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12 days of inclusion

Every year I share some sort of holiday countdown in the form of recommendations or ideas. Last year, my twelve days countdown featured recommended books. The year before, I suggested gifts for educators, families, and students. This year, the launch of “12 Days of Inclusion” comes immediately following the release of my latest book [with my co-author Sheila Danaher], From Text Maps to Memory Caps: 100 MORE Ways to Differentiate Instruction in the K-12 Inclusive Classroom. Therefore, I am ...

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The IEP in the inclusive classroom

I got a note recently from a parent looking for an easy data recording system that she could pass on to her child’s teacher. This format is not a new one nor is it one that I designed. My forms are based on those created by Alison Ford and the Wisconsin School Inclusion Project back in the 1990s. So, I can’t take credit for this handy little tool, but I have found it really useful in helping ...

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Fun with preschool teachers

I had to share these great snaps of my final day of training with Education Service Center Region 20 in San Antonio, Texas.

I was able to work with Jenice Dames (early childhood educator extraordinaire) to coach teachers in growing their inclusive preschool models.

Here is a snap of me with Jenice. Can you guess what we are thinking about here?

And here is a shot of some of the wonderful...

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Idea #9: Load up the libraries

Recommendations for classroom library sizes range from 600 to 1,500 books. I typically error on the side of higher numbers as this allows educators to not only provide a wide range of genres, but a range of levels and formats too. Imagine the differences in opportunities for learners who consistently have a classroom library of 1,000 books versus those who have a library half that size (or smaller)? A larger library may be even more important for learners who have unique learning profiles.

For students who have narrow interests, who struggle to find compelling materials, and for those who may need to review many titles before getting hooked on one, having...

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