A Common Vocabulary in Inclusive Schools

Words are powerful. Consistency in the words we use to describe services and supports for  students with disabilities must be clear and consistent across the district for all children, parents, teachers, and community members. This brief tutorial defines inclusion and provides clarity regarding commonly used terms, such as PLAAFP, Curricular Supports, Advanced Supports, Support Facilitation, and… Read More

Staff Development Survey

Download and share this Staff Development Survey, designed by Stetson & Associates, Inc., to gather data about the professional learning needs in your school. Respondents are asked to evaluate their need for training in specific topics, such as: Differentiated Instruction Cooperative Learning Best Practices for Differentiated Schools Activity Based Instruction Integrative/Thematic Instruction Accommodations and Modifications… Read More

Shaking the House “Khooneh Takouni”

Khooneh takouni, which translates to "shaking the house" is a Persian ritual of spring cleaning that precedes the Persian New Year each spring. The ritual of spring cleaning, in many cultures, provides a fresh start as we enter the season of new beginnings. As trees bloom and flowers blossom many people enjoy a renewed sense… Read More

Formalizing External Supports

Collaborative Planning for External Support Services Tool This tool is designed for two teachers to use when determining the specific external supports needed by a special education or special needs student. Note that you can also use this in planning to meet the needs of a student who is struggling in school. How do we formalize External Supports? Step 1… Read More

Self-Assessment and Action Planning

What will you guarantee every single student who steps foot inside your building? Equitable access to the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) or general education curriculum? Equitable access to high quality instruction provided by teachers skilled in core content knowledge AND instructional methods designed to engage and bring learning within the reach of every student… Read More

Shared Ownership

How does the principal forge a united faculty that envisions itself as a team of educators working on behalf of all students? Begin by reminding every faculty member of these three points: Every student is a general education student and a full member of the school community. Some students just need additional supports! Having a… Read More

Using Video As A Powerful Self-Assessment Tool

Get off to a good start by reflecting on your teaching practices. Does your teaching style match the needs of all of the students in your classroom? Are you engaging all of your students during your lessons? If not, how will you know before it is too late? Engaging in self-assessment is a beneficial process… Read More

Celebrating Collaborative Teaching Success

Collaboration among people is one of the most important factors in successful inclusive schools. Inclusive Schools Week happens during a time that many cultures consider a season of celebration and giving. This is a perfect time to celebrate the people who you credit with being supportive of inclusive education in your school and community—the teachers… Read More

eSchool News Seven Standards for Effective Professional Development

This article by eSchool News Associate Editor, Meris Stansbury, discusses how collaborative teamwork among teachers is a key to 21-st century student achievement. She shares Learning Forward's seven standards for professional learning that increase teacher effectiveness and results for all students. Learning Communities: Groups of teachers who are committed to continuous improvement, shared responsibility, and… Read More

Sustaining Progress Toward Inclusive Schools

Educators and parents agree that the initial work required to create inclusive schools often involves a shift in philosophy and changes in instructional practice. This work is not easy and the time frame for successful change from limited knowledge of inclusive practices to a smooth system of services and supports usually requires at least two… Read More