Inclusion in Action

The Inclusive Schools Network hosts the Annual Inclusive Schools Week during the first week of December. Schools and communities around the world hold events and activities to raise awareness about the benefits of inclusive educational practices.

Let us know what you are doing for Inclusive Schools Week by submitting a short description of your celebration activities and events by email to the ISN email box at You can use this form to help share the details of your Celebration: Inclusion in Action Submission Form.

For inspiration, read below about inclusive education success stories and celebrations below!

Inclusion in Action Map

ISW International School of Kuala Lumpur

We are so excited to share an international inclusion celebration that just took place this April. Even though Inclusive Schools Week is officially the first week of December, it is NEVER a bad time to celebrate inclusion in schools! The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) in Malaysia celebrated Inclusive Schools Week April 1-5, 2019… Read more

Philippines Inclusive Schools Week Celebration

This Completion Report was shared with us by The Teacher’s Gallery in the Philippines. What an inspiring celebration! We hope that their thoughts and ideas can help you when planning your own Inclusive Schools Week celebration. Background Inclusion is an advocacy that is growing in today’s Philippine society, especially in pursuing the goal of inclusive… Read more

Disabilities Awareness Day at Helen Morgan School

Helen Morgan School celebrated Inclusive Schools Week with a special Disabilities Awareness Day.  The 4th graders participated in a series of simulations facilitated by special services staff as well as high school student leaders.  In the pictures, you can see the activities included simulations related to fine motor challenges (sock activity), gross motor (wheelchair navigation and… Read more

View the Film Ian

Celebrate National Inclusive Schools Week with a powerful short film: “Ian” Academy Award-eligible, “Ian” tells the story of a real-life boy with Cerebral Palsy whose fierce determination to be included on his local playground changes the beliefs and actions of his community. Download these talking points that will help you generate a thoughtful post-viewing discussion among… Read more

KIPP Ways Academy Celebrates with Daily Activities

Below is the Inclusive Schools Week activity flyer for KIPP Ways Academy. They used activities to bridge with the primary campus for The Week and showcased their crafts in the shared common spaces.  They are excited about the planned activities for scholars each day. There are 3 craft activities planned, a whole school morning meeting… Read more

Eureka! Inclusive Communities Network’s Idea for Local Gathering

Please Join Eureka! Inclusive Communities Network in celebrating Inclusive Schools Week. The energy and desire for inclusion is strong and growing in Santa Clara County. This opportunity to meet others that are paving the path forward share experiences, insights, lessons, and celebrate accomplishments is priceless. View their PowerPoint Presentation HERE Information about the Gathering You… Read more

IGB International School Celebration Plans

Here are a few good celebration ideas from an international participant of ISW 2018. The picture shows two elementary students participating in an activity with conversation starters during lunchtime. Everyone is enjoying Inclusive Schools Week the activities planned for The Week. My name is Lizzie Hudson and I am the Learning Support teacher at IGB… Read more

Catoctin Elementary in Loudoun County Celebration Plans!

Catoctin Elementary in Loudoun County celebrated Inclusive Schools Week with a variety of activities planned by the PTA and school staff. During The Week students decorated classroom doors with hands that share what the word “Inclusion” means to them.  Guidance continued lessons on inclusion and kindness.  Books from the library were displayed to encourage inclusion-themed reading and… Read more

Little River Elementary School in Loudoun County Public Schools Plans for ISW 2018

Kimberly Dempsey (assistant principal), Anne Terry (school counselor), and Melissa Middlebrooks (school counseling intern) have collaborated and organized several ISW 2018 activities listed below. We hope they inspire your ISW Celebrations! Little River has an active PTA and a strong presence on Twitter and FaceBook so they are planning a social media campaign for the… Read more

Register for New York City Department of Education Winter Showcase Schools Visits!

All school teams, administrators, and school-based staff are invited to sign up for a visit to learn about Showcase Schools’ promising practices and the conditions that help them thrive in a variety of Learning Focus Areas—including special education, student voice, curriculum design, and more. It is recommended to register early as space is available on a first-come, first-served basis and to attend… Read more

Plymouth River Elementary’s 2018 ISW Plans

The mission of the Plymouth River School Community in Hingham Public Schools, where children are treasured, is to foster a love of learning in an innovative, cooperative climate which empowers all students to be competent, productive, caring and responsible citizens. Principal Melissa Smith and her staff have created a plan including activities to help celebrate… Read more

ISN Partner: Shane’s Inspiration

An international non-profit organization, Shane’s Inspiration’s vision is to foster a bias-free world for children with disabilities.  Their mission is to create inclusive playgrounds and educational programs that unite children of all abilities. Take a tour of one of their INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUNDS. Together, We Are Able is their powerful school social inclusion program. Proven already… Read more

ISN Partner: Disability Equality in Education

Inclusive Schools Network is pleased to partner with Disability Equality in Education. Read below to learn more about this organization and the resources they offer. The culture of silence ends. The conversation starts here. Our Mission is to show all students  that disability is a powerful identity and a natural part of the human experience… Read more

ISN Partner: The Nora Project

The Nora Project‘s mission is to teach empathy by sparking friendships between students and their peers with disabilities. Why it Matters Creating supportive communities for people with disabilities (now and for the future) starts with teaching today’s generation empathy—a practice that will benefit them in all aspects of their lives. Without the opportunity to learn… Read more

ISN Partner: Intelligent Lives

Inclusive Schools Week is a proud partner with INTELLIGENT LIVES, the groundbreaking new documentary by Dan Habib. Narrated by Academy-award winning actor Chris Cooper, the film stars three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. The film can now… Read more

Feature: Aspire Chicago “All Are Welcome” Program!

Aspire’s mission is to support the successes of children and adults with developmental disabilities, strengthen their families and build embracing communities. Founded in 1960, it is recognized throughout Illinois as a leader in providing bold, pioneering and uncompromising services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and the Chicagoland community. They have partnered in  “All… Read more


Tororo Inset Nursery Teacher Training School: The center that works in partnership with education offices to promote inclusive education practices in Early childhood development (nursery education inclusive practices) in Uganda includes: 1.  Inclusive schools and children with disability assessments 2. Training of inclusive education teachers to support children with special needs, using Stetson Associate, Inc. inclusion… Read more

Bush Hill Elementary in Fairfax County, Virginia Has Great ISW 2017 Plans!

Thanks so much Mrs. Sarah Pike for sharing your plans! We can’t wait to see hear more about how the week went! Bush Hill Elementary School has celebrated Inclusive Schools Week for many years! As our Panthers celebrate the uniqueness of our school community, we have several activities planned to teach students how to be… Read more

Akshar Arambha Nepal (AAN) is Making Inclusive Improvements!

We received an updated from Nepal. There are great things happening there to support inclusion! “It is my pleasure for me and my organization, Akshar Arambha Nepal-AAN, to share our inclusive education campaign for “Inclusive Schools Week”.  During this period, we have organized an inclusive education orientation program for mainstream school students and an inclusive… Read more

Washoe County School District Excels in Inclusive Practices

Washoe County School District is making a difference for its 65,000 students by approaching inclusive practices systematically through ongoing training and technical support. Inclusive Practice is a district focus and schools have chosen to focus on it as part of their School Improvement Plans. In the summer of 2015, we began district-wide training on inclusive… Read more

ISW Kick Off Events at Galileo High School

Galileo High in San Francisco Unified School District kicks off a district-wide Inclusive Schools Week celebration with cheers, dance, ‘speed-friending’. WHAT To kick off Inclusive Schools Week, Galileo High students will be listening to K-Pop and B-Boys and participating in lunchtime activities to celebrate the school’s inclusive practices. WHEN Monday, December 5 / 11:15 a.m… Read more

Inclusion Championship Feature: Linton Elementary School

Linton Elementary located on the east side of the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas is a “Champion of Inclusion.”  The school’s motto,  “Know All- Love All -Serve All” is the catalyst that drives what’s done in and out of the classroom. The namesake for the school, Dolores Linton, was a pioneer in… Read more

Frazer Center in Atlanta Celebrates ISW 2017!

The Frazer Center is an inclusive community where people at all levels of ability and disability gather, learn, and flourish together. They had a great celebration plan for ISW 2016. Check out some of their activities! !  … Read more

North Penn SD Celebrates with Handmade Quilts

In honor of Inclusive Schools Week 2016, North Penn School District schools display quilts made by students to showcase the importance and impact of inclusion… Read more

District of Columbia Public Schools 2016 Celebration

The District of Columbia Public Schools had a successful Inclusive Schools Week Celebration throughout the district! Check out some of their great celebration ideas! 1. Participate in the Inclusive School Mural Contest. A lesson plan was provided for all teachers. 2. Join the social media celebration using the hashtag #DCPSrocksInclusion, #DCPSIncludesAll and @YourSchool in order to… Read more

Our Hero: Dr. David P. Riley

This year, the Inclusive Schools Week theme focuses on the concept of being a HERO. This is particularly fitting because a hero is a person noted for courageous acts of character and nobility.  We are proud to name … Dr. David P. Riley Founder of The Inclusive Schools Week and Network as our Hero for… Read more

Miraloma Elementary’s Wall of Inclusion

We are so impressed with the Wall of Inclusion Miraloma Elementary in San Francisco created! Enjoy their Press Release below. December 6, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Visiting author Todd Parr and spontaneous art installations around the country inspire art project at this San Francisco elementary school. To mark Inclusive Schools Week this year, Miraloma Elementary… Read more

Heroes Photo Booth at Belmont Ridge Middle School!

What a fun way to celebrate Inclusive Schools Week! Belmont Ridge Middle School set up a photo booth and encouraged students and staff to pose in support of ISW!  … Read more

DSAF of Nebraska Honors Champions of Inclusion

What a great idea to honor those who support inclusion year round! DSAF of Nebraska has a call out to their district for nominations of champions that will receive a certificate and gift. What an honor! Add this to your celebration ideas list for ISW 2017… Read more

Austin Public Schools Announces Poster Contest Winners

Austin Public Schools held a Poster Contest for their students and the winners were just amazing! Check them out in the article in the Austin Daily Herald.… Read more

Romania School Learns the True Meaning of Inclusion

In Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the Gheorhge Sincai high school participated in the project “Services for Socio-Educational Integration of Roma”, coordinated by the Foundation Desire for Social reflection and openness, founded by SEE. In the frame of this project, the high school participated in the activity “Index for Inclusion” developed by Tony Booth and Mel Ainscow, and published in Romanian… Read more

Fairfax County Public Schools Make Each Day Special During ISW

In Fairfax County Schools, Inclusive Schools Week highlights the accomplishments of families, schools, and communities who promote inclusive education for all children across the world. The Week celebrates the progress that schools have made in implementing inclusive practices to ensure a quality education for an increasingly diverse student population, including students with disabilities, those from… Read more

“Inclusive Schools Week” Celebrates Progress Made in Education in Giving All Students Better Opportunities

Watch news video here (ABC 6 News) — Governor Mark Dayton declared December 7-11, 2016 “Inclusive Schools Week”, advocates and supporters of inclusive education believe that there are still students who are marginalized and do not have access to a supportive and quality education.”Inclusive Schools Week” is an annual celebration recognizing  the progress schools have… Read more

Ghana Inclusive International School 2015 ISW Celebration

Multikids Inclusive Academy (MKA) is Ghana’s first inclusive international school, educating children in a co-existing learning environment. MKA combines creative, academic and vocational teaching and learning based on the UK National Curriculum, for students in nursery school up to 21 years old. They provide excellence through an enabling environment for all learners and promoting inclusion… Read more

Inclusive Schools Week 2015 Plans in San Francisco

KALW Local Public Radio 91.7FM in San Francisco hosted Deborah Peralta, co-chair of Inclusive Schools Week in San Francisco, to discuss upcoming events for this celebration in December. They discuss their plans for Inclusive Schools Week which has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly… Read more

New Jersey Bike-A-Thon

When Dr. Frances Stetson heard the plans for the Future Project Team’s Bike-A-Thon presented at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles 2015, she was so impressed and had to help sponsor the event. The Bike-A-Thon was planned by these four gentlemen, the Dream Director and three male students from the inner city of… Read more

High School Bands Become Champions for Kids with Disabilities

By Tina Calabro As fall turns to winter, high school football fields are suddenly without their determined athletes and rousing marching bands. The autumn rituals haven't changed much over the years, but in one important way they have. More students with disabilities are making their way in the mainstream of high school life, and many… Read more

Plaza Civica In Inclusion In San Miguel De Allende

What great photos from this outdoor International ISW celebration in San Miquel Allende! The children's artwork is phenomenal and so colorful… Read more

LCPS Celebrates Inclusive Schools Week

Enjoy this Animoto video featuring photos from Loundon County Public School's 2012 ISW Celebration.  LCPS 2012 ISW Celebration Animoto video Read more about their celebration plans: Loundon County ISW 2012 Plans… Read more

Roberto Clemente Charter School Celebrates ISW

Alyssa Postman wrote from UNO Roberto Clemente Charter Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois. "We celebrated Inclusive Schools Week by holding 2 professional development sessions for our staff on accommodating & modifying instruction as well as supporting learners with social-emotional needs. Teachers also presented the "Get Into It" lesson plans from Special Olympics in their classrooms. We… Read more

DC Public Schools 2014 Celebration Plans

D.C. Public Schools is celebrating ISW in a BIG Way this year! Read more about their Celebration plans here! The Inclusive Programming Division will be hosting Inclusive Schools Week on December 1-4. Mark your calendars! We have four exciting events, one on each day after school, at schools around the District. Our aim is to celebrate all DCPS… Read more

A Bowling Outing in Hawaii to Celebrate Inclusion

This success story was shared on our facebook page! What a great way to have fun together and celebrate inclusion! In honor of Inclusive Schools Week, Farrington High School in Kalihi, HI went to bowling with their Friends Program. It was an awesome day filled with laughter and strikes galore. Have an awesome week everyone… Read more

Explore the Instructional Design Tool (IDT)

A teacher friendly tool designed by Stetson & Associates, Inc. that illustrates the steps for differentiating instruction. Watch this mini tutorial for more information on how to use this “Mental Model” when designing differented lessons for diverse learners. Watch this short video about the Instructional Design Tool Download the Instructional Design Tool… Read more

How Do We Build Effective Parent-School Partnerships in Inclusive Schools?

Our question for today is how do we build effective parent-school partnerships in inclusive schools. There’s an enormous body of research and studies on the positive impact of parent partnerships and student success not just in school but throughout life. We cannot educate our children without reaching out to their parents. When schools and families… Read more

Tacoma Public Schools Inclusion Gallery Exhibit

As part of a week-long celebration of Inclusive Schools Week, Tacoma Public Schools hosted an Inclusive Gallery Exhibit and Resource Fair at Mount Tahoma High School. Student artists from all abilities and grade levels displayed work representing what inclusion means to them. It was truly an amazing event with 82 pieces of art representing inclusion. Over… Read more

Atlanta Public Schools Celebrates ISW

Atlanta Public Schools Hosting Inclusive Schools Week Events by Staff Reports November 26, 2014 03:42 PM Atlanta Public Schools will join school districts and communities around the world in celebrating the 14th annual Inclusive Schools Week Monday through Dec. 5, with events and activities in classrooms, schools and communities to raise awareness of educational practices that… Read more

ISW Celebration in Uganda

We were so excited to hear that Inclusive Schools Week 2014 was celebrated in Uganda! Center Director of the Tororo Christian Center Education Campus, Gabriel Odoi Owor, contacted us to share details of their ISW celebration. Their mission is “Making Schools Inclusive.”  Here are some pictures and highlights of their celebration… Read more

SFUSD’S 2014 ISW Celebration

San Francisco Unified Schools held an impressive celebration for 2014 Inclusive Schools Week. Here are a few highlights below! Superintendent Richard Carranza speaks about inclusion from the podium.   L to R: Deborah Peralta, CAC member and parent at Sunset Elementary, Dr. Elizabeth Blanco, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education Services,  and  stand in front of the… Read more

Michigan State Board Passes an ISW Resolution

In celebration of Inclusive Schools Week, the Michigan State Board of Education passed an ISW Resolution. Inclusive Schools are envisioned in the State Board's framework for policy development: Universal Education:Vision and Principles… Read more

Several Events Planned to Celebrate ISW in the District of Columbia

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and its planning partners have coordinated a week-long series of city-wide events and trainings in celebration of Inclusive Schools Week.  Please join us in our efforts to raise awareness about the importance of inclusion and the great work our city is doing to ensure that inclusion… Read more

Vienna Elementary to Mark ‘Inclusion Week’ Starting Monday

Students hope to raise $500 to donate to Jill's House in Vienna. In observance of National Inclusive Schools Week, December 2-6, the students and staff members at Vienna Elementary School will participate in a different activity each day designed to encourage inclusion for all students.  Vienna Elementary School is a Fairfax County public school. The school… Read more

PWCS Office of Special Education Poster Contest

In celebration of Inclusive Schools Week, the PWCS Office of Special Education, invites schools to create a colorful and attractive banner or poster that focuses on stakeholders’ awareness of this event. An inclusive school is where there is a sense of belonging—all students are welcomed members of the school community. There is acceptance and understanding… Read more

Inclusive Schools Week Kick Off Event

Location: Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives – 1201 17th St, NW Details: The Inclusive Schools Week Planning Committee would like to extend a special invitation to its 2012 Inclusive Schools Week (ISW) Kick-Off Event. The event aims to highlight the District of Columbia’s work toward creating and maintaining inclusive classrooms and engage participants in interactive activities… Read more

Spotlight: Co-Teaching at Camelot in North East ISD

At Camelot Elementary, Mr. Cody Kemp and Mr. Paul Goodwin co-teach twenty four fifth grade students in the areas of reading/English language arts and mathematics. Co-teaching is a partnership between general and special educators who share the philosophy that they are responsible for all children. Co-teaching requires interweaving the skills of both educators to meet… Read more

Flint Hill Elementary Inclusive Schools Week Celebration 2012

Inclusive Schools Week (ISW) is an annual event sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network. Celebrated during the first week in December, ISW was created to commemorate the progress that schools have made in providing a quality education to an increasingly diverse student population including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socioeconomics status, cultural… Read more

I Am Norm 2011 ISW Celebration Activities

Take a look at the short "how to" video that that Malia Rappaport (one of I am Norm's fantastic youth leaders) put together to promote Inclusive Schools Week. Find more videos on the I Am Norm website. The I Am Norm resources page has also been updated with "Host your own I am Norm Day" and includes downloadable tools to… Read more

Newton Public Schools ISW 2011 Events and Activities

Submitted by: Jo-Louise Allen, Co-Chari, Newton Sped PAC FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY Staff Appreciation Breakfast on Wednesday, December 7th. Book display highlighting differences of all kinds Principal's note focusing on inclusion in the next issue of the Franklin newsletter All classrooms to participate in a grade-appropriate "I feel included when" activity BURR ELEMENTARY Schoolwide Activities  Teacher communication—providing teachers… Read more

Atlanta Public Schools Celebrates ISW 2011

Atlanta Public Schools has many different activities planned for Inclusive Schools Week. The Board of Education has  proclaimed that the week of December 5th-9th will be Inclusive Schools Week.. On Monday, the Central Office Staff will be greeted at the door in the morning with pencils, stickers and gifts from the ISN Shop. They will also… Read more

Minnesota Proclaims Inclusive Schools Week 2011

The state of Minnesota has issued a proclamation identifying December 5th-9th as Inclusive Schools Week.  In support of this proclamation, a group of organizations have come together and are offering a free community event on December 6, 2011 with Dr. Patrick Schwarz at the Bloomington Civic Plaza in Minnesota.  He will be speaking on- From… Read more

Including Samuel Screening ISW 2011

The Arc of Northeast Tarrant County & Special Populations Group of meadow Creek PTA are offering a special screening of "Including Samuel" Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 6:30-8:30 pm.  The screening will be held at the Meadow Creek Cafeteria in Bedford, Texas.  To learn more about the film and how this district is celebrating click… Read more

Ocean Springs School District Celebration Activities 2010

Submitted by Teresa Callahan, Assistant Principal of Magnolia Park Elementary School Highlights of Celebration Activities Ocean Springs School District on the Mississippi Gulf Coast has several exciting plans to celebrate Inclusive Education Week! For the big Kick-off, the Mayor is issuing an official proclamation for next week to be Inclusive Education week in our community, using… Read more

The Frazer Center ISW Celebration Plans 2010

Submitted by Lairalaine M. White Inclusive Schools Week Celebration Plans In addition to centerwide activities, Teaching Teams at the Frazer Center will: Create a colorful display that tells an inclusive practice that is used whether it’s on a daily basis or something new. Be able to answer the question “What is Inclusion?” Be able to present… Read more

Miami-Dade County Public Schools ISW Highlights 2009

– Submitted by Deirdre Marshall Phillips, FIN Facilitator, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Highlights of ISW in Miami-Dade County Public Schools First, Miami-Dade Schools has partnered with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the Florida Inclusion Network, VSA Arts of Florida, and the Historical Museum of Southern Florida to showcase student performances from our… Read more

Cooke Center for Learning and Development ISW Highlights 2009

Submitted by Kathryn Simic, Director of Family and Community Services, Cooke Center for Learning and Development Highlights of Inclusive Schools Week On December 10th, 2009. Cooke Center for Learning and Development will be hosting the Manhattan Developmental Disabilities Childrens Committee's Celebration of National Inclusive Schools Week. Sherri LaFond of the NYC Department of Education, District… Read more

Newton Public Schools 2009 ISW Events and Activities

Submitted by Jo-Louise Allen, Co-Chair, Newton Parents Advisory Council for Special Education  High School Activities Newton South High School Advisory teachers showed a YouTube video clip of "Soeren Colombo Speech about his Sister" during the Tuesday, December 8th advisory block. The speech focuses on the use of the word "retard" and its effect on our… Read more