It’s happening! I’m noticing more and more teachers seeing Inclusion as a positive for the students in their classrooms. The conversations I am having with teachers this year are less about “this student” and more about “the students in my class”. I know this seems like a bit of semantics, but to me it shows that the teachers in Parkland are seeing every student as special (…and that they understand my role better…). I’m seeing “true” inclusion, not just in the physical sense (all students are in the same room), but in the sense that students are learning from each other and that teachers are taking the time to identify and build on the strengths of each child to create a classroom of successful learners. I am hearing an unbelievable amount of collaboration between teachers and feel fortunate to facilitate this collaboration between my two schools.
Of course, it’s still a process and not everyone is in the same place on this journey, but I’m definitely seeing the trend and it makes me so hopeful.