Resources and Strategies
Perhaps the most critical role in successful inclusive schools is the role of the principal. The school principal's active participation is the single most important predictor of success in implementing change, improving services, or setting a new course. The school principal is central to facilitating systemic change and leading faculty to adopt new attitudes and new practices.
With responsibilities widening each year, today's principal must create the conditions for a positive learning environment, academic rigor, and set the standard for shared ownership across the entire faculty. This month, we will explore the many facets of the role of inclusive principals.
Self Assessment and Action Planning
Characteristics of Teachers of ALL Students: Shared Responsibility for Successful Students
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How does the principal forge a united faculty that envisions itself as a team of educators working on behalf of all students? Read more...
Instruction in Inclusive Settings:
How does the principal create an inclusive school that values all students as full members of the school community? Read more...
Supporting a School-wide System of Positive Behavorial Supports:
How does the principal establish an effective school-wide positive behavioral support system? Read More...
SchoolBook , a New York Times and New York City Public Radio hosted news site, has been closely following the current overhaul of special education practices in New York City public schools toward inclusive education as the norm, not the exception. This series of reports on SchoolBook has covered a variety of topics associated with the significant reform process including IEP development, strategies principals are using to include students with special needs in general education schools and a comparison of NYC schools with national trends in education.
Tools and Strategies for Inclusive Schools
Chapter 3: Steps to Implementing Inclusive Education
An interactive website that includes two components: an Inclusion Model Decision Matrix and supporting documents and guides to steer the process
A collection of resources and indicators of high quality inclusive early childhood environments
Using the Summer to Get Ready for a New Year- Inclusive Education Free Professional Development Options
CASE is an international professional educational organization which is affiliated with the Council for Exceptional Children whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society.
IRIS Center Resource Locator
The IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University maintains an online Resource Locator with links to high-quality resources for teacher educators and professional development providers, including training modules, case studies, activities and informational briefs. These resources address a number of important topics, such as accommodations, assessment, collaboration, behavior, RtI, transition, and differentiated instruction. Click here to visit the Resource Locator website.
Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI)
The Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) hosts a webinar series and provides a variety of resources on topics relating to research-based educational practice. The March 2009 webinar topic, "School Practices to Improve Mathematics Teaching and Learning for Students With Disabilities", featured REL-NEI researchers discussing both math-specific interventions, such as additional math support time, and schoolwide practices, such as teacher collaboration, to enhance math education for students with disabilities. Visit the REL-NEI website to view this and other webinars from their online Webinar Archive.