ERIC Number: ED377633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Creating Schools for All Our Students: What 12 Schools Have To Say.
Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.
A forum on inclusive schools, developed cooperatively by 10 national organizations, focused on the experiences of 12 schools and school districts across the United States and Canada. Twelve features are identified as characterizing inclusive schools: (1) a sense of community; (2) leadership; (3) high standards; (4) collaboration and cooperation; (5) changing roles and responsibilities; (6) an array of services; (7) partnership with parents; (8) flexible learning environments; (9) strategies based on research; (10) new forms of accountability; (11) access; and (12) continuing professional development. After a chapter describing how two schools began to use an inclusive approach, five chapters focus on these 12 characteristics with examples from the participating schools. Following the main body of the report, each of the schools is individually profiled. An appendix presents the policies and position statements on inclusive schools issued by five major national organizations: the Council for Exceptional Children; the National Association of State Boards of Education; the National Association of Elementary School Principals; the National Education Association; and the National School Boards Association. (DB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Change Strategies, Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, National Organizations, Professional Development, Regular and Special Education Relationship, School Effectiveness, School Restructuring, School Role, Social Integration
Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091-1589 (Stock No. P5064: $18.50; $13 members).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.
Note: A Product of the Working Forum on Inclusive Schools.