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Education beyond the bar, getting inclusive....

Updated: May 22, 2021

Why do we need Inclusive education?

Infinite diversity in infinite combinations…symbolizing the elements that create truth and beauty. Diversity and inclusion, which are the real grounds for creativity, must remain at the center of what we do. We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion. We are not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams, together make a beautiful world.

How to administer and adapt inclusiveness in learning environments.

Accommodations are adaptations that make curriculum accessible. They provide students with an equal opportunity to learn from the same material as his or her peers. Accommodations do not change learning outcomes. Rather, accommodations change the way students access learning. Accommodations are often referred to as, “pathways to learning.” Educators can create pathways for students to learn by altering the presentation, expected response, educational setting, and timing of a lesson. For example, a student may understand the content of the lesson but may be easily distracted by movement and noise in the classroom. To help the student remain focused long enough to learn the lesson material, a teacher can seat the student away from windows, doorways, walkways, or gathering areas.

In contrast, adaptations in the form of modifications make curriculum possible.

Modifications change the learning outcomes of a lesson to suit the cognitive ability of the student. Therefore, for a student who works below grade level, modifications to curriculum give the student an opportunity to learn from and participate in the same curriculum as his or her peers. The process of creating a modified program includes using instructional strategies to breakdown curriculum. Modifications can include providing the student with a simplified version of lesson, expecting the student to master a reduced number or concepts or central themes, and/or providing the student with prompts. It is important to note that a student might also need accommodations to learn his or her modified work, thus making curriculum accessible and possible.

Our commitment to integrity, our commitment to diversity and inclusion, to respecting and valuing others as self makes the paradigm shift. When inclusion is no longer inclusion, but simply being, that's the awakening of the human being.

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