5 Ways to Get Inclusion Started at Your School

Are you an educator who wants to move authentic inclusive education forward in your school or district? Do you have colleagues interested in developing a shared understanding of inclusion? Do you want to focus on classroom-based practices and the school-wide organizational structures that promote inclusive education? Here are five ways you can get a conversation started right now to identify changes YOU can make. Ask one or more colleagues to join you!


WATCH short videos and use a question to guide discussion. Some of our favorites are:

READ books and articles with your colleagues. Start an inclusion club using the following texts:

LISTEN to podcasts, such as:

ENGAGE with your school staff to get their feedback and share ideas:

  • Survey staff about their attitudes and beliefs (use MCIE’s free Inclusive Education Practices Staff Survey or contact us through mcie@mcie.org for an electronic version.

  • Obtain staff input by having them respond to sentence starters on 3 to 6 large poster papers situated around the room or on tables, such as:

  • To include ALL learners, I need to learn…

  • Our biggest barrier to including ALL learners is…

  • One thing that I can contribute to promote inclusion in our school is…

  • One way to engage our parent community in this discussion is…

  • Brainstorm priorities for actions to take in the next 6 months in response to the survey, staff input session, or other staff feedback.

LEARN from other implementers:


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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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