December 6-10 marks the 21st anniversary of Inclusive Schools Week. During this week, school districts across the country are working to educate their staff, students, and parents about what it means to be inclusive. Inclusive is not about being politically correct. It is about making sure that our country’s educational system works for all students, including students with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, students of low socioeconomic status, and students with disabilities.
Research has consistently demonstrated that inclusive teaching practices are not about teaching to the lowest common denominator but rather ensuring that the classroom offers opportunities for all children to succeed.
Inclusive teaching means presenting information in ways that are relevant and meaningful to every student. Discussion, hands-on learning experiences, and inquiry-based projects are all examples of inclusive teaching practices that have, again and again, been shown to improve academic achievement for all students. Education Team Allies encourages each school in the central Chesapeake region of Maryland and across the nation and globe to join us in celebrating Inclusive Schools Week and recognizing those teachers who are already making their curriculum relevant for every child. To celebrate, please visit www.inclusiveschools.org.
Co-Founder/Principal, Education Team Allies
Information provided by Inclusive Schools Network
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