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Becoming a Great Inclusive Educator

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Edited By Scot Danforth

Inclusive education continues to grow in popularity and acceptance in the United States. However, most teachers – general and special educators – are poorly prepared to be successful in inclusive classrooms and schools. Undoubtedly, the challenge to professionals involves the acquisition of new knowledge and skills. But inclusion requires far more. It calls upon educators to trouble everything they think they know about disability, to question their deepest ethical commitments, to take up the work of the Disability Rights Movement in the public schools, and to leap headlong into the deepest waters of the rich craft tradition of inclusive teaching. This book offers educators the guidance and resources to become great inclusive educators by engaging in a powerful process of personal and professional transformation.
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Inclusive education continues to grow in popularity and acceptance in the United States. However, most teachers—general and special educators—are poorly prepared to be successful in inclusive classrooms and schools. Undoubtedly, the challenge to professionals involves the acquisition of new knowledge and skills. But inclusion requires far more. It calls upon educators to trouble everything they think they know about disability, to question their deepest ethical commitments, to take up the work of the Disability Rights Movement in the public schools, and to leap headlong into the deepest waters of the rich craft tradition of inclusive teaching. This book offers educators the guidance and resources to become great inclusive educators by engaging in a powerful process of personal and professional transformation.

“The best educators (and policy leaders, administrators, teachers, parents, students) know that in order to transform the lives of students everyone associated with schooling also requires transformation. In thoroughly captivating prose, Becoming a Great Inclusive Educator shows the way. Recognizing disability as a natural form of diversity, this book embraces struggle and exudes hopefulness. It is a richly drawn handbook that lays bare the history, theory, ethical underpinnings, caring practice, and everyday narratives of optimism in deeply imagined inclusive schooling that can make schools whole.”

—Douglas P. Biklen, Dean Emeritus, School of Education, Syracuse University

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