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Inclusionary Practices

Welcome to the Inclusionary Practices Project
Posted on 11/04/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Welcome to the Inclusionary Practices Project“Inclusion”- what that means can be very misleading. Enter Kelley Correio, ESD 123 Inclusionary Practices Coordinator. Kelley joined ESD 123 in January 2020 to work as a regional leader on the AESD, Inclusionary Practices Project (IPP). Kelley’s role is to build teams that will lead, develop, and grow the IPP program within ESD 123 using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles. There is no such thing as an average learner, we all have variability in the ways we learn.

In the educational setting, inclusion refers to the belief and practice that all students have the right to access academic and social opportunities in general education settings. There are a lot of choices and pathways for school teams to develop inclusion in both the academic and social-emotional areas of education.

Inclusionary practices seek to address educational inequities experienced by students with disabilities, students on an individual education plan (IEP), as well as students facing cultural inequities. Studies show that sociocultural factors have a direct and significant impact on learning. The introduction of IPP helps provide equitable access for student groups who may have been excluded. Its goal is to remove barriers to learning.

“We don't want to give up their sense of belonging in order to have access,” Kelley states.

Kelley’s role is to support educators with developing and implementing sustainable systems, structures and practices that support all students with a meaningful and engaging environment. Kelley understands there are different needs at each school to meet a variety of learners.

“My services can support what districts and teachers are already doing. My goal is to help them see that the offerings are not just one more thing on their plate. It’s to help with what is already there.”

Kelley can help provide a UDL plan for learning that helps to build academic teams with a variety of offerings for Equity, Social & Emotional Learning, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and Inclusionary Practices.

Through the Inclusionary Practices Project, ESD 123 continues to offer professional learning and support for school leadership teams that focuses on creating more inclusive education environments. Inclusionary practices uphold the belief that all children are competent, capable, and should be held to high expectations.

“We are all headed to the same destination, but the vehicles we drive and the roads we take are going to be different for many students.”

Those interested in learning more, requesting school team training and support, or equity match in clock hours should contact Kelley Correio, ESD 123 Inclusionary Practices Coordinator, at kcorreio@esd123.org.  Additional information about statewide efforts can be found in the video below:

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