ERIC Number: ED429387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Weaving Tapestries of Inclusion: Seven Threads To Strengthen School Membership.
This monograph discusses the findings of two federally funded research projects that brought together university, school district, and state education personnel, along with families, to find ways to weave a tapestry of inclusion in the context of general education reform efforts. Among the lessons learned were that there are seven types of threads necessary to create a strong, lasting tapestry of inclusion. These necessary factors include: recognizing and helping others to recognize the contributions each child can make to the school community, commitment to being open to new ways of thinking and doing, recognition of the complexity involved in creating inclusive educational programs, awareness and focus on circle of influence rather than circle of concern, effective communication, courage to speak up in a considerate way, and effective collaboration. The monograph describes the importance of each of these factors, along with personal thoughts from parents, teachers, and students. A chart illustrates traditional and alternative service delivery paradigms. The monograph closes by urging schools to weave these threads to create a tapestry that both sets the stage for creating an inclusive school and sustaining these efforts on an ongoing basis. (CR)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Teacher Collaboration
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.