Friday, December 01, 2006

National Inclusive Schools Week focuses on transitions

Next week (December 4-8) marks the 6th annual National Inclusive Schools Week, celebrating schools' efforts to use inclusive practices to ensure a quality education for a diverse student population, including students with disabilities, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, and English language learners. The theme of this year's celebration is "Charting an Inclusive Journey through School, Work, and Life: Successful Transition Planning for All Students," focused on helping students make seamless transitions between grades and schools.

Bill Henderson, principal of the O'Hearn Elementary School in Dorchester, explained, "Research has consistently demonstrated that inclusive teaching practices are not about 'dumbing down' the curriculum or teaching to the lowest common denominator, but rather ensuring that the classroom offers opportunities for ALL children to succeed." To mark the week, the O'Hearn school community will hold an after-school assembly on December 7, featuring students' entries in the national poster and essay contest about inclusion. A well-known R&B singer who is blind will provide a mini-concert to conclude the celebration. Learn more about the week at Education World.

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