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The Inclusion Toolbox
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The Inclusion Toolbox
Strategies and Techniques for All Teachers

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October 2014 | 280 pages | Corwin

The tools you need to build meaningful inclusive practices into your education program

Even the most experienced educators struggle with the challenge of designing and delivering meaningful inclusive practices in their school communities and classrooms.  How can you deliver meaningful learning experiences that meet the needs of ALL students? The Inclusion Toolbox is an all-in-one resource that combines research-based strategies and practical tools to help you design and implement a truly inclusive education program. 

The Inclusion Toolbox features materials relevant to all grades, disabilities, and stages of implementation, and is organized in a way that allows you to start at multiple entry points. You’ll discover:

  • Step-by-step plans for implementing new programs through teambuilding and leadership
  • Guidance on how to maintain, strengthen, and expand existing inclusive programs
  • Strategies to empower and involve families, students with disabilities, and their peers
  • Techniques to create effective and complementary schedules 
  • Tools to  assess student interests, develop adaptation plans, encourage students to participate in extracurricular activities, and more

With user-friendly online resources and practical strategies, this comprehensive guide will help you expand your toolbox, inspire your students, and make inclusion a reality! 

“Planning an IEP?  Need to provide more support for your paraeducators? Unsure of how to get everyone on the same page when it comes to adaptations and modifications? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need this book. All of these topics and more are covered in the pages of this practical, resource-rich text. The Inclusion Toolkit will undoubtedly be the new go-to manual for any stakeholder interested in creating high-quality schools for all students. If you are looking for answers beyond the “why” and the “what” of teaching diverse learners, look no further than this powerful how-to guide written by two savvy educators who clearly understand the research and the practices associated with inclusive education in today’s K-12 schools.” 

- Paula Kluth, Educational Consultant


"For schools implementing inclusion or improving the way students are served, this book is a must read."
- Pam Wall, Guidance Counselor
Riverside Middle School

 
List of Pictures
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part I: Setting Up Inclusive Education
 
1. Introduction to Inclusion
What is inclusive education?

 
What is successful inclusion?

 
How do I start an inclusion program?

 
How do I maintain an inclusion program?

 
What are the tools in this book?

 
Why is this book divided into three parts?

 
 
2. Leadership for Inclusive Schools
What Inclusive Education Leadership Looks Like

 
Advocating for Students and Inclusion

 
Demonstrating Excellence

 
Developing a Vision for Students and Inclusive Education

 
Conclusion

 
 
3. Supporting Paraeducators to Facilitate Inclusive Education
Hiring New Paraeducators

 
Preparing a Newly Hired Paraeducator

 
Creating Staff Binders

 
Staff Binder Organization

 
Communicating With Paraeducators

 
Evaluating Paraeducators

 
Conclusion

 
 
4. Scheduling for Successful Inclusion
Strategies for Scheduling the IEP Meeting

 
Developing Student Schedules

 
Developing Comprehensive Student Schedules

 
Developing Staff Schedules

 
Substitute Schedules

 
Conclusion

 
 
Part II: Implementing Inclusive Education
 
5. Implementing Inclusive Instruction
Collaboration Strategies to Implement the IEP

 
Grading Students in Inclusive Settings

 
Embedded Instruction

 
Inclusive Instructional Plans

 
Data Collection and Progress Monitoring

 
Conclusion

 
 
6. Engaging Students and Families
Introduction

 
Person-Centered Planning

 
Family Involvement

 
Home-School Communication

 
Engaging Families in Preparing for the IEP

 
Ability Awareness

 
Conclusion

 
 
7. Collaborating With General Educators and Related Services Providers
Communicating IEP Information

 
Determining Team Member Roles

 
Identifying Roles in the Classroom

 
Communicating About Curriculum

 
Communicating About a Student’s Day

 
Troubleshooting Collaboration

 
Conclusion

 
 
8. Social Facilitation Strategies for Inclusive Settings
Peer Involvement and Age-Appropriateness

 
Social Inclusion Strategies (Elementary)

 
Social Inclusion Strategies (Secondary)

 
What to Do If the School Doesn't Offer an Activity That Is Accessible or Interesting to a Student

 
Strategies for Accommodating Student Involvement

 
Conclusion

 
 
9. Academic Access and Participation
General Adaptations and Universal Design

 
Creating Specific Adaptations

 
Develop a List of Common Needs: Adaptations Checklist

 
In-Advance Adaptations

 
What About “On-the-Fly” Adaptations?

 
So What Is a “Good” Adaptation?

 
Conclusion

 
 
10. Supporting Positive Behavior in Inclusive Settings
Functional Behavior Analysis

 
Behavior Intervention Plan

 
Reinforcement

 
Token Economy Systems

 
Behavior Support Strategies

 
Self-Monitoring

 
Conclusion

 
 
11. Transition Planning
Transitioning to a New Teacher or School

 
Transitioning to Elementary School

 
Transitioning to Middle School

 
Transitioning to High School

 
Inclusive Community-Based Instruction

 
What does IDEA say?

 
Developing an ITP

 
Educating Parents

 
Implementing ITPs

 
Conclusion

 
 
Part III: Expanding Inclusive Practices
 
12. Co-Teaching
Co-Teaching Models

 
Starting a Co-Teaching Relationship

 
Day-to-Day Implementation of Co-Teaching

 
Plans for Problem Solving

 
Conclusion

 
 
13. Peer Supports
What Are Peer Supports?

 
Cross-Age Tutors

 
Peer Tutors

 
Matching Tutors and Tutees

 
Conclusion

 
 
14. Student-Led IEPs
Rationales for Student-Led IEPs

 
Strategies for Parents

 
Strategies for Educators

 
Strategies to Prepare for the Meeting

 
Strategies During the Meeting

 
Strategies After the Meeting

 
Conclusion

 
Rationales for Inclusive Related Services

 
 
15. Inclusive Related Services
Strategies for Related Service Providers

 
Strategies for Educators

 
Strategies for Parents

 
Conclusion

 
 
16. Concluding Thoughts
Fuel for the Journey

 
Food for Thought

 
 
References
 
Index
 
Tools Appendix
 
Resources Appendix

Supplements

"Planning an IEP? Need to provide more support for your paraeducators? Unsure of how to get everyone on the same page when it comes to adaptations and modifications? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need this book. All of these topics and more are covered in the pages of this practical, resource-rich text. The Inclusion Toolkit will undoubtedly be the new go-to manual for any stakeholder interested in creating high-quality schools for all students. If you are looking to for answers beyond the “why” and the “what” of teaching diverse learners, look no further than this powerful how-to guide written by two savvy educators who clearly understand the research and the practices associated with inclusive education in today’s K-12 schools."

Paula Kluth, Educational Consultant

"Jennifer and Megan have managed to take more than thirty years of research on effective inclusive practices and put it into a practical and engaging format. Their "can-do" spirit is sure to motivate those new to these practices. This is an amazingly comprehensive toolbox for those with and without experience in implementing inclusive practices!"

Susan Unok Marks, Professor
Northern Arizona University, College of Education

"For schools looking to implement inclusion or  improve the way students are served, The Inclusion Toolbox is a must read.  The strategies and real-life ideas are great tools for helping teachers and kids become their best."

Pam Wall, Guidance Counselor
Riverside Middle School

"New teachers as well as seasoned teachers can learn from this book. Seasoned teachers might be using some of these practices outlined in the book. but might not have the organizational tools provided. This book offers excellent “hands-on” tools. It also offers many practical suggestions to deal with “road blocks” along the way. I see these as workable no matter the school district or school one finds oneself working in."

Gretchen Gall, Instructor & Instructional Assistant/Paraeducator Program
Moraine Park Technical College, Fond du Lac, WI

"This is a text that is ALL about steps and what comes first and then what next.  No one could read this and not understand how to plan and implement inclusion in a classroom. The previous experiences of the authors giving workshops has impacted the design and writing to ensure a smooth transition into practice."

Sherry Markel, Associate Professor
Northern Arizona University, College of Education

"This book provides a great blend of resources, practical experience, and best research in the field in an easily understood format. This is an area that I have been immersed in for over thirty years. It is impressive to see such a well written and valuable resource that can be used by a wide audience of users to better meet the needs of so many learners."

Barb Keating, Educational Consultant
Canada

"I am so impressed with this book.  It is loaded with information and practical tools that are valuable for all professionals.  This is a must-have resource for educators."

Margie DeLong, Special Education Specialist
Berwyn North District 98, Illinois

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