Creating an Inclusive School Reflection. Legislation, litigation, and research-based practice all support the notion that students learn best when they are educated primarily in inclusive learning environments. This course is founded on the premise that collaboration can facilitate effective inclusion and therefore lead to schools that meet the unique learning needs of every student. Creating an Inclusive School is a “must read” for anyone who will be responsible for the education of students with exceptionalities in today’s schools. Read Villa and Thousand’s book and address the items from the Reflection Guide (see below) in a 5-7- page paper. The paper will be graded according to how well you address the items. Each answer should be thoughtful, combining personal reflection and information from the book. Use examples and evidence to support your points and show you did indeed read the text. Include sufficient depth and breadth to enrich the paper while avoiding redundancy. The paper does not have to be written in paragraph form but can simply answer each item.
Creating an Inclusive School
Richard A. Villa and Jacqueline S. Thousand, Editors
A. Before reading this book:
1. Definition of Inclusion: Write down your definition of inclusion
2. Pros and Cons of Inclusive Schooling: Make a list of pros and cons to inclusive schooling, as you perceive them at this point in your career.
B. After reading this book write responses to the following:
1. Vision: Describe the vision of inclusive schooling according to the contributing authors. How do you think the history of special education influenced this vision? (Chapters 1 & 2).
2. Arguments: Summarize and analyze the arguments that support the implementation of inclusion in our public schools. Which one(s) make the most sense to you? Why? Which are least convincing? Why? (Chapter 3)
3. Concept of Change: Discuss how the concept of change impacts the success of inclusion. (Chapter 4)
4. Practical Solutions: Describe several practical solutions (methodology, curricula, etc.) for fostering inclusive learning environments. Which of these have you used or seen used in schools? How effective did you perceive them to be? Why do you think they were effective (or not)? (Chapter 5)
5. Definition of Universal Design and its Contribution to Inclusive Education: Define universal design and tell how it contributes to effective inclusive educational environments (Chapter 6)
6. Voices of Inclusion: Share the insight into inclusion and the lives of people with exceptionalities you gained after reading the “Voices of Inclusion” sections in this book. (Five sections)
7. Compare/Contrast Pre-reading: Revisit your prereading section. How do your current views compare to those you had earlier?
8. My Call to Action: What is your “call to action” as a result of reading this book?
Creating an Inclusive School
Guidelines for Paper
a. Definition of Inclusion
b. Inclusive Schooling
2. Vision of Inclusive Schooling
3. Implementation of Inclusive Schooling
b. Least Convincing
4. How Concept of Change Impacts Inclusion Success
5. Practical Solutions for Fostering Inclusive Learning Environments
a. List Examples
c. Reason(s) for Effectiveness
6. Universal Design
b. Contribution to Effective Inclusive Educational School Environments
7. My Inclusion Insights re: Lives of Those with Exceptionalities
8. Comparison of My Current Views with Previous Views
9. Call to Action