In September 2015, two Federal Government agencies – The US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Education – issued a ground-breaking statement: “…ALL young children with disabilities should have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs, where they are provided with individualized and appropriate support in meeting high expectations.” https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/earlylearning/joint-statement-full-text.pdf […]Read More Preschool + Kindergarten: Ground Zero for Inclusion
With inclusion comes questions, both from parents of students with disabilities and from parents of students who don’t have disabilities. Here are some of the more common questions we’ve heard and some answers through both an educator and parent lens. Nicole Eredics, an experienced full inclusion teacher, answers the questions from a teacher’s perspective. Amanda […]Read More Inclusion FAQs: A Parent and Educator Guide
When the project “Inclusion From Square One” was first created, I’ll be pretty honest, I was thinking a “one and done” sort of thing. I was pretty certain that all the research that was current and historical was already easily found between the four of us all we would do would be have to cite […]Read More Where Do We Head Next?
You already know we’re all here because we want to answer the question, “How do we start schools that aren’t already inclusive?” We all come from different backgrounds and entry points, but share the mission of creating a more inclusive world. It’s a lofty goal, and yet it’s one I’m willing to spend my whole […]Read More Making the Case for Not Having to Make the Case for Inclusion
Nicole Eredics and Renay Marquez Renay: As soon as a student moves into the age where teachers pass out a syllabus, grades become a ‘thing’. Concretely, grades are broken out usually by percentages. An example of grading might look something like this: Classwork————————-15% Homework———————– 10% Quizzes —————————-20% Tests ——————————–20% Projects —————————-30% Participation/Citizenship —-5% This probably […]Read More Making Grades–Secondary
In the summer of 2015, we all got on a larger conference call with several other folks within the social media influence of special education. The majority of us involved at the time either worked for an educational institution or had children with disabilities attending an educational institution. From that meeting grew a support group, […]Read More Why We Are Here