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ERIC Number: EJ983684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0271-6062
An Inclusionary Model of Support
Schlepp, Darren
Principal, v91 n5 p32-36 May-Jun 2012
It's all about building bridges for student inclusion at Edgerton Elementary School, which is the school the author leads in Kalispell, Montana. When the author became principal of Edgerton five years ago, the school was planning to introduce a cohort of preschool students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) into kindergarten. Everyone at the school felt strongly that these students would be successful in an inclusionary model with the right types of support, and training for both students and staff. They were right. Ultimately, they want their students with ASD to become independent learners. In order to accomplish this goal, they focused their resources in the early stages of the students' academic lives, when the brain is most able to construct new neuro-pathways, with the hope that they will need less intense resources in the middle or high school years. A district culture that prioritizes early intervention is necessary to get ASD students ready to transition into middle and high school. In this article, the author discusses the Bridges Program, which was originally intended to support students with ASD as they entered kindergarten. The program received grant funds from Oro Y Plata Foundation, a private funding organization in Montana, to support this vision and work in collaboration with the school district to create research-validated practices of working with ASD students, provide training opportunities for district staff, and purchase environmental and instructional materials to adapt to the classroom setting.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Montana