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Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.
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Thursday, December 1 • 9:20am - 10:10am
Effective Inclusive Classrooms: 6 Techniques for Improving Inclusive Teaching and Learning LIMITED

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Over more than a decade, researchers have noted that a lack of personnel preparation to provide quality inclusive services to students with disabilities and their families is one of the primary barriers to serving students in the least restrictive, most inclusive environments (King-Sears, 1995; Holdheid & Reschly, 2008). Achieving a Gateway to Equity in schools requires purposeful in-service professional developed designed to support all education, general and special education, to create and sustain inclusive learning environment for all students. The Inclusive School Community Project (ISCP) focused on ways teachers, general and special education, construct inclusive classrooms where students with disabilities learn, experience meaningful participation, a strong sense of belonging, and full class membership. In this recent demonstration project, general and special educator teams received professional development and coaching on 6 techniques for fostering effective teaching and learning in inclusive classrooms. These techniques addressed instructional collaboration, specific teaching and learning practices, and enriched parent involvement. Coaching was the key lever for bridging teacher training to classroom practice that resulted in a positive impact on student participation and sense of belonging in the inclusive classroom. This presentation will start with an overview of these six techniques. We will then take an in-depth look at how to apply the techniques and the benefits for students. Through this demonstration project, educators constructed high-quality inclusive classrooms, built reciprocal relationships between students, parents, and educational partners, and experience results. This session will share the results of this project, lessons learned, and recommendations for replication. After this session, participants will be able to 1. Identify six inclusive teaching/learning techniques to apply in the classroom. 2. Identify 2 strategies for improving collaboration with parents. 3. Describe the characteristics of effective instructional collaboration.


Carla Williams

University of Missouri Kansas City

Thursday December 1, 2016 9:20am - 10:10am CST
Grand B 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103