Onika Wants to Help: A True Story of Inclusion
Inclusive Schools Network
by Patricia Williams
2M ago
Finding My Way Books honors children with disabilities by sharing their stories and celebration their inclusion. This year, Finding My Way Books is sharing the story of Onika. Onika Wants to Help shares the story of four friends and how their lives changed after the Rainbow School was built in their village in Tanzania. For the first time, they can attend school. Onika’s story celebrates a powerful message of inclusion. Onika has intellectual disabilities. Her friends are autistic and have intellectual disabilities. BUY THE BOOK Finding My Way Books is sharing the following free resources to ..read more
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The 2022 Inclusive Schools Week Activity Guide
Inclusive Schools Network
by Patricia Williams
2M ago
Kids Included Together (KIT) & Changing Perspectives worked in collaboration to bring you The 2022 Inclusive Schools Week Activity Guide to celebrate Inclusive Schools Week 2022, December 5-9. This activity guide is meant to be utilized by teachers during Inclusive Schools Week 2022. While Inclusive Schools Week is intended to provide support to all marginalized students, this guide is focused on disability inclusion. You will find learning intentions, educator resources, and activities centered around 5 disability-inclusive themes, one for each day of the week. We encourage teachers to ..read more
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Paraeducators: Fact or Fiction?
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by Patricia Williams
6M ago
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 recess now have new roles and responsibilities.  Today, paraeducators are members of the instructional team, responsible for providing more and different types of support to students, yet ..read more
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2022 Inclusive Schools Week Theme #ISW2022
Inclusive Schools Network
by Patricia Williams
8M ago
From ancient civilizations to the present time, unity and connection have been essential in order for communities to not only survive but thrive.  United together communities remain strong even in the face of danger, threats, or peril. The ancient and wise proverb, “Together We Stand, Divided We Fall,” dates back to the sixth century BC when it appears in one of Aesop’s fables. Last year our theme for Inclusive Schools Week focused on “Rebuilding our Inclusive Community.” It was an energizing year for many across the world. We not only learned what our partners are doing to promote effec ..read more
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Fire Prevention vs. Firefighting in Education Today
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by Patricia Williams
11M ago
Research continues to affirm that when schools, families, and the community work together to support learning, children tend to succeed not just in school but also throughout life. Today many schools face family disengagement, crisis situations and communication issues that incite reactive rather than proactive behavior. How does an educator make the transition from firefighting to fire prevention in our schools of today? How do we turn the environment of a “fortress school” with walls of frustration into a “partnership school” where we proactively collaborate with staff, students, families ..read more
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Tips to Improve your Child’s Sleep
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by Inclusive Schools
1y ago
HOW SLEEP AFFECTS STUDENT’S GRADES AND ATTENDANCE The StartSleeping.org website published this article to provide tips to help your child sleep. Children who do not get an adequate amount of sleep on school nights are much more likely to fall asleep in class, not complete homework assignments with quality work, and struggle with academic and social success. In a recent study of 1,000 children, researchers found that kids who had a hard time falling and staying asleep were much more likely to have difficulties in academic performance.  Tuck Sleep Foundation Tuck Sleep Foundation ..read more
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What We Are Reading. . .And Why It’s So Important Right Now!
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by Patricia Williams
1y ago
Author: Tim LaCourt, M.A. This book is a relevant revision of a 2011 publication. The need for this book—now more than ever–is clearly stated on page 5 by the authors: “As schools and classrooms transition from pandemic to post-pandemic operations, the high frequency, high quality implementation of better instructional practice is no longer a professional suggestion; it is a requisite of professional duty.” The Fundamental 5 are strategies that most teachers use some of the time; teachers who use them at a high rate, however, consistently exceed expectations with their students’ performance ..read more
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A Solid Foundation #ISW2021
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by Patricia Williams
1y ago
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 to protect and support all children—including those who are often marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage language preference, and other factors. Resources Podcast from the Association of Was ..read more
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“If You Build It, They Will Come!” #ISW2021
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by Patricia Williams
1y ago
The 25th anniversary of the movie classic “Field of Dreams,” celebrated this year with the MLB game in the Iowa cornfields, gives testimony to the movie’s legendary line, “If you build it, they will come.”  It also echoes the message and hope of this year’s rebuilding theme for Inclusive Schools Week.  If we share ownership for student success and together build an inclusive environment that welcomes all students, our children will come, and they will succeed!  The Inclusive Schools Network is excited to feature the growth and progress of one of our Celebration Partners, Specia ..read more
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Specialized Support
Inclusive Schools Network
by Patricia Williams
1y ago
The Far End of the Continuum Author: Frances Stetson, Ph.D. One of the primary goals of education is to provide equitable, quality learning opportunities that enable students to achieve post-school success. This goal is the same for all students, including students with disabilities.  Until the past decade, students that needed extra support and were eligible to receive special education services were typically sent out of the general education classroom to receive those services. Today, educators are motivated to include students in the general education classroom setting as much as pos ..read more
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