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Inclusion and Special Education

Inclusion and Special Education


"First, Discover Their Strengths" from the October 2012 issue of Educational Leadership.

October 2012 Educational Leadership: Students Who Challenge Us



ASCD's A Lexicon of Learning defines inclusion as:

The practice of educating all children in the same classroom, including children with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities. Inclusion classes often require a special assistant to the classroom teacher. In a fully inclusive school or classroom, all of the children follow the same schedules; everyone is involved in the same field trips, extracurricular activities, and assemblies.

The Lexicon defines special education as:

Educational programs for students who, because they have a disability of some kind, require special instructional help to reach their potential. This may include specially trained teachers, innovative technology or instructional materials, access to a resource room, or even external placement. The term sometimes (but not usually) includes programs for those considered gifted.



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Conducting an Effective IEP Meeting Aligned with the Common Core

This PD In Focus channel focuses on the nuts and bolts of structuring and executing an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting that is tied to the Common Core State Standards. Watch as a school team—composed of a school principal, special education teacher, language arts teacher, and math teacher—meets with the parent of a special needs student and engages in an annual review that uses the Common Core State Standards to help inform his goals.

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The following ASCD Faculty members have experience in inclusion and special education.

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There are no institutes or conferences on the topic of inclusion and special education at this time.

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