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News,  November 01, 2005

Celebrate 5th Annual National Inclusive Schools Week

"Great things happen in inclusive schools...

Inclusive schools are better prepared to bridge the achievement gap for students of diverse abilities and backgrounds, because they integrate special education supports into the curriculum and affirm students’ rich cultures. The 5th Annual National Inclusive Schools Week™ will be celebrated in schools, classrooms, and communities December 5-9, 2005, with a special focus on the achievement gap and strategies for improving educational outcomes for all students....

National Inclusive Schools Week highlights and celebrates the progress of our nation's schools in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population. The Week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students, and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children. The Week is being organized by the Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative (the Collaborative) as a way of acknowledging the hard work and commitment of teachers, administrators, students, and parents in making their schools more inclusive, and, thereby, significantly contributing to the development of a more inclusive society.

Since its inception in December 2001, National Inclusive Schools Week has been celebrated by tens of thousands of students, families, and educators in schools and communities in virtually every state in the country as well as several foreign countries.

The Week, under the leadership of the Collaborative, began as an initiative of the National Institute for Urban School Improvement (NIUSI), a project of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. In 1999, the Collaborative, as part of its work with NIUSI, conducted research on the public's perceptions of inclusion and inclusive educational practices. The Collaborative found that "inclusion" was broadly omitted from the education and public debate. Armed with this realization, the Collaborative developed the Week to promote a national dialogue on the benefits of inclusion and inclusive educational practices...

The Week is held annually the first full week of December, and 2005 marks the 5th anniversary of this celebration that recognizes the importance of building schools and communities that are welcoming of all children and youth."

Posted by wrivenburgh on November 01, 2005 | News