Successful rebuilding begins with a plan or blueprint designed with a clear knowledge of the needs of our students, families, educators, and community. Do we stop, look at our neighborhood schools and communities, and listen to the needs of our children? Active engagement and two-way communication are critical to determine the priorities that will guide us to lay a solid foundation supporting the vision that all children belong.
- What is a blueprint? Display sample blueprints.
- How is a blueprint like a recipe, outline, directions? Discuss purpose.
- What is needed before designing a blueprint?
- How effective is a blueprint as a measurement tool?
- With a partner or in a small group, draw a map of the school to become familiar with the layout of the school and the location of staff members and services for all students. Share and display maps.
- Interview students, staff, parents, and community members to discover what makes our school welcoming to all.
- Engage in listening games with classmates or staff such as “What did I say—What did you hear?”
- Encourage journal writing, oral presentations, and suggestion boxes.
- Create school, home, and community surveys to learn and respond to “what’s working” and “what isn’t” with regard to inclusive practices. With this information, it will be easy to design even more successful inclusive schools.