DescriptionHow to raise the achievement of all kids, from gifted to those with severe disabilities
This book presents lessons learned from in-depth case studies of some of our most effective inclusive public schools. The authors conclusively demonstrate that schools can educate students with mild and severe disabilities in general education classrooms by providing special education services that link to and bolster general education instruction. This goes beyond complying with Special Education law; having a truly inclusive environment raises the achievement level for all students and results in more committed and satisfied teachers.
Insights shared from teachers, school leaders, parents, and the students themselves provide a path forward for anyone striving to Improve special education services. The authors reveal what these exemplary schools do that makes them so successful, and provide advice for readers who want to incorporate these practices themselves.
- Hehir, former U.S. Office of Special Education (OSEP) Director, is a leading name in Special Education
- Highlights the important relationships between administrators, teachers, and parents to foster maximum collaboration between general and special education
- Includes information on committing to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Positive Behavior Supports
This vital resource zeroes in on what excellent public schools do differently to ensure all students succeed.
Preface: On Ableism ix
PART ONE THE SCHOOLS AND THEIR LEADERS 1
Chapter 1 The Schools 3
Chapter 2 The Leaders 23
PART TWO WHAT THEY DO DIFFERENTLY 55
Chapter 3 Collaborative Problem-Solving Organizations 57
Chapter 4 Relationships, School Culture, and Accountability 77
Chapter 5 Universally Designed Schools 99
PART THREE HOW TO CREATE MORE INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS 125
Chapter 6 Making Schools More Inclusive: Lessons for Educators and Parents 127
PART FOUR THE BIG PICTURE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION 157
Chapter 7 How Education Policy Affects Our Schools 159
Chapter 8 Where Special Education Needs to Go 179
Afterword Transitioning to a Full Adult Life 201
Appendix A Questions for Discussion 205
Appendix B Information on the Research Study 209
To Dr. William Henderson: Teacher, mentor, and friend