For the next few days I am going to be profiling a few of the amazing speakers that will be presenting at Illinois Includes in Oakbrook, IL this May 9th & 10th.
I am part of a group of advocates who have been trying to bring a regional inclusion conference to Illinois for years. We cannot believe it is finally happening and that we have secured such wonderful talent and energy for the two-day event
The first speaker I am highlighting is the incomparable, Norman Kunc.
If you don’t know about Norman Kunc, you...
If you have not yet heard the news, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently passed a proposal that would lift formal class size limitations on special education classrooms and allow all decisions on class size limits to be made at the local level.
We need to FLOOD the ISBE with our comments, feedback, and protests on this one, folks. We need to respond “early and often” in the next 3 weeks and do all we can to ensure that our teachers and our students get what they need to succeed.
The impact on inclusive schooling would be...
From Section 4, idea #9 of Don't We Already Do Inclusion?
When parents come to me and say, “I am so discouraged about my district. What can I do?” I often ask, “Would you consider running for school board?” This answer is a surprise to many but it shouldn’t be. The school board has power and makes decisions related to school culture, beliefs, values, and practices. They also hire the superintendent and that individual has a whole lot to do with how accessible, welcoming, and challenging schools will be for all learners.
The school board essentially establishes a vision for the..
From Section 3, idea #16 of Don't We Already Do Inclusion?
My first boss, a director of special education, had a sign over his door declaring “Special Education is Not a Place”. His philosophy was clear to anyone who visited him.
This motto is clever but it also communicates a “big idea” that is commonly lost in conversations about...
How can you bring this kind of inclusive energy, sentiment, or spirit to your school? Community?