The Characteristics of Inclusive Educators Video
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Inclusive education isn’t just a pedagogical approach; it’s a mindset, a commitment, and a transformative force that seeks to welcome, support, and empower every learner. At its heart, the success of inclusive education hinges on the individuals who lead the way—inclusive educators. These remarkable professionals possess a unique set of qualities that extend far beyond the traditional realm of teaching. They are the architects of inclusive classrooms, the advocates for diversity, and the champions of equal opportunities.
- Realize that inclusion is for every student. One of the most powerful of human needs is to belong.
- Flip old conceptions of places and labels in favor of individual student needs.
- Understand that Inclusion does not mean 100% of the students spend 100% of the day in the general education classroom. Inclusion and Individualization are synonymous.
- Realize that “The integration of professionals within a school system is a prerequisite to the successful integration of students. We cannot ask our students to do things which we as professionals are unwilling to do.” –Harris (1987)
- Recognize the difference between an adult issue and a student issue and minimize the focus on the first.
- Collaborate like they mean it! And Learn to have courageous conversations.
- Recognize three types of inclusion: Physical, Academic, and Social.
- Commit to issues of equity and access.
- Understand that there is no such thing as excellence without equity.
- Understand that there are no unique methodologies for students with disabilities.
- Recognize that instructional accommodations/scaffolding offers a magic option for almost every student.
- Believe in miracles.