Celebrating Inclusive Schools Week

Newark Public Schools: Stand Tall Sit Up for Inclusion

Inclusive Schools Week December 4-8, 2017

Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) and Stetson & Associates, Inc., which is held each year during the first full week in December. Since its inception in 2001, Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference and other factors. The Week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children.

This year, the Inclusive Schools Week’s theme focuses on standing up for inclusion. This is particularly fitting because in our world today, we are embracing changes necessary to protect the practices in education and society essential to making a positive difference for all. In schools where inclusive education flourishes, there is an inspirational, more positive culture. This year, we will focus on how and why each person should stand up for inclusion.

Inclusive Schools Network http://inclusiveschools.org/

10 Ways to STAND UP and SIT TALL for Inclusion

10 Ways to
For Inclusion

  1. Notice and embrace your peers' abilities- give someone a heartfelt compliment.

  2. When given the opportunity, find someone you haven’t worked with in class and ask them to partner up.

  3. Introduce yourself to someone you may not know and make an effort to include them in your day.

  4. Notice someone struggling? Offer to help them!

  5. See someone alone during free play time? Ask them to join you and your friends.

  6. Be a leader! Stand up and set a good example to everyone even if it is difficult.

  7. Sit by a new person at lunch at least twice this week or invite someone new to sit at your table.

  8. Learn at least three new things about someone in a different grade level.

  9. High five or give a big smile to 5 new people this week!

  10. Learn about a new culture and their holiday traditions and share your traditions!

Newark Public Schools Office of Special Education

Executive Director Carolyn Granato