Throughout August: Special Needs
Creating an inclusive environment where each student feels safe and supported in an engaging and appropriately challenging environment is rarely an easy feat, yet it is essential to educating the whole child. Regardless of strengths and challenges, each student needs and is deserving of full membership within the classroom and school community. Although each student benefits from this inclusive environment, it is critically important and often challenging to ensure it for students with special needs.
Join us throughout August as we focus on creating inclusive learning environments that develop students at all levels. During the month, make sure to check out the following.
The Whole Child Podcast
Tomorrow you can download the next episode of the Whole Child Podcast to hear from
- Timothy Shriver, chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, who has helped transform Special Olympics into a movement that focuses on respect, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities in all corners of the globe.
- Evan Heller, a rising freshman at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, who has been involved with and coached Special Olympics for eight years and who is a member of the national Special Olympics Youth Activation Committee and his local Massachusetts State Youth Activation Committee.
- Latoya Dean, a Content Mastery/Helping teacher in Garland, Tex., and a doctoral student at the University of North Texas in the Leadership for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders program, whose current research includes transitioning students with disabilities into adulthood, parental involvement, and interagency collaboration.
The Whole Child Blog
Check out the Whole Child Blog throughout August for contributions from experts and practitioners in the field, whole child partners, and ASCD staff who will share free resources, provide examples of inclusive environments for students with special needs, and answer your questions. Be sure to leave your questions, ideas, and stories in the comments.
What Works in School Environments
Visit the What Works section for a one-stop (free!) shop to explore issues that must be transformed if we are to successfully educate the whole child. Our new topic pages are a collection of resources on the topics we address each month. This month, we'll add resources to the "Special Needs" topic page. Tell us what has worked in your school and with your students. E-mail us and share resources, research, and examples.
Connect (if you haven't already) with the Whole Child Initiative on Facebook and Twitter to be part of changing the conversation around students with special needs with more than 9,000 people from around the globe.