., and Donni Perry, M.Ed.

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Have you ever wondered what inclusion looks like in other schools?  Many schools in Superintendent’s Regions 2 and 3 have been recognized by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) through the Inclusive Practice Partnership Project for including students with disabilities in general education classes.

When asked to use one word to describe their overall experiences with inclusion, the educators responded with: “student-centered,” “hopeful,” “amazing,” “progress,” “challenging,” and “wow!”. They also agreed that inclusion benefits teachers, parents, staff members, and students with and without disabilities.

Why do so many educators believe in inclusion and how do they know it works? Find out by reading their answers to three critical questions:

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Co-Teacher Leaders – Page Middle School

By Shelley Littleton, M.Ed. and Donni Davis-Perry, M.Ed.

T/TAC William & Mary is highlighting a team of co-teacher leaders from Page Middle School in Gloucester County, Virginia.  Dana Cooper and Brian Teuke are part of the Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). [Read more…]

Inclusion: What, Why, and How?

Inclusive practices are vital to providing students with authentic experiences in diversity and meeting the unique needs of all learners (McGregor & Vogelsberg, 1998; Staub & Peck, 1995). With ongoing collaboration and strategic planning, school communities embrace inclusion by adopting a growth mindset to address student needs. Inclusive schools welcome all local students, with varying performance levels and learning styles, to attend their neighborhood schools, which is why a shared ownership mentality is imperative for success (Janney & Snell, 2013). [Read more…]