November 2011






Diverse Learners:

An Equal Education for ALL


Inclusive practices are an integral characteristic of schools that achieve strong measures of academic success.  Why? Because in inclusive schools, the following characteristics are in place:

  1.  Students are educated whenever appropriate in the general education classroom with teachers skilled in the content taught.
  2. Access to and opportunities to progress in the general education curriculum is greatly facilitated through inclusive practices.  
  3. High expectations for all students are the norm.
  4. Instruction is differentiated to engage students on the basis of the skill sets, interests, and learning styles.
  5. Teachers use flexible grouping that includes varied small group instruction, large group, and paired instruction.  
  6. Students are actively engaged in instruction and in their own learning.  
  7. Instructional accommodations and scaffolding are used to increase access to learning and academic success.

This month, we will feature a variety of instructional strategies that are effective for diverse learners. In addition, we will bring you a special section that introduces strategies, software, and hardware that  increase access, participation, and academic success for all learners. READ MORE! 


New Resources


Multi-Level Instruction Form

Learn five broad steps to implement multi-level instruction. This multi-level instruction planning format helps you design challenging lessons that are accessible to the entire class.


Checklist: Access to the General Curriculum

This simple questionnaire is designed for principals and teachers to evaluate their access to the general curriculum standards used in the school or district.


Interactive Glossary of Differentiated Instruction Terms

The Inclusive Schools Network and Stetson & Associates, Inc. created this glossary to define common terms used when differentiating instruction for diverse learners.

about us


The Inclusive Schools Network  is a web-based resource for families, schools, and communities interested in the topic of inclusive education. 

In This Issue
Inclusive Schools Week
International Inclusive Education
Quick Links
Awareness to Action: Moving Forward

Inclusive Schools Week

December 5-9, 2011


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Inclusive Schools Week will be celebrated December 5-9, 2011, in classrooms, schools, and communities throughout the world.


Inclusive Schools Week (ISW) highlights and celebrates the progress schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to all students, including those who are marginalized due to disability, gender, ethnicity, geography and language. It also provides an important opportunity for educators, students, and families to discuss what else needs to be done to ensure that schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children. ISW is sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network, a year round resource for information about inclusive schools.


Planning Your Inclusive Schools Week Celebration


There are many ways to get your school involved in Inclusive Schools Week. Here are some ideas to get your started:


1. Convene a planning team of faculty, students and family members. See the Planning Materials in the Resources section of the Celebration Kit for ideas.


2. Create excitement by hosting poster and essay contests or hanging a banner in your school lobby.


3. Promote the week in your school and community by sending out a press release, announcing your celebration in local media outlets, posting updates on your school website, etc. See our Media Tips for examples.


4. Utilize the following resources and materials to support your celebration and continuous efforts to promote and develop practices in your community.

  • Inclusive Schools Network News, our electronic newsletter, will keep you informed and up to date on all of the activities and events planned for the Week. Visit our website to sign up now!
  • The Celebration Kit, contains everything needed to participate in the Week including planning tools, activity ideas and examples of how other participants across the globe are celebrating Inclusive Schools Week. Download your complimentary copy here!
  • Promotional Items: New products including posters, travel mugs, tote bags, crayon kits, key chains and some of our favorites: stickers, pencils, pens and other materials to help you promote your celebration of ISW. The purchase of these items also assists in underwriting the costs of supporting the Week as an annual event. Go to Inclusive Schools Shop to order your supplies now! 
Featured Resources: 


The 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference


Identifying the appropriate technology to increase academic success for students can be challenging. California State University Northridge, Center on Disabilities, provides an inclusive setting for researchers, practitioners, exhibitors, end users, speakers and other participants to share knowledge and best practices in the field of assistive technology through its annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference. The conference showcases cutting edge technology and practical solutions that can be utilized to remove the barriers that prevent the full participation of persons with disabilities in educational, workplace and social settings. The 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities conference will be held in San Diego, CA from February 27-March 3, 2012.  Visit their website for more information.  



I am Norm: 

Take Action Guide


I am Norm is a new youth generated campaign promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in a fun, creative and out-of-the-box way.  The I am Norm campaign rejects the idea that certain people are "normal" and others are "abnormal". Everyone is normal! I am Norm envisions a world where diverse groups of people come together to support, understand, respect and embrace each other for who they are and what they can contribute- not what they can't. Everyone should be included!


The I am Norm campaign is working to:


* Raise awareness about inclusion through a viral video campaign and  website.

Provide opportunities for youth and adults to share their ideas about inclusion.

* Promote inclusive practices in schools and community organizations. 


The new I am Norm "Take Action Guide" (TAG) allows schools and communities to host their own I am Norm presentations, and engage groups around the idea of "what is normal?"  I am Norm's TAG is a free, downloadable Power Point which comes with detailed presenter's notes so individuals with different levels of presenting experience can use this.  Additionally, there is a corresponding facilitator's guide with learning objectives, resources needed, background reading/viewing, etc.  You can find the I am Norm TAG and Facilitator's Guide here: http://www.iamnorm.org/be-norm/take-action.aspx.

International Inclusive Education

The World Beyond Our Classroom


Inclusive schools celebrate diversity and encourage understanding about cultures and communities throughout the world. Increasing student engagement as members of a global society can  serve to motivate youth to write, share and become an active member of a diverse world.

Voices of Youth, sponsored by UNICEF, is a project dedicated to promoting the exchange of information and ideas about current global events among our world's children. Children across the world, from hundreds of cultures, varying abilities and several languages, can contribute their thoughts and ideas at http://www.unicef.org/voy


The 28th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity (Pac Rim)                                  


The Pac Rim conference "Living to our Complete Potential" aims to inspire, educate and illuminate while 'pushing the envelope' to ensure all human beings can live to their complete potential. The conference will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 26-27, 2012. 

Please visit the website 
www.pacrim.hawaii.edu)for information about the topic areas, registration and the call for proposals. This event is hosted by the Center on Disability Studies (CDS), at the University of Hawaii. 


 ISN Website