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The Power of Options: Creating Inclusive Classrooms Through Choice

The Power of Options: Creating Inclusive Classrooms Through Choice

These invisible choices are all around us, often hidden by forces that would rather we didn’t think about them. And it’s usually easier to simply look the other way. But they’re still choices. - Seth Godin Every day, educators make thousands of decisions (consciously...

20 Ways to Magically Make IEP Goals Inclusive

20 Ways to Magically Make IEP Goals Inclusive

Here are 20 Evidence-Based Ways to Magically Make IEP goals Inclusive   Incorporate IEP Goals Naturally: Integrate Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals into daily classroom activities and routines to make learning seamless. Embed Goals In Inclusive Settings...

How to Balance Measurability and Meaning in IEP Goals

How to Balance Measurability and Meaning in IEP Goals

How do you ensure IEP goals and objectives that are not only legally defensible, but meaningful to students and their families? It seems like a lifetime ago, when at the University of Oregon, I asked a fellow doctoral student, “How do you know what criteria to write...

Bag The Behavior Charts!

Bag The Behavior Charts!

A teacher shared a story with us about how one time when using behavior charts, she was moving a student's clip from yellow to red, and the student said, “Good! Go ahead! Then I don’t have to listen to you for the rest of the day!” This is every teacher’s worst...

It’s Time to Flip Behavior Cards and Charts to STOP!

It’s Time to Flip Behavior Cards and Charts to STOP!

  Public displays of children's behaviors need to stop! Based on our experiences, and the opinions and findings of others, our stand is that publicly tracking children's behavior from a deficit orientation is ineffective, unethical, and indeed, harmful. In equal part,...

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION MEANS we no longer accept that separate classrooms, separate schools, and separate lives are in the best interest of any student. Separating peoplevby ability disadvantages everyone. Belonging is a human need. Our educational system, practices, and spaces, need to be reimagined.

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION MEANS every student is valued because of their strengths, gifts, and even challenges. As disability is simply... diversity. Everyone benefits from meaningful participation and opportunities to learn grade level content with diverse peers. We must trust that all students come to us as incredible whole people who do not need to be fixed.