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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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Jennifer A. Kurth

Jennifer A. Kurth, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas.  Her academic interests include methods of implementing inclusive education, including methods of embedding critical instruction within the context and routines of general education while providing appropriate supports and services for individual learners.  She also studies how teacher candidates develop their dispositions and skills in inclusive practices. Jennifer’s research interests in inclusive education also include examining outcomes of inclusion in terms of skill development and quality of life indicators for students with... More About Author

Megan Noreen Gross

Megan Gross is a special education teacher in San Diego, California. She has taught and facilitated inclusion for students at both the elementary and secondary level. Her professional interests include developing curricular modifications to increase student access to general education and facilitating professional development for paraprofessionals. Megan has presented at regional and national conferences and has previously published an article in The Journal of the International Association of Special Education. More About Author

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