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10 Books Every Inclusionist Should Own

Updated: Jun 23, 2021

I love to read. I suspect you do as well. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be here.

I especially love to read books about inclusive education and I’ve compiled a list of ten resources that are “must own.” Take a look and tell me what I’ve missed.

The Inclusion Toolbox

This resource tops the list because it is the most complete guide to implement inclusive practices in your school or district.

Inclusion in Action: Practical Strategies to Modify Your Curriculum

In most situations, even if a student with a significant disability is included in general education, educators are ill-equipped to know how to modify the grade-level curriculum. This resource is the solution.

The Educator’s Handbook for Inclusive School Practices

If I were teaching a university course on inclusive academic supports, this is the book I would use. The inclusive planning template and engagement ideas for students are fantastic resources.

The Inclusion Facilitator’s Guide

Not all schools have a role like an “inclusion facilitator.” Educators will find this resource an essential guide to advocate for full inclusion in their schools.

It’s More Than “Just Being In”: Creating Authentic Inclusion for Students with Complex Support Needs

For students with complex support needs, inclusion means more than just being in the classroom. This resource is perfect for your school team to make authentic inclusion happen.

Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?: 100 Ideas for Improving Inclusive Schools

Do you feel like you have exhausted all of the inclusive tricks in your book? Here are 100 ideas that will rejuvenate your heart and mind to transform your school. You’re welcome.

Building Inclusive Schools: Tools and Strategies for Success

One of the classic references for educators and administrators who want to implement inclusive education in their schools and districts.

One Without the Other: Stories of Unity Through Diversity and Inclusion

Do you know the video about inclusive education and bowling? Yeah. That one. Well, that is Shelley Moore and she wrote this book. What is great about this one is Shelley’s keen ability to tell a story of inclusion. It needs to be in your library.

30 Days to the Co-taught Classroom: How to Create an Amazing, Nearly Miraculous & Frankly Earth-Shattering Partnership in One Month or Less

That title is a mouthful but it tells you all you need to know about this fantastic resource. Co-teaching (and co-planning) are the backbone of inclusive practices. It is highly recommended that you read this with your co-educator.

Learning to Listen: Positive Approaches and People with Difficult Behavior

This book will change your mindset about challenging behavior. Think about what the biggest reason is for students to be segregated into disability-specific special education program classrooms. When we learn to listen to what challenging behavior is communicating, we are a step closer to implementing full inclusion.


Tim Villegas is the Director of Communications for MCIE, Editor-in-Chief of Think Inclusive, and the host of the Think Inclusive Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @TheRealTimVegas.


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