education

A Guide for Building Safe and Supportive Learning Environments

The Inclusive Schools Network is committed to our mission to encourage and empower parents, schools, and the community to design and implement effective inclusive schools. Inclusion is an action, and we support a proactive culture that models kindness and acceptance. The importance of working together to create safe, supportive learning environments cannot be overemphasized! We… Read more

Paraeducators: Fact or Fiction?

As policy and procedures have evolved over the years within education, the role of teachers and paraprofessionals has also changed.  Managing the work of paraprofessionals has become a more common component of effectively run classrooms.  Paraeducators who were once responsible for clerical duties to support teachers and administrators by preparing materials, taking attendance, and monitoring… Read more

Special Education Acronyms

Parents are often overwhelmed by the number of acronyms that are used in special education. Here are some of the most frequently used acronyms, even though this is not an exhaustive list, these cover some of the ones that are commonly used. Adaptive Behavior-AB Applied Behavioral Analysis-ABA American Disability Act-ADA Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder-ADHD APE… Read more

Special Education Terminology

The following is a list of terms used in special education.  The definitions of these words are helpful to parents when reading reports, attending meetings, conferences, and/or talking with staff members who work with your child. Academic – Refers to subjects such as reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. Accommodations – Changes in format… Read more

Major Federal Laws Affecting Special Education

Since 1974, federal legislation has provided the right for children with disabilities to receive an appropriate public education.  The Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act (IDEIA, 2004) reaffirmed these rights.  Under the federal law, special education means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parent, to meet the unique needs of individuals with exceptional… Read more

A Solid Foundation #ISW2021

A solid foundation is essential to any building project.  The foundation not only supports the building and anchors it against natural forces, but it also protects the structure from ground moisture, so it stands firm.  In our schools and communities, strong leadership is the foundation that supports an inclusive school environment and anchors it firmly… Read more

Quick Guide: Towards Disability Inclusive Education

The Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development (DCDD) has developed a Quick Guide: Towards Disability Inclusive Education to make it easier to access tools and resources to support inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. This guide was developed to help programme managers, proposal developers and field coordinators who are involved… Read more

Returning to the Classroom After Traumatic Brain Injury

Submitted by: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org Most children who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), will eventually return to a school or classroom setting following discharge. Some will return after only a brief hospitalization and others after a lengthy rehabilitation program. Because the recovery process can take several months or even years, many of these children will… Read more

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2020 Inclusive Schools Week Theme #ISW2020

One observation that people around the world are sharing in the year 2020 is the importance of the word ‘Inclusion’.  We have chosen our new theme in recognition of at least three ways in which a greater appreciation for inclusion, as a philosophy and as a way of life in our schools and community, has… Read more

Resilience

As our nation’s schools reopen, two populations, teachers and students, once again come together striving to create safe and productive learning environments. The difference this year is the extreme vulnerability of both of these populations following the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Research reveals children have likely been experiencing unprecedented emotional stress over the past few months of… Read more