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Suspensions Place Kids With Disabilities At Risk, Report Finds - Disability Scoop

Suspensions Place Kids With Disabilities At Risk, Report Finds - Disability Scoop | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

PA panel of national experts is calling out schools for suspending students with disabilities at disproportionately high rates.

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Current research shows that children with disabilities are suspended nearly twice as often as others. What’s more, the collaborative indicates that students from minority backgrounds and those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender are also at higher risk for suspension.

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MINISTRY CONSULTS ON INCLUSIVE EDUCATION - Times of Swaziland

MINISTRY CONSULTS ON INCLUSIVE EDUCATION - Times of Swaziland | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
MINISTRY CONSULTS ON INCLUSIVE EDUCATION
Times of Swaziland
MBABANE – The Ministry of Education and Training Special Education Needs Unit is conducting consultations with the aim of having a common understanding of Inclusive Education in the country.
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The SADC Region is actively moving towards a common vision for Inclusive Education.

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Help for Struggling Readers: Literacy Games for ALL Kinds of ...

Help for Struggling Readers: Literacy Games for ALL Kinds of ... | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Literacy Games for ADHD Reading Games---from PrimaryGames. Play a variety of free online literacy games for kids with a vast collection of learning games for Grades 1-8. http://www.primarygames.com/reading.php. Reading Games---from PBS ...

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Useful resource for teachers and parents.

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4 Inquiry-Driven Project Ideas Using Google's Tour Builder

4 Inquiry-Driven Project Ideas Using Google's Tour Builder | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
There are a lot of great tools out there that have more than one use. One of my favorite tools is Google's Tour Builder, a Google Maps infused interface that allows the user to create tours. But di...

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More ideas on how to use google maps 

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Taking presentations to the next level!!! #21stCenturyClassroom

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This would be a fantastic tool for our educators to use to create a video tour of their Amazon experience!

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Getting Vulnerable Children into School in Rural East Africa

The reality in Kenya is that NO school uniform means NO School. Give an Orphan Access to Education Today - £20 will provide a full uniform and shoes.
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Disabled children, however, need more than a uniform! How can systems address this more effectively?

 

 

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Inclusive education best practices - Introduction

Introduction to the DVD produced by Inclusive Education Western Cape (IEWC) highlighting best practice in South African schools.
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Examples of best practice are emerging throughout South Africa and should serve as an inspiration for all schools and communities!

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'Promote inclusive education to reduce barriers' - The New Indian Express

'Promote inclusive education to reduce barriers' - The New Indian Express | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
'Promote inclusive education to reduce barriers'
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A one- day international seminar on ' Making special education inclusive- from rhetoric to reality' was conducted at the Tamil Nadu Open University on Tuesday.

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Dr Farrell stated that inclusive education had been a work in progress, with governments all over the world seeking to attach importance to it. Underlining its importance, he said, “Inclusion is a human rights issue. At the school level, it is dependent on presence, acceptance, participation and achievement of all sections.”

He, however, expressed regret that many governments, including India’s, perceive inclusion only as providing quality education to all children, whereas the focus should be on reducing barriers for learning for those at risk of exclusion or marginalisation. “It is estimated that 20 per cent of pupils in the UK have such needs,” he added.

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Congress Gives Special Education $500 Million Boost - Disability Scoop

Congress Gives Special Education $500 Million Boost - Disability Scoop | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
After being pounded by budget cuts last year, special education is set to see some relief under a deal approved by Congress.
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"Given the fiscal climate and the pressures that members of Congress are under to cut from all programs, we recognize that getting a $500 million increase is a positive step". Such an injection is also required here to give the implementation of Inclusive Education a real boost.

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County schools to give more tests to meet new law - Carolinacoastonline

County schools to give more tests to meet new law - Carolinacoastonline | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
County schools to give more tests to meet new law Carolinacoastonline Other good cause exemptions include: limited English proficient students with less than two years of instruction, students with disabilities, students who pass a special Read to...
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Children who do not meet the required standard of reading attend a summervreading camp. Fortunately (hopefully) the system does not work against inclusion.

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Tim's Place Albuquerque: Service With A Smile | You've Got - YouTube

Tim is the first person with Down Syndrome in America to own a restaurant. The restaurant specialises in hugs and good food.

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Never put limits to people's potential. See the world through different eyes.

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Teaching Respect for All | UNESCO Portal

Teaching Respect for All | UNESCO Portal | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Promoting mutual TOLERANCE and RESPECT for ALL people

regardless of colour, gender, class, sexual orientation, national, ethnic, or religious orientation / identity

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Valuable Guidelines available on Intercultural Education and Stopping Violence in Schools

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20 Options for Real-Time Collaboration Tools - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

20 Options for Real-Time Collaboration Tools - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
20 options for real-time collaboration tools for you to select from.
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Some excellent new tools for establishing Professional Communities of Practice.

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How Stories Can Scaffold Creative Learning

How Stories Can Scaffold Creative Learning | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
How might stories emphasize scaffolding, the external supports that contribute to our learning and finding new paths?

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niftyjock's curator insight, December 2, 2013 4:23 PM

A strong narrative helps the learning create a scheme for their learning

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Intel inks education deal with South Africa govt - Telecompaper (subscription)

Intel inks education deal with South Africa govt - Telecompaper (subscription) | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Intel inks education deal with South Africa govt
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Intel South Africa has signed a MoU with the Department of Communication (DOC) to support local education programmes.
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The Intel Teach Program has been helping educators around the world integrate technology into classrooms, in order to engage learners in their studies and empower them with the critical skills they will require to succeed within the global economy. To date the program has trained more than 10 million teachers in more than 70 countries. One would like to assume that the programme will include schools that include learners with disabilities.

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Lawmakers Press For Full Funding Of Special Education

Lawmakers Press For Full Funding Of Special Education | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Even as President Barack Obama called for virtually no change to special education spending in his budget proposal, members of Congress are looking to fully fund the program.
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All systems find it unattainable to fund parallel special and ordinary education systems at an appropriate level. If this is a problem for the US it is all the more true for South Africa.

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I Have Autism and am Artistic | Blog | Autism Speaks

I Have Autism and am Artistic | Blog | Autism Speaks | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
() This guest post is from Jeremy Sicile-Kira, an adult on the autism spectrum. His blog is part of an ongoing series on our site called "In Our Own Words: Living on the Spectrum," which highlights the experiences of individuals with autism.

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We need to look with new eyes at the immense potential of people living on the spectrum and what they have to contribute to our world!

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Boy With No Friends Scores Over A Million ‘Likes’

Boy With No Friends Scores Over A Million ‘Likes’ | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
When a Michigan boy with special needs said he didn't want a birthday party because he had no friends, his mom turned to Facebook and found him more than a million supporters.
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Oh, what is to be done about the loneliness of children with disabilities? This could be a real eye opener to communities all over the world

 

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Warning of SEN 'exodus' from mainstream education - Nursery World (subscription)

Warning of SEN 'exodus' from mainstream education - Nursery World (subscription) | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Nursery World (subscription) Warning of SEN 'exodus' from mainstream education Nursery World (subscription) The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), which in December lobbied to change the wording of the SEN reforms in the Children and...
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Tara Flood, director of the ALLFIE, said, 'Just before the general election, David Cameron promised that he would never do anything to make it more difficult for children to go to a mainstream school. The Government has now broken that promise. Its promise of choice (a place at a mainstream or special school) is nothing more than hollow rhetoric. There is no choice. SEN children will no longer have a right to mainstream education.

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Inclusive education in Armenia

UNICEF video about an inclusive school in Armenia's capital Yerevan.
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Armenia shines as a country which has really made tremendous progress in systemically implementing inclusive education. This proves that inclusion can work in contexts that are not wealthy! It is all about attitudes and the will to make it work.

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Educational Psychology: 20 Things Educators Need To Know About How Students Learn - InformED

Educational Psychology: 20 Things Educators Need To Know About How Students Learn - InformED | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Aside from comprehending the curriculum content, teachers should have a basic understanding of how people acquire and absorb knowledge.

Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/educational-psychology-20-things-educators-need-to-know-about-how-students-learn/#ixzz2qjbHgalL


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Inclusion International December newsletter

Inclusion International December newsletter | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
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The Inclusion International Conference will be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 10 June 2014. These conferences are always momentous events that have a huge impact on the country and the region where it takes place.

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Analysis: Motshekga's class of 2013

Analysis: Motshekga's class of 2013 | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
It was Nelson Mandela who said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Twenty years after the formal end of the Apartheid, education remains one of the most telling gauges of change in South Africa.
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Enormous effort has got our Education system so far. More opportunities have to be provided to the learners who drop out in the form of technical vocational education.

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Disabled peer’s inclusion bid fails by less than 20 votes

Disabled peer’s inclusion bid fails by less than 20 votes | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

A disabled peer has failed narrowly in his bid to force the government to include an explicit commitment to inclusive education at the heart of its children and families bill.

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Another sign that the UK Govt is adamant to eliminate the bias towards inclusion in education policy and promote segregated specialised education. What about their commitments in terms of the UN CRPD?

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Know Your Constitution: People with disabilities - hidden, but not unheard

Know Your Constitution: People with disabilities - hidden, but not unheard | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
The “Know Your Constitution” Campaign* is a campaign that advocates for the right to constitutional literacy, including the right to access physical copies of our Constitution.
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It could be questioned that Afrika Tikkun claims to defend the CRPD but campaigns for the building of a new special school in Orange Farm. What about the pledge of working towards a system of full inclusion?

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7 Advantages of E-learning - Infographic

7 Advantages of E-learning -  Infographic | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
There are a number of advantages associated with implementing e-learning and our customers come to us for different reasons. Here are some of the top reasons why our customers use e-learning.

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niftyjock's comment, November 28, 2013 8:41 PM
Sorry but, where is the evidence for any of this. "Higher Knowledge retention". Show me the empirical evidence