When most people hear the word inclusion, it brings to mind a community that welcomes everyone, no matter their differences.
And social inclusion is a major part of building an inclusive community, where kids and adults of all backgrounds and abilities can play and interact with each other without bullying or marginalization — a place where everyone belongs.
But Inclusive Education is so much more than just social inclusion. It’s about belonging in the classroom as well as on the playground.
It’s a mindset that says that all children should be educated together in their neighborhood schools to the maximum extent possible.
It’s a philosophy that guides schools and districts to use today’s best teaching practices, like Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Co-Teaching, to help teachers and students succeed.
And it’s an approach backed by more than thirty years of research showing that students have better outcomes when they learn together.
Right now, change is happening in the Conejo Valley Unified School District. Our district leaders have made a commitment to embrace inclusive education and to implement today’s best teaching practices.
If you would like to be a part of making #AllMeansAll a reality in CVUSD, contact us at the link below or join the conversation on our social media.
Because inclusion for all begins in the heart of each one of us.
To find out more about inclusive education and best teaching practices, check out these links to some of our favorite resources.