Inclusive Education Video

The Kent School District is successfully preparing
all students for their futures and one of the ways in which this happens is by providing
inclusive educational experiences to all students. Students who require special education services
work together in the classroom with all students helping each other as a team. Inclusive educational
practices also encourage collaboration between teachers, instructional planning, student
data analysis, and often teaching occur in one classroom where general education and
special education teachers support the learning needs of all students. Inclusive education
has proven to be a positive model for students and teachers alike. The idea of the inclusive
education model is to have the students in the classroom as much as possible to kind
of do away with that whole thought process that they have to be pulled out and that they
have to see a separate curriculum. Inclusive education is rooted in the opportunity for
students with special education to have the same experience as their typically developing
peers. Inclusive education is allowing all students to learn. In the past we have lowered
our expectations for students with special needs because we’ve been focusing in on their
deficits but I think we need to move forward on focusing on their strengths. If we’re looking
at transitioning kids out of special education we need to give them access to the general
education curriculum so as we exit kids from special education it gives them this opportunity
to be exposed to the types of expectations they would be exposed to on a regular basis
without be separate from their general education peers. All students must be included as integral
members of the school community. All are included with their general education peers to the
greatest extent possible. While full inclusion may not meet all individual needs educators
work together to provide all inclusive services in general education when appropriate determining
what supports may be needed to accomplish this. For some students learning needs are
best met in smaller settings with more adult assistance. Teachers need to carefully plan
and collaborate so that students do not miss key experiences in inclusive settings. The
academic performance of special education students in general ed can be greatly enhanced.
The majority of my students have really benefited in the general education environment. They
feel more included in their classroom, they feel more successful and they get to spend
time with their friends and their peers in the things that they enjoy doing. I have students
in there too that are actually pretty high in math but struggle with the social piece
and even to see the social skills that they’ve gained this year and the friendships they’ve
built has gone a long way for these students. Theres lots of advocacy going on in general
ed with their special education peers and I think people assume its only one way but
we have a curriculum that we use to teach letter sounds – kids in general education
often struggle with that concept and come to my room, and my students often take part
in teaching them those concepts. Teachers and staff collaborate together so that all
students receive the appropriate attention to their particular learning needs. This ensures
that all students achieve academic, behavioral and social success at high levels. Both teachers
in both settings – math and language arts – are supporting all kids in the classroom,
not just special ed teacher working with special ed kids, there isn’t really a differentiation
for that, teachers are just supporting kids. Learning in a general education environment
has been really beneficial for me as a special education teacher because now that my students
are included more in that general education environment I have to be knowledgeable about
the core standards that students are expected to accomplish in their grade levels and I’m
really working to write standards-based IEP goals that students are working towards so
that I am supporting whats going on in the general education curriculum. I’ve learned
a lot, I feel like I myself have slown down a lot – as where I’m usually like (snaps fingers)
ok lets go, lets get going and I’m very fast paced. I’ve learned to slow down, break things
into smaller chunks and really dive in to what kids are lacking – even the kids
that are at grade level – I see some of the stuff that I’ve usually missed in the last
two years by working with Mrs. Terris in a special ed environment. They are way more
capable then you ever give them credit for. Give them a chance and let them see what they
can do. If we don’t ever give them access to those things that they’re supposed to be
able to do in life to be successful then they’re never going to accomplish those things. The
Inclusive Education model helps to improve the educational, behavioral and social outcomes of all students.
It give the general education students valuable experience working with others who may be
different from them – it gives them the opportunity to act as supportive peer leaders. Inclusive
practices give students receiving special education greater access to core content and
more rigorous instruction. These practices give opportunities for attaining common core
state learning standards, developing social skills, friendships with peers and ultimately
greater gains overall. Inclusive Education prepares all students for the real world.
Teachers from both the special and general education departments learn from one another
about high-yield instructional practices to improve student access to core content. They
also teach standards to diverse learners. This professional collaboration helps teachers
with the tools they need for successfully preparing all students for their futures.
Just a lot of growth and a lot of confidence has been built in our students. I think that
the inclusion program is definitely the way of the future, I think that its the way that
all special education should be headed.

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