New Year's Resolutions for Inclusive Schools
Have you made one or more resolutions for the New Year? Are you already achieving success losing weight, learning a new language, or rising earlier in the morning? Or, like millions of others, do you avoid the practice of resolution setting to save yourself potential feelings of disappointment should your good intentions fall along the way? Whatever your personal approach, there is something renewing about the opportunity to begin a new year by setting resolutions for new beginnings and improved outcomes for yourself and those around us.
We thought we would set our own 2012 resolutionsfor the Inclusive Schools Network. We've made many changes these past few months such as creating a new website, expanding our reach, involving more partners, incorporating more technology and sharing more tools and strategies- just to name a few. But, the opportunity to list a resolution or two for ISN just can't be missed! So here they are:
1st: To create advisory groups of educators, parents, students to provide more grass-roots involvement in and guidance for the ISN.
2nd: To incorporate more examples and celebrations of successful inclusive practices into our site - recognizing that we all face hurdles but stories of success boost our confidence and resolve.
3rd: To include brief interviews with experts about inclusive practices into every month's offerings - experts will include educational leaders, successful teachers, researchers, insightful parents, and students with experiences to share and enrich!
4th: To feature examples of inclusive practices from around the globe each month to be certain that our vision includes all children, cultures, geographic locales, and perspectives.
5th: To engage in formal partnerships with organizations that share the same goals and passions of the Inclusive Schools Networ;thus, modeling the spirit and practice of inclusive thinking and shared resources.
Wishing everyone a New Year focused on a world in which Every Child Belongs!
Happy 2012 to All!
Frances Stetson, Ph.D.
President, Stetson & Associates, Inc.