ASCD: A First Step on the Path Toward Inclusivity

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edited June 2 in ASCD Chit Chat

In their recent book, The Way to Inclusion: How Leaders Create Schools Where Every Student Belongs (ASCD, 2023), five educators and inclusion experts—Julie Causton, Kate MacLeod, Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Jenna Mancini Rufo, and Paul Gordon—take readers on an “inclusivity journey,” charting a path to disrupt the inequities found in traditional special education systems. Organized around seven milestones and filled with research, resources, action planning templates, and real-world examples, their book serves as a guide for educators who are ready to take steps toward sustainable systems change.

In this exclusive book excerpt, the authors explore how systemwide change begins with deepening your relationship to your personal “why.” When educators carefully examine why inclusion is important—both to them personally and to their school system—they are better equipped to take bold steps toward change.

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