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Inclusion to Belonging

3 Credits
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This course provides students with the opportunity to reflect upon their own values of including children with disabilities in their schools and in their classrooms. The course provides discussion on the differences between inclusion and belonging. Students will discuss the challenges in providing inclusive education while developing a strategic plan to move their schools and classrooms to a culture of belonging. The course can easily be adapted to address cultural and ethnic topics around inclusion and belonging.

NOTE: Required books must be acquired separately.

Dr. Julie Lane

As an educator, I find great value in collaborating and consulting with community members, especially key constituencies in the educational process, including parents, teachers, school leaders, and their advocacy organizations, plus businesses, government entities, and nonprofit organizations with educational interests. Each has a contribution to make and is benefitted in helping to raise a child. In today’s world of multiple obligations, expectations, hazards, and uncertainties, children need to be guided and supported in the communities where they live and go to school. Moreover, building collaborative relationships and empowering community members creates networks of support that help children to recognize their value in facing the challenges of life.