Create inclusive educational environments that benefit ALL learners! As schools become more diverse with students of differing abilities and needs, this self-reflective and action-oriented guide helps you create and support more inclusive schools and classrooms that intentionally educate all students. Using the Five Essential Elements of Cultural Proficiency as a roadmap, this book presents: • Students’ learning differences as just that – differences rather than deficits • Strategies that show you how to break though the common barriers to culturally proficient and inclusive schooling • Assessments that gauge your awareness and show you how to best serve every student’s needs
Part I: Commitment to ALL!
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, 2016), the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind Act (2002), is the nation’s general education law and stands as the opportunity for all students, irrespective of their abilities, to receive support and resources to achieve at high levels. One of the primary goals and requirements of the mandate is to keep students with disabilities on track for success. All students must have access to the general education curriculum. Federal assurances are in place to keep students with disabilities from being denied access to graduation, college required courses, and other high-level curriculum requirements. ESSA identifies that students eligible for special education are general education students first and must receive access to and all of ...