Accommodations are important. Awareness is necessary. But inclusion is not a program. Inclusion is a mindset.
Inclusion is a belief system that all students are general education students attending school with their chronologically age appropriate peers. The general education curriculum and classroom is the starting point for planning for all students and is based on the premise that necessary supports and services for students with disabilities can be provided in the general education classroom.
What is Inclusion in the BPS Schools?
BPS is committed to a shift to more inclusive opportunities that becomes part of the entire school and district structure. There is a district wide commitment to educate all students in the least restrictive environment with appropriate services and supports based on their own individual needs and the settings across their day for academic, social-emotional, and behavioral development
What does inclusion look like at the Joyce Kilmer School for the 2016-2017 year?
The Joyce Kilmer School is in it’s third year of establishing
For the academic year 2016-2017, there will be an inclusion classroom in K1, K2, and 1st and 3rd grades.
20 students and 6 students targeted for inclusion
What supports are in place to maintain a positive and high quality learning environment for our inclusion classrooms?
A dual certified teacher in each room, along with a paraprofessional
ABA support for students targeted for support
Resource Room Teacher
.5 Inclusion Specialist to provide support to teachers
SLP/OT/PT as needed per IEP
These supports will be deployed as needed based on student needs