Inclusive Practices Around the World: 

A Global Perspective


During the week of April 23-29, schools and organizations around the world will be engaged in activities to celebrate Global Action Week. The purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of Education for All, a United Nations initiative aimed at providing education for all children.  Global Action Week is a worldwide annual campaign organized by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE). This year's theme focuses on the first goal of the Education for All global initiative "Expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children".


The Inclusive Schools Network joins the global community in celebrating Global Action Week by highlighting international inclusive education in this newsletter and on our website.   


To find out more about this year's Global Action campaign: "Rights from the Start! Early Childhood Care and Education Now!" visit the Global Action Week 2012 website at


Enjoy all of the useful resources and information in this month's newsletter!

 April 2012



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



Mary V. Kealy, Ed.D, President of  CASE, shares her experience in our featured monthly tip, Our Global Partners: An Experience in Shared Leadership.




The Inclusive Schools Network aims to connect the international inclusive education community through shared knowledge, stories, ideas and the experiences of all those working toward building more inclusive schools.  By visiting the International Inclusive Education section of the ISN Website you can:

  • Explore the history of international inclusive education;
  • Access key international instruments and conventions that support international inclusive education;
  • Read reports and news briefs;
  • Learn more about global organizations working on inclusive education;
  • Read stories about international inclusive schools.
New International Publication



The choice of 300+ sources, 91 background references and 58 studies that were reviewed and used to develop a new publication on learning environments by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics were guided by the simple question:  How can schools and other learning places create optimal conditions for learning?

This new publication presents a comprehensive review of research about learning environments from multiple perspectives focusing most intensely on the physical conditions, psychosocial environment and/or organizational climate of classrooms, schools and other learning spaces. The publication offers new strategies for assessing and improving the quality of learning environments across settings. 

To download a PDF of this globally relevant document visit UNESCO's website at:

 International Film


The First Grader


Director Justin Chadwick and National Geographic films challenge the scope of what it means for schools to be inclusive by documenting the true story of an illiterate 84-year-old man from Kenya fighting for his right to be included in a local elementary school. The award winning "The First Grader" is now available on DVD.  


This inspiring movie has been shown around the world to promote awareness of the challenges of basic education in the developing world. Schools and organizations have reported scheduling viewings at conferences and meetings as a springboard to discuss broader issues of inclusion.   A Teacher Guide is available for download from the film website with suggested lesson plans for classrooms (the movie is rated PG-13). For more information, to view a movie trailer visit:


Inclusion International Equality Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2012

Washington, DC

October 25-28, 2012 


Join Inclusion International and The Arc for an international conference addressing global issues concerning the inclusion of people with disabilities. People from all over the world will convene in Washington, DC to discuss the implications of Article 19 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Article 19 promotes the right of persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community.   Detailed information about the Conference and registration information will be available at and in the coming weeks.  


Teacher Talk 

Project Unify Around the World


Parent Perspective

Building a World for Inclusion 


Leadership Perspective 

Supporting Quality Instruction on an International Level


World Autism Awareness Month!


Autism affects 1 in 88 children, 1 in 54 of which are boys. Learn more about Autism at

Dr. Frances Stetson was a guest on The Inclusive Class Radio Show on Special Needs Talk Radio. Hear her discuss inclusion in schools!    

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