ERIC Number: ED436040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Seven Steps to Successful Inclusion.
This report highlights the experiences of the Lighthouse Project, which successfully included students with disabilities in elementary, middle, and high school general education classes in a school district in southwest Tennessee. Drawing on findings from the Lighthouse Project, the report describes the following seven steps that must be present if a school is to move from exclusive to inclusive practices: (1) someone at the building level must assume a leadership role and that person should be the building's principal; (2) the school must develop a common vision and all members of the school community must understand why inclusion is being implemented; (3) adequate time must be given to the process of planning inclusion and this planning must continue during the implementation phase; (4) there must be a collaborative sprit and atmosphere within the school; (5) provisions must be made for formal as well as informal communication, and personnel in the school must work at the communication process; (6) teachers, administrators, and support staff must be flexible and capable of adapting and changing to meet the needs of children; and (7) training must be providing to faculty and staff on inclusive practices. (Contains 22 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
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