Students With Disabilities Deserve Inclusion. It’s Also the Best Way to Teach
Source: Education Week
Resource Type: Website or Webpage Article
Audience(s): City or County Agency Staff, Community Member or Organization, Educators, Health or Mental Health Professional, School Staff or Administrators
Focus Population: Youth with Disabilities
Topics: School Climate and Classroom Supports
Students With Disabilities Deserve Inclusion. It’s Also the Best Way to Teach. Inclusion works when educators collaborate, get the support they need, and believe in the value of all students. It’s time for schools and teachers to reevaluate their long-held biases, and it’s time to address the initial financial investment required for training and staffing. It’s also the law. Inclusion is the least expensive, most effective method of teaching students. It starts from the top, with administrators making this a priority. When administrators model inclusivity and support teachers in its implementation, the entire school (and school system) culture changes. Test scores are rarely negatively impacted and often go up. More importantly, children become better citizens. Inclusion is best practice. It is also, quite simply, the right way to teach.