Modifying curriculum for students who do not yet have an understanding of grade level content has long been the sole responsibility of the special education teacher. However, since the goal of inclusion is to include the student in as much of the general education environment and curriculum as possible, then we have to expect that […]Read More How to Include Students with Disabilities by Modifying Curriculum in 3 Easy Steps!
Early in my teaching career, I didn’t believe that inclusive education was the right thing to do. I distinctly remember having a heated respectful discussion with a professor in my teacher training program about how they just didn’t understand that students with autism needed to be educated with students just like them. Instead of debating […]Read More 3 Ways to Guarantee Inclusive Education Will Fail
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
We thank you all for joining us in this round of publishing Spring 2021. We return for publishing for Summer 2021.Read More July 2021
Have you noticed your mood change if there has been just one too many rainy days? Does it shift depending on if you are driving on a busy freeway or having a picnic at the park? It won’t surprise you to know that our environments have a significant impact on how we feel and what […]Read More Inclusive Classroom Design: Creating a Space for All
I will admit I am fairly privileged to have spent the bulk of my career with inclusive education, under arguably five of the better inclusion teachers I could have ever learned from. The rest of inclusion, I have learned from listening on the sidelines. But my role in my career is slowly evolving, eventually, I […]Read More How Do I Make The Gulf Smaller?
We are starting our third year at Inclusion From Square One. There are a lot of things that have derailed some projects I’ve wanted to get going specifically involving Inclusion From Square One. When I thought about the original website, I really wanted this to be a repository of information so folks would have to stop […]Read More Carry On
Everyone is in a literal different place with education right at this very moment. Some states have schools in session, others do not. Some schools are partially in session and some are hybrid and virtual. So the number one question: When do we get back to the way things were? Here’s the part that I […]Read More How Do We Get Back To Where We W
However you feel about the return to school in Fall 2020, the truth is that many districts will be going into at least partial distance learning. Distance Learning is not something that is naturally taught in most academic experiences. But here we are adults distance learning and Distance Teaching. Resources are scattered. It is not […]Read More ‘Cause You Know We’ll Make It Through [Distance Learning]
In the United States, the rights of people with disabilities has not been an assured discussion for a very long time. In fact, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is only thirty years old. I can frankly remember the day I saw the news on the television. While I was still just eleven years old […]Read More Thirty Years of ADA
The world as educators are watching is once again in flux. However, our job as educators and members of a community is to shift to the needs of the community. Sometimes this will mean that we change to be a part of our local community and sometimes it means connecting our community to the world. […]Read More One: Resources For Diversity
When we look back at 2020, I hope the first words in history are, “This was not a choice. And look at what changes came about.” We’ve been spending a lot of time in the recent past weeks looking at the history of inclusive education in relationship to many events. And right now as many […]Read More Shifting the Square
It has been just eleven days since I got word my district was closing for nearly a month. That was not how this was supposed to go. We were going to go to work. The blog that we had been working on for a month would get published this week. Though, to be fair: no […]Read More This Was Not In The Plan…