Faculty of Education. ED 564: Administration of Inclusive Schools. Saturday, March 24, 2012. Pulling it all Together & Final Thoughts. Class Outline. Implementing Inclusive Practices Final Thoughts Presentation – Susan T. & Carole Presentation – Ian & Melissa.
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Faculty of Education
ED 564: Administration of Inclusive Schools
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Pulling it all Together & Final Thoughts
Implementing Inclusive Practices
Presentation – Susan T. & Carole
Presentation – Ian & Melissa
1)Develop and promote a shared vision for inclusion
2)Provide foundational professional learning
How crucial is the “rollout”?
3)Place students first
4)Build and sustain an inclusive team
Is the EA an integral part of program planning process in NS schools?
5)Promote professional learning communities
6)Provide responsive professional learning
7)Communicate and celebrate success
8)Conduct formative program review, visioning and re-visioning
9)Position and leverage inclusive programs
During the first class, I asked what inclusion meant to each of you. In the weeks that have elapsed since our initial meeting, has your view of inclusion changed or remained constant?
Inclusion as we know it is still a relatively new phenomenon; in fact, we might categorize inclusion as still in its infancy
And remember, inclusion is both a philosophy as well as a policy
“The philosophical basis for inclusion…is a belief that all students should be included within the regular classroom, and that any removal of a student to other educational settings must be justified on the basis of individual learning needs”
In looking at policies surrounding inclusion, it’s important to keep in mind that it varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction
Thus, there is no all-encompassing snapshot of inclusion, but rather, only individual portraits
Still, most jurisdictions have, at a minimum, de facto inclusion
In thinking about the administration of inclusive schools, there are a variety of leadership models that one might embrace, such as managerial, humanistic, and transformational perspectives
Inclusive leadership is another model and it aims to achieve inclusion in all aspects of schooling and beyond the school to the local and global community, and it does so through a process that is itself inclusive
Each leadership style has strengths and weaknesses
Perhaps what is needed is for leaders to embrace a pluralistic perspective which capitalizes on the positive aspects of the competing perspectives
Ultimately, the “homogeneous” classroom is now an anachronism; furthermore, the “one-size-fits-all” approach to education appears inadequate in the current context
Thus, an inclusive school is a laudable goal, especially if we consider that the alternative to inclusion is exclusion
Yet, there is no truly prescriptive recipe for creating an inclusive school
However, in order to create this inclusive school, change will inevitably become a large part of the equation
According to Bucko (1994), the four conditions that help facilitate change are:
2)senior administration support
3)no escalation in teacher workload
4)change agent’s active involvement
What, if anything, are the barriers to creating an inclusive school?
Is a truly inclusive school a myth, a possibility, or an inevitability?